Archive | June, 2012

Thai Chili Summer Skewers

30 Jun

Thanks to Pinterest, trying new recipes has become a new hobby to the mostly kitchen-adverse Lauer girls. There’s not much better than grilling in the summer (even in 108 degrees in Texas) and we’re big fans of Gina over at Skinnytaste so Jaclyn and I decided to whip up a version of her Bangin’ Grilled Shrimp Skewers.  I’m a bit of a seafood wimp so we decided we’d also throw some chicken into the mix.  And what are kabobs without some green peppers and onions?  Our adapted version of the recipe can be found below – we’ll take more pictures of the process next time!

Thai-Chili Summer Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 8 tbsp Thai Sweet Chili Sauce (plus more for dipping)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha (or a little more if you like things extra spicy!)
  • 4 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp scallions, chopped fine
  • 20 raw shrimp, de-shelled
  • 3 large boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium-sized green bell peppers, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium-sized sweet onions, cut into chunks
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • oil spray
  • skewers (if you’re using wooden, make sure to soak them for 20-30 minutes to avoid burning)

Process:

  1. Add Thai chili sauce, sriacha, mayo, and scallions into a bowl and mix.
  2. Place raw shrimp in a large plastic bag and add half of the above mixture – shake to coat.
  3. Repeat above step with boneless chicken chunks & peppers/onions.
  4. Add the marinated chicken, pepper, and onions to skewers – alternating between the three.
  5. Spray your grill (thoroughly) with cooking oil spray.
  6. Place chicken skewers on grill – these will probably take about 20 minutes to cook through.  Make sure to turn them once every 5 minutes to get a good grill on each side.
  7. Add marinated shrimp to skewers and place on the grill after the chicken skewers have been on for about 10 minutes.  These will take about 6 minutes on each side.
  8. Remove all skewers from grill – serve and enjoy!

  

Served with Papa Lauer’s famous fried rice

Charlie says

29 Jun

WHOA!!!!! Oh, I thought I saw a ghost.

It was just Aunt Jac.

Pale Ails

29 Jun

A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to break out the summer work wardrobe.  Once it hits 90 degrees in Texas, it’s almost unbearable to even think about putting on a pair of pants. If you don’t work in long term care, you might be under the impression that a summer work wardrobe consists of cute dresses, wedges, and sleeveless tops.  If you do work in long term care, you know that it consists of none of those things.  Instead, my closet is filled with knee-length skirts, short-sleeved cardigans, and flats.  I guess I should be grateful that this means no knee-highs. Do people even say knee-highs anymore?   I feel like such a granny when I say it.  No offense to the grannies, of course.  Anyways, it’s summer time and this means more skirts.  I don’t care if they’re knee-length, as long as I’m not wearing winter pants in 90 degree weather.

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My first day of wearing a skirt inevitably drew some attention.  Mostly positive comments: “I love your skirt!”, “Oh my gosh, you’re wearing a skirt?!”, “How pretty!”, etc.  It felt nice.  It also felt like I should put a little bit more thought into my wardrobe choices and not dress like a 60 year old woman just because I work with the elderly. How many 28-year olds own six short-sleeved cardigans?  Either way, it was nice.

…Until 4 pm.  I was bringing a resident back from an activity when I noticed another resident from across the hall staring me down.  I called out hello to her, and thought I heard her reply, “You’re so pretty”.  I replied, “Thanks!” and she said, “No really… come closer.”  I slowly nervously made my way across the hallway, and she said aloud what should have been a thought kept to herself, “Wow, you are SO pale.”  Oh.  “Yes, yes I am.”  She asked me if I’d always been that pale.  I told her that yes, indeed I had.  As if this wasn’t brutal enough, she went on to say, “Honey, I was staring at your legs because I thought for SURE you had to be wearing white pantyhose.”

Oh. My. God.

First off, I don’t think I’ve worn white pantyhose since Easter of 1989, and secondly, am I really THAT pale?!

I tried to play off this delightful conversation by making a comment about how I felt fortunate to be so “fair-skinned” (that’s PC lady, get it together) because one day, I would have beautiful skin like her.  Instead of taking my extended olive branch and running with it, she responded, “Oh no, I was never THAT pale.”

Got it.  Looks like I’ll be spending more time at the pool this summer.  With SPF 50, of course.

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24 Jun

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