Month: July 2015

pickled shrimp & spicy crackers


I thought I would mix up the blog a bit by adding in one of my favorite Southern classics. Pickled Shrimp and Spicy Crackers is a summer staple around these parts and I have finally!!! perfected the recipe. I can’t take credit for either of these but the recipes below are my adaptations of several other recipes. You should definitely give these a try and let me know what you think. We sure love them around here, and the best part is that they both get better the longer they marinate.


These crackers are also amazing with West Indies Salad and I’m sure I could think of 100 ways to use them. But honestly, they are the best with these shrimp or just plain. You can adjust the heat depending on how much red pepper flakes you use.


If you give these recipes a try let me know what you think. Also, if you would like to see more posts like this, let me know in the comments below. Thanks so much for stopping by !!!!


Pickled Shrimp

2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 cup Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar

1 tsp Coriander Seeds

2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning

1 tsp Freshly Ground White Pepper

8 Dried Hot Chili Peppers

1 tsp Mustard Seeds

14 Bay Leaves

4 Lemons, thinly sliced

1 Lemon, quartered

6 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced

1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp Celery Seeds

2 Medium Onions, quartered and very thinly sliced

3 lbs 1 Large Glass Jar with Lid

To cook shrimp, fill a large pot with water and Old Bay Seasoning and a quartered lemon. Bring to a boil over high heat.

Add the shrimp to water, as soon as the water returns to a simmer, remove from the heat. The shrimp will have just begun to curl and have turned a bright pink. Do not allow the water to boil, or the shrimp will be tough. Drain—but do not rinse the shrimp, or the flavor will go right down the drain. Reserve the broth, if desired. Allow the shrimp to cool.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss thoroughly. Pack everything into a large glass jar, cover, and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to come together. Serve as an hors d’oeuvre with toothpicks and napkins. Or with Spicy Saltine Crackers.


Spicy Saltine Crackers

1 cup Canola Oil

1 package Ranch Salad Dressing Mix

3 tbsp Red Pepper Flakes

4 sleeves Saltine Crackers

The most important part of this recipe is to have the right container. You will need a large bowl or Tupperware with a lid that allows the crackers to be tossed around gently.

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl with a lid. Toss gently for about 5 minutes making sure all the crackers are coated. Continue flipping the container every 30 minutes or so for a few hours. These crackers are best after about 12-24 hrs.

illustrated faith

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 faith –  complete trust or confidence is someone or something

Illustrated Faith is the concept of expressing your faith through artistic and creative mediums. Shanna Noel has brought the crafting community many products over the past couple of years. Whether it was her design work for Studio Calico Kits, the two paper collections she developed, or the sweet and encouraging words you could find her leaving on blogs, youtube videos, and facebook posts. All of these things are incredible accomplishments, but perhaps none as inspiring as her new endeavor Illustrated Faith. This is a true gift to the community. Below is a video showing some of the products available. I encourage you to checkout the Illustrated Faith facebook group as well as the website.  For today only there is a special in the etsy shop. The concept of Just One … below is the information from Shanna. Thanks so much for stopping by!

From Shanna:

From the very beginning of Illustrated Faith God has laid it on my heart that if “Just One” person is touched by this then it is all worth it. All the sweat, all the praying, all the long nights, all the frustrations, all the joys, all the triumphs, all the confusion, all the conversation, all the blog posts, all the newsletters, all the chats, all the praying, all the emails, all the organizing, all the searching, all the praying, it would all be worth it if just one personfound a way to have that same LIGHT BULB moment that leads to an unquenchable thirst for a living, breathing, relationship with God.

He has also reminded me that if “just that one person” is ME that it is EQUALLY worth it! That is how much he loves us friends. It really is unimaginable. But we try, and I see so many of you trying! I see so many of you that have that same message of “Just One ” as you purchase devotional kits for your friends! We want to join in with you over the next couple of days when you buy a kit, you will receive a devotional kit to give to that “one” person in your life that you know would benefit from this! That one person in your life that when you see a beautiful illustration of God’s amazing love your heart just SINGS that persons name – “My friend Amanda would LOVE this, my sister Jane NEEDS this, my cousin Jason would ROCK this!” Whatever it is, here is your chance to partner with us to bring this devotional kit to them!

HOW: I know you may be getting excited thinking of all the people you want to give kits to now LOL! But I urge you to really focus on that person God has laid on your heart and buy with intention! Here is how it’s going to work, head on over to our store ( and pick up a kit for yourself , and one kit for your friend (if you already have all the kits, give them both to a friend). At check out enter code: JUSTONE –coupon code expires June 14th and it will take the price of the 2nd kit off your total! Please keep in mind these will ship both to you, then it’s up to you to bring them to your friend. sister, family member, neighbor and share the story of “just one” and how God whispered their name on your heart!

Thank you for joining me in something God laid on MY heart-
xox Shanna

P.S. Please feel free to share this post with even “just one” person!!!