Shrimp Pasta & I Made the Sauce too!

img_8532So I’m clearly on a cooking kick, see my last recipe here, but this one was really fun and adult-like. On my last trip to Whole Foods I bought a frozen bag of shrimp and all week I have been thinking about how I wanted to use it. Shrimp pasta of course, because hello carbs! ❤

img_8536Making pasta is pretty simple, and I figured the shrimp just needed to be thrown in a pan, but the sauce was really stumping me. Red tomato sauce would have been weird, and I am not the biggest fan of super creamy sauces like Alfredo, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Obviously, Google was the next step and eventually I came across this perfect recipe!

Here is how I made it:


1 pound peeled and cooked medium shrimp (70 to 110 per pound)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 pound linguine or other long pasta
1/tablespoon of butter (you can also use 3 tablespoons of olive oil, but butter = better)
2 medium shallots, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup Moscato (or any white wine)
2 medium (about 1/2-pound) Roma tomatoes


Gather unfrozen shrimp and place in a bowl until time to add to noodles. Boil water and cook noodles until you taste them and they seem squishy but not too squishy.

Grab a skillet for the sauce then add the butter, shallots, garlic, and salt to pan (unless you want some added texture, make sure you pull off all the paper skin stuff). Sauté, aka just stir them around in there until the shallots and garlic look translucent but not completely brown.

Add 1/2 cup of white wine…ya know, a few gulps will do the trick..or more

Use a grater to grate the tomatoes directly over the skillet. This part is kinda odd, but go

After grating the tomatoes

with it! You should be left with the skin of the tomato which can be discarded.

Stir everything together and bring to a simmer. In the bowl of shrimp, add your choice of seasonings. I used Lawrys, a garlic and herb seasoning and a little pepper. Then add the shrimp to the skillet.

Sauté the shrimp until the edges are pinkish, but right before they turn brown. Add the pasta and heavy whipping cream.

Stir for 3-4 minutes at medium heat and then you’re ready to eat!

Honestly, the hardest part is locating shallots in the grocery store without asking for help (they are similar to onions if you didn’t know). After that, everything is super simple and definitely  fancier than my typical pizza rolls dinner. Overall I really liked this because the sauce was so light and not too tomato-y or to creamy, plus I had a great time bragging to my mom after I finished!




All You Have To Do is Slay

Untitled 1Oh hey guys! My name is Aubree Surrency and Lysse finally convinced me to create a post
as a guest blogger. I’ve never done this before so hang in there with me, it’ll be short and sweet…maybe. First of all, I would just like to mention that Lysse is a wonderful, God- fearing woman that I am blessed to call my friend. So the slogan of this post “All you have to do is Slay,” is dedicated to her. If you’re wondering how we came up with this slogan, it is actually an interesting story. One day we were in the car, traveling to McDonald’s, (the place you can always find Alysse) and she was playing Taylor Swift’s song “All you had to do was Stay.” I glanced over to look at the song and because I attempt to relate anything to the Queen Bey (Yes I am a Beyonce fan), I saw “All you have to do is slay.” I guess you can say it’s been our slogan ever since. So I hope y’all enjoy this post about ways to slay in your daily life, just like the Queen Bey herself.

  • In order to slay you first have to pray

Slaying and praying is extremely important, it is a daily activity. In order to slay you must first pray because praying is one of the most powerful acts you can partake in. Whether you wish to slay in your academics, social activities, relationships, or just life in general, praying is imperative to your success. God has a plan for you, one that you may not know at this moment. However, I want to tell you today that God has a plan for all of us and that plan is for us to slay, all day-every day. At times it seems as if no one is listening to our plans and aspirations for the future, but it is important to remember that God is always listening. So, just remember that when you are not slaying as much as you wish to, in whatever aspect of your life, just pray and God will hear you.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


  • In order to slay you must be confident in yourself

Queen Bey’s confidence in herself radiates through her performances, and is one of the reasons why she is such a powerful Black woman. Despite the criticism about her Formation video, she continued to stay true to herself and her beliefs. I believe she taught us the lesson that you must have confidence and love for yourself despite what others think of you. Of course everyone goes through hardships, but overall you must believe in yourself and then slaying becomes a lot easier. Therefore, you must conqueror life with an “I ain’t sorry” attitude (reference to “Sorry”-Beyonce). Now, this does not mean to partake in harmful activities. Instead, it suggests that we should stop consuming ourselves with what others think about us or who is going where and doing what because honestly, will it matter in 5 years? We should use this valuable time to think about what we are slaying at in our own lives and are proud of, instead comparing ourselves to the standards of society. Love yourself, what you do, and continue to slay at the amazing things you are awesome at.

