Thursday, 21 July 2011 07:08

Vacation Week: Thursday Night Dinner

Written by Colleen
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Happy Vacation Week Thursday Night Dinner! When you're on vacation (and you're lucky enough to be staying somewhere with a stove), you want most of the meals that you do cook to be as simple and as low-key as possible (you are on vacation, after all).

This 5 Minute Grilled Shrimp recipe is absolutely perfect for vacations-- very few ingredients and very little time required. And check out the cute, handmade cards below to make before you go on vacay and to fill out while you're chilling poolside.

Five Minute Grilled Shrimp grilled_shrimp

What you need:

  • 16 jumbo shrimp, deveined in shell, raw
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, for brushing
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 lemons, halved

What to do:

Ready the grill or preheat griddle or grill pan over high heat. Butterfly shrimp by slicing nearly all the way through them lengthwise. Leave the shell on. Brush the shrimp with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill two minutes on each side until the shell is opaque. Squirt with lemon wedges to serve.  Serves 2-4, depending on what you’re serving them with.

If you’ve got the grill going, throw some olive-oiled veggies such as assorted bell peppers, bell mushrooms and onion slices onto some foil and grill ‘em up to serve as a side (veggies will take longer to cook than the shrimp, 12-15 minutes.)  Or serve with Goat Cheese, Please!!! Salad.

Serves 3-4.  (photo from

Handmade Cards

When I'm on vacation and finally have some down-time, I love to catch up on my Thank You's and Birthday cards. I usually make these before I leave, and then write them up and address and mail while I'm on vacation. But you can also bring the supplies with you to make while you're there.















Tied Up Cards
by Colleen Reillycard_items_needed

What you need: 

  • Rectangular card stock (mine was 5 1/2" x 7 1/2")
  • Tissue paper
  • Thread and needle
  • Wraphia or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Elmers glue

What to do:

1.  Fold up the card: Fold in the two long sides an even amount (for this size paper, I fold in about 1 3/4"-2".  Measure to be exact, but I just eyeball mine.














2.  Cut out decorating elements: For this card, I cut out a square of card stock  in a contrasting color that will fit on one of the folds.















Next I cut out a smaller square of tissue paper that will fit inside the yellow square.















3.  Sew together decorating elements: In a contrasting color, hand sew the tissue paper to the yellow card stock square.















4.  Finish up: Glue the hand sewn decorating elements to the card, write your thank yous and then tie up with a piece of wraphia or ribbon! Experiement with different colors, different shaped and colored decorating elements. (May require extra postage. Check before sending!)











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