In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!


Monday, December 26, 2011

Festive Underwear, Yummy Food, & Stockings Are Filled

After seeing the photos in my last post with photos of ROM's light decorating, if you had doubt my man loves lights, take a gander at his underwear...

We ate ourselves into a coma Christmas Eve. Our meal started with stone crabs, peel and eat shrimp and Crostini. It was absolutely delicious! One of the things I love about living on the Gulf is being able to have fresh shrimp and stone crabs. There is no comparison between fresh seafood and frozen seafood!

 Here's the recipe for Crostini:

Crostini With Chopped Tomatoes
Serves 6
1 pint grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 basil leaves, thinly sliced
1 sprig Italian parsley
salt and pepper
small French baguette, sliced on the bias, ¼" thick

Brush slices of bread with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toast slices of baguette at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Combine all ingredients except toast, and let sit for 20 minutes. Top toast with mixture.

Our main course was filet mignon and seasoned potato wedges with sauce.

And here's the recipes for the seasoned Potato Wedges:

Seasoned Potato Wedges
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon paprika
3 large baking potatoes (about 2-3/4 pounds)
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, divided
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons minced chives
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, Parmesan cheese
and paprika. Cut each potato into eight wedges; dip in milk. Place
in the bag, a few at a time, and shake to coat.
Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Drizzle with 2
tablespoons butter. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes.
Turn wedges; drizzle with remaining butter. Bake 20-25 minutes longer
or until potatoes are tender and golden brown.
In a large bowl, combine dip ingredients. Serve with warm potato
wedges. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Somehow after eating our Christmas Eve dinner we still had room in our well rounded tummies for chocolate cheesecake. After cleaning up the kitchen from dinner we mustered the energy to go for a walk... well, it was more of a slow waddle, so I doubt we worked off many of the million calories we had just consumed.

The last thing we had to do Christmas Eve was play Santa and fill the girls stockings...

Isabella's stocking...

Emmy's stocking....

I haven't yet downloaded the photos of them actually getting their stockings, maybe tomorrow.

Our Christmas Day was very lazy and relaxing. We had company that evening for a light and easy dinner. Lots of fingers foods and Bubba's Seafood Nachos. OMG- this recipe is so good! The recipe calls for crab meat, shrimp, and scallops. I don't care for scallops and can't eat shrimp cooked with other foods (I'm a shrimp purist) so I just doubled up on the amount of crab meat.
It was really easy to make...

 And so so very good!
Here's the recipe:

Uncle Bubba's Seafood Nachos

1 large (16-ounce) bag corn tortilla chips
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar
2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
24 ounces lump crab meat
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce, for topping
1 cup pico de gallo, for topping
10 to 12 pickled jalapeno slices, for topping
Sour cream, for topping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large baking pan or cast iron pan place a layer of the tortilla chips and cover with the shredded Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheeses. Bake the chips for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheeses are melted. Remove the dish from the oven and set aside.
In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and saute the garlic until soft. Add the crab meat, shrimp, and scallops and saute for 3 minutes.

Add the cream, garlic powder, Parmesan, salt and pepper, to taste, to the seafood and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.

Remove the seafood mixture from the heat and pour over the tortilla chips. Top the nachos with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, jalapenos, and a large dollop of sour cream. Serve immediately.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday doing what you enjoy most with people you love.


  1. Everything looks delish! I love seafood and you sure had the best of it. If I weren't so full from my own feasts, i'd be so jelly.

  2. Yum! I can't wait to try these recipes. I'm sure they are all low cal & will be perfect for my diet. Miss you gals :-)


  3. I have a New Year's resolution suggestion for you: update this blog more frequently in the coming year. I'm being quite serious. Your writing style is unique, your material is humorous and interesting, and your photos are amazing.

    I know blogs, and this one could be very susccessful and popular if you put more time into it. Forget the other blog about reality TV nonsense because it's a waste of your time and talent. Let the hacks occupy their time with the reality TV drivel. You have real talent and real stories.

    Happy New Year, old woman!
    Best wishes,
    An Admirer

  4. Hi Cyn- It was so yummy. I like some seafood but not most fish, which is a shame since fresh fish is so plentiful here. Having been born and raised in the midwest, my first love is always steak and burgers.

  5. Hey Jeana! Damn, I miss you girl! Hope you had a great holiday and your new year is crammed full of good things. And of course all my recipes are low cal-LOL

  6. Admirer- What kind things to say! Thank you so much, you're good for a girl's ego. I'm going to really try to spend more time on this blog in 2012.


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