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Festival of Friends

Friendsgiving. Friendsmas. Whatever you want to call it, we should celebrate our friendships. Not just around the holidays, but all year long.

We all are busy. We all have lives outside of each other. We have to maintain good friendships though. We have to take a break from the busyness of life and take moments to unwind and enjoy each other's company. Otherwise, we lose touch. Our friendships falter. We go too long without seeing each other and we fall into a territory that is no longer a friendship.

Let's not do that. Relationships are meant to be cherished. And adults need to do some adulting! LOL

My friends and I have always loved to eat. Always. Now we are coming to terms with having to add exercising into that's hard. But we love us some good food. And we love enjoying good food with one another.

Good food, good wine, good company.

One of our latest gatherings centered around crablegs that were being stored in my deep freezer. So we figured we would schedule some girl time and do some catching up. I'm not mad about it. At all.

At all.

Oven Baked Crablegs

Preheat the oven to 450. Yes 450.
I had fully intended to thaw them. But I didn't. So I placed them in a sink full of water to get most of the ice off. I let them hang out while I got other stuff prepped. Then drain them. Get most of the water off.

Once the crablegs are drained, add them to big baking dish. You can use an aluminum pan. Try to get them in a single layer so they cook evenly. Melt enough butter to brush over all of the crablegs. Brush the melted butter over the crablegs. Sprinkle the crablegs with chopped garlic and sprinkle with dried parsley.

Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil (heavy duty foil if you have it). Is the oven ready? If so, bake the crablegs in the oven for 20-25 minutes. I went about 25 since mine were still partially frozen. Don't overcook them or they will dry out and you don't want that! You can test one to see if it's done between 15-20 minutes. Go for one of the bigger legs and make sure it's hot. The meat should slide easily out of the shell.

Cut some lemons, melt more butter, grab the hot sauce and whatever else you need to dive in!

Baking them seems to dry the shell out, making them easier to crack. I don't think I'm ever boiling crablegs again! EVER!

Roasted Shrimp Part 2

Preheat oven to 350.
Line a baking sheet with foil.
Once the oven is hot, place a stick of butter on the baking sheet and melt it in the oven.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
Slice one lemon and place the slices on the baking sheet.
Add thawed, drained shrimp. I used RAW shrimp of differing sizes. I also like shrimp that is already deveined and peeled. DO NOT USE COOKED SHRIMP!
Add the shrimp to the baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic herb seasoning.
Bake for 15 minutes.

Removed from the oven and ENJOY!

You can really use whatever seasoning you like to use. Try dried Italian seasonings, Ranch seasonings, Cajun seasoning, or whatever dry seasoning you like.

This is the seasoning I used. I did not add juice. I just sprinkled it over the shrimp, lemons and butter. The next time I'll try to toss the shrimp in the seasoning before adding it to the pan.

We also had green beans, boiled eggs, corn, and beef sausage! And for the burp factor, we had Pepsi and Ginger Ale.

We are vowing to be better friends, which makes us better people. I mean, if your friends don't make you happy, maybe you need some new friends! {Partially joking there...}

Enjoy life, enjoy food, enjoy your friends!



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