In all the years that we’ve owned a home in the Outer Banks my husband and I have actually never gone out to dinner together. It’s actually pretty amusing, because a lot of our friends and family will ask us for restaurant recommendations and we have to tell them we honestly don’t know. We usually get puzzled looks from those we talk to, but it’s true, we’ve never gone out for dinner together. Every so often we eat out for lunch, but for dinner we either bring groceries from home or stop at the grocery store once we step onto the island.
In general I shop the store circular and clip coupons. I’m downright thrifty in the grocery store more often than not, but when I come down to the beach I love to buy steamed extra spicy shrimp. This weekend my husband surprised me with a pound of shrimp from a local seafood shop. My husband hates the smell of seafood, so the mere fact that he stepped into one of the fishiest smelling seafood spots demonstrates just how much he loves me.
Steamed shrimp is definitely my big splurge at the beach. It’s not ridiculously expensive, but it’s certainly more expensive than a large pack of chicken or a pound of ground beef. This weekend I split the pound in two and ate half on Friday night and the other half on Saturday. I sat outside at a picnic table on our screened-in porch and watched the sun set. As I watched the day come to a close, I listened to the wind whisper through the trees, counted my blessings and snacked on steamed shrimp.