March came in like a lion!

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Lousy!  Cold, rain, and wind.  High 70 (in early AM) then sinking to 40s

STEPS:  14,500
CLASSES:  One water aerobics

I was pleased to see the little dog waiting for the farmer on my morning walk.  The Border Patrol helicopter was hovering on top of me, and it was so loud that I could not hear my podcast.  As I stopped at the farm entrance to turn off the podcast, the farmer happened to drive up.  It was so heartwarming to see their morning reunion. 

The weather today was crazy.  It started warm and humid.  When I played pickleball, I became drenched in sweat. 

Then, two hours later, I halfway decided not to do water aerobics as it was looking like rain.  Temperatures were predicted to drop.  However, George was at the clubhouse and told my friend that I would be joining her at the pool.  Right at noon, the skies opened up and started to pour.  Winds came up.  A gradual decrease in temperature turned out to be a severe drop instead. I didn’t want to let her down, so I drove up to the clubhouse, ran through the cold rain, and jumped into the pool.  The water actually felt ok as it was warmer than the air temperature.  We managed to make it through one class, as the temp continued to drop,  then hit the hot tub.  After class, I checked the weather and the temp had fallen to about 50.  That plus the wind and rain was not very comfortable for swimming!!! 

Our wine club shipment arrived today.  Now,  we will be leaving soon with Joy with a full pantry, freezer, refrigerator,… and wine cellar!  (aka the shower)

Someone sent me this photo of my mother when she must have been in her 20s.  People commented that there is a strong resemblance between her and our younger daughter.  Here they are, side by side.  I   DO see similarities.  Both very pretty!

Our friends came over to finalize our trip to the Gulf Coast.  We are planning to go as far east as the Florida Panhandle.  No state parks have any availability.  We finally found a commercial park on the coast….not cheap!  We are staying in a combination of state parks, commercial parks, and several Harvest Host sites….a brewery, space museum, antebellum plantation, and winery.  It will be fun!  I served my home-made hummus with baguette slices.  We do not have any good bakeries around here, nor does the grocery store sell good bread.  On my last shopping trip, I found frozen mini-baguettes and baked one to eat with this stew.  What a good find!

DINNER:  I made a recipe that my brother (a great cook) sent me.  I substituted fish for the shrimp.  This is the last of the fish that George caught on fishing trips this spring.    It was easy and really good….

Serves 4

1 tsp lemon zest
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves grated or minced
1 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp pepper, divided
1 tsp paprika (Hungarian sweet or smoked Spanish)
1 lb raw, peeled, deveined shrimp (tail on or tail off, large or medium)
4 tablespoons butter (½ stick)
2 medium leeks, dark green part removed, sliced horizontally (from bottom to top), rinsed, then sliced into ½ inch thick half rounds
1 can (15 oz) white beans (cannellini, white kidney, great northern), drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz) chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
Parsley garnish (optional)
Serve with crusty bread

Combine shimp, lemon zest, paprika, garlic and ¾ tsps of salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.  Toss to coat shrimp.
In a large cooking pot (Dutch oven), melt butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add shrimp and cook about 2 – 3 minutes.  Remove shrimp from pot using a slotted spoon and put back in the bowl. Set aside.
Add leeks to pot.  Season with remaining salt and pepper (if desired). Cook leeks over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for 4 – 5 minutes or until the leeks start to brown slightly.  Add broth and beans, bring to a boil.  Turn down to a simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Add shrimp and any juices to the pot, turn up heat to re-warm shrimp.
Place shrimp and stock in 4 warmed bowls. Sprinkle with lemon juice and parsley.

Notes from my brother….
I tried it with the smoked paprika and there were complaints that it overpowered everything, so I will stick with Hungarian sweet.
I have done everything through step 3, and held until time to eat. Just threw in the shrimp, warmed it all back up, and went from there. Worked great.
Serve with salad. I roasted some asparagus pieces and tossed them on top, but again I got some complaints.
I used a Dutch oven, but a high-sided frying pan would work I think.
I did not add the remaining ¼ tsp salt and pepper to the leeks and I thought it was plenty salty. Canned beans and broth vary a lot in saltiness.
You can substitute a firm fish for the shrimp.

One thought on “March came in like a lion!

  1. Keith

    Great photo of Mom. I had never seen that one. She does look like Alexis! Glad you liked the stew. Hope the fish worked, Ive always used shrimp.


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