Spotlight on: Junior League of Tampa + Bunco Jumble Recipe

Hi everyone, I hope you all are doing well! My oh my I am getting so excited for Christmas next week and all the festivities that go along with the joyous holiday. I love all the gatherings of friends and family that occur during the holiday season, and I’m looking forward to several get-togethers with friends, both after work this week and this coming weekend!

As you may have read on the blog before, I’m a provisional member of the Tampa chapter of The Junior League. Joining The Junior League this year has given me so many opportunities to volunteer in the community in ways that I didn’t know were available to me, as well as meet some wonderful young women. The Junior League of Tampa’s mission is to “promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers”.

One way in which the Junior League mission is funded is through sales of our award-winning cookbooks. In addition to the classics, The Gasparilla Cookbook and Tampa Treasures, JLT released a Culinary Collection featuring 4 unique volumes. I found the following recipe in Volume 1 – Life of the Party, and absolutely LOVED this mostly sweet, and a little bit salty, party treat! I prepared it for a Junior League holiday party that took place last week, and plan to make it again this holiday season.

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Ingredients

1 box of mini Ritz peanut butter sandwiches

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 bag mini pretzel sticks (12 oz.)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

1 bag mini or regular M&M’s

Mix the sandwich crackers, peanuts and pretzels in a large roasting pan. heat the sugar, butter and corn syrup in a pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour over cracker mixture, stirring to coat well. Bake at 250 for 45 minutes, stirring mixture every 15 minutes. Remove to waxed paper to let cool completely. Add the chocolate candies. Break up the mixture into small pieces as needed.

Makes handfuls of fun”

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Skinny “Bang Bang” Shrimp Skewers

Happy Hump Day, peeps! I love how fast Wednesday came around this week! Feels like just yesterday it was Tuesday.

Now I know what you’re thinking – I’m not going to work these few weeks so why does it matter if its the weekday or weekend? Well, I’ll tell you something. As much as I LOVE Louie and spending time cuddling with the sweet pup, it kind of stinks being home when everyone else is working! So, I wouldn’t recommend quitting your job to do what I’m doing any time soon.

Moving on..  Yesterday, to start my day, I headed to the gym and warmed up with the following 20 minute treadmill work out:

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It was just enough to wake me up in time for a group cycling class.  Did I mention how much I’m loving group fitness these days? I then had a Junior League meeting, and ran some errands to pick up some things for a project I’m about to start on. For dinner, I made a homemade minestrone, but I’ll share that with you another day! Today, since it’s Wednesday and Bonefish Grill celebrates Bang Bang Shrimp on Wednesdays, I’m going to share with you my recipe for a healthier version of “Bang Bang” shrimp!

Ingredients

40 shrimp

wooden (soaked in water for 30 mins) or metal skewers

1 lime

3/4 cup fat free mayonnaise

4 tbsp Thai sweet chile sauce

1/2 cup of finely chopped scallions

pepper and red pepper flakes, to taste

Directions:

Thread shrimp onto skewers and season with pepper and juice from 1/2 of the lime. In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, sweet chile sauce, scallions, juice from 1/2 lime, and pepper and red pepper. Set aside. Over a charcoal grill or a gas grill turned to medium-high heat, grill shrimp skewers for 2-3 minutes per side. Serve immediately with “bang bang” sauce.

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We made these shrimp skewers for the FSU game on Monday night, and while they weren’t breaded like Bonefish’s version, they still packed the necessary kick to give me my “bang bang shrimp” fill. We served the shrimp with some grilled vegetables and a sweet potato (notice mine globbed with butter).

This morning I’m about to go start a new furniture project – I’ll be sure to show you the finished product!

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I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Mine consisted of two 4 mile runs, some heavy duty painting followed by late-night take out, a new pair of running shoes and orientation for The Junior League.. Here are some photos from my weekend:

Saturday Morning Oatmeal Pancakes

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Salvation Army Piece
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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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Dad’s grill for Sunday family dinner
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Happy Sunday, everyone!