Garden Veggies

Garden Veggies
Made into tile for my stove backsplash

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden
Mike and my 2 youngest sons Ian and Leif

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons
With son Beau, Grandson Luke and his mom Jennifer


I cut this out of a wedding line. I must take more pictures of her.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


My husband and I really like this (and he is fussy).  I have already made it several times.   I bought some frozen Lobster pieces at Costco this week and I am going to try it with Lobster next. 
I used frozen raw shrimp from Costco.  The recipe I based this on used unpeeled raw shrimp for making shrimp stock using the shrimp peel. The Costco shrimp only have a tail but it was fine.

Remove the tails (and peels if you have them) from one pound of shrimp.  Put the tails in a saucepan with:
2 ½ C. water
1 T. dry onion flakes
10 grinds of fresh pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 T. olive oil
2 T. fresh or 1 T. dry parsley
2 dry bay leaves
Simmer for 20 minutes.

While the stock is cooking in a Dutch oven size pot add:
2 T. butter
3 T. grated fresh onion
3 cloves grated garlic
Stir fry until it starts to brown 

2 Stalks grated celery (throw away the strings that won’t grate)
4 T. flour
1 small can of tomato sauce
2 ½ C. milk
½ Cup cream
1/3 C. cooking Sherry (can purchase in the grocery store in Utah)
4 large fresh basil leaves minced or 1 tsp. dry basil leaves
Hot sauce or cayenne to taste

Stir all these ingredients together and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Blend with an immersion blender. Strain the shrimp stock (remove the bay leaves and add to your soup for the remaining cooking) and add to the pot. Correct the salt to taste.  Add 10-15 more grates of pepper.  Add ½ c. Orzo or Israeli Couscous (optional) and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Cut each shrimp into 3-4 pieces and add to the pot.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 more minutes.  Serve with chopped green onions if desired.   Makes 4-6 servings.