Somethings gotta change….


This coconut shrimp is a change from what people normally think of when they think of coconut shrimp! Grumpy and I had a dish very similar to this at a Chinese buffet about 3-4 years ago and we loved it. Since the place has closed, we haven’t been able to find it….when we actually go to chinese buffets. When I saw Bobby had this on his blog (Free Online Recipes)I about jumped for joy. ;0) I finally had found a recipe that I thought was going to be very close to what Grumpy loved and it turned out to be so! This was a great dish. Make sure to check Bobby’s post out for the recipe.

I actually made this dish a couple of weeks ago but just haven’t had the inclination to really blog lately. You see, I’m needing a change. Very desperately needing a change. My problem is, I can’t see a change until at least next spring when Grumpy is done schooling. So, I guess that what else I need is patience. I have a lot of that stuff as it is, but I guess someone is seeing fit that I learn a whole lot more of it.


I love my job and I love the faculty and students at my job. I just don’t love sitting at my desk all day long. It didn’t help that today was my first day with my former co-worker gone. While I wish her the best, I will miss her in this office. She and I definitely blended well together. That doesn’t happen too often with women (yes, I know there are many of you out there who will agree with me!).

I’m feeling the lack luster to go home and make a great meal after work….or if I do make a great meal, I’m lacking the desire to try to photograph it and then to put it in a post.

Patience and change. I guess change will come with time….I suppose I can have patience, I just don’t want to. :0)

In the meantime, I’m going to try to get myself out of this rut I am in and get back to enjoying my daily rituals. At home and at work and contemplate on how I am going to make my change happen when I can.


  1. says

    The shrimp looks tasty! I wonder if it would be good with chicken? Hang in there! I think the short days leave us feeling like we want to hibernate. Spring will be here before you know it!

  2. says

    sigh…I feel the same about change and patience…good luck to us both!

    did not get home till 7, was done making dinner at 7:30, so might take photos tomorrow morning :)

    The shrimp looks delicious.

  3. says

    Your shrimp dish looks fantastic!!

    Dont ya hate the ruts? Sometimes you just wish you could take a week off everything, just to breathe, to reorganize, to reevaluate and to come back refreshed. I know what you mean. Hang tough.. take breaks when you need, and most certainly have a few stiff drinks;)

  4. says

    That dish looks fantastic!!!

    Hang in there, Shelby — these rough patches are always precursors to the next great thing. At least, that's what I always tell myself!

  5. says

    Hubby and I had a fav Chinese restaurant that served something just like this before we moved. I've miss that shrimp something fierce! Can't wait to try this it looks perfect. Hope things get better at work. I know just what you mean about that type of woman!

  6. says

    Change is the most necessary thing we need to shake things up. If you don't have it now, make it happen! Break up the monotony, or it'll drive you insane. Hopefully things will move along for you. :)

  7. says

    Oh my GOODNESS that looks tasty!!!

    Ugh. Ruts. I kind of think they hit bloggers ESPECIALLY hard. We're a photo-sharing kind of a group…and when we don't feel like sharing, it's pretty obvious.

    Enjoy life, lady. :-) And go eat some more of that shrimp for me. It's 1:30 in the morning, and it's making me HUNGRY!!! (I got up to nurse the baby. :-))

  8. says

    It must be something "in the air" because I've had those same feelings lately (I have trouble when the seasons change). I'd say "hang in there" but that doesn't help much. Come on over for some coffee and we'll grump together.

  9. says

    (((Shelby))) Big hugs to you. I know it's a cliche, but this too shall pass. You're a strong woman and you'll find your way through this, I just know it.

    Oh… and the shrimp? Beautiful! I'm going to stumble this post girl!

  10. says

    Honey B, this looks like it turned out extremely well! I am glad this was pretty close to what you were looking for because I have never had this dish at a restaurant before.

  11. says

    Shelby this is a wonderful dish and I'm glad it came out delicious.

    I know how you feel about change we all have our ruts, don't worry things will get better soon :) *Hugs*

  12. says

    the shrimp looks awesome! i can't wait to try this. i'm know what you mean about being in a rut. i'm in a bit of a rut myself. i hope things get better soon!

  13. says

    This looks wonderful and you know we love us some shrimp.

    I'm sorry that you feel like you're in a rut….hope things work out and that the change that comes your way to a positive one.

    Btw, potato soup…can we say good? Okay, REAL good! Tell DIL thanks!

  14. says

    Fall isn’t the best for a change but you can do mini-changes, step by step to modify your mood.

    Love coconut & shrimp an ideal recipe to make a change in the palate :)

    You can do it. Big hugs Shelby!!!



  15. says

    I hate ruts and seem to find myself in them all the time. A great friend told me once- "Everything changes!" Have patience and try to do something little and sweet for yourself everyday. I love Bobby's site- he is my go to guy for Chinese recipes!

  16. says

    Hi Shelby, This time of the year makes me want to come home from work, put on my PJs and just veg out. Having that "stuck in a rut" feeling just makes you more impatient to get out of it! Take a break…do something different.
    And take lots of deep breaths!
    Oh…the best thing you can make when this mood hits? Reservations!! :-)
    Hugs to you, my friend.

  17. says

    The coconut shrimp looks delish! I've never had shrimp and coconut together, the combination has always left me feeling unsettled, but so many people like it, that I would definitely like to have a sample of this. (Still holding out on that chocolate mayo cake, too LOL!!)

    I think many folks go through a slump this time of year, with the shortened days. I have no words of wisdom, just encouragement and loyalty. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  18. says

    I've had a hard time lately as well. I'm not in the mood to make dinner. I can't figure it out. Dinner is usually my favorite meal to blog about. Maybe it's the change of seasons or something???

    Anyway, your shrimp is beautiful! I hope you are back to feeling like yourself again soon! 😀

  19. says

    Yeah, I hear ya…..I've not been posting much either. I don't know if it's the weather or I still haven't transitioned from being off for the summer and back to working really hard as a teacher…..Even taking the time to open my reader and read all my favorite blogs has been too much work!

    If it makes you feel better….you are not alone!

  20. says

    This shrimp looks amazing. I have never had anything like this. My husband and I have been on a coconut kick lately. He cant have milk so I have been subsituting with other things like coconut milk.

  21. says

    That shrimp looks incredible. I'm going to check out Bobby's site. I know you're going through a tough time right now but unfortunately we sometimes go through these ups and downs of life. I was just moved to a new branch with my company so I had to leave all the co-workers I loved and start with a new crew. It's hard to go through that change so I can relate. But WE need you Shelby and your great recipes and gorgeous photos.

    PS…made your caramel popcorn and oh boy….it was addicting. We couldn't stop eating it. So, thank you!

  22. says

    [Sigh]. I know what you mean – it can be so tough to keep your spirits and enthusiasm on a high level when things seem so stagnant. My husband tells me to just take it one day at a time and go to bed knowing that the morning is another chance for something (exciting, wonderful, fortuitous . . ) to happen! For someone who was feeling lackluster about cooking, this creamy shrimp dish looks pretty darn spectacular!

  23. says

    I hope you don't get too grumpy Honey! lol These shrimp look fantastic, and as I sit here thinking about dinner…which doesn't happen that often. I think I will make this! I LOVE shrimp and coconut, so why not, thanks love

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