Hello from Florida again. I have some fun things to share with you inspired by my friend Mercedes here in Atlantic Beach. There is a refreshing Lime Shrimp Appetizer recipe that’s great for a party. We served this at a “tailgate” for a concert last night.
When I asked to drop in on Mark and Mercedes again to inspect a potential house in their neighborhood, they said yes but that they were going to a James Taylor/Jackson Browne concert on Saturday night. To which I replied (not shyly as I am so comfortable with these guys) “Great! Let me see if I can get a ticket!” And I did.
Here’s what followed. We also have a great pillow source and more.
1. Mercedes’ Lime Shrimp Appetizer
This is a zesty shrimp salad that can be served in small bowls as an appetizer.
- 3 lb. shelled, deveined large cooked shrimp, diced
- 1 1/2 medium cucumber, seeded and diced
- 6 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 3/4 cup thinly sliced and chopped red onion
- 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 3/4 cup lime juice
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 jalapeño seeded and finely chopped
- 3 tbs good olive oil
Cook the shrimp quickly in boiling water until pink. Drizzle with the olive oil.
Combine cooked shrimp, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, and salt in a bowl and toss to coat.
Cover and refrigerate before serving.
Mercedes had these “green” forks that are also biodegradable that we used…very fun…in addition to these…
2. Disposable Earth-friendly Picnic Goods – Chikio
While in this cute store in Atlantic Beach called KMH Home, I purchased these little disposable bowls for Mercedes’ Lime Shrimp Appetizer. They are 100% biodegradable & compostable. Not cheap but they look cool and I needed to do my part for a chic concert tailgate party 🙂
I also picked up fresh cookies from a popular bakery as my contribution.
3. Linen Throw Pillow Sources
When Mercedes asked me about pillows for her new Pottery Barn Big Sur sectional that we ordered, I suggested the Belgian linen solid navy 24″ pillows that I love (I have them too). In addition, we ordered some 22″ square pillows from a local SF Bay Area source, Linen and Cloth.
You may also like My Well-Priced Beautiful Linen Pillows.
4. Gift Guide For The Dog Owner
I’ve been trying to bring you my best ideas each week for every recipient on your list and now here’s one for the dog/dog lover. We have several beloved dogs in our family.
Shop Great Dog Gifts
5. A Simple Holiday Table Setting
The last time I checked, this video was viewed 1.4 million times on Pinterest! I published it last year. You may have seen it. Perhaps people are looking to simplify their decor. On December 2, Cindy, Annie, and I along with three others are featuring Our Christmas Decor Inspired By Nature again.
This morning, I am getting on a 7:30 am EST flight back to SFO (you can imagine what time I had to get up to get to the Jacksonville airport and return the rental car). The concert was great last night.
Let’s see what Annie’s and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: