Shrimp Linguine Makes Everything Better

What a crazy few months its been. We are glad 2012 is done and over.  There has been so much life happening around here I haven’t been able to post since we finished up harvesting in South Dakota.


We came home short one dog. Our collie Sophie has been missing since October 6th from Harrold, SD. We’ve had several phone calls but it never ends up to be Sophie. Sophie was such a good girl we miss her so much.

We have taken in our daughters’ dog Chevy who is a black lab collie cross. Chevy is still a pup and will be 1 in March. Chevy likes to bark at any movement in the yard. Our other dog Peaches told Chevy she is the queen around here and that will not be changing. They get along pretty good however, I think Peaches gets annoyed by the playful puppy at times.

We are busy getting ready for the 2013 growing season. We are doing book-work and planning for the season.  I started going through seeds, figuring out what needs to be ordered and mapping out the garden and beds. I will be starting some perennial flowers and strawberries this month. It’s always good to have something growing and watch the little seed come to life in the dead of winter.

I have been busy painting walls and trim and hope to tackle the kitchen cupboards soon.  I have been working on the cure by Apartment Therapy.  It is such a great motivational tool and wonderful community – this is my fourth time.  Each day you receive a new email assignment to work on.  I have tackled our bathroom closets, kitchen cupboards and kids rooms.  I have many projects in the works I hope to share in the future.

January starts the birthday season around here with Brett turning 2. We each have a birthday every month until May.

We are expecting the birth of our first granddaughter in April which will definitely shake things up around here.

I will leave with one of my all-time favorite recipes – Shrimp Linguine. This isn’t very healthy but it makes a lot so its good to make for a potluck and not have it sitting around. I get to make it less than once a year since some of us around here have a strong dislike for peppers & onions.

Shrimp Linguine
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 1 pint Cream
  • ½ tsp chopped Garlic
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 3-4 Peppers, chopped (yellow, orange or red are best),
  • ½ pound fresh Mushrooms
  • 1 can Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 8 oz. Mayo
  • 2-16 oz. boxes Linguine Noodles broken into 3" pieces
  • 1 small box Mexican Velveeta
  • 1-1/2 pounds Large Shrimp, tails removed
  • ½ tsp. Cajun Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese for serving

It’s a Jungle Down There

I’ve been using Aerogrow hydroponic micro-nutrient supplement in my water this year and does it ever work!  I have a jungle of tomatoes – they have slowed down a little now that I am able to open a window in the room.    Yesterday I had to take a light bulb out just to move the tomatoes – the tomatoes had grown around it.  The seedlings receive 16 hours of fluorescent grow lights a day and they have a fan oscillating in front of them which helps keep them sturdy and not leggy.  They will be brought outside slowly over 2 weeks so they can adapt to their new environment otherwise they will burn and flop over.

A Castor Bean emerging from the seed

Broccoli Seedlings


I’m sharing this at  

A Mini greenhouse

This is the first year of having raised beds I only have a few things started in them so far.  One box has potatoes another has broccoli, spinach, garlic, lettuce the next one I planted seeds just yesterday and the other is empty still.  After my green house was destroyed due to high winds I was looking around for a solution.  I came across the garden clip system from there is more information about the clips here.  All I needed were the clips and black poly pipe. I had my husband cut rebar into 2′ sections which we pounded into the ground with a sledgehammer.  Next we took the pipe and cut it to proper length and inserted it onto the rebar and just like that we had a structure.  I spread the plastic out and clipped it to the pipe.  This was way easier than setting up the greenhouse!

I took the corner pipe off so you can see the rebar.  The pipe just sits on top of it.

Of course my little helper was assisting he is holding the clips and standing in the black poly pipe roll.  It kept him entertained for a few minutes.  

I just put a board on the ends to keep things tight at night.  It stays very warm inside I try to open it up during the day so everything doesn’t burn up.

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