If you would have asked me five years ago that I would love to experiment in the kitchen, I would have thought you were crazy!
Five years later, I cook up a storm for myself. I love making my food to where it tastes just as good as it does in a restaurant – thanks to my husband for giving me that mentality! I am always looking for an easy but different recipe too!
Any of the recipes you see on my blog will have some sort of spice element to it. I love spicy food and it all depends on the type of meat as to how spicy I make it. Of course throughout these recipes, you can tone it down or add more spice to it! Here is my recipe for Cajun Shrimp!
Grilled Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Dipping Sauce and Coleslaw
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
41-50 count shrimp
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
dash of pepper
(Feel free to add more seasonings and/or larger portions if you wish – I typically do not measure)
Bagged coleslaw (I buy the bag of coleslaw by Fresh Express)
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup of light mayo
2 tbsp. of honey
dash of pepper
1 cup of light mayo
3 tsp. chipotle powder
1 tsp. paprika
Heat a large skillet over oven on medium heat with your olive oil. Place shrimp in skillet and add all of our seasonings. Cook shrimp on each side for three minutes or until done. Place on plate
Place coleslaw mix in a bowl and stir in ingredients – as much as you want. You can add mayo or subtract mayo depending on how creamy you would like your coleslaw.
Mix mayo and spices for the chipotle sauce in small bowl. Refrigerate before serving.
Sound off in the comments below – did you make this? What did you change?!
Check out my other recipes here! Veggie Packed Beef Stew – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep
As I am scrolling through my twitter notifications this morning (follow Laugh Always on twitter here!), I see that I am included with eight other people in a tweet and there is a long thread. I follow along and find out that my blog is nominated for the “Sunshine Blogger Award”!
This is Laugh Always third Sunshine award nomination and honestly, it feels so awesome to be recognized each and every time. I still can’t believe that people other than my loved ones read my blog (read that post here) and whenever I receive recognition like this, it makes me feel like it is worth to keep pursuing what I am doing. I am so greatly honored to be recognized by peers and other bloggers!
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community.
The award not only shines the spotlight on some amazing bloggers and their work, it gives us a chance to get to know them a little better.
So who nominated me you ask? Nicole from “This is All Going On“. She is a mom and a wife – she has three kids! Her blog is all about positive living while battling anxiety, chaos of having twins and chronic pain. Her page is very inspiring and makes you want to get out and live the best life you can!
Nicole has asked that we answer some questions she submitted so here goes nothing!
My Sunshine Blogger Award questions from Nicole:
1.) Is blogging your business, your passion or both?
It is definitely both for me. I am creating a business and a brand but it is also a deep passion of mine to help people and inspire others. I work at this every day, whether it be trying to make new connections or write down my feelings in my blog. I know that helping people and inspiring others is something I want to do the rest of my life. I will keep at it for however long it takes to get going!
2.) How long have you been blogging?
I started Laugh Always in August 2017. I have consistently blogging on here ever since. I also set up an Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter for Laugh Always as well. I have been sharing many stories from people all around the world who have been dealing with difficult journeys
3.) Where do you find your inspiration for your blog?
The inspiration comes from what I have been through and knowing who I was 7-8 years ago. I was really just trying to keep up with my parents passing away so close together and then being diagnosed with cancer twice all at the same time. I think of that girl and how she got through those times and I remember like it was yesterday how I was feeling. I spent a lot of time by myself and didn’t feel like myself for a really long time. I think back to how young I was going through that whole mess and now making it truly mean something. If I went through all of those hard trials, then I’m sure as hell going to make it worth it and inspire others to get through their trials as well!
4.) How did you choose your niche (if you have a niche)?
Inspiration and a little lifestyle was my designated niche for what I wanted to do. I really want to inspire other.
5.) How has your blog transformed since the first post you published?
My blog started out with stories of my life and now I have over 20 stories from other people sharing their rough journeys. I have also integrated different parts of my life on here as well – from being healthy and then to eating healthy. You can view those sections here!
6.) What was the first post you published?
My first post I published was introducing myself and how I came up with Laugh Always. You can read it here!
7.) Do you have other creative pursuits other than blogging?
It has taken me a very long time to accept the fact that I might be a little creative. Growing up, creativity to me was being able to love art, being able to draw or paint or maybe even handwrite very well. Now that our world has gone more to the digital age, I am finding out more and more that I have been creative all along, but on the computer. I made picture collages and picture videos back in high school and with pictures in general, I love decorating or playing around with them. I get this creative feel from my mom for sure because she was creative in the tangible sense where she would sew and craft so many different things for us. All of our Barbie furniture was handmade by my mom! I do have so many other pursuits but trying to stick to blogging as my main one right now! Life is short though you know? Who knows what I might start next!
8.) Do you have siblings? Where do you fall in the birth order? Do you think this affects your life view?
I have a younger sister and a younger brother – you guessed it! I’m the oldest! I don’t know if this affects my life view, but it does affect our personalities for sure and I think that goes for every family. Typically the oldest is the one who is the most independent and I feel like that has been me my whole life. I really didn’t need my parents to help with much, nor did I want them too. My mom would always tell me I was very independent and she could see me being a high powered boss or lawyer one day. When my parents passed away, I definitely felt the weight of the world was on my shoulders to not only take care of my dad initially when he was still alive, but then to take care of my siblings and be the income provider for awhile as my sister and brother were both still in college. I think that I like to be in charge and that comes from being “bossy” which not necessarily a bad thing.
9.) If you could choose any super power, what would it be?
Probably the power to fly. I would always say being invisible but I don’t think it is ideal to spy on people anymore!
10.) What’s your favourite season and why?
SUMMER! Because it’s warm everyday, the sun is beautiful and there is nothing better than watching a sunset on a warm day where you can be outside without a jacket and enjoy a gorgeous breeze.
11.) What would your dream vacation be?
I don’t know what that is exactly. I am lucky that I have absolutely had my dream vacation already and that was my honeymoon to Maui. Another dream destination is Napa Valley in California which is a trip I have already done also and about to repeat this year! I think my next dream vacation would be to Spain and maybe even Italy and a tour of Europe.
What to do if you choose to accept your Sunshine Blogger Award nomination:
Write a post where you:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award and link back to their blog
- Answer the questions set by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 questions to answer.
- List the “rules” and display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post.
Plus, don’t forget to notify the 11 bloggers you’ve nominated through social media or commenting on their blogs.
My nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award:
11.) Kiki from She’s Kiki
Questions to my nominees – make sure to answer these in your blog post for the Sunshine Reward and nominate blogs of your own!
1.) Why did you start blogging?
2.) How long have you been a blogger?
3.) Who inspires you on a daily basis?
4.) What is the best meal you have ever eaten?
5.) What makes you a positive or inspiring person?
6.) Why should people read your blog?
7.) What does your ideal day look like?
8.) Where is your favorite destination?
9.) What are three things on your “bucket list”?
10.) Besides blogging, what is another hobby you have?
11.) If you could have an job in the world, what would it be?
I can’t wait to read these new blog posts! To my nominees, please let me know when you post because I would love to see your answers to these questions!
Thanks for reading and thank you Nicole for the nomination!
Until next time,