Shrimp Scampi

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One of my favorite dishes of all time is Shrimp Scampi. I had originally discovered it at UNO’s and from there have tried many types. Since I have started in the cooking interest, my first really nice dish I made was Shrimp Scampi. It turned out quite good and did not take that much time.

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Shrimp Scampi (Serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs large shrimp (16-20 count)
  • 1/2 package of pasta (I like using Vermicelli or Fettuccine, and you can also add more pasta)
  • 2 Tbsp of butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp of minced garlic or 3-4 garlic cloves (I like to put 3 or 4 Tbsp of minced garlic but it should be to taste)
  • 1 median tomato
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 Tbsp of chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice

Directions

  • In a large skillet or pot over a median heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. Once heated add the garlic and cook for a minute. If it is fresh garlic cloves, again cook for a minute or until you begin to see some of the garlic to brown at the edges.
  • Add the shrimp. Then the wine. Stir frequently to coat the shrimp in the sauce. Increase the heat and let the wine boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, cut already, into the pan.
  • When the shrimp are pink and the way you prefer them, take the pan off the heat and add the parsley, lemon juice, and black pepper and salt.

It is a very easy recipe and it does not take that much time. You can add more things in. You do not have to have tomatoes but I just prefer to add some more things into the dish. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did.

Live For Tomorrow: Day 7

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7. Your favorite quote

I’d like to first off note something. Did you know that the word “quote” is not really a word. It is actually quotation. I bet most of you did not know that. But anyway back to the topic at hand.

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So often we get wrapped up in the problem that we begin to think about giving up. To give into the demons. I have this quote to remind me that there is never an end. Only new beginnings.

Live For Tomorrow: Day 6

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6. A food you could eat forever

Honestly I could just eat pasta forever. There is just so many different ways you can make pasta (ingredients I am talking about). Like today in my business management class, we are still getting to know each other activities and I spent my entire time taking pages of recipes out of magazines. Let’s just say almost all of them were pasta dishes.

a rope. a harness. and me.

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day four. A story about a time you were very afraid.

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The summer of 2012, a group from my church and I flew down to Costa Rica for mission work. The last two days there, we headed up into the mountains to Monteverde to have some child fun time. One of the things we did was zip lining (which everyone should try to do while in Costa Rica – it is amazing!). As we were nearing the end of hopping from one line to the next, we did some walking in the forest to a long and high staircase. At the very top was two very long and thick ropes that just swayed in the wind.

I was not very sure what it was but when I saw the first person do it…I was really beginning to have my doubts. Slowly but surely I made my way up the stairs until I was at the top. There was a man there, he took my harness and tied it to the ropes. Looking down, there was a cement floor and a hundred or so feet away was the edge of the cliff. Holding tightly onto the rope, I took a step into the air.

My first reaction was a loud terrifying scream as gravity rushed me to the ground. As soon as I thought I was going to hit the cement floor, the rope straighten and swung me like a swing. After a few minutes, I slowed to a stop and a man at the bottom untied me and I was free to go.

I really don’t remember screaming but when I walked out, my friends asked me if I was okay. Apparently, they had not expected a scream such as the one that came from my mouth. I can still remember the feeling of my stomach being left at the top as I plummet to the bottom. I was shaking from fear as continued my way to the next line.

I am sure years from now, we will still be joking about how terrified I was. I just know, I will NEVER ever do the Tarzan Swing ever again.



quote advice.

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day 3. Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered.

Throughout life, we are constantly given advice. Now whether we take them to heart or not is another story, another blog.

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Oh how true this quote is from Ralph. In today’s society, we are so pressured to be the perfect Americans. Girls have to have skinny bodies and weight a certain amount. While boys have to be tough and buff. There is just so much going on (now not saying in the past, they did not have to deal with pressure. Just they had different kinds of pressure that we do not have today). We have so much pressure to get into good colleges to have a life with the career we chose. I could go on and on about the lists that we have seem to created to fit what society wants us to be. But within that chaos, we lose our own selves. The person we each became through the experiences, people we met, the books we read, the songs we listen to, and more. I take this quote so much to heart. I want to be my true self. Not what society wants me to be – it is just too much work.

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This quote I go to whenever I am feeling down about myself after a while. Like when I lose a friend or broke up with a boyfriend. Or even when I regret something. We can get wrapped up in the feeling that we hold onto it for so long, we need to be remembered that it is only just for a moment. This feeling, whatever it may be, is not going to stay forever because something better and greater is coming out way.



