Spicy Tomato Feta Shrimp

Dinner tonight was a winner

Hey look I just rimed!


This dish was inspired by the meal I had at my friend Eliza’s house for our mother daughter dinner!

Spicy Tomato and Feta Shrimp! Here’s how you make it

First, saute 1/3 cup chopped onion and 1 clove diced garlic over medium heat in 1 tsp olive oil

After about 3 minutes, add in 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Once the onion is slightly browned and translucent (it takes about 3 minutes) add in the tomatoes

I used a can of whole peeled tomatoes because that is what I had..so I used a fork to mash them up

Then add in about 1/4 of a pound of peeled and de-vained shrimp

Simmer the shrimp for about 5 minutes, turn off the heat, and add in 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Stir all together, season to taste, and serve! This would be great served with pasta, over cous cous (like I did tonight), or just in a bowl with a piece of crusty french bread!


Spicy Tomato Feta Shrimp

Servings: 2

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 1/4 pound peeled + de-vained shrimp
  • 1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 14.5 oz can whole peeled tomatos (or diced tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Instructions: Bring a saute pan to medium heat with 1 tsp olive oil. Add in the chopped onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add in the red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, and cook until onions are brown and translucent (about another 2-3 minutes). Then, add in the tomatoes, and mash down with a fork. Add in the shrimp, and simmer for 5 minutes until shrimp are just cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the feta cheese. Season to taste and serve warm!

Note: An addition of lemon zest or dried italian seasoning would be great! Serve with pasta, cous cous, or with some bread for dipping!


I cooked up some cous cous and wilted some spinach to go alongside. Delicious! Normally cheese and seafood don’t mix, but I’m telling you shrimp and feta cheese is an AWESOME combination!

Note to self: Cook shrimp more often

And thanks to Eliza and her mom for the recipe inspiration!

throwback picture. Eliza and I at our graduation Party:)

Miss you Eliza!

And ya..make this shrimp dish you won’t be sorry! (As I sit here typing this my roommate is helping herself to seconds:)

I’m going to go continue watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills episodes I’ve already seen until the new episode comes on at 9! (I promise I have a life..)

Catch ya later!


Question for ya!: Do you like shrimp? What is your favorite way to eat shrimp?

I’m a BIG fan of shrimp cocktail..but I also love shrimp scampi! (or this dish:) )



Winner Winner Spicy Peanut Chicken Dinner

Last night’s dinner was made delicious by 3 of my favorite store-bought ingredients

Spicy Peanut Bake coating and Roasted Red Chili Paste..I have used the chili paste in SO many things..these are both the bomb.com

And my favorite store bought marinade

With a side of Molly of course. My roommates a creep..:)

I used the Chili Paste and Peanut Coating to make Spicy Peanut Chicken

I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees F and then washed and dried my chicken and placed the chicken on a non-stick baking sheet. I seasoned both sides with salt and pepper, and then spread a thin layer of chili paste on both sides of the chicken. I then took one packet of the spicy peanut coating and generously doused both sides of the chicken in the coating

Since I used small chicken tenders, these only took about 13 minutes to bake

So spicy and delicious!


Spicy Peanut Chicken

Servings: 3

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 package boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 packet spicy peanut coating-should be able to find this in the Asian food isle
  • 2 tbsp red chili paste

Instuctions: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the chicken tenders on a non stick baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. (Just a light sprinkle of both). Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of chili paste on each side of the chicken. Then cover both sides of the chicken with the spicy peanut coating. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Serve warm!


I served the chicken with easy stir fried veggies and quinoa

I stir fried the veggies by heating up 1/2 cup of the terriyaki marinade (see picture above with creepy roommate) in a pan over med high heat

Once there was bubbling action, I adding in the veggies and cooked them for 5 minutes

Baby carrots don’t make the best stir fried veggies, but they were all I had so they were better than nothing!

Here was my plate

I will be making this dinner very often. I cooked 1 cup of quinoa in 1/2 cup light coconut milk and 1 + 1/2 cup water. In the end I stirred in a tablespoon of the red chili paste

Thinking about this dinner makes me happy

Thinking about sorority recruitment and the email I just read about our schedule for the first week back makes me want to cry. Last year I was going through recruitment, so it only took up 2 weekends of my time. Now that I’m on the other end of it, the whole week leading up to the first weekend of recruitment we have “recruitment rehearsal” if you will, every.single.day. For about 3 hours every night


During that week easy dinners like this will definitely be the only thing I have time to make

I may loose my sanity for the first couple weeks of spring semester, but we’ll see about that when the time comes:)


Question for ya!: Are you a fan of spicy foods?