  • Slay with your friends

Lastly, it is important to slay with your friends! This tip is a shout out to my lovely friends in S.A.A.A. Shontell (read her guest post here), Alysse, and Alexis; I had no idea how wonderful our friendship would be when we met first year. However, their love and support has gotten me through these three years and I am excited for our last year together at the University of Virginia. Slaying on the daily with them has made school less stressful, hardships more bearable and life tons of fun. So guys, slay with the friends of yours that encourage you, challenge you and love you. Slay with the friends who will support you in all your decisions, correct you when you are wrong and love you through it all. Slay with the friends that have the same passions as you, for example a love for the Lord. Slay with the friends that you can trust and lean on at any hour of the day. In order to slay you need a support system, what better support system is one with your friends?

Well, that’s all I have for you guys, but I hope you’ve enjoyed slaying 101. Eat, pray, slay and do it with friends! Also always remember, as Beyonce stated, “Always stay gracious best revenge is your paper.”



Bang Bang Blueberry Crisp

I also made cornbread so ignore the additional ingredients seen here 🙂

I recently tried Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp Taco’s and it was a magical experience. I thank them for inspiring this title, and hopefully this isn’t some copyright violation…Anyways, I was given a gift card to Whole Foods about two weeks ago, and I used it for that week’s grocery trip. I typically go to Kroger or Harris Teeter, but I had the gift card and wanted to use it. To my surprise, I didn’t spend nearly as much money as I thought I was going to, and I got everything I needed. I typically spend about $50 on groceries which last me about a week and a half. This successful experience inspired me to try Whole Foods again, and today was that day! I went inside with a $50 budget and I only went over by 28 cents! With this shopping trip, I bought ingredients to bake Blueberry Crisp, a recipe I found in Shauna Niequist’s book, Bread & Wine. I deviated from her recipe because it included nuts, and I’m slowly developing an allergy (which is weird and annoying) but I will share both her recipe, and how I made it.

Bread & Wine Original Recipe:


  • 4 cups of blueberries (or any fruit you prefer)
  • 1 cup old fashion oats
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted pecans, halved or chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Pour blueberries in a 8 by 8 pan
  • Mix other ingredients together then pour over blueberries
  • Bake at 350 for 35-40 min. Or 10 minutes longer if fruit was frozen. Finished when toppings are golden and fruit is bubbling

My Version: 


  • 4 cups of blueberries (or any fruit you prefer)
  • 1 cup old fashion oats
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup granola (honey flavored
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Pour blueberries in a 8 by 8 pan
  • Mix other ingredients together then pour over blueberries
  • Bake at 350 for 35-40 min. Or 10 minutes longer if fruit was frozen. Finished when toppings are golden and fruit is bubbling.

I like a lot of crunchiness, so I will probably add more oats and granola next time, but let me tell you, it is so good! For breakfast, I typically eat something along the lines of Eggo waffles or Wildberry Poptarts, so this should be a nice alternative, plus it was super easy to make and pretty healthy (if thats something you care about ). Comment below if you’ve ever made another version of this cause I’m excited to experiment next time!



Yes, Yoga is For You Too!

Yoga is something I’ve been doing casually ever since I have been able to drive myself to the gym! Only this year have I really decided I want to be more intentional about my practice.MONDAYS

I definitely believe there is a certain “yoga culture” that makes people believe that you have to go to some fancy studio or wear Lululemon head to toe. While these things are nice, they are not necessary to try yoga!

In fact, I would argue that yoga is one of the most accessible workouts out there, especially after you learn the basics, because all you need is your body, an open mind, and maybe a mat.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1) Use YouTube! 

