Southern Cheesy Grits and Shrimp

So I made this recipe weeks….months ago and have been wanting to post ever since! I thought it would be a good one for Mardi Gras, but that came and went, so…my bad. Anyway, it was super easy, super delicious, and super filling! I also realized two bowls and 20 pictures too late that I didn’t take any pictures of the process. And I’m totally one of those people who only reads posts filed with pictures- especially food and recipe related- because I’m nosy and I’m highly visually motivated. So, again, that’s my bad, and hopefully the end shots are just enough to go by!

Shrimp and Southern Grits (serves 4-6)


4 cups water

1 cup grits (I used quick cooking, but whatever is fine)

3T butter

2C shredded sharp cheddar

1Lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

4-6 slices of bacon

4t lemon juice

2T chopped parsely

1 C sliced scallions

1 large, diced garlic clove

Here we go:

cook grits according to package ( I’m pretty sure 4 C water to 1C grits is standard, but depending on brand/type the cooking time will vary). Once cooked, remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese. Consume about half the pot with straight up butter and cheese like I did. Or don’t..Whatever. 

Dice bacon and cook in large skillet. While this is going, rinse shrimp and pat down dry. When the bacon is done cooking, drain on a paper towel. Add shrimp into bacon pan + grease, and cook until pink. Add everything else, but grits mixture to skillet and sautee for a few minutes.

Spoon grits into a serving bowl. Spoon skillet mixture over the top. Enjoy!

I made this for dinner one night, but this is traditionally a breakfast dish. But be warned, it’s one of those breakfast dishes that will put you straight into foodcoma for the rest of the day. It was creamy, and cheesy, and all kinds of delicious! Bonus- it was also easy and took very little prep//had a very quick cooking time. And leftovers are just as good the next day!

BRB, going to figure out how to take pictures with food all over my hands/every surface of the kitchen



Big things happening

BIG changes in the blog:

1) My second post (this one) only took me 4 months to do. But in my defense it’s been busy! And I’ve been trying to fill in my little “pages” links

2) I added a picture to the header! It only took 2 articles and a youtube tutorial to do the simplest of tasks!

I’ve been trying to figure out how this works- how to create a custom design, a signature, etc. before I really start going because, well, that’s just how I work. I like to have things set before I dive in. But I think a header picture is about as good as it’s going to get right now. Homegirl does not have time right now to learn how to code and troubleshoot and know what alpha and beta is. That’s a lot of googling. And those probably aren’t even correct terms. BUT I signed up on bloglovin (<a href=””>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>), revisited my Twitter account for the first time in 6 years, and am committing myself to start posting more. I was going to put a recipe up, but I don’t have any pictures that are worthy, and since I’m the only one to lay eyes on this right now, no pressure right?!

Anyway, I have a nice free weekend ahead, so hopefully I can get some stuff done and provide updates with actual pictures! How long do you think it will take me to find out how to post pictures?

BRB, going to glue myself to Bloglovin and try to figure out what it takes//get addicted to some new sites.

~Ariel (Let’s just pretend that this is some cool, flashy, picture signature for now, okay?)

Soo…this is happening

Well, here goes nothing. My attempt at blogging. I figure, at least I can look back on this in a few years and laugh. Like looking back on my old aim profile wHeRe i TyPeD lYkE ThIs aNd UsEd AlOt oF sOnG QuOtEs~*~. Or clicking backwards on facebook pictures to find the most embarrassing ones from high school. Anyway, at least a place for me to document my everyday adventures and thoughts; A place to keep track of the recipes, DIYs, and stories. Plus, it helps me pass the time at work, like a true adult.

I am 24, and have no idea what I want to do in life, though I do work a steady, moderately corporate job that I have a love-hate relationship with. I am a new, semi-home owner (I say that because in reality, I just pay my boyfriend rent. But i’ll take some of the credit) who is obsessed with DIY on our 100 year old house. Disclaimer: I have no idea how to DIY. I love to cook and I hate to clean. I not particularly great at any of these things, but I love to do stuff. I like to learn and try new things. And since I’m constantly creeping on other blogs for ideas and tutorials, I thought that I could spread the love and wealth with my own. 

To be honest, I’ll probably just talk a lot about my crazy husky, Koda, and occasionally remember//not be too lazy to touch on other things. But join me on my quest to “young house love-it” and make it BIG in the blogosphere. I feel like it’s this crazy underground community with cliques and shit. You got your DIYers, the fashion bloggers,  JV jocks, the sexually active band geeks… (Mean Girls, anyone?! Beware of the plastics!) I hope I’m a cool asian, though, let’s be real, in this world, I might fit in better with the desperate wannabes.

Welp, this single post took me about 2 hours too long. Partly because I’m multi-tasking at my work desk and hiding from everyone here, but mainly because my edit settings are in that overtype mode where it erases everything when you try to edit/add/change text. Do you know what I’m talking about? It’s really annoying. And, of course, I can’t figure out how to get out of it or change it in settings.

BRB, going to google “how to use wordpress to start a blog”.