What The Hail!

August 14, 2011

‘Twas a super fun afternoon!!


Totally, totally jealous of Matt’s new phone, the Samsung Infuse 4G. The best part about it is the HUGE screen and sweet camera! My phone’s screen (and keyboard) are doll size, and the camera is awful. I have to wait until December 1st and then I’m there. I could have gotten it today for $450, but that’s not very practical is it? I’ve never been one to rush out and get the hottest technology – I always wait patiently for a deal. But now that my job is digital, it’s harder to resist. But resist I did.

[I will add that I prefer the HTC apps and features to Samsung’s but the battery is supposed to be much, much better on Infuse over the HTC Inspire, which always beats out features)

Matt’s first phone capture – our afternoon treat!

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Arches yogurt is right next to AT&T and I’ve been craving it all summer! I had a small peanut butter topped with gooey brownie batter. Heaven!!!


Next stop was the movie theater. Harry Potter was great!! Loved the movie, loved the ending, loved watching it in 3D! I recommend paying the extra $3 if you can.

We hit the grocery store on our way home and storm-chased a thunderstorm back to the house to make dinner. We ended up getting dumped with hail right when we walked in the door!!


Cajun Delight on the menu!


I’m calling this Cajun Delight because it’s kind of a cross between shrimp + grits and gumbo.


Cajun Delight

Serves 2

The best thing about this recipe is the versatility of the ingredients. You can use fresh summertime okra, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, beans and shrimp OR you can use all frozen in the winter with canned stewed tomatoes and frozen shrimp and veggies. For the “grits” use real grits, brown rice or millet like we did here.


  • About 20 okra pods, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 ear of corn, de-cobbed
  • 1 cup of frozen/thawed lima beans
  • 1 big heirloom tomato, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 10 jumbo USA wild-caught shrimp
  • Cajun seasoning to taste
  • Canola or coconut oil
  • Millet / grits / rice on the bottom


  1. Pan-sear shrimp in oil, leaving alone so they form a crust. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Cook “grits” according to package
  3. Add more oil and sauté veggies until they are cooked, about 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle on Cajun seasoning to taste, being careful not to overseason since it is very salty.
  5. Portion grits in bowl and top with veggies, garnish with shrimp.


Tomorrow, the week of the Third Annual Healthy Living Summit begins!!

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1 Kristen, Sweetly August 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm

love the camera phone photos! harry potter was pretty cute, but i’ve yet to see a movie in 3d.

glad you beat the thunderstorms. i got stuck away from home in one, but luckily, i had company and some puppies to cuddle with until they all passed. :-)


2 Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Feel you on expensive phones! Fortunately, I am still on a family plan with my mom… my treat since she never uses it. She also never uses her upgrades. Soooo I got an iphone 6 months before my next upgrade!


3 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! August 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I am not a gadget kinda gal either, but I do love the camera on my iphone 4. It totally makes taking pictures on the go easier. I saw Harry Potter this weekend too and it was amazing!! I am so sad that it is the last one!


4 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I love recipes involving okra! It’s such an under-appreciated vegetable!


5 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Jealous about the Healthy Living Summit!!


6 katie @KatieDid August 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

okra yum! I tried it for the first time a few weeks back per your constant praise and I agree, its a wonderful veggie!


7 Hillary August 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Harry Potter and brownie batter? Sounds like a Sunday worth talking about to me ; )


8 Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots August 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

So glad you finally got to see Harry Potter. I loved it too! Crazy weather! Hail is the worst.


9 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I love Harry Potter!! Such a good ending.

I think I might upgrade to a new phone soon….we shall see :)


10 Meredith August 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Harry Potter was sooo great, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (I feel like I grew up with him!) and this was such a great finale!


11 Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

What a wonderful day!


12 Molly @ RDexposed August 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I sense your knack to be able to be given any ingredients and crank out a meal.


13 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Every time I see that gooey brownie topping on your ice cream, I melt. And yey for HLS week! I sadly will not be attending, but will be following along from my computer at home!


14 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Great pics! glad you liked HP 7 too (who doesnt?!). This recipe is sweet too, I want to try orka really bad :)


15 Chloe (In Fine Feather) August 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I’m having shrimp tonight as well! My phone is also dinky, it’s not even a smart phone & I can’t wait until September when my contract runs out & I can switch phones & get a new plan with all sorts of fancy (and expensive) data plans.


