Food, Surviving Chaos

Summer Series: Citrus Shrimp Salad

This recipe is a perfect start to The Traveller’s Wife Recipes: Summer Series! With light and airy spring time notes, citrus shrimp salad can be made in as little as 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined (about 40) plus pan searing ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice
    • 5 garlic cloves
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • black pepper and salt
  • 8 cups of greens (arugula, spinach or spring mix)
  • Lemon flavored extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 ounces sliced almonds (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper

Let’s Make It!

  1. In medium bowl mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, onion, 2 teaspoons parsley. Pour the mixture into large skillet over medium heat. Simmer and cook until reduced by half (about 5-8 minutes).
  2. Add shrimp, salt and pepper cover and cook until shrimp turn pink (about 5 minutes).
  3. In large bowl toss shrimp and greens together.
  4. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Lightly toss to coat.
  5. Add avocado and almond slices to coat. Enjoy!!!

Surviving Chaos

  1. Pre-make Shrimp: Make shrimp the day before and just reheat when ready to eat.
  2. Onion: Substitute green onion for red onion.
  3. Pasta: If you have extra shrimp, mix it with linguine or angel hair pasta for another quick weeknight dinner.

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Best Travel Apps

Now that its spring and summer is right around the corner, some families will begin to travel (of course adhering to ALL the COVID-19 precautions). With that being said, now is great time to make sure you have the best travel apps on your phone so that your adventures will be smooth and stress free. Here are out top 5 travel apps.

Hopper

Hopper is best for fare watching to ensure you get the best price on airfare and hotels. It watches prices so closely, it can tell whether you should book your trip now or wait. Set up your own price watch alerts so you don’t miss you an opportunity to save. #winwin

TripIt

TripIt helps you get organized!! You can upload your itinerary and share it with your friends so they when you leave and arrive at your destination. #safety For an additional fee, you can unlock more features like flight alerts, refund notifications, and reward tracking. The best part, this app works without Wi-Fi so it perfect for those rural or secluded destinations.

Timeshifter

Timeshifter is perfect for those who travel internationally and want to prevent jet lag. Based on sleep and circadian neuroscience, the app provides you with a personalized “jet lag plan” based on your destination time zone. It suggests when to wake up, when to consume or avoid caffeine, and so much more.

Trabee Pocket

Need a way to track travel expenses, be sure to download Trabee Pocket. You can track all you spending in this app and upload receipts (especially if your travelling for business). Added bonus – it even has an exchange rate calculator! #sohelpful

PackPoint

It never fails….we always forget SOMETHING on when we are packing for trip. PackPoint to the rescue! Just enter your itinerary: date, destination and activities and PackPoint will generate a packing list with everything you need. Plus, it checks the weather and will remind you to pack an umbrella or jacket for your trip.

Food, Surviving Chaos

English Scones Recipe

In honor of our recent trip to England, here a quick and easy recipe for scones. Traditionally served during afternoon tea time or brunch, this recipe is fun to make; even the kids will want to help.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 stick cold butter
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten

Let’s Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in large bowl.
  3. Add butter mixture then rub it in with your fingers until the fixture looks like fine crumbs.
  4. Warm milk on stove (not hot) then add vanilla extract and lemon extract. Set aside.
  5. Line a baking sheet with silicone baking mat an put in oven.
  6. Add the milk mixture to the dry mixture and combine with a fork.
  7. Add flour to work surface and place dough on work surface. Add flour to hands and then fold dough over 2-3 times until it is smoother. Don’t over work it.
  8. Pat the dough into a circle about 1.5 inches high.
  9. Use 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter to make 8 round scones.
  10. Brush scone rounds with egg wash and then place on hot baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!!

Surviving Chaos

  • Freeze: You can freeze baked scones for quick morning breakfasts. Just defrost on the counter for a couple of hours or warm them in the toaster oven for a few minutes.
  • Toppings: Scones are best served topped with jam, butter, whipped cream or mascarpone.
  • Shapes: Make things interesting and use other shapes besides rounds when cutting the dough.

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London, England

London, England

How about a trip down penny lane in……London, England! My husband’s last business trip. before the world went on lockdown due to COVID-19, was to London, England. He was able to take in a few sights and sounds before everything closed. London was one the cities he was excited to visit, he typically passes through it travelling to other countries.

What better way to make the best of a short business trip than to hop on a double-decker sightseeing bus! This by far is one of the best ways to see all that London has to offer; you can hop on and hop off to get a more up close and personal experience at each of the historic sites. One of the first sites was Paddington Station, known as the world’s first underground railway. This is the same station seen in movies and is still recognizable by its original design by Brunel. And while your there, don’t forget to take the kids to see the Paddington Bear statue which was name after the station. Since your on a double-decker bus, don’t miss out on the fantastic sculpture pieces around town like the Still Water sculpture. This sculpture is quite the head turner…….it’s literally a horse’s head! Commissioned by Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford, it is a replacement of the Horse at Water sculpture….I wonder what the original looked like??

If your headed to see the Tower of London, cross the River Thames using the Tower Bridge. There is so much history surrounding this bridge and the architectural design is stunning. The Tower Bridge connects Southwark to Tower Hamlets boroughs and is a major thoroughfare for the cities citizens. It is an iconic symbol of London but it is not to be confused with the London Bridge. There have been numerous incidences at the Tower Bridge such of multiple planes flying under the pedestrian walkway throughout history, the bridge opening with a double-decker bus driving across it and even a president getting stuck on 1 side apart from his security team!

Tower Bridge

Of course you can’t visit London without visiting Buckingham palace and Big Ben. Buckingham palace, home to the Queen Elizabeth is beautiful and truly must be seen in person. My husband did not make the changing of the guards but he was able to get right up to the gate for some awesome pictures. On the way there, he passed the London Eye which was still giving rides at the time. He said he didn’t have time to catch a ride but I think he was scared of the height of the Ferris wheel which is 443 ft (135 m) tall! Its one panoramic view of London, hence its name, is definitely worth seeing. And close to the London Eye is the Earl Haig Memorial. The bronze equestrian statue is of British Western Front commander Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig on Whitehall in Westminster. A representation of a great war hero, the statue is not without its controversy. From the likeness of the commander to his stance, uniform and the representation of his horse Poperinghe definitely has a love hate relationship with the people.

These are just some of the things to see and do in London. There is a TON of rich history learn about during your stay. Unfortunately, this particular trip was short so we definitely plan on going back. Next time, we will definitely get on the London Eye Ferris wheel and enjoy more British cuisine.

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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Slow cooker lemon garlic chicken works not matter the season and is a super easy recipe to make. Its easy to customize and you can make a little or a lot. Add some rice or pasta and you’ve got a weeknight meal the whole family will love. Enjoy!!

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh Parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp Chicken bouillon granules
  • 3 tsp lemon juice

Let’s Make It!

  1. In a bowl mix oregano, salt and pepper then rub mixture all over chicken.
  2. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat and brown chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side.
  3. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  4. In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, garlic and bouillon and bring mixture to a boil. Pour over chicken in slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5 hours. Add parsley to slow cooker 15 to 30 minutes before the end of the cook time.

Surviving Chaos

  • Chicken Broth: Substitute chicken broth for the water to enhance the flavor.
  • Slow Cooker Liner: Use a slow cooker liner for easy clean up.
  • Cornstarch: Use cornstarch to thicken the sauce
  • Leftovers: Leftovers last 2-3 days in the refrigerator, perfect for quick weeknight dinners.

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