Shrimp pizza! yummy!

I really should be packing.  Like REALLY should be packing.  Tomorrow I head home for the shower in New Jersey.  I’m super excited to see a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time.  My mom has put a lot of time and effort into this, and I really really appreciate it.

 

THANK YOU MOM!!

 

However, I figured I’d share a fun pizza recipe with you before the weekend.  Ben and I made this on Monday night for dinner, and I’ve been craving leftovers ever since!  No photos, cause you know I get excited and just eat my food opposed to taking pictures of it (bad blogger).

Shrimp Scampi Pizza

Recipe by: ME!

Ingredients:

  • pizza dough (we buy raw dough in a bag from Harris Teeter that works quite well)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 20 pieces of shrimp, cooked and tailed removed (medium size)
  • 1 bag of pre-shredded mozza cheese (sure, you can shred yourself with fresh and I’m sure that would be fantastic; however, pre-shredded was what we had in our fridge)
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic
  • teaspoon (ish) of parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

  1. In a small saucepan, warm olive oil
  2. Once warm, add the garlic and allow it to simmer
  3. While simmering, roll out the pizza dough into whatever shape you prefer your pizza.  Ours was rectangle, just because that was the shape of our pan
  4. Once the garlic and oil have simmered for a bit (you don’t want the garlic to be quite browned yet), remove from heat and add in the shrimp and parsley.  Mix until all the shrimp is well coated and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the shrimp from the oil and set aside. Brush a light layer of the oil/garlic/parsley onto the dough.
  6. Add a very fine layer of cheese
  7. Add the shrimp to the pizza
  8. Cover the pizza with desired amount of cheese.  We ended up using 3/4 of the bag.
  9. Lightly drizzle a bit of the leftover oil/garlic/parsley over the pizza.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  11. Cook at 350 until the crust is cooked and the cheese is browned.
  12. ENJOY!

 

I love shrimp on pizza, when done right.  I’ve also had some places do it terribly.  What are you favorite pizza toppings?

 

I love visitors!

There was no traveling for me this weekend.  Instead everyone came to me.

Saturday afternoon Cheryl came over after her conference.  We immediately popped open a bottle of wine and began to catch up.  Since she graduated almost four years ago, I’ve seen Cheryl SIX times (in the fall of my senior year, AJ’s wedding, her wedding, when she was in DC for a conference in April 2009, Jess Eddy’s wedding and this weekend).  That’s a ton for someone who lives in Texas.  Granted a lot of that is because we are in the wedding years of our life, but still.  And I’ll get to see her in six weeks when she comes to Charleston for our wedding. 

That night we got dressed up and headed to Old Towne for dinner.  We popped into O’Connells for dinner.  I had a lamb burger that was pretty good.  Ben had the fish and chips and Cheryl had scallops – both seemed to enjoy their meal.  Afterwards, we tried to go to PX, but they didn’t have any room at the bar.  So we headed back to our apartment, ate a ton of guac, and chatted the night away. 

However, Cheryl and I were very bad bloggers.  Neither of us took a SINGLE photo of the evening. 

Sunday, after Cheryl left, my brother Jimmy ended up coming over.  He was in town because he had tickets to a bunch of the NCAA games in D.C.  We grabbed lunch at this adorable crêpe place in Pentagon Row and hung out for a bit.  It was good to see him. 

After he left, I took a nap and then made fajitas for dinner.  I haven’t had fajitas in FOREVER.  Of course, it was a bit labor intensive, but they were very good in the end. 

All in all, I loved my relaxing weekend with visitors!

The dance

well, it happens about once a decade, but last night BU finally had its shot at the dance.   Yes my friends, BU men’s basketball team actually made it to the March Madness tournament.  No not the NIT tournament, the NCAA March Madness tournament.

So yeah, we were matched up against Kansas, ranked number one and President Obama’s pick to win the tournament.

During the first half, BU put up quite a fight. For a hot second, they were even up by two.  But that didn’t last.  During the second half, Kansas ran away with the game.

photo of bu-kansas ncaa bball game
proof bu was up at somepoint!

 

We had some fellow BU-ers over last night to watch the game and we ordered wings from Wing Zone.  I forgot how much I love wings; I feel like we haven’t ordered any in forever.

Tonight, Cheryl comes over.  I’m super excited to spend some time with this lovely BU lady.

More wedding planning part duex

So the other day, I updated everyone on our trip to Charleston.  But one weekend wasn’t enough.  Last weekend, Ben and I traveled to New Jersey.  Ben’s parents were coming up to Jersey to hang out with my folks and meet the rest of my family.

First off, the best decision of the trip was renting a car.  While Ben’s jeep is fantastic in the summer, winter-long-distance trips in the jeep are the opposite of fun.  And his car gets terrible gas mileage.  So, we rented a car and it made a big difference in our travels.

Once we arrived home, we had dinner at the buffet at Harrah’s.  You name it, they have it.  A lot of the stations are manned, which is nice because the food is exactly as you want it and fresh.  I had a small steak, pasta (shocking, I know), King Crab Legs, asparagus and mashed potatoes.  For dessert, I had some banana fosters crepes and bread pudding.  Let me tell you, I was stuffed and it was fantastic.

The next morning, my mom hosted a big brunch for my family.  The future in-laws got a chance to meet my extended family (Ben had already met them) and everyone seemed to get along great.  After brunch, the B’s headed back to South Carolina.  My mom and I did some additional wedding planning and I hung out with my niece and nephew – they are getting SOOOO BIG.

On Sunday, I had dress fitting number one.  I’m lucky, there isn’t a whole lot that needs to be done.  Just taking the front up a little bit.  Otherwise, my dress fits like a glove (a very tight glove, but glove).  I’m so excited!!

So now we just need to put a few final touches on everything.  46 days!

More Wedding Planning

Why hello again.  Crazy wedding planning and resulted in a delay of blogging sorry.

Last weekend, Ben and I took an 11-hour train ride to Savannah, Ga., to meet up with his Uncle John, who is performing our ceremony.  The next day we drove the 2 1/2 hour drive from Savannah to Charleston.  Upon arrive to the city Benjamin and I went to the city courthouse to apply for our wedding license!  So excited!  That, plus Uncle John, are the only two things we really NEED to get married.  We didn’t want to wait until the last minute and have something go wrong.  But its done.

We then did the hair and makeup trial.  That went pretty well.  Both turned out looking fabulous.  But the best part of getting the hair trial was the woman had to curl my hair and then pin the curls up for the updo.  I slept with the hair still done, and the next morning when I took the bobby-pins out to prep for my engagement photos, I had these beautiful, huge curls.  Quickest getting ready EVER.

I’ll post my favorite photos, but check out the slide show our photog put together that has some of the highlights.

Up next, weekend at my parent’s with the B’s.