And here’s our exciting news of the week… we got a new puppy! She is a six-week old French Brittany pup and her name is June (or Juin, in French). She is adorable and spunky and pretty gosh darn feisty, and we are already completely smitten with her! I’d like to disclaim by making a note that she moves too fast to get a good picture! Once she got comfortable, she played and played, chased Harold and Wallace and our feet, and then retired to her new crate.
More food! I haven’t posted this many recipes in ages. But like I said last week, I have been cooking a lot because we have had a plethora of summer veggies at our fingertips. This dish was an easy, impulsive way to use some fresh Hopkins Farms cherry tomatoes, homegrown basil, and fresh gulf shrimp from our local Dixie Dandy. It was light and full of flavor and a real winner in my book because it took approximately 15 minutes from start to finish.
Since it was something I just threw together, I hadn’t planned on taking any pictures, so all I’ve got are pictures of the finished product. Rest easy though – I promise, it’s a piece of cake. Just please excuse my imprecise measurements, and take that as creative license to alter them however you’d like.
Summer Shrimp Pasta Recipe
- half a box angel hair pasta
- 1 pint fresh cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 pound fresh gulf shrimp, peeled
- 1 glass dry white wine – maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup? (plus another for you to drink)
- 1 small jar capers and their juice
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 large bunch fresh basil
Heat a large cast iron skillet to medium heat and put cherry tomatoes in (without any oil). Allow them to cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to char a bit and burst. In the meantime, cook pasta according to package directions.
At that point, turn the skillet down a bit and add the oil, white wine, and shrimp. This part may get dicey. Stir often and allow shrimp to cook through. Add the cooked and drained noodles to the skillet, along with the entire jar of capers and their juice. Toss and transfer to a serving bowl. Toss with salt and pepper and fresh basil and serve immediately.
The entire process should take no more than 15 minutes from start to finish, making it the perfect meal, in my opinion. You could add some spinach or something to make it even more complete, but this is just a perfect summer dish to me. And a lesson in why you should always keep a jar of capers in the fridge.
Wheat once told me that people would get bored if I kept calling my weekend recap posts “Weekend Recap.” So please excuse the randomness of the title.
However, that is precisely the three main things that my weekend consisted of: a trip to visit the badass gals at Paperworks Press in Tallahassee, a Crawfish Boil at Ventry Farm with Marc and Anna Jo, hitting the stained glass jackpot on Craigslist, and then spending all day Sunday in the shed working on a stained glass project.
I shared this video on Instagram Saturday morning, but it’s worth sharing again. Letterpress is so fascinating! I think because it is such an old technique – you know me: the older the better! Sheri and Alicia created some custom letterpress notecards for me with the oyster and pearls I hand drew for my logo.
So cute! Much more to come on these two ladies very soon!
Saturday afternoon, Wheat, my parents, and I went to a crawfish boil with Marc and Anna Jo at Marc’s family farm. His parents go to Louisiana a few times a year and always bring back an insane amount of mudbugs. We were SO excited to be invited to the 75-pound feast!
Believe me, it was as awesome as it looks.
Back to Saturday so I can tell you about Sunday. After an impromptu lunch date on Saturday with a friend at Whole Foods, I hit the stained glass Craigslist jackpot. I am a firm believer that if you put good vibes out into the universe, what you want will come to you. I wanted a glass grinder, and I found one in no time flat. Along with a tupperware full of glass, extra grinding bits, soldering iron and stand, lots of tools, patinas, and other supples – even a pair of gloves that somehow fit my tiny hands! It was meant to be.
I took a stained glass course my last semester of undergrad, and I’ve wanted to get back into it ever since. Now that I have a shed/workspace – never mind that I most likely have no business taking up another hobby at this point in my life – I’m back at it.
I had some scrap glass leftover from that college class (I finally made it worth toting it around in all my moves in the last 4 years) that I had made some random pieces with a couple weekends ago, including a couple of sun catchers, a wall vase, and a couple of necklaces. Nothing mind-blowing, of course, but good for practice and getting reacquainted.
Also in the Craigslist box, was a tiny, unfinished project from the person it all once belonged to. I felt compelled to finish it for her before I got started on my own project on Sunday.
I don’t know if the original owner intended for this to be a sun catcher or part of a larger piece of work, but it’s a sun catcher now and I’ll think of the original owner when I see it. :)
Once I got all my new-to-me supplies and tools organized and that little sun catcher finished up, and set about starting my first bigger project utilizing my new grinder. You can do so much more with a grinder. It makes tiny pieces and curves possible, so I found a hummingbird stained glass pattern I loved (along with a few more I plan to make for a certain mom who loves hummingbirds) and got to work.
Again, I’m a complete amateur, and my pieces aren’t pattern perfect, but it will be okay. And just to give you an idea of how time-consuming a hobby this is, I started this project around 1:00 p.m. I took a quick break for lunch and another for supper, and got to the point where I took this next picture around 10:00 p.m.
First you have to pick a pattern, use pattern scissors to cut out each piece from a copy of it, label each piece, pick out glass for each piece, trace the pattern pieces on to the glass and label them, rough cut each piece of glass, grind each piece of glass, wash the glass, copper foil each piece, then you finally solder them all together. Whew! It’s a long process, but it’s really meditative for me. I’m so glad I jumped back in after all this time. And thankful for a husband who cooked me a steak dinner while I was doing it. (In my defense, he did get to play golf all day… And then eat a steak dinner. ;)
At lunch yesterday I soldered everything together, added hooks, painted on the black patina, waxed it, and added chain. It’s hard to tell how pretty it is, but here are some iPhone pics of the finished product. I’ve still got lots of practicing to do, but I was pretty excited about how this turned out!
If anyone has any great stained glass resources they recommend (either online or IRL), I would love to hear about them in the comments! Or feel free to shoot me an email.
Now back to that steak dinner. ;)
While at Whole Foods, I picked up a couple of these truffled mac n cheeses from the deli counter. They were so good alongside a hand-cut ribeye from Jones Meats and some fresh Hopkins Farms squash and onions. This meal was a little ridiculously indulgent, but I think we earned it.
We have some exciting things going on this week that I’ll share when the time comes… but until then, I hope everyone has a great week!
Shop this post:
custom letterpress goods (Paperworks Press)
waxed canvas koozie (Anhaica Bag Works)
stained glass supplies (Glassworks by Susan)
stained glass necklace (unintentionally similar by Canadian artisan Here and Now)
stained glass wall vase (inspired by Athens artisan Copper & Torch)