Simple Shrimp On The Barbie

Simple Shrimp On The Barbie

Headed to the beach for the day? You'll definitely want to set aside time to make this simple shrimp on the barbie (charcoal grilled shrimp recipe).We went to visit our friends at the beach recently, and the husband of the couple was fishing. He didn’t catch anything worth keeping that day, so we did what any normal fish-less beach dwellers would do: we made shrimp on the barbie. And by that, I mean, Pete made it.

Now, Shrimp On The Barbie is a lot more fun to say than grilled shrimp, or charcoal-grilled shrimp, which is obviously what this is. But Shrimp On The Barbie is Australian for shrimp on the barbecue and sometimes, you just wanna sound fancy.

This recipe is definitely not fancy. It’s really quick and easy to whip up too.

Simple Shrimp On The Barbie

What You’ll Need:

  • Shrimp
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

What You’ll Do:

Heat up your charcoal grill. While that’s going on, clean your shrimp. You can devein them, peel them, pull off the heads and tails … or just leave them as is. Whatever you like.

Rinse the shrimp.

In a bowl, coat them with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Then, dredge them in Old Bay seasoning. Toss them to combine. 

You can substitute any citrus (like lemon or lime) for the raspberry vinaigrette. What’s good about the raspberry, though, is you’ll get good pop of color on the shrimp. They’ll get pink when you cook them, but this enhances that.

Put a piece of foil on the grill, then put the shrimp on it.

Cook thoroughly, flipping as needed.

Simple Shrimp On The Barbie
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Ingredients
  1. Shrimp
  2. Old Bay seasoning
  3. Raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Instructions
  1. Heat up your charcoal grill. While that’s going on, clean your shrimp. You can devein them, peel them, pull off the heads and tails … or just leave them as is. Whatever you like.
  2. Rinse the shrimp.
  3. In a bowl, coat them with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Then, dredge them in Old Bay seasoning. Toss them to combine.
  4. Put a piece of foil on the grill, then put the shrimp on it.
  5. Cook thoroughly, flipping as needed.
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It rained all day Sunday and Monday. And not just a little rain. It was buckets and buckets of heavy rain that had me checking flooding reports all day long. It was the kind of rain that just locks you indoors, causing you to dream about being anywhere else.

We finally have some blue skies today, so I’m heading outside to enjoy it while it is here. Just as soon as I tell you about this sweepstakes! 

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Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

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Headed to a baby shower? Check out this list of baby shower gift ideas from www.drugstoredivas.net.Do you have any friends who are pregnant right now? You’re probably going to be invited to a few baby showers. Oftentimes, a mom-to-be will register for items she wants and needs, but what if she doesn’t. Or what if you just feel like getting a gift for a friend who isn’t having a shower. What do you get? 

We’ve got you covered.

I put together a great list of baby shower gift ideas. Be sure to leave any ones I’ve missed in the comments.

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Diapers and wipes.
If you follow Drugstore Divas, you’ve seen us post a ton of diapers and wipes deals. I buy them often, just to have them handy. I’ll pick them up when they’re free or cheap and keep them in the closet until I need them. Babies go through a ton of diapers, more than a new mom probably expects, so it’s great to give a few boxes of diapers and baby wipes with your gift. What I’ve heard from new moms is that babies usually outgrow newborn diapers very quickly, so it’s better to buy sizes 1 and larger. I usually go with a size 1 box, if you’re curious.

Right now, you can actually print a coupon for $1 off any one Luvs diaper pack. You can also get a coupon in the April 30 paper.

Books.
I know, I know. Babies can’t read. But eventually, they will. There are some showers that request you bring a baby book instead of a card. That way, you can sign that and the baby can have a huge collection of books. Then, when the baby gets older, it’ll really be a special collection. Even if the baby shower invitation doesn’t request it, I usually try to  do it now. I really like the idea.