Live For Tomorrow: Day 4

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4. Your dream job

When I first started public school, one of the many questions that were asked by the teachers was “what do you want to be when you grow up?” And there were the typical responses such as a singer, an artist, a veterinarian, a rapper, and so on. Of course many of the ones we said as a child, we soon became aware of how silly these were.

We can still have dream jobs though. My dream job is to be a photographer that also does some fashion designing and own a little small cafe business. Although I know it is not the most likely to have happen. I still do a lot of things in photography as a hobbyist. I cook and bake a lot too, many of my friends fight over the food I prepare. And I love helping my friends with outfits to wear. So although my dream job is unlikely in the business world. I am still able to get some aspects in my personal life.

anywhere and everywhere.

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day 2. If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do? 

Oh gosh, there are so many places and things to do if I could just have some time off of my current life. When you reach your teen years, all you can think about is getting out of town and traveling. But like most people, as you grow older, you come to realize that is not ideal. You are too busy with school, private life, work, keeping up with society – just too many things to do in such little time.

But if I had the chance, I would love to just visit the world. I cannot just put down one place or one thing. I have too many places to fit all on this post. But I will list a few places and things.

  1. Visit my birthplace
  2. Get scuba dive certified (My boyfriend is a certified scuba diver and is trying to convince me to get certified. I am just finding myself way to busy.)
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Paris, France
  5. Go sky diving
  6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  7. Learn how to surf

Those are just a few that I can think of quickly. But there is so many things that I’d love to do or visit. I just don’t have the time.



a place. a person. me.

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Hello September. I decided to join this challenge called Blogtember. It seemed interesting and well…I’m always scouting out new things to blog about since I am new at this whole thing. Today’s prompt was describe where or what you came from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.

A place. In the summer of 1998, my parents hopped on a plane to adopt two little girls who might get separated if no one adopted them. They headed to a foreign country in hopes that the place would allow them to take the little girls to have a better life and education in the United States. In the very humid city and much talk, my parents were able to take my sis and I back to the States.

My parents were able to give my sister and I so much more than what we would have gotten back in China. I was able to go to good school and have clothes and food without any costs to myself. I have freedom and rights. There are so many things that I was given because of my parents. They taught me to be independent, to be kind and thoughtful of those around me, to have proper manners and to respect everyone. Because of my parents, I was and still am able to experience so many new and different things.

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(I am in the blue. I was such an ugly baby. The lady holding us was our caregiver.)

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A person. When I first started attending church, my sister and I would cover our mouths and giggle as we passed by the adults. We did not talk that much to anyone but our parents. The first person, outside of our family, that got us two talking was a lady named Em. She was short and had an amazing voice and could play the guitar really well. When I got older, I got to learn more about Em.

Last year, a few days after her 32nd birthday, she passed away. A month or so before she found out that she had a big mass in her. Once she passed away, I grieved a lot. I had always envisioned her being there when I get married. But somethings do not happen the way one would like it to go as everyone knows.

Em inspired me so much. I picked up the ukulele and I am pretty decent at it. She showed me that no matter where you are from or how bad your situation is, you can always make good out of it. That life is not always serious and too loosen up everyone once in a while. In every adult, there is a child waiting for a moment to come out. There are many ways she has helped shaped me to who I am today but I won’t go over all of them.

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Many things have helped me figure out who I am. Of course there are many situations that will come to help me. But at this moment, these are a few things that have impacted me.



Live For Tomorrow: Day 3

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3. Someone you are grateful for

As a twin, you go through life with people mixing each other up, the silly question they ask, the comparison between the two, the jokes, and many more things. When I was a child, I use to hate all of the drama that came with my twin sister. I annoyed me so much when people compared us. I was my own person while she was her own person, we just happen to look the same. Yet people did not get that.

But yet as I got older (and still am), I learned that having a twin has its perks. Such as borrowing their clothes and shoes, help with homework, asking for them to order for you while out, and other such things. I learned to be thankful for the constant companion. So as one can tell by now, I am grateful for my twin sister. She has been with me through the thick and thin of every situation. And is my partner in crime with anything and everything.

Live For Tomorrow: Day 2

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2. A song that makes you happy

The  “Popular Song” by Mika ft. Ariana Grande is a tune that can always make me happy. The message is great and the music is upbeat. Mika tells us that

“Popular, I know about popular
It’s not about who you are or your fancy car
You’re only ever who you were
Popular, I know about popular
And all that you have to do is be true to you
That’s all you ever need to know”

Which I think is so true. One should not be judged by the materials that we own but by our own-self.