From Cupcakes to Traditional Korean Food and Everything in Between

Jerk Shrimp

This time last year, I was in the Caribbean dining on the most delicious jerk-everything.  As a lover of all things rich and spicy, I was all over this deeply pungent and spiced tangle of flavors.  This recipe is a culmination of a years endeavors to match that food memory and I hope you enjoy!

Homemade Jerk Recipe

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Jerk Shrimp
  • 2 lbs shrimp {or chicken}
  • ½ c unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • ½ c freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¾ c freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ ts allspice
  • ½ ts freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tb kosher salt
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 1 ts dried thyme
  • 2 ts freshly grated ginger
  • ¼ c coconut oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 green onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1-2 scotch bonnet {or habanero peppers}
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  1. Blend everything except the shrimp {or chicken} and pour and cover to marinate 1 hour to overnight and grill.


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Seafood Stir-Fry Korean Style

Moving to the coast has provided me with the most idyllic food-scape as seafood is my favorite food.  Pair that with Korean flavors and a sweet and spicy kick, I’m swooning.  This dish is very reminiscent of the ones my parents used to whip up for us.  You can easily swap the seafood out for whatever protein or veggies you desire and you’ve got a quick, easy, and delicious meal you can whip up in no time.

Easy Korean Stir-Fry Recipe

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Seafood Stir-Fry Korean Style
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  • ¼ lb each of shrimp, scallops, fish {etc}
  • 2 tb Korean red pepper paste
  • 1 ts soy sauce
  • 1 tb unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 ts freshly grated ginger
  • 2 ts freshly grated garlic
  • 1 tb raw honey
  • 2 ts toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 ts cold pressed sesame oil
  • 2 c of your favorite veggies
  1. In a big bowl, whisk all the ingredients together save the seafood, oil, and veggies.
  2. Toss the seafood in the sauce and allow it to sit in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  3. In a pan slicked with the sesame oil, sauté over medium-high heat with the veggies. Do not over cook and take care not to break up the seafood too much.


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August Goals

It’s been about 2 months since we moved to the island and though J seems to have comfortably settled in, there’s still a trace of me that almost feels like I’m visiting.  I figured a quick little list of goals would help me gain more perspective.


1). Be more grateful.  Every night, J and I have this ritual where we share one thing we’re grateful for.  I began thinking about this the other day and realized that it shouldn’t be whittled down to just one moment but expanded into a conscious philosophy to be as grateful as you can throughout each and every day.

2). Make new friends.  There are a lot of retired folks here and inevitably, we’ve befriended a ton of new friends that are much older than we are.  Though I’ve enjoyed their company, it would be nice to have friends my own age too.

3).Spend a day {or several} picking up litter off the beach.  Back in Charlotte, anyone who was visiting would always comment on how clean the city was.  Perfectly manicured lawns and rows of wildflowers, not trash, were commonplace there.  Because in the summer, the town we now live in attracts a ton of tourists, the beach is often strewn with all sorts of rubbish and it makes me unhappy to see all the natural beauty being polluted.  I will say that the sea turtle activists are a strong force here and I’d love to see a bold clean up initiative as well.

4). Take time to stretch.  I exercise a lot of healthy habits {and my share of unhealthy ones as well} but one that seems difficult to maintain is stretching.  Going forward, I’d like to take more time out to stretch and reset.

5). Make birthday plans!  Mine is rolling around next month and because of all the recent changes, we haven’t had much time to slow down and hopefully, my birthday will be a moment to walk at a more leisurely pace {and maybe by then, I’ll finally feel like I live here, lol}!

What are some of your short term goals?


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