Friday, August 11, 2017

A Stinger-Free Life: Use Your Words

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.

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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I'm using: family ~ catfish ~ golf ~ girlfriend ~ underwear ~ wiggle
They were submitted by Dawn of Cognitive Script.

I wear underwear. My family prefers that I do. I'm not going to show you a picture as proof, because girlfriend, no one needs to see that. Now I don't wear underwear to golf, but that's only because I don't golf. If I wanted to go for a walk, I don't need to hit a ball every 15 minutes to do it, I'll just walk.

Now if I fished, I'd probably wear plastic underwear or maybe one of those bee keeper suits just to protect myself from catfish. Anything with a stinger, well, count me out. I'm running away from, not running towards and trying to catch. Duh.

I actually learned this lesson about fish and stingers long ago. I'm guessing I was in my teens and my whole extended family was in Florida for an uncle's wedding. We were spending an afternoon on the beach when I saw something truly beautiful in the water. I remember swimming towards it and getting fairly close before my older cousin started screaming something at me about a Man-of-War and to get out of the water. That was the first and last time I went towards anything that stings. From then on, I've done my best to make my life a stinger-free zone.

Now shrimp, that's a whole other story. 

Raspberry Broccoli Salad with Shrimp is a light, cold lunch or dinner perfect for a hot summer day. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #lunch #dinner

Raspberry Broccoli Salad with Shrimp
Raspberry Broccoli Salad with Shrimp is a light, cold lunch or dinner perfect for a hot summer day. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #lunch #dinner

Shrimp are not threatening, don't have any stingers that I know of (at least they don't in the grocery store) and are, without a doubt, delish. Of course the grocery store or fish market is the only place I plan to go to catch them. Throwing a net, letting it sink then dragging it up full of muck? Nope, not for me. I might break a nail. 

So here's the plan. I'm going to wiggle into my undies, go for a nice long walk (without spending thousands of dollars on clubs and plaid clothes and greens fees, thank you very much), then I'm going to the grocery store to cast my net for some lovely fresh (peeled and deveined) stinger-free shrimp. It's a hot summer day and I'm in the mood for a nice cold Raspberry Broccoli Salad with Shrimp for dinner.

Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:

Raspberry Broccoli Salad with Shrimp         

Printable Recipe

8 oz fresh snap peas

12 oz large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 TBSP honey
2 TBSP oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper

1 bag (1#) broccoli slaw
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup cranraisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

*Par cook the snap peas, about 2 minutes in the microwave then immediately immerse in ice water to stop the cooking.
*Heat the butter and olive oil and 1 clove garlic in a large skillet over medium high heat until very hot. Add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook for 2 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side until shrimp are completely pink and no longer translucent. Cool completely.
*Whisk together the apple cider vinegar, raspberry jam, honey, oil, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. 
*Drain the snap peas. Mix them with the broccoli slaw, green onions and red pepper.
*Pour the dressing over the salad, mix, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, mixing well now and then. Once the shrimp has cooled, add to the salad.
*When ready to serve, mix in the cranraisins and sunflower seeds.


  1. That salad sounds lovely, and I am with you, we don't need to get up close and personal with stinger creatures.
    I have never tried to golf, and I don't have the desire either, but I would probably be willing to go for a spin with one of those caddy vehicles ;-) Most definitely I'd be the first person to be back at the clubhouse for a glass of WHAT DO GOLFERS DRINK?

    1. IDK. Although I haven't golfed, I've had drinks at a golf course before. Does that count?

    2. Does that count? It sure does in my book! 🍹

  2. This shrimp dish look sensational Karen!

  3. I don't golf. I don't want to be around anything with stingers. And I do wear underwear. Alana

  4. Haha! I love your sense of humor. Nope - don't need any photos. I'll take your word on the underwear situation - and that salad looks like a perfect summertime do!

    1. So glad you joined in the Use Your Words challenge, Alicia. Hope you liked writing it and reading them as much as I do!

  5. OMG the underwear, bwahahaha. Loved the opening. I am so hooked on shrimp, so I need to try this recipe.

  6. hahahaha love how you used my word list! No underwear to golf huh?

  7. I used to love to fish, but haven't been in a very long time. We haven't had much luck here in SC. Not like we used to in KY. Doesn't compare to the fresh seafood that you can get here though! I'm only about 3 hours off of the coast. Sometimes worth the drive for an amazing meal! These days I'm spending more time in my own kitchen. Gotta try this salad it looks AMAZING!

    1. I would definitely drive 3 hours for fresh seafood, in fact I wish I could.


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