While I was in Salt Lake City, the mister emailed and called daily, mainly to inform me about the weather and how much time he spent watering the lawn and my flowers on the deck (which is curious as I returned home to plants dryer than the Sahara! No matter how much I remind him, a tablespoon of water a day just isn't going to cut it!) He was chipper, happy, so out of character that I knew something was afoot, because he couldn't be THAT happy that I was gone, right?!?
Well, of course he was happy I was gone, he was free to hang with his good friend Jack, ignore the plants, laundry, dishes and teach Rosie how to jump UP ONTO THE TABLE!!! (He couldn't wait to show me her new trick and was baffled that I didn't think it was cute! I'm all for a dog sitting AT the table, but not ON it - I do have some standards!) But it was more than my absence that had the mister acting like a kid on Christmas morning. It took me a few days to figure it out - and I didn't let on that I knew right away - no, it was much more fun to watch him try to drop bait and reel me in.
First the mister started commenting on how much he loved our trip to Hawaii last year - didn't we have fun, that sure was great, wish we could go again! Every time he saw something on TV or in a store that had a palm tree, or a picture of a beach or anything tropical, he would bring up Hawaii...I would smile, agree with him and change the subject. But he was persistent...it would be fun to visit another island, I need a break, would be fun to go for my birthday, we've never been to Maui, oh and there just happens to be a basketball tournament in Maui!!
Who goes to Maui to watch basketball?!?!?!? Isn't this why we have ESPN??? I'll spare you the rest of the gory details, but the gist of it is this, I said no, he whined. I said no again, he whined more. I put my foot down and said NO! He said, "Too late, I've already booked it!" And that's how much influence/control I have around here...nada, nil, zip!
Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about a trip to Maui...just how it came about...everything is cloak and dagger with the mister - like I'm the IRS and he wants to deduct lawn seed since we can only grow moss. Just once I would like to be consulted BEFORE hand...Aloha Oy vey...
To get myself into Maui-basketball-watching-shape, think large coconut, I'm trying to eat a bit more discriminately...which is hard for me because I don't discriminate when it comes to food! I LOVE these shrimp...so easy to make and so flavorful without adding any sauce! They take 30 minutes or so to marinate and then about 5 minutes on the grill - and don't be an idiot like moi and use just one skewer per stack - put in TWO skewers and then you can flip the shrimp easily and none will fall off and into the grate!
In case you need more encouragement to make these for dinner, like tonight, we made these a month ago for a church activity and the ladies LOVED them! We grilled 90 shrimp and they were gone in a matter of minutes! 24 God-fearing women can't be wrong!
Chili Lime Shrimp - From Bobby Flay, Food Network
1 pound large/jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced (leave seeds in for extra kick)
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped chives/cilantro/Italian parsley leaves - use all of the above or just whatever you like
juice from one lime
ground black pepper
Combine shrimp with the rest of the ingredients in a plastic Zip-Lock style bag. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 to 30 minutes, but no more than 45 minutes or the shrimp (and all fish really) will become mushy. On a hot grill, grill until just opaque, about 2 minutes, then flip and grill until shrimp turns a light pink, serve immediately. Makes enough marinade to coat 15 jumbo shrimp, serves 3, 5 shrimp each.