Easy Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

Being a Latina with German roots growing up in a Mexican neighborhood, who would have thought one of my favorite cuisines would be Cajun! I searched all across the web for an easy crawfish etouffee recipe. The ones that I found didn’t serve more than 4 people. With all the family get-togethers, I needed a recipe that would serve everyone enough to have a full belly.  This recipe serves about 6-8, for a smaller meal, cut ingredients in half.

Ingredients needed:

3 lbs crawfish tails (thawed)
2 large chopped yellow onions
A bundle of chopped green onions
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 fresh chopped tomatoes
3 cans of medium Rotel (you can use mild, medium, or spicy depending on how much heat you like.)
3 cans of Campbell’s golden mushroom soup
3 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 sticks of butter
2 tablespoons of Cajun seasonings
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Garlic Powder (to taste)
Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
White steamed rice

Directions:
Melt 1 1/2 stick of butter on medium high heat; add in your onions and green onions and sauté them until soft. Then add your chopped tomato, along with the Cajun seasoning. When adding salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, start off with 1 teaspoon and just add a dash here and there according to taste. Cook the vegetable and spiced mixture for about 25 minutes and/or the till veggies are real soft and look smooth.

Once your veggies are done, add in your cans of Rotel. To make in add 1 tablespoon at a time of flour (add more butter if needed) to make a roux to thicken mixture. When the flour is mixed in well and the mixture is smooth, add cans of golden mushroom soup with 1-3 cups of water (depending on how thick or watery you want your etouffee) and crawfish tails. Stir the etouffee well and cook covered on medium for about 30 minutes. Be sure to keep tasting mixture and add spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper) as needed. Add the rest of the butter to pot and cook uncovered for another 20 minutes.

*As your etouffee is almost ready, cook up your steamed white rice.

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Veggies, seasonings, and tomatoes

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adding in crawfish and other ingredients

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dinner is served

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People Come and Go

Everyone enters our lives for a reason. They may be part of our lives for a short time or in it for the long run. Each person contributes experiences, memories, and qualities that make us who we are today.

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Look around you, who’s in your life today? Who’s come and gone? Some you may have expected to stay for the long run and those you didn’t are still in your life and may have greater meaning to you now.

Life is full of surprises. And even though I strongly believe you can control who’s stays in your life, I also think we can’t control who comes along in it.

Happy Friday and appreciate everyone that comes into your life.

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Marine Corps Nail Art

Came across this really cool USMC nail art as I was browsing online. Seemed appropriate to post today. Happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

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Picture courtesy of I Feel Polished

Spiced Cider Facial

Hello November…treat your skin to the aromas of Autumn.

A beautiful medley of classic fall scents including fresh apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon are present in this aromatic facial. This facial delivers a comforting, warming effect on the skin and gives your face a beautiful glow.This skin treatment includes an apple orchard enzyme that is a mild exfoliant as well as a great antioxidant/anti-aging treatment to get all the last traces of summer off of your skin! Then, while you relax and receive an awesome massage of your decollete, neck, shoulders, and scalp, a hydrating Autumn Spice mask is applied to your face to soothe away any inflammation and to calm the skin. Cinnamon creates a warming sensation in the skin while mangosteen, honeysuckle, and passionflower provide anti-aging benefits for healthy, nourished skin. Suitable for all skin types!

Included in the facial:

Apple Orchard Enzyme: This gentle enzyme is meant to be a mild exfoliant as well as a great antioxidant/anti-aging facial.  It will be warming to the skin.  Contains apple fruit extract and malic acid (a naturally occurring AHA).  Suitable for all skin types, but may not be suited for rosacea or sensitive skin due to the warming effect.

Autumn Spice Hydrating Mask: This hydrating mask has nutmeg to soothe inflammation, yet is also antibacterial.  Cinnamon creates a warming sensation in the skin while mangosteen, honeysuckle, and passionflower provide anti-aging benefits for healthy, nourished skin.  Suitable for all skin types.

Make your appointment today!

Spiced Cider Facial The Lil Spa Room

Halloween Candy Leftovers

I don’t have a problem admitting I have a huge sweet tooth, so when Halloween comes around, I tend to over buy candy. Here are some useful tips to get your money’s worth when overbuying sweet treats for Halloween.

  • You can freeze candy up to a year in the freezer.
  • Buy discounted Halloween candy for Christmas stockings and parties. Most kids don’t care if their Christmas candy is orange and black or if it has silver and gold wrappers instead of red and green.
  • Use leftover Halloween candy in Christmas baking and for making gingerbread houses.
  • Use grated or chopped chocolate in place of chocolate chips in cookies. It is easier to cut candy into pieces if you freeze it first.
  • Break Butterfinger candy bars into peanut butter cookie dough.
  • Sprinkle chopped chocolates on a white or chocolate frosted cake or use them to top ice cream and cheesecake.
  • Mix leftover chopped chocolates into cake mixes.
  • When making cupcakes, decorate the tops with one Hershey’s kiss or a mini candy bar.
  • Pour some leftover candy into a basket or pretty bowl to give to someone for a special gift. Even a Christmas bag full of an assortment of candies would be a gift that would delight anyone – kids, adults, co-workers or neighbors.
  • Chop up leftover candy apples for salads to give it a kick for the kids.
  • Send a box of candy to the troops! They love receiving care packages, especially with candy.
  • Use it for birthday party goodie bags.
  • If you work at a desk or own a business, spruce up your work space with a candy jar for clients. Or stash some away in your desk for those days your sweet tooth gets a craving.

Happy Halloween!

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Martini Recipe

Ingredients:
2 oz Barefoot Riesling
1 oz pumpkin liqueur
1 oz cream liqueur
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg

Directions for 1 serving:
Combine Riesling, pumpkin liqueur and cream liqueur in martini shaker over ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg as garnish and serve!

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