Friday, March 13, 2009

Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, Me-o My-o

Goodbye Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne, the sweetest one, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have good fun on the bayou.

Jambalaya, a crawfish pie and a file gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

Thibodeaux, Fontainbleau, the place is buzzin'
Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen
Dress in style, go hog wild, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

Jambalaya, a crawfish pie and a file gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

Thank you Hank Williams Sr.! I haven't always been a fan of Country & Western music. Very few teenagers share music tastes with their dads. But many of these old songs that I rolled my eyes at way back then...I remember word-for-word. ;o)

Why am I into C&W tonight? timetries saw my post and recipe for Gumbo. While she and her husband were on their Daytona FL bike week trip, he ate Shrimp Jambalaya really liked it. tismetries asked if I had a Jambalaya recipe. I found a dozen or more recipes in my cookbooks. I settled on one that seemed really familiar and cooked it tonight. Yep. Correct recipe.

First, last night after supper I took my one and only package of frozen south Louisiana wild Gulf shrimp out of the freezer. (Do you know how hard it is to find shrimp in grocery stores not near the Gulf coast that's not from Thailand or China?! Just pert near impossible!) Anyway, I put the package of rock hard frozen shrimp in a dish and left it on the counter. I asked Sam to remind me to put it in the refrigerator before we went to bed. An hour or so later, he stuck his head in my sewing room door on his way to bed. I wrapped up what I was doing, walked into the hall, looked toward the 'other' end of the house to find it dark. Then, I went to bed. When I walked into the kitchen this morning...yep. There sat a bag of room temperature shrimp. Sigh. Sam's office is off the kitchen. He walked past the shrimp on the kitchen island as he left the room and turned out the light. Drats. I bought more shrimp this afternoon. If he was fishing any at all, I would've labeled the other bag and thrown it back in the it is...all wasted.

Anyway. Here's the picture of what's left after our supper:

And here's the recipe.


3 tablespoons bacon grease (or vegetable oil)
3 tablespoons flour
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green (bell) pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 cups cleaned raw shrimp
salt and pepper to taste
green onion top, sliced
2 cups cooked rice

Make a roux with the oil and flour, cook until light brown. Cook until onions are soft. Add tomato sauce, water, shrimp, salt, and pepper. Simmer 30 minutes. Add cooked rice and simmer five mnutes longer. Serve hot. Garnish with parsley and green onion top.
tismetries! I hope your husband enjoys his Jambalaya!!!

Dogwoods are blooming! If we didn't need the rain, I'd say unfortunately it's raining and I can't get a decent photo yet. But we do need the rain. This was taken about 7:30 a.m. on the way to school Wednesday morning. I hadn't realized the dogwoods were in full bloom until Sam mentioned it. This tree is in a pasture so is almost a "lolly-pop" tree. In their natural state in the woods, the larger trees filter out the sunlight and the dogwoods seem to grow and bloom in feathery layers. When the weather breaks, I'll try to get some more photos.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

One Last Warm Day

We were up past 80 degrees today. And, my oh my! Was it ever humid!! Tomorrow we wake to the low 60s...and that is as warm as it will be. Afternoon temperatures are predicted to be between 45 and 48 with an 80% chance of storms. ;o) So much for a glimpse of spring. LOL This IS spring for northeast Texas! Just the norm.

A couple of days ago, I took a picture of one of my azaleas.
Today, I just can't believe the number of buds on the bushes and look how many have opened on this one!
I haven't had the line dance dvd on in a week or so, but thinking back to the H.O.G. Christmas party, I do know another dance. I asked the teenagers at school today and found out the name. It's called the Cupid Shuffle and it is SO easy! (Don't forget to turn my 'jukebox' off at the bottom.)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Rainy Day

We got some rain today. Just for the morning, then the rain cleared out even if the clouds didn't. Predictions are for rain nearly all week. I hope so!

More signs of spring. As one variety of daffodils wanes...

...another begins to bloom.

I had a don't wanna do nothin' day day. I roamed from the television to the computer to the sewing machine nearly all day. I watch Sunday Morning and a church service out of Shreveport (when we don't make it to church physically). After that...there's not much of anything else on. Even when the NASCAR race started...after I'd finished my nachos, I just couldn't sit still.