Fried Shrimp Recipe {Beer Battered}

Fried Shrimp Recipe {Beer Battered} by Kimberly Layton

Beer Battered Fried Shrimp has to be one of the best foods in the world!

Shrimp are amazing no matter which way they are cooked, but it’s really hard to beat fried shrimp.  Living in the south you learn a bit about shrimp and which ones are the sweetest, biggest, or best for your shrimp salad or scampi recipe.  There’s a huge difference and my favorite shrimp are always from Key West or Savannah.  Luckily, we’re close to both areas.  We’ve even caught our own shrimp in the Keys!

Now that you know just how serious shrimp are around here, you’ll trust me when I tell you this Southern Beer Battered Shrimp recipe is something you should keep on hand.  This is the best batter ever!

Beer Battered Fried Shrimp Recipe by Kimberly Layton

Here’s a look at what I made the other night for dinner.  It’s a rather traditional type meal around here that reminds us of Sunday Supper at Grandma’s house.  That’s hard to beat, right?!

Fried Shrimp Recipe by Kimberly Layton

I started with about 3 pounds of beautiful Savannah shrimp that Tim’s grandma brought home with her on a trip to visit family in Savannah.  Grandma Shuman usually brings back some type of food…she’s awesome like that.

Here’s what you’ll need for the batter…

  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt & pepper to taste

This should give you enough batter for about 1 1/2 pound of shrimp.

Slowly blend the beer into the flour.  Add salt and pepper. 

Now, cover it and let it sit at room temperature for a couple hours.

Prepare your shrimp.  You can drink any leftover beer while you work…you can’t just waste it!

Remove the shell up to the tail.  I usually remove all the legs at the bottom first to make the shell easier to peel off.

Devein your shrimp by using a sharp knife to cut along the back of your shrimp and run it under cold water to wash away and yucky looking stuff.

Repeat this step over and over again.  It always seems to take forever…but it’s worth it!

For a full step-by-step recipe including lots of photos, read my post on!

Once your batter is ready and your shrimp are cleaned it’s time to fry them up!

  • Fill up a large pot half way with oil and heat it up to 350 degrees
  • Pat 4-5 shrimp dry with a paper towel…this is a key step!
  • Dip them in your batter and let them drip a second over the bowl
  • Gently drop them in the oil and fry them for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove them and let them dry a bit on some paper towels
  • Repeat until you’ve fried them all up!

You could use this batter for fish, oysters or anything else.  It’s light and goes perfectly with seafood.

There you have it…the best fried shrimp recipe ever!

Are you a seafood lover?  What’s your favorite?  Shrimp, oysters, lobster? 

For complete step-by-step instructions {with lots of photos} read my blog post on Handmade and Craft!



Handmade Crochet Bowl Pattern

Handmade Crochet Bowl Pattern by Kimberly Layton

I love simple crochet projects because I have a super short attention span.  This handmade crochet bowl pattern is awesome for creating little organizational bowls for your desk or living room. 

They crochet up really quick, so it makes it easy to share a few.  Make a big batch and wrap up sets for the holidays. 

You will love this…

Handmade Crochet Bowl Pattern {free} on

You can read about how to make your own t-shirt yarn in an earlier blog post of mine.  It’s a great way to recycle old shirts and turn them into something fabulous!

For this project I wanted to try Lion Brand’s new Fettuccini yarn.  It’s a great alternative to making your own t-shirt yarn.  I bought it at Joann’s, but it doesn’t seem to be available at all of the locations yet.

No Joann’s near you and no old t-shirts?  You can find more t-shirt yarns available on Amazon right here.


Crochet Bowl Pattern by Kimberly Layton

Gather a couple things…

These are my very plain directions…experts cover your eyes.  Start by making a chain. For step-by-step instructions including lots of photos, see my post on Everything Etsy.

  • Chain 3
  • Slip stitch into the first chain you made to create a ring. 
  • Chain 1
  • Single crochet 8 into the center of the ring.
  • Chain 1
  • Single crochet in each stitch – You’ll single crochet 16 for the round. 
  • Chain 1
  • Single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet 2 times in the next stitch and repeat the pattern for this row.  You’ll single crochet a total of 24 for this row.
  • Chain 1
  • Single crochet around for four rows total.
  • Slip stitch into the next stitch.
  • Trim away the extra yarn and you’re done.

Looking for more simple crochet patterns?  Well, you’re in luck!  I’m all about simple and these are some of my favorites…


Do you love that chunky yarn or what?!  It makes every project seem super fast.

I just bought more yarn to make more of these cuties. 



Making Pottery

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Pottery is quickly becoming one of my favorite creative outlets.  There’s something about taking nothing, just some lump of clay, and turning it into something that will last for generations.  That gets me.

Simple bowls can be used in decorating, cooking, entertaining…it’s endless.

Making Pottery by Kimberly Layton

Right now I’m decorating with a little touch of fall in different areas of my house, and I’m mixing in some of my pottery for fun.

Pottery by Kimberly Layton

This yellow bowl gets so much use around here.  Wait until you see it with limes all stacked up in it…just beautiful!

Pottery Made by Kimberly Layton

What’s your favorite creative crush right now?  Crochet?  Painting?  Photography?

I’d love to hear about it!


How to Make Lavender Sachets

Lavender Sachet Tutorial by Kimberly Layton

Lavender sachets are one of my all-time favorite handmade gifts to share.  They can be made to match anyone’s style from modern to vintage, and they are the perfect way to use up small fabric scraps or your favorite fat quarter.  These lavender sachets were featured in the beautiful Mollie Makes Magazine! 

How to make lavender sachets by Kimberly Layton

I sold hundreds of lavender sachets through my Etsy shop one year.  They were very popular for weddings and Mother’s Day.  I’ve always given them as Christmas gifts, and I always enjoy the process of making them.

The whole house smells amazing and you can mix up the fabric to create pretty, pretty sachets.

Learning how to make lavender sachets by Kimberly Layton

Here’s how I make them…

  • Cut 5” fabric squares {I usually cut a bunch at once}
  • Stack two squares with the right side facing inside.
  • Start sewing about 3/4 of the way down one side and continue around until you have a couple inches left and backstitch with your machine.  You want to leave a big enough opening to work with, so sew slowly.
  • I sew about 1/8” to 1/4” in from the edge.
  • Cut the corners off carefully. This helps the corners look nice when it’s finished.
  • Flip the sachet to show the right side of the fabric on the outside.
  • Flatten a bit and make sure your corners are nice by using your finger to push on the corners from the inside.
  • Sew around the edge again leaving the opening the same size.
  • I roll up some cardstock to use as a funnel and add my dried lavender using a little scoop.  {You can buy dried lavender right here on Amazon.}
  • Be sure not to add too much or it will be hard to sew closed!!
  • Shake your sachet to settle the lavender and then hold it carefully while you sew up the opening.

For the complete step-by-step tutorial on making lavender sachets {with tons of photos} read my post on!

Seahorse Sachets by Kimberly Layton

Embroider or stamp designs on the fabric before sewing them for a custom creation.

Handmade Lavender Sachets by Kimberly Layton

Once you start making these you will want to make a ton!  I have them all over the house and in my closets.  I’ve thrown them in the car…they make it smell wonderful!

You can make small ones to throw in the dryer.  Your clothes will have a nice light scent.  I’ve used them up to 10 times in my dryer.

making lavender sachets by Kimberly Layton

I hope you’ll make some soon!

For the complete step-by-step tutorial on making lavender sachets {with tons of photos} read my post on!

Have fun!


DIY Hand Stamped Necklace

DIY Hand Stamped Necklace Tutorial by Kimberly Layton

There’s something so special about a handmade gift like these sterling silver hand stamped necklaces.  I have always loved a sentimental gift or two, that’s for sure.

Create one for a grandma with grandchildren’s initials.  Make one for yourself with your initial to wear daily.  Stamp up one for a new mom.  There are so many great ideas for these DIY hand-stamped necklaces!

DIY Tutorial for Hand Stamped Jewelry by Kimberly Layton

These are Sterling Silver and made to be treasured for years and years!

Hand Stamped Necklace Tutorial by Kimberly Layton

Everyone loves them…even teenage girls!  You have to make a batch to share with the ones you love.


When I first started making these I had the hardest time in the world finding just the right supplies.  The size of rings and the thickness of blanks…yikes!  It was a total guessing game and I spent quite a bit to find the perfect supplies to create the look you see in the photos.

For the complete step-by-step tutorial {with lots of photos} visit my post on!

You’ll also find a list of supplies with links to make your shopping easy.  Using the right tools and supplies from the beginning will save you a ton of money!

Have fun!


Bath Bomb Tutorial

Bath Bomb Tutorial by Kimberly Layton

Homemade bath bombs are an awesome afternoon project for any crafty girl!  I recently made these fabulous bath bomb using my Lush Inspired Bath Bomb recipe. They were featured in the beautiful Mollie Makes Magazine!

You can create bath bombs in so many different molds, so look at what you already have around the house before you get started.  Tart tins are super cute, small plastic containers and many soap mold will work perfectly.

Bath Bomb Recipe by Kimberly Layton

This is what you’ll need to make 12-24 bath bombs.


Baking Soda – 2 cups

Citric Acid – 1 cup

Corn Starch – 1 cup

Almond Oil – 3 tsp.

Essential Oils – 1 tsp. total of Lemon and Lavender doTERRA oil

Food Coloring – 8-10 drops

Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle

Creative Soap Molds