16 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

“I’ve been craving it all summer! I had a small peanut butter topped with gooey brownie batter. Heaven!!!”–

Well then you MORE than should have gone and savored it and it sounds like it would have been heaven indeed! ohhhh, yeah! delish!

And waiting for a phone. I did that this spring when I was waiting to go from a blackberry to an iPhone. I was at the Verizon store on the DAY I was eligible :) Not that I was counting the days or anything. Ha!


17 Kat @ Cupcake Kat August 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

yum, I want your yogurt! I saw hp in 3D it was so good. I can’t believe tha its over :(


18 [email protected] August 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Your fro-yo looked AMAZING! The PB yogurt with the brownie batter topping=perfect by my standards. Good pick! 😉


19 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Love the name of the dish and love the combination! Sounds like a great day Kath! I hope you have a great evening!


20 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

What app is that on the ice cream picture? Very cool!


21 KathEats August 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

It’s just a setting on his very cool phone camera


22 Mary Frances August 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

You look like you are a comic book character… ‘Frozen Yogurt Woman’ or ‘Queen Frozen Yogurt’ or ‘Dessert Devil’


23 Kelly August 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

Kath, You should totally frame a picture of you and Matt in that type of setting. Love, Love, Love!


24 Jennifer August 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

haha….love your title. Your dinner sounded so good. You always seem to come up with such unique dishes. :)

Did you use coconut or canola oil? I just read “Real Food” and it had a chapter on coconut oil. I’ve never tried it before.


25 KathEats August 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Coconut – I love it on everything


26 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm

That brownie batter topping looks to die for! :)


27 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) August 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Wow- the shrimp look huge and so fresh! :) I also enjoyed Harry Potter- although I am not a die hard fan, it kept me on the edge of my seat for sure!


28 Angel7 August 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I like the cartoon-looking picture!



29 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm

That yogurt looks PERFECT! Love the toppings too!

It’s been way too long since I’ve had shrimp. Great recipe!


30 kaila @ healthy helper! August 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm

looks like a delish dinner but soooo skimpy on the shrimp LOL! I need a lot of shrimp in my life….its so good!


31 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I agree the 3d was well worth the extra couple dollars. Glad you liked the film. Cannot wait for HLS!!! :-)


32 Alaina August 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I cannot wait to upgrade my phone! I’m stll using a flip phone and I really want an iPhone. Have to wait until next July though! :-)


33 Sara August 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Was just looking at new phones this weekend. Good to know about the HTC apps vs. Samsung battery life.


34 Emma (Namaste Everyday) August 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I feel the same way about technology! Ever since I got into bloggin, I’ve been obsessed with all the latest gadgets!! Garmins, smart phones, DSLRs. I want it all!


35 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee August 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I didn’t like the end of HP7! They looked like they had aged about three weeks, not 15+ years! Seriously I think the only thing they did to Ginny was make her curvy and the only thing they did to Hermione was put her hair up. The rest of the movie was amazing, I have to say. :)


36 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I’m not one for fancy technology either! I have a Droid and the only thing I know how to do is get oon the internet. I still don’t know how to save contacts, haha


37 Samantha August 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

3d hurts my eyes/brain. Dislike!


38 Liz August 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I don’t like the 3D, either! Plus, I often enjoy seeing movies with my mom & she was born blind in her left eye, which means she can’t see in 3D form, so it’s just blurry/headache-inducing for her.


39 Brittany August 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

I also hate 3d. It always looks blurry to me. I went to the eye doctor last year because I hadn’t had my eyes checked in years and told him “I can’t see 3d in 3d” he was very puzzled by this and my eyes are still perfect. I avoid 3d movies as much as I can.


40 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Brownie batter!! That looks like something I have to add to my must-try list! Yum :)

The shrimp in your dinner look superb, too. Yummmmmy!


41 Amelia (Eating Made Easy) August 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm

After the multimedia workshop at BlogHer I’ve been obsessed with getting a new phone! I got the Samsung Nexus 4G on Friday and so far love it. I normally research the heck out of everything I buy, but I had no time so I just walked in, pointed to a phone, and bought it. We’ll see how it goes!


