Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

July 22, 2008

Thursday night with the mermaids

What began as a pre theatre dinner gathering turned out to be a fun filled evening with a group of our mermaids! We had actually planned to have a little “we’re glad our friend Mary Kay Andrews is in town” party and then head off to the YMCA gym to watch the little play written by one of our locals theatre folks. But Mary Kay couldn’t make it down so the party must go on! In fact about an hour into the evening someone say- hey where’s Mary Kay! And we raised a glass of wine to toast her . I served fresh, fresh, fresh (right off the shrimp boats today fresh) shrimp. And Wine. And assorted goodies others brought. The shrimp were delicious!

Here is the recipe that will make your company swoon. Of course it helps when they are this fresh, but still a easy and yummy way to cook shrimp.

Bring a pot of water to a full boil. Dump your shrimp in the pot and let cook for maybe 3 minutes and they turn pink. Take them off the stove and pour into a colander. Immediately put ice on top to cool. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Pour into a big bowl and sprinkle with a very free hand Old Bay Seasoning. Toss and add one lemon cut into quarters. Serve with home made cocktail sauce!

Birds and Bees and my flower box!

My flower box in front of my house continues to attract the birds and the bees! I’ve had a number of bumble bees enjoying the flowers and today -yet another ruby throated hummingbird!! Appartently there is a nationwide decline in bumble bees- which is NOT a good thing, but my wild native flowers is attracting them here to me! There is a website for everything in the world and bumble bees are no exception. visit http://www.bumblebees.org/ and you can learn everything you need, including the specific type of window box to plant to attract more of these hard working little guys. This is a picture I took of my flower box, you can’t see the bumble bee ( I wasn’t fast enough to get the picture of the humingbird either!). BTW , if you haven’t read the comments on the last blog I did on humingbirds, go back and read what one expert added about these little birds. Great reading!