Sammies FTW

I’ve never been a sandwich for dinner type of girl. Probably because my momma spoiled me by making delicious dinners every night. Sandwiches were a lunch thing at our house. And for the most part, I still feel that way. 

But tonight, after a long day of cooking for a project at work, I couldn’t even imagine cooking. 

So I didn’t. 

Instead, I swam some laps in the pool. And then I made a delicious sandwich. 

Now this sammie is special. It’s got homemade bread from Me and McGee Market in North Little Rock. 

A good sandwich starts with good bread. Everything else is just extra. My sammie extras included ham, Gouda cheese, sliced heirloom tomato, baby arugula and spinach mix and horseradish mustard with a side of Terra Heritage Blend Chips. 

If you haven’t tried Terra chips, you need to. I love the Heritage blend. It has sweet potato chips, beet chips, parsnip chips and other delicious root veggies. I love all the colors. 

What is your favorite sammie? Favorite chips? 

Summer Grillin’

Nothing beats a hamburger on the grill. 

Lately, I’ve been grilling up some mean hamburgers. I found some delicious seasoning mix called Fennel and Fire’s Hambuger Blast. And it is life changing. 

I paired my burgers with fried potatoes, lady cream peas and sautéed lemon pepper okra from Me & McGee Market in North Little Rock. 

It was summer produce perfection. 

I absolutely love having a farmer’s market in my backyard. I actually have three within a couple miles of each other so I like to share the love. 

What have you been grillin’ lately? Favorite summer dinners? Favorite farmers’ markets?

Sautéed Shrimp Salad

With the days getting longer and warmer, I’ve found myself wanting to play outside when I get home from work. 

Boyfriend cleans the pool. I water the garden and flowers. We sit on the deck and chat while drinking a beer or a glass of wine. 

Then I realize it’s almost 8 p.m. and I haven’t even thought about what’s for supper. 

Last night was like that. I don’t ever want to be a slave to my kitchen. But I do want to make something quick and easy on the nights I’d rather just relax. 

Sautéed Shrimp Salad

What you need:

  • Favorite greens 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Cucumber 
  • Fresh dill
  • Fresh basil
  • Shrimp
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Red pepper flakes

First, prepare the salad. I used Buttercrisp lettuce I grew in the garden, cherry tomatoes, half a cucumber, fresh dill and fresh basil. 

I cut the tomatoes in half, and the cucumber into half moon shaped pieces. I julienned the basil and chopped the dill. 

The dill and basil took this simple salad to the next level. Very vibrant in flavor. 

Prepare the shrimp by seasoning with a little salt and pepper. Heat up the pan on medium high, and throw in a little olive oil and a couple cloves of garlic, roughly chopped. 

Add the shrimp to the screaming hot pan. Add in red pepper flakes to taste. Sauté until shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes. 

Turn off the heat and add in more fresh chopped dill and basil. Serve immediately. 

I separated my shrimp and salad because the shrimp had tails on. But I combined everything once I took care of the tails. Boyfriend went all in with a combination bowl. 

Light and fresh. This is a delicious meal to enjoy on the days when you’d rather not cook. 

I found it really satisfying to eat greens I grew myself. And if you aren’t growing an herb garden yet, go ahead and do that. It will take you cooking game up several notches. 

What is your go-to meal when you’d rather not be a slave to the kitchen?

How Does Your Garden Grow

Y’all, this is the first year I’ve planted a real garden. 

Boyfriend’s backyard had a very sad, overgrown raised garden bed, and after hours of laborious love we have nursed it back to health. 

Yes, we did get rainbow colored tomato cages. Because life is too short for regular tomato cages. 

In the garden, we planted Buttercrisp lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños, cucumbers, yellow squash, basil, dill, lavender and cat nip. 

We’ve placed insect repellent flowers throughout to help manage it. 

I’ve fertilized it once with organic plant food. And I’m impatiently waiting for fruit. 

So far, I’ve only trimmed the basil a couple of times, the lettuce once. What a nerve wrecking process that was. Lettuce is fickle. And it needs a ton of water. 

But I love coming home from work to check on it. It’s such a cool thing to grow your own food. My future salads will taste so good. 

I am really excited to share about my garden. It’s such a huge part of my life right now, and it will play a major role in the food I create in the upcoming months. 

Tell me about your garden. Do you have one/want one? What’s in it? How does it look right now? Feel free to post and share in the comments. Or on Facebook because I have that now. 😊