Baby washcloths.
When I was brainstorming for baby gift ideas a few months ago, my friend told me to get baby washcloths. She said you go through a ton of them as a mom and you don’t want to constantly do laundry just for those. She said the larger the pack, the better. There are some really cute packs out there, but I think function is most important to new moms when it comes to these.

Pacifiers.
Babies love pacifiers, and new parents do too. They are so soothing for babies … but, for some reason, they seem to get lost often. Even if these are on the registry, you might want to pick up some extras for new moms. She’ll be able to keep them everywhere — her purse, the car, every room of the house — so they are handy in case the baby spits one out and it goes missing.

Baby bibs.
Bibs are definitely something that babies need. Look for ones that are drool bibs because they’re great for when the baby is teething. The new mom won’t want to use them when the baby is feeding, but rather when she’s out and doen’t want the baby to drool all over itself and ruin its outfit. 

Clothing.
I love giving clothing because then I have an excuse to shop for cute baby clothes.

What baby shower gift idea is your favorite?

24 Hours In Wilmington, NC

24 Hours In Wilmington, NC

We’re kicking off a brand new series here at Drugstore Divas: “24 hours in … ” We’ll be spending 24 hours in certain cities, then giving you a game plan for when you travel there. Sometimes, all the time you have to get away is one night, so you want to make the most of it. Us too. Between work, then running a marinara sauce business and selling it at the local farmers’ market each week, we’re busy people. So I get it. If you’re like us, this is for you. We’re starting the series off with things to do in Wilmington, NC, mostly because we live here. And if you live in a city like ours, you definitely should kick off a new series with it.

Looking for things to do in Wilmington, NC? Check out this 24 Hours In Wilmington, NC post for restaurants, activities, and more.

24 Hours In Wilmington, NC

We’re starting our 24 hours off at breakfast and continuing until the next day.

Breakfast:
Wake up and head to Ezzells Breakfast House (2115 Carolina Beach Road). Everything is good here, but I really recommend the biscuits and gravy. You might get recommendations from others who are dining there since many of Ezzells’ tables are family style — and you often sit there with strangers. That’s part of the charm, though. You end up making friendly conversation with someone you don’t know and end up making a new friend.

9am:
Head to the New Hanover County Arboretum (6206 Oleander Drive). There’s no admission fee, and if it’s free it’s for me. Especially when you’re on vacation. I want to do stuff, but I also want to eat. And if I can save money on activities, I can spend more on food. Plus, the arboretum is really beautiful. There’s a huge garden section, which grows food to be donated to a local homeless shelter, there’s a section for kids, a large zen garden, and classes too (so be sure to check the schedule before you head over).

Planning a trip to Wilmington, NC? You can't leave without trying the best local marinara sauce: Rita's Wooden Spoon (http://facebook.com/ritaswoodenspoon).

If it’s a Saturday from April until November, I suggest you head over to the Riverfront Farmers’ Market (Water Street). It’s open from 8am until 1pm. You can pick up local vegetables, eggs, plants, seafood, and (my personal favorite) Rita’s Wooden Spoon marinara sauce. That’s Pete’s business, so we are there each week manning the stand. Come say hi.

Lunch:
If you’re still at the arboretum, head across the street to have lunch at The Salt Works (6301 Oleander Drive). It’s a small, unassuming restaurant that has been around for over 30 years. It only serves breakfast and lunch, and it only accepts cash, so keep that in mind. I had a very good grilled cheese there, and the Lima bean soup is great (despite what you may think of Lima bean soup).

If you already left that portion of Wilmington, check out Jax 5th Avenue Deli & Ale House (5046 New Center Drive). It’s an old diner (I like to think of it as an oversized Airstream) that serves really good deli sandwiches and a huge variety of beer.

