LIGHTHOUSE DAY

TL 8-7 LIGHTHOUSE DAY

Today we celebrate LIGHTHOUSE DAY!!! To be honest, I’ve never seen a lighthouse, except in photographs, of course. I’ve hosted parties with a lighthouse theme and I’ve read books and seen movies with lighthouses in them – but I’ve not seen a lighthouse – yet.

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I would love to say that I’m going to celebrate by traveling to the East coast somewhere to visit but that’s not going to happen. I’ll be here in Kansas – smack dab in the middle of the United States for the rest of the day. I’ll be doing laundry and dusting furniture – but my mind will be elsewhere and I’ll be dreaming of crashing waves and imagining myself sauntering along a sandy beach in flip-flops. It all sounds just lovely.

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. – Charles Simic

Of course, Jesus Christ is the lighthouse and may His light shine on me…  and you.

 

Have you ever heard the recordings that mix music with the sounds of nature? I have one that has the sound of the ocean with beautiful music. Maybe I will listen to that CD while I’m doing my chores today. I can escape Kansas just for a little while in my mind. But one day – it will be real. I will scratch that off my bucket list one day soon. ❤

NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY

TL 4-29 NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY

There is a scene in “Forrest Gump” where Bubba starts spouting off all the different ways to fix shrimp.  It’s too funny!  That scene is on You Tube if you want to go there to watch it.  If you have never seen the movie, then – number one, you need to, and number two, you must be hiding out under a rock somewhere.  Tonight I will be celebrating NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY with this movie!

Since I was born and raised right smack dab in the middle of the United States, I am not at all familiar with anything having to do with the ocean.  I’ve never even seen the ocean, to be perfectly honest.  That is something that is definitely on my “bucket list”.  One of these days, I’m going to leave Kansas and go look at the ocean.  Which one?  I don’t know – but I’m determined to see a large body of water at some point before I kick the bucket!

So – I wondered what “scampi” meant.  It is a Venetian term which refers to shrimp cooked in garlic, butter, lemon juice and white wine, commonly listed on menus as “shrimp scampi”.

This is a recipe from an Italian cook especially for diabetics.

Diabetic Shrimp Scampi (serves 4)

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
11-15 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Heat butter and oil in large non-stick skillet over high heat.  When butter starts to brown, add garlic.  Lower heat; cook 1 minute, stirring to prevent garlic from overbrowning.

Add shrimp; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add wine, lemon juice, salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through.  Stir in bread crumbs and parsley.  Serve immediately.

Calories:  110
Calories from Fat:  87
Fat 9.7g
Saturated Fat 2.7
Cholesterol 7.8mg
Sugars 0.3g
Sodium 351.5mg
Total Carbohydrate 3.0g
Dietary Fiber 0.2g
Protein 0.5g

Fix the scampi, pop in the DVD and enjoy your evening!  Wink!  😉