I LOVE spicy foods..one of my roommates doesn’t like them as much so I’m cooking lots of spicy dishes while shes away:) Love you Sonny:)

Weekend Re-cap

Hello friends

How was everyone’s weekend?

So I’ve decided that aside from Trader Joes, Costco may be my second favorite place on earth, or just second favorite grocery store..favorite place on earth would be some place tropical..take me to a beach NOW, please and thank you

Molly and I went on Friday to stock up on some toiletries, and somehow managed to put way too many items in our cart..WOOPS

Here’s what we got

Pretzels..these may or may not have been my breakfast yesterday morning..or maybe my lunch because I woke up at 12..

frozen berries, and enough chicken to feed a family of 19 people..don’t worry its just Molly and I living here right now

grapes and grape tomatoes

These were by far the highlight purchases..I almost passed out when I saw that the whole almond butter jar was only 5.99!! Normally a small jar of that stuff is like 9 bucks..And the salsa was a free sample impulse buy..p.s. costco samples=awesomeness

We also got other things like toilet paper, cascade, water bottles, diet snapple, etc…and it took us about 3 trips to carry all of the stuff up to our apartment

I do have to show you what I did with the bunch of bananas I bought though

Sliced up, and put in the freezer for smoothie making!

Onto yesterday..As I told you before I woke up at 12..but only because I didn’t go to bed until 4am the night morning before

And it was just a, um, off day if you will. I met my friend for lunch at panera, and was planning on doing my bodyrock work out but that just didn’t happen

Instead I went to go see the Decendents with my friends..It was my second time seeing it, and I think I liked it better the second time!

George Clooney:)

After the movie we came back and ate dins

A morningstar veggie burger with salad..I filled up my salad plate a couple more times obvs

After dinner we watched the Pats game..(PATS WON YAY)…I’m kind of a poser but I still have to root for my home team:)

And then we went out to my friends party

Group shot..all the pictures taken last night make me realize how pale I am..ugh.

And finally for breakfast this morning I made myself a delicious egg mcmuffin

Egg whites with goat cheese and raspberry jam, sounds weird, tastes delicious

So, that was my weekend in a nutshell

The only thing on the agenda for today is Bodyrock, which unlike yesterday WILL happen

Happy Sunday!


Question for ya!: What did you do for fun this weekend?

WIAW-Unpacking counts as a work out

Gooooood Morning everyone!

So yesterday I drove down from Molly’s to school, and then we both helped each other carry all of our shit up 2 flights of stairs..I was sweating.

Molly’s mom made us a deeelicious egg burrito but I forgot to snap a pic, so instead I’ll show you what I just ate for breakfast!

A greek yogurt bowl

This beautiful bowl would be fage 0% with banana nut granola and pumpkin butter..deeelishh..now my stomach kinda hurts though..meh

Yesterday after we unpacked everything Molly and I went to Pita Pit for lunch

I got a grilled chicken spinach salad with cucumber, feta cheese, tomato, green pepper, banana peppers, and balsamic dressing. It was alright, but definitely not as good as Monday’s salad!

I was planning on doing Bodyrock day 6 yesterday afternoon, but a nap sounded like a much better option

Don’t worry I made up for my work out by playing several rounds of kinect Just Dance with Molly

After I woke up from my nap I snacked on some pb pretzels

This is me taking a picture of the bag in my closet..better then no picture at all right?

For dinner we went out to our favorite restaurant Homegrown

I got a cup of vegetarian chili to start, and then Molly and I shared the hummus platter and deconstructed sushi

**Tapas Platter
Hummus, Mediterranean tomato salad, eggplant salad & warm pitas.

**Deconstructed Sushi 1
Sesame crusted rare Ahi Tuna or Tofu with cucumber ribbons,
seaweed salad, scallions, spicy mayo, wasabi soy glaze & pickled ginger.

So so so delicious. I really wanted to lick the sushi plate but felt that would be mildly inappropriate in public

Last night we had a bunch of our guy friends from freshman year over for Tuesday brewsday

We played games with high quality natty-light (insert sarcasm) and also played Xbox kinect sports game..my arm is really sore from the volleyball

The rest of the day is going to be spent cleaning, (our kitchen table is filled with empty beer cans and the bag of granola I used in my breakfast this morning just to give you a lovely visual)

I’ll check back in later today to update you on progress

And happy WIAW, thanks to Jen at Peas and Crayons


Question for ya!: Have you ever played any Wii or Kinect games? What’s your favorite game?

