Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Makin' bacon...

There is something about having children that makes life go by at lightning speed. Perhaps it's the constant movement. The rapidly moving kids who are curious little balls of energy. The bustling parents trying to take care of...well, everything. If I'm not picking something up then I'm probably dropping something off. Picking up groceries, dropping child off at school, picking up diapers, dropping off clothes to Goodwill, picking child back up from school, dropping off dry cleaning, picking up toys off the ground, dropping like a sack of potatoes at the end of the day. I'm dizzy just talking about it; no wonder we are always exhausted!

In the midst of all the commotion, I guess I'd forgotten to get myself a haircut. I wasn't sure how long it had been but I knew the mop was starting to look bad. Looking back at some photos from the summertime, I came across a picture of me with a fresh haircut around my hubby's birthday. This means I hadn't seen my hairdresser since the beginning of July, six months! Long story short, mama got a haircut today and some quality time for herself. Amazing what a little pampering can do for the soul.

I came home rejuvenated but had nothing planned for dinner. There was a nice loaf of French bread around. I could make some sandwiches. Perhaps a B.L.T? Or even better, a shrimp B.L.T.. So as the bacon was cooking, I tossed the shrimp with a little salt, pepper and olive oil. Then I butterflied and roasted them in the oven at 425 degrees F  for 4 minutes. I lightly toasted the bread and spread some mayo on one side. Sliced tomatoes and romaine lettuce leaves completed the sandwich. My son thought it was so cool that we were having sandwiches for dinner. If he only knew!

I cook bacon in the oven, directly on a cooling rack on top of a foil lined cookie sheet. The grease drips down and you can just toss it all with the foil when you're done. Make sure to let the grease cool first! (I removed all of the bacon before snapping a photo, you can see one lonely guy left.)
Apple wood smoked center cut bacon. Soak up excess oil on paper towels.

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