YouTube is an awesome and free way to do yoga! My favorite channels are: Yoga with Adriene and Fightmaster Yoga. You can start a beginners 30 Day plan or challenge yourself with a 90 day plan! One of the benefits of doing yoga in the privacy of your own home is that no one is judging you and you can start where you are. If you need to sit in child’s pose and rest for a few minutes you can. If you want to pause the video to go pee, you can do that too!

2) Set an intention for each practice! 

I think setting a practice for each yoga practice is so important because it gives you something to focus on and work toward. My intentions vary by the day, but it might be something as simple as focusing on my breathing, or not getting frustrated with myself, or to not give up when I don’t think I can hold downward dog any longer! Intentions are a great way to make small steps toward bigger goals, so try it!

3) Be consistent! 

I love yoga because it’s so easy to see when progress has been made. You can stretch deeper, hold a pose longer, or be able to balance better. I know when I come back to the mat after not practicing for a while, my transitions are wobbly instead of strong and graceful and I can’t hold basic poses long enough. Like anything else you put your mind to, in order to make progress consistency is important. So get on your mat and try to practice 3-4 times a week, even if it’s not an entire session, it still helps!

What is your experience with yoga? Do you think you might give it a try? Leave your comments below!



Finals Week, Blog Anniversary & Summer Goals

Gee wiz there is a lot going on in this post, but stick with me! So my 3rd year of college is over! Finals were an ultimate struggle this semester. Worse than I remember them being in the past, but I’m thankful for my boyfriend who drove 6 hours to cheer me up (and distract me) as I finished my week of papers on papers on papers. Since my life revolves around food, here are a few shots from my last week of 3rd year!

Today is also my blog’s 1st anniversary! A year ago I decided I was going to be committed to this blog and not ignore it after 3-4 months (like i’ve done with previous blogs in the past). While there have been some gaps in posting, I’m proud to say it’s been a year and Lysse on Life is still here! In the past year Lysse on Life has posted 41 times! My original plan was to post once a week, so I would say 41 isn’t that bad! I think my favorite post I’ve done so far has been What I’ve learned Playing Basketball with the Guys…., but the post that garnered the most attention was Doing it all & Staying Organized While You Do It: A Lesson from Lysse. I am also really proud of how my “Podcast Party” posts have turned into a great collection of shows. If you’re a new reader, I hope you go back and check out what you have missed! Overall, I thank y’all for making it a great year for Lysse on Life!

Last summer I wrote a post about the goals I wanted to achieve during my time away from school: Summa Summa Summa Goals. Out of the 14 goals that I wrote out, I can confidently say that I achieved like 7.5 (lols) of them. Here is my shorter and sweeter list for this summer:

  1. Lift 4 times a week and do yoga 3
  2. Find and stick to a devotional plan that challenges you
  3. Read 1 pleasure fiction book, 2 non-fiction books from my winter reading list, and 1-2 Christian related books.
  4. Study for the Praxis exam!
  5. Save $10 a week, in addition to all the $5 bills I put away


Have a great week, loves








Podcast Party: Call Your Girlfriend x Another Round

Friends!! I am so excited to share this with you all. I have featured “Call Your Girlfriend” on here before, so I definitely recommend you check that out. When I  search for podcast, I rather not listen to boring white people talk, so I’m always on the look out for diverse voices bringing their perspective to the world. A few months ago I came across Heben & Tracy’s podcast, “Another Round” and I haven’t looked back since.

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“Another Round” is voiced by two wonderful ladies, Heben & Tracy.  When I first started Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 1.22.19 PMlistening to their show I was confused as to how they were getting ladies like Melissa-Harris Perry, and Margaret Cho on their show. Then I discovered that they are employed by BuzzFeed and it all made more sense.

Last week, my two favorite podcasting women, from “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Another Round” came together and had a joint show! They discussed “Ivanka’s Dad,” men experiencing period pain, being black at BuzzFeed, and how Heben & Tracy met!

I know finals are here, so if you want to procrastinate, or you’re starting to think about your playlist for your trip back home, both Call Your Girlfriend and Another Round have an extensive library! So if you’re new to podcasts looking for something to start with, or a podcast veteran looking for your next binge worthy show, I promise they will have you laughing and learning for hours to come!

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Ann Friedman & Aminatou Sow from Call Your Girlfriend
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Heben & Tracy from Another Round