Monday, June 20, 2011


Easy Shrimp on the Beach

This recipe is one way to quickly prepare shrimp for easy transport to the beach!  
It is wonderful to eat and has an easy clean-up at the beach!   
It is our favorite for a light dinner at sunset on any beach!

10-12 small shrimp per serving (shelled, deveined & cleaned)
Fresh garlic – several cloves fore each serving 
Seasonings (of your choice: Cajun, salt, pepper or chili are options)
Tabasco sauce
Lemons – sliced 
White rice

To have ready to take to the beach:
Small grill, tongs, serving spoon, paper plates, plastic forks, drinks, etc.   

Before You Go:
Cut two foil squares for each serving that you are preparing.
On a counter, lay out one of each of the foil squares – saving 2nd sheet.   
In the center of each foil square place the 10-12 small shrimp.  Next place on the shrimp pile about 1-2 tablespoons of butter, seasonings as desired, squeeze the  lemon slices slightly over the shrimp and then lay them on the pile, add 2 cloves of garlic (after smashing each clove with a knife to release flavor). Sprinkle Tabasco sauce over each pile of shrimp.
Fold the foil over the pile completely Next, using 2nd foil square, lay folded foil face down on the 2nd foil square and fold over in such a way to tightly seal in the butter as it melts.
Place foil packets in a small ice chest for your trip to the beach.

Next: Prepare rice as directed on package at home. Keep warm in covered pan with a large towel wrapped tightly around it.

Now you are ready!  Head to your favorite beach. Light your grill.  Grill the packets, moving them around the grill so as to cook evenly. Depending on the fire, it may take 10-15 minutes.  Open one foil packet to check for "doneness".

Serve the shrimp over the rice.   
Enjoy the sunset. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

"Melissa the Merry Mermaid"

Tammy Gross has developed a Serenity Mermaid pattern 
so that you can buy and make your very own Mermaid doll. 
It is an 18" fabric mermaid. It has easy to understand directions. 
You will need 1/3 yard cotton fabric & 1/4 yard contrasting fabric, 
fiberfill, small pieces of quilt batting, plus other craft supplies to create YOUR unique mermaid!
Tammy's pattern is copyright protected. 

PS  You may wonder how I knew the Mermaid's name is Melissa. 
Yeah. well it just sounded good.

 If you live in Penasco and not sure about sewing.... 
Buy the pattern & fabric. 
Bring it to my workshop and we can use it as your fun, beachin' sewing project! 


Off the Beach Workshop & Studio is open 
each Wednesday from Noon to 6 pm. 
All other days and times by appointment.

Friday, June 10, 2011


Yesterday I went "window shopping" on Etsy.
I found some very retro-cool Mexican vintage clothing & accessories.
And I also went shopping for some bohemian-gypsy style dresses.
And a few days ago I went crazy over pink!
So below are my finds.
I think you will enjoy these.
And the next time you wanna go shopping.....

“Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it.
It will possess me always, I know it.
That is the meaning of this happy hour:
Color and I are one.  I am a painter.”
~ Paul Klee

"Thousands and thousands of colors paint 
the bosom of the earth so gaily."
~ Pierre de Ronsard

"A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain 
speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring."
~ William Carlos Williams