Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail is so delicious and easy to make. Roasting the shrimp gives it a more complex flavor, I love to make this for parties. I usually get a large pack of shrimp from Costco. To keep the costs down, I don’t get the 12-15 count, I get the 21-25 count, they are already deveined and the tails left on.They taste wonderful and make a nice presentation.

For shrimp

2 pounds (12 to 15 count) shrimp
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

For the sauce

1/2 cup chili sauce (recommended Heinz)
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended Tabasco)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place then on a sheet pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread them in one layer. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through. If using smaller shrimp (21-25 count) cook 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

For sauce, combine the chili sauce, ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Serve as a dip with the shrimp.

For individual servings I place 1 teaspoon of sauce, one small lemon wedge and one shrimp in container such as miniature martini glass, shot glass or mini plates. Party city has a nice selection of these items.

I got this recipe from the Food Network
This recipe was adapted from 2008, Barefoot Contessa Back to the Basics

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Roasted Shrimp CocktailRoasted Shrimp Cocktail

Weight Loss – Week 20

What a busy week. I had what seemed the whole summer of activities in one week, and of course it involved lots of food. I had my plan in place not to gain any weight. We combined our anniversary and my birthday into one event and went to the park for a picnic with our daughter and grandkids. I packed a picnic lunch of roasted shrimp cocktail, quinoa salad, chips and salsa, grapes, and cupcakes. It was a lot of fun and exactly what I had planned to keep the calories down but still enjoy ourselves.

Since I would be making appetizers for a friends granddaughters wedding reception on Saturday, my friend picked me up to go shopping for supplies and when we sure finished she suggested going out to lunch for my birthday, well who could resist that? So she took me to Beverly’s which happens to be one of my favorite restaurants. I had the express lunch which consists of small portions of soup, Caesar salad, open face sandwich and dessert. It was wonderful and so nice to spend time with my best friend. We both just marveled at the beautiful view of the lake and how much we love living in Coeur d’Alene. This was not in my plan, but so worth every bite and every calorie. Sometimes you just have to live a little!

Next event was the class reunion, my husbands 45th, where did all the years go, can this even be possible?  It was held at a restaurant on the outside patio, the weather was perfect and such a delight to see so many people. I had one drink and nibbled on my husbands food just as I had planned.

The last event was the wedding reception and since I was making appetizers and very busy with the preparation, food was the farthest thing from my mind, I even forgot to drink my smoothie! The reception was lovely and everything was perfect, I didn’t eat too much. (Maybe one more cookie than I should have.)

I did not exercise as much as I would like and that was my down-fall. I weighed before I went to my meeting and according to my scale I had lost a little, but according to the scale at TOPS I stayed the same as last week, which is called a turtle. So glad that week is behind me and I was please I didn’t gain any weight. What I did gain is the knowledge that planning is so important. Next week I have to kick up the exercising.

Bourbon Lemonade

Bourbon Lemonade is the perfect cocktail on a hot summer day.
A little tart but oh so refreshing!

Bourbon Lemonade

In a pint size glass squeeze half of a fresh lemon
Add a sprig of fresh mint (about 12 leaves) stem side down in the bottom of the glass
Muddle the mint to release the oil from the leaves and stem
Fill the glass one third full with crushed ice
Add 3/4 cup of lemonade
1 1/2 ounces of bourbon
Stir to combine
Garnish with a slice of lemon

Muddle the MintAdd crushed iceAdd BourbonAdd LemonadeStirEnjoy!



Oatmeal Cake Recipe

Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Pecan Topping

Oatmeal Cake

This is one of my favorite cakes from my childhood. It is moist, delicious and definitely a crowd pleaser.

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan

In a small bowl add
1 cup quick oats
1-1/2 cups boiling water
Pour water into the oats, stir, and let cool while mixing the other ingredients

In a mixing bowl add
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cube butter or margarine softened
2 eggs well beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed
Add the oats and water mixture
Mix for 1 minute on medium speed
In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients and stir to mix
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp, baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Add to cake batter and mix 1 minute at medium speed until well blended
Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9×13 inch pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes

Coconut Pecan Topping
In a medium saucepan add
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 Tablespoon milk
Heat on medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved
Stir in
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Pour topping over cooled cake and put under broiler until topping is lightly brown. Watch carefully, it burns easily.
Oatmeal Cake

Weight Loss – Week 19

What a crazy week, time has just flown by. My sister went back home to California and it was sad to see her go, I can’t believe how fast two weeks went. I was so surprised that I lost 1.7 pounds this week, I thought it was only going to be a few ounces. I love surprises like that! One of the ladies asked me how much weight I’d lost and I told her I didn’t know and I haven’t really thought about it. I got out my calculator and it added up to 24.7 pounds that I have lost. I have been so focused on my goal weight, it made me realize that it is important to look back and celebrate how far I have come, not only in weight loss but other areas of my life. I went to the doctor and got my goal weight slip, that is one of the requirements for TOPS, now it is in writing and is official. For the contest we are doing at TOPS this week, I’m going to drink a glass of water before each meal as suggested by one of my readers (Thank You). Next week is going to be a challenge, I have an anniversary, birthday, class reunion, and a wedding reception to attend which means lots of food. I do have a plan in place so I will see how it works out.