Sugar Dish Me

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Chit Chat

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My littlest guy, Evan really REALLY likes to talk. He talks in the morning. He talks at night. He talks at school. When we go for conferences his teachers always say, “He’s so smart! And social!!!” When my little fella trudges in from the school bus looking all crestfallen and defeated, it’s always because he “pulled a card” (for those of you that aren’t familiar it’s the equivalent of getting your name on the board… DEMERIT!). For talking.

Evan sometimes talks just to hear himself talk. Like when he gives us a five-minute dialogue about socks while we drive down the road. Or when he ponders why one cereal is crunchier than the other instead of eating his breakfast at 6 o’clock in the morning.

Most recently, Evan came into our bedroom at 10:30 pm. I might mention that I send my children to bed at 9. So he wanders in, like as if it’s the middle of the day, while he is supposed to be sleeping, and says, “Mommy? I think I know how the squirrels come in our yard.”

Chad and I looked at each other and cracked up laughing. In the interest of not encouraging random late night dialogue about squirrels, I told Evan to please go to bed.

But my kid did not forget. Over a couple bowls of the crunchier cereal the following morning, Evan carefully laid out the squirrel traffic pattern for me, beginning with the dirt road across the way and ending at the bird feeders in the front yard. These are the things that keep 9-year-olds up at night.

And by the time he quit talking his cereal wasn’t crunchy anymore.

The only tried and true way to quiet my little chit chat long enough for the rest of us to get a word in edgewise is to make shrimp for dinner. Evan loves loves loves shrimp.

I found this recipe while reading one of my most favorite blogs: Can You Stay for Dinner? Read it.
In a medium bowl stir together 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 finely minced cloves of garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add 1 pound raw peeled shrimp, tossing to coat evenly, cover and refrigerate. Soak your skewers in water (this keeps them from burning up on the grill).

After at least an hour, skewer the shrimp.

Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side.

I served this deliciously sweet and spicy shrimp with a creamy lemon risotto and roasted asparagus.

Spicy Brown Sugar Shrimp from Can You Stay for Dinner?


1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon canola oil

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 cloves of finely minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pound raw peeled shrimp

To Make

Combine the lime juice, canola oil, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, minced garlic, and salt in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate, letting the shrimp marinate for at least an hour. Soak your skewers in water. Skewer the shrimp. Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side. The shrimp will be a pretty and opaque pink.

**Note: I didn’t have any limes on hand so I used the juice of one lemon (it had been zested and was patiently waiting to be used for something). It was more than the tablespoon that was called for, so I ended up with more of a marinade than a rub. It was delicious, but lacked the sugary spice coating shown in Andie Mitchell’s original photos. I also used smaller shrimp (41-60 count) in the interest of my wallet. The moral of this is super flexible, crazy good recipe.**


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

May 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

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  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe – looks simple and delicious! Thanks for posting.

    Time To Be Inspired

    May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

  2. My 7-year-old never stops talking. I’m not as understanding about it as you are! And her teacher is constantly making her “change her color” which is the equivalent of a demerit. So far she hasn’t learned her lesson….

    Love the shrimp! It looks delicious.


    May 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

    • Well I’m not so understanding when Evan pulls a card, which is probably why he comes in the house looking so busted just before I check his folder. I have mastered the disappointed glare complete with eyebrow raise – it really tears him up. It was only really funny because I had just finished telling my whole family at a birthday party that Evan never stops running his mouth for no reason. That same night he jumped in with the squirrel talk. Shrimp always shuts him up, though! And taking away the Xbox. 🙂

  3. He sounds so adorable! Personally, I love a kid who talks. He clearly observes his world and lives it! I do not like brooding, Mr Rochester-type children. The shrimp looks so succulent and pink 🙂


    May 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    • Evan is completely hilarious. The things he says are so funny and he really has no idea. His random jibber jabber can pull me out of a bad mood in a minute.

  4. ok, next week i’m filling my classroom with shrimp!! No, really – I have to agree with Meenakshi – I love my chatterboxes in school, they keep me going during the day – the things they say just make me giggle so much! I tutor a girl who barely speaks and after half an hour I’m going nuts!


    May 12, 2012 at 5:18 am

    • Shrimp filled classroom sounds delicious! This was a super easy fresh and tasty recipe 🙂 I think Evan’s teacher must love his chit chat, too because he never seems to get in trouble for it (only sometimes lol) and she always tries to put a good spin on it. I laugh when she says he’s “social”. He finishes his work early and reads and thinks and then needs to share it with whoever is near 🙂

  5. I was like that as a child. VERY talkative. Every report card would say “Talks too much” “Too talkative during class” In high school, I was the class clown. Geeze, I never shut (shat?) up back then. I’ve gotten better now.

    Delicious dinner there Heather. I loveeeee shrimp too. I think Evan is a guy after my own heart. I heart him!

    Simply Tia

    May 16, 2012 at 6:19 am

    • Haha Evans jibber jabber is a running joke. But today it’s gotten him in a little trouble. His antics have him serving out a 3-day bus suspension (grrrrrr.) and now my whole morning is upside down! I s’pose I should have made him a few skewers to tote with him on the school bus?

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