42 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 8:26 am

Lucky you!!! Hope you like it :)


43 lynn @ the actor's diet August 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm

so sad hp7 is over. i just auditioned for a bway play starring snape!!!


44 Mary Frances August 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Good Luck! When do you expect to hear back?


45 lynn @ the actor's diet August 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

hopefully sooner than later b/c rehearsals start in a month!


46 Baking N Books August 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Do you live/work in NY or L.A?


47 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey August 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Awesome! I’m a huge Alan Rickman fan. I saw him on Broadway in ‘Private Lives’, years ago. Amazing. Amazing.

Good luck getting the part!! :)
Psst – is it ‘Seminar’?



48 Namaste Gurl August 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Looks like very relaxing and fun day for you two. Glad you enjoyed it as you both deserve it throughly! :) Mmm for yogurt and a yummy dinner!


49 Krystina (Organically Me) August 15, 2011 at 12:08 am

Ah! I love your new layout!


50 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats August 15, 2011 at 12:14 am

I just got back from HP7 too! I thought Voldemort was particularly great in this one.


51 Khushboo August 15, 2011 at 12:15 am

I always thought Oreos were the best topping but something tells me that gooey brownie batter swoops the title!


52 Penny August 15, 2011 at 12:31 am

I’m a total Harry Potter nerd. I loved the last movie too. There were a few things that I didn’t like, but overall, the movie makers did a good job.
Love how your Cajun Delight looks. I think I may try something like that. It looks awesome.


53 jenna k August 15, 2011 at 1:15 am

that yogurt looks amazing! brownie BATTER as a topping?!?! genius.
so glad you loved harry potter!!
i’m finally getting my first smart phone next month, and i’m SO excited! it’s just super inconvenient when you can’t access your email from your phone (especially as a student).


54 Lorin August 15, 2011 at 1:35 am

I saw your breakfast pics on the first page of foodgawker! :)


55 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 8:26 am
56 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 15, 2011 at 4:11 am

I, too, am jealous of Matt’s new phone! I also have to wait till the end of the year to get a new iphone and a new cell phone package. I feel like EVERYONE around me, even kids, have the newest phone models… and I am still using a super old model.


57 Hannah August 15, 2011 at 4:45 am

How funny, I saw HP7 in 3D accidentally and was initially annoyed when I saw the words on the ticket! But as you say, the 3D was fun :)


58 Heather August 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

Do you mind me asking what watch you wear,is it a Garmin? I know you have talked about it before but I am not sure. Does it keep track of calories too?



59 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

I wear a Garmin when I run only. It only tells the distance and pace – no heart rate or calories (well, it will tell HR if you wear a HRM but I don’t wear one anymore)


60 Jess @JessCantCook August 15, 2011 at 6:32 am

I love Arches!! That Cajun Delight look amazing too :)


61 Emily @ Life on Food August 15, 2011 at 6:44 am

Only $3 more for 3-D. In Connecticut it is more like $10 more. Tickets are $22 per movie. Yikes!


62 Emily August 15, 2011 at 7:21 am

Love the looks of this southern meal…I’ve been so interested in southern food and living lately! Maybe this will be a way I can get a taste of it :) Thanks Kath!


63 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 15, 2011 at 7:26 am

I was disappointed by all the other HP movies, but I loved HP7 too!

Your dinner looks delicious! Cajun cooking has always interested me, but I’ve never given it a go. What kind of seasoning did you use?


64 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

Haha – oops – it was Creole seasoning!



65 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 15, 2011 at 8:10 am

I love brownies IN my ice cream, but what a brilliant idea to put brownie batter ON it!


66 Cait's Plate August 15, 2011 at 8:28 am

Oooh Matt is going to LOVE his phone! I have a similar one (Samsung Fascinate) and am SO happy with the camera and the nice big screen. Sometimes I do wish I had a keyboard though…

Also – I literally just said to my boyfriend (as a direct result of this post) “When we go to Cville we need to go to Arches and get peanut butter ice cream with brownie batter on top!” <— it looked THAT incredible. He concurred :)


67 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Yummmmm to that fro-yo.

I love okra as well and can never understand why people despise it so much.

Those photos make it look downright scrumptious!

Speaking of which, how do you create the photo collages like the one shown before the recipe?

Sorry, newbie blogging at its finest :)


68 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

In Adobe Lightroom!


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