Quick and Creamy Shrimp and Grits

This shrimp and grits recipe is a favorite in our home. Cooking the grits in water and milk is the secret to their creamy texture. The best part is that this recipe comes together in 20 minutes.

Quick and Creamy Shrimp and Grits

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients


6 slices of bacon, cut to a half inch dice
12 oz peeled, raw shrimp
3 green onions, sliced (green tops & whites separated)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp smoked paprika
Salt and pepper
1 recipe of prepared quick and creamy grits
(recipe below)

Directions

Toss the shrimp with the smoked paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. In a frying pan, fry the bacon until crispy (8-12 minutes). Once cooked, remove the bacon from the pan and set on a paper towel to drain.

Reserve 2 teaspoons of bacon fat and then pour off the rest. Cook the garlic and the whites of the green onion in the reserved bacon fat over medium heat until fragrant and slightly softened (about 1 minute)

Add the shrimp to the frying pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through.

To serve, layer grits and the shrimp mixture then top with the crispy bacon and the remaining green onion.

Serve warm.

Quick and Creamy Grits

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients


3/4 cup of quick cooking grits
1 cup water
2 cups milk
Salt to taste

Directions

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and milk to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, immediately lower the heat to medium-low.

Pour the grits into the milk mixture and quickly whisk to avoid any clumps from forming. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally. If your grits become too thick, add water a tablespoon at a time to thin. If they’re too thin, cook for a few minutes longer.

Salt to taste.

Need to Fill a Large Wall? Make this DIY Letter Ledge.

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I love our formal living room, but it’s been one of the hardest rooms in my house to decorate because it’s so big and it has a rather large main wall.

After almost 2 years of living with the room completely unfurnished I decided to buy some furniture, and install some built in bookshelves. But even with all that effort and decor, there was still something missing. The room was missing some type of art or object to go on the wall. I didn’t want large scale art so I ended up settling on a large letter ledge instead.

I’m not a HUGE fan of quotes but this letter ledge has actually been one of my favorite additions to the house. I love that I can change out verbiage to adjust to the mood of our home (it’s also great for holidays and birthdays).

This DIY has about 10 minutes of hands-on time and is easy to install.

Supply List:

Directions

Start by staining or painting the trim/moulding. Let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Once the trim is completely dry, drill a few holes into each strip of trim (I drilled 6 equally spaced holes per strip of wood).

Using your nails and hammer, attach the trim directly to the wall (Because the trim is so light, it can be attached directly into drywall).

Once the trim is attached to the wall you can add the letters on top of the ledge and you’re all done!

Weeknight Naan Pizza

These naan pizzas are a weeknight shortcut in our home. The elevated flavor of the naan mimics a gourmet pizza crust. These pizza are ready in less than 15 minutes. The best thing about them is that they are individual so they can be customized to any flavor profile!

Easy Naan Pizza

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 naan (Approximately 6 oz)
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tablespoon pesto (green or red)
1/3 cup grated mozzarella cheese
additional toppings of your choice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place your naan on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush the olive oil on the top of the naan, making sure you reach the ends. Add the pesto to the top of the naan leaving about 1/2 inch of “crust” Add additional toppings of your choice. Top with cheese. Bake for 8 minutes.

Serve warm.