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Crockpot Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Welcome Winter! 

Cold blowing winds, snow, sleet and freezing rain are the least favorable parts of winter in the MidAtlantic area.  But being inside toasty and warm with a big bowl of soup or chowder makes it more bearable. 

Fortunately, we made it through November and December without a flake, but guess what…tonight’s forecast states that we are in for the first N’orester of 2016 which is a perfect day to make Crockpot Shrimp and Corn Chowder.

Slow Cooked Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Crockpot Shrimp and Corn Chowder

There are many online recipes for Crockpot Shrimp and Corn Chowder and I found this one at .  I added a few additional ingredients and left out the salty seasonings and it didn’t turn out as pictured on the website but it was very tasty nevertheless.

ingredients for shrimp and corn chowder


  • 16oz bag frozen sweet corn
  • ½ pound Baby Medley Potatoes
  • 8 oz Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 3 small Carrots diced
  • ¼ cup Flour
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream (for later)
  • 12 oz Shrimp, small peeled deveined and tail-off (for later)
  • Green Onions (scallions) diced
  • 1/2 Green Pepper – diced
  • Rosemary Sprigs (optional)
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • Salt, Pepper and Cajun Seasonings are optional which I excluded due to high sodium counts

green peppers sauted


  • Wash and dice potatoes and carrots then cut into bite sized chunks
  • Add potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and corn to slow cooker then toss to coat with flour
  • Saute green peppers in butter until soft then add to crockpot
  • Pour in broth
  • Add a few sprigs of Rosemary and diced scallions
  • Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours

seasoning with Rosemary

  • If on low, switch slow cooker to high
  • Add cream, shrimp and Rosemary sprigs
  • Cook for another 30-60 minutes until shrimp is cooked through and pink

slow cooked shrimp and corn chowder


My Shrimp and Corn Chowder turned out to be more of a soup/stew but when served with a crusty bread and a glass of wine then eaten while curled up on the sofa it doesn’t matter.

chowder is great on cold winter's day

What is your favorite cold weather chowder?

Super Foods For Seniors – Chapter 4

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all had a wonderful weekend and to my friends in the Mid-Atlantic, I hope you have dug out from last week’s Nor’Easter.  We are getting closer and closer to Spring and hopefully we’ll forget all about this winter’s wild and cold weather.  However, if you do want to remember maybe a few of these foods from Chapter 4 ~ Memory Savers will help.

Memory Savers

I don’t worry so much about losing my memory due to aging, but the fact that I have too much information in my head which may can cause more forgetfulness. How many times have you walked into a room only to forget what you went in there for? (raise your hand).

too much info

Exercising the brain and body helps as we get older and blogging is great brain exercise because of the constant reading, learning and creating.   In addition to mental exercises these foods can improve our brain’s performance.

  • Asparagus – Rich is Vitamin B’s
  • Mustard – especially yellow are chock full of curcuminoids
  • Almonds – omega-3 fatty acids
  • Apricots – powerful antioxidant beta carotene
  • Cantaloupe – Vitamin C – add to your morning cereal
  • Apple – “an apple a day” is still true cantelopes blueberries and banana
  • Blueberries – powerful antioxidants – add to your high fiber cereal
  • Boiled Rice – cook the rice and drink the liquid from the pot to restore electrolytes
  • Olive Oil – “miracle” memory booster with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Banana – B6 boost
  • Raisins – tiny fruit with a brain boost, try with peanut butter, sliced banana on a graham cracker as an afternoon snack
  • Seaweed – wrapped around sushi – loaded with vitamin B12 sushi
  • Turnip Greens – chock full of potent antioxidants
  • Spinach  – try adding to your sandwiches instead of lettuce
  • Eggs – rich source of choline
  • egg sandwich with spinach
  • Barley – oatmeal with bananas or blueberries
  • Prunes – like it’s wrinkled cousin the raisin
  • Fish – eating fish once a week keeps your brain young
  • Lentil Soup – try this Crock Pot soup recipe using lentils & turnip greens
  • Cabbage – shredded as in coleslaw or cooked with fish and rice
  • Green Tea – rich in EGCG
  • Java – a morning cup of coffee stimulates the brain 
  • Ricotta Cheese – rich in calcium, try adding to salads and desserts
  • RED WINE – OH SO FINE… but only a glass every now and then…not every night (dang it)

A little red wine


All of these food items, with the exception of the wine were ones that my grandmother taught us to eat.  I believe that getting this book from my aunt, her last remaining daughter is her way of reminding me to eat right – thanks Mama (RIP).

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!



OOTD – Casual Friday

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

To all my friends in the New England territory I hope you are ready for the Nor’easter and that you’ll stay safe indoors this weekend.  I’m sure there will be several changes and cancellations of events for New York’s Fashion Week activities.  The parade in New Rochelle that was scheduled Saturday to celebrate Ray Rice and The Ravens’ Super Bowl win was postponed until March 2nd.

We are getting rain with a chance of flurries beginning around midnight with little to no accumulation   I don’t mind snowstorms that occur on the weekends late a night because we are safe indoors and not on the road with the crazies.

My son wasn’t too happy taking the pics this morning which is puzzling because I was the one standing out in the rain!


I was playing around with the photo editing with PhotoScape which I like better than PicMonkey and Pixl.

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Today for Casual Friday I am channeling my inner MJ with the Fedora and Mary Tyler Moore throwing it into the air but those pics didn’t come out too well!

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Outfit today are all closet staples, blue skinny jeans , cardigan and striped top // Pashima – Boscov’s // Mossimo boots thrifted new – GW Boutique (Goodwill)  // Arm Candy and Rings – jewelry box

OOTD 2 8 13 018 Long leather coat belonged to my lil sis Gloria – RIP my Angel

Linking up today with Two Thirty-Five Designs & A Mommy’s Blog – hop over and meet some new bloggers!

Have a fantabulous afternoon!