1pm:
If you’re with kids, we absolutely love the Children’s Museum of Wilmington (116 Orange Street). There’s so much for kids to see there (like a teddy bear hospital, a really fun outdoors area, and (our favorite) an amazing fabric tree to climb on). We actually go once a year when the museum closes down, opens for ages 21-plus, and hosts Pizza Putt. For one night, there’s mini golf, pizza, and beer set up throughout the museum. It’s so much fun.

For the kid in you, you can go bowling at Ten Pin Alley (127 S. College Road). We got there every year to celebrate Pete’s birthday. It was redone recently. Before that, it may have looked familiar to you because HBO filmed Eastbound & Down there.

Actually, a ton of shows were filmed in Wilmington, so you can put together a walking tour of your favorite shows, especially if you loved One Tree Hill. There are a ton of One Tree Hill landmarks in town still. And if you loved Dawson’s Creek, you can find a lot of familiar spots as well.

3:15pm:
Front Street Brewery (9 N. Front Street) is the oldest brewery in Wilmington. We have a ton now, but only the original gives free brewery tours daily. There’s a tour at 3:15 and another at 4:15. You’ll learn about the process, then get a chance to try a few samples too. If you find a favorite, you can have a pint at the bar and snack on some appetizers. Personally, I’m a big fan of their fried pickles and beer nuggets. They also sell a mug of bacon … in case you’re a bacon fan.

Looking for things to do in Wilmington, NC? Check out this 24 Hours In Wilmington, NC post for restaurants, activities, and more.

4pm:
Head down on Water Street to walk the riverwalk (and get a great view of the USS North Carolina, a World War II warship), then hop one block up to head into Orton’s Pool Room (133 N. Front Street). It’s America’s oldest billiards and pool hall. Depending on the day you’re in town, you could play for free (Sunday till Tuesday) or just pay $7 an hour per table. Or, you could just get a drink and hang out.

If you’re not hungry yet, I have the best coffee shop for you: Bespoke Coffee & Dry Goods  (202 Princess Street). We love this place. It serves great coffee, draft and bottled beer, plus has cookies, pastries, succulents, and some clothig items available for sale too. I like coffee, but don’t drink beer, and Pete drinks both, so we always dreamed of finding a coffee shop that serves beer. Bespoke is exactly that.

Dinner:
My favorite place to eat downtown is Copper Penny (109 Chestnut Street). It’s pub grub done really well. I love the French onion soup there. Pair it with the spinach salad and you’ll have a happy stomach.

If you want seafood (and you probably do since you’re hanging out in a coastal city), go to Dock Street Oyster Bar (12 Dock Street), which has won “Best Oysters” for the last 15 years. Split the Dock Street Steamer Platter with a friend. Trust me.

If you’re feeling romantic, The Little Dipper (138 S. Front Street) is a local fondue restaurant. It’s also where Pete and I got engaged, so it holds a really special place in my heart.

There are a few local restaurants that offer certificates on Restaurant.com. If you can purchase a few ahead of your trip, you’ll be able to save on your meals when you get here. Plus, it’ll help you from having to walk around and decide where to eat.

8pm:
Now it’s time for late night. Depending on the day and season, you have a ton of options. Front Street, as you may have realized, is full of bars. You can spend time in any of them and have a good time. If you’re looking for something with a little more activity, our favorite ideas are:

Tuesday: Comedy Bingo at Dead Crow Comedy Room (265 N. Front Street). You can get $2 tacos, $2 shots, $2 beers … and a free comedy show. You get a bingo card with words on it. Then, two or three comics perform. You mark down any words they say that are on your bingo cards. And if you get bingo, you can win prizes at the end of the night, like tickets to comedy shows, t-shirts, and gag gifts.

Friday: If you’re in town from about Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, you can check out Downtown Sundown, a free concert on the water (Water Street, between Princess and Market Streets). A local band performs from 6pm to about 7:30pm, then a nationally touring cover band takes the stage from 8pm to 10pm. What’s very cool is that you are able to drink beer and wine outdoors in that area, so it makes for a fun activity.