My favorite game is definitely Just Dance!..But once we get Glee Kareoke that may change:)

Mother-daughter Dinner


So last night I went to my friend Eliza’s house for a mother daughter dinner!

It was me, Eliza, Michelle and all of our mommas

I of course forgot my camera.UGH..but I took pictures of all the delciousness with my Iphone

But first..here’s a picture of  for embarassment purposes

This would be Eliza Michelle and I freshman year of high school..so 5 years ago..HAHAHA. They are going to hate me for posting this but its so funny

Last night was so much fun! We don’t get to see each other that often during the year because we all go to different colleges now, so it was fun to catch up! We had a lot of laughs thinking about middle school and high school

Eliza and her mom are amazing entertainers! They created quite the spread for us!

For dinner we had this delicious shrimp dish with tomato and feta

Served with bread for dipping!

And we also had salad with dried cranberries, candied pecans, and a maple vinegrette


For dessert we had ice cream with homemade hot fudge..GAHH so so good! I have had this hot fudge sauce ever since I’ve known Eliza, and I swear it taste better every time I have it!

I had a scoop of coffee ice cream with hot fudge sauce and berries

And of course the hot fudge sauce was sitting right next to me so I kept pouring a little bit on my spoon:) And then I had Eliza remove it from the table so I would stop doing that

She also put out a cheese tray, and we had delicious champagne:)

One of the cheeses was a Truffle cheese from France..it was AH-mazing

The whole night was so much fun, I think we should definitely make it a tradition for the future!

This morning I got up and went to the park with the doggies and my mom for a walk

Duke clearly wanted to drive

First we stopped to get coffee, (because I can’t go a day without it..sad truth), and I got a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter! I use to get this for breakfast every morning!

Lucy obviously wanted a bite

I gave her a little bite..even though she needs to loose some weight lol

The park was beautiful this morning..it is crazy how nice it is outside today! it’s almost 50 degrees out..pretty much unheard of for Massachusetts in January


Then I came home and did bodyrock day 5…it was pretty brutal. I’m happy tomorrow is a rest day because my legs are screaming at me!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend:)


Question for ya!: What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?



Highlights of 2011

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe tomorrow is NYE!..anyone have any good plans?

I plan on going out in Boston with a few of my friends..I’m pretty excited!

2011 was quite the year for me, filled with ups and downs, but mainly ups!

Especially since I rung in the new year with a month study abroad trip to Spain!

I met such an amazing group of friends, and seriously had the best time of my life. It makes me so sad to know that a year ago from today I was about to go on the best trip of my life…WAH. take me back now. please and thank you.

Right after I got back from Spain, I went through sorority recruitment and joined Alpha Delta Pi!

Toga party anyone? Greek week=best week ever.

For spring break I went to Miami with my mom and Nanny to visit my best friend Sam who goes to UMiami!

Oh to be tan again..

I love my Nanny:)

I started out my Summer with an amazing trip to France with my mom!

Such an amazing experience!

In the end of August I moved into my first apartment with my two best friends!

And in the beginning these two were the ones who convinced me to start the blog!

Here’s my very first post! It was when I made the Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake for Molly’s birthday

In November I experienced Homecoming week at my school for the first time with my sorority

Casually standing on the tower of 30 racks

In November I ran the Turkey Trot with my neighbor Alex

And I just spent 3 nights with my entire family at my Nanny and Papa’s house in New Port, RI for Christmas!

I posted re-cap’s here, here, and here in case you missed it!

I’d say it was quite the year! And it’s really fun to be able to look back on it all by doing this post:)

I have a list of goals for 2012, but I’ll save that for tomorrows post

I hope everyone has a great day!


Question for ya!: What were some of your highlights from 2011?


From my Inbox!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

So as I went to check my inbox this morning, I found an amazing email from my best friend Kristin that I have to share with all of you!

Hey girllll,

I told my whole family about your blog and how amazing it is and my mom and grandma are OBSESSED with it and are so impressed by you!! We made the All-In-One Cookies today for Christmas Eve and I thought I’d snap some pics and show you how it went! Everyone loves them so far and think they are the best things they ever tasted! My grandma said “this cookie is going to be our christmas eve cookie tradition from now on”. You’re famous woman!
Hope you have an amazing holiday. Miss you so much and love yaaaa to death.
This made me so so so happy!
Here are a couple of the pictures she shared with me!
Love you Kristin!
This is me Kristin, and Elyssa on Homecoming (kristin is wearing the blue headband)
You know what also made me extremely happy today…
I’ve already taken a BUNCH of pics, which I will be sharing with you tomorrow in a Christmas Day re-cap!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful christmas:)