If you like music, there are a bunch of music venues that get big names. Check out The Throne Theater (208 Market Street) and Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (1941 Amphitheater Drive). You can also see some great performances at the Kenan Auditorium at UNCW (601 S. College Road). If you’re into theater, you can catch fantastic shows at Thalian Hall (310 Chestnut Street) too.

And if you just want to barhop, there are tons of bars downtown for you to do just that.

Looking for a great hotel in Wilmington, NC? The TownePlace Suites Marriott is for you.

Bedtime:
We recommend you stay the TownePlace Suites Marriott (305 Eastwood Road). This is the hotel we blocked for our wedding guests used when we got married. It has a BBQ outside (which we used), plus twice a week, there is food catered by a nearby restaurant and beer and water provided, free for hotel guests.

Definitely book through a cash back site like eBates or TopCashBack. I always go to those before booking any hotel (or car rental) because you can get a percentage back. And every little bit of savings helps.

8am:
You’re heading out, and there’s just enough time for one more breakfast. Good thing you can get that free at the TownePlace Suites Marriott before you check out. My mom was a huge fan of the pancake maker when she stayed there during our wedding week, so try that before you hit the road.

*If you’re planning a trip, be sure to click each location’s name to be brought to their website. You can find operating hours and more that way.

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month with this Caprese Grilled Cheese sandwich from www.drugstoredivas.net.April is National Grilled Cheese month, apparently. Most foods get a day. Coffee is a lifesaver and it only gets one day in September. But grilled cheese gets an entire month. Makes no sense to me, but I love cheese, so I’m just gonna accept this and use it as an excuse to eat the gooey goodness this month. And as an excuse to share my Caprese Grilled Cheese sandwich recipe. It’s so amazing. It’ll be your new favorite. Trust me.

Caprese Grilled Cheese

What You’ll Need:

  • Two slices of bread
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Kale pesto
  • Tomato slices
  • Butter

What You’ll Do:

Make the kale pesto.

Spread it on one side of each slice of bread. Put slices of cheese and tomato in the sandwich, then close it (with both kale sides in).

Spread butter on the outside of a the sandwich, and put that side down in a skillet. Then, spread butter on the side that is up and press down on the sandwich with a bacon press.

When the cheese starts getting melted, flip the sandwich and press it back down with the bacon press.

Caprese Grilled Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. Two slices of bread
  2. Mozzarella cheese
  3. Kale pesto
  4. Tomato slices
  5. Butter
Instructions
  1. Make the kale pesto.
  2. Spread it on one side of each slice of bread. Put slices of cheese and tomato in the sandwich, then close it (with both kale sides in).
  3. Spread butter on the outside of a the sandwich, and put that side down in a skillet. Then, spread butter on the side that is up and press down on the sandwich with a bacon press.
  4. When the cheese starts getting melted, flip the sandwich and press it back down with the bacon press.
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Sweeptakes: SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes.

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We took a short vacation over Pete’s Spring Break week, and then spent the rest of the week dealing with life. Isn’t that how it goes? Sometimes, you need a vacation after your vacation, or you just need the next vacation to look forward to.

I don’t know about you, but we can’t afford endless vacations — although I wish we could! Instead, I’m going to enter for a chance to win us some vacations. And you can too with the SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes!

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Find out more information here: SPKTropicalSweeps.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of 50 US/DC, 18+. Ends 5/31/17. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds & prizes: SPKTropicalSweeps.com. Void where prohibited.

And while you’re at it, try the new Tropical SOUR PATCH Kids Soft and Chewy Candy available at a Walmart store near you. All new flavors include Paradise Punch, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, and Tropical Twist. Which one is your favorite?

Need a vacation? Enter the SOUR PATCH Kids Tropical Vacation Sweepstakes.

These all look really great to me, but I’m mostly looking forward to grabbing the Tropical Twist variant next time I’m shopping at Walmart. And I’ll be sure to pack a few boxes for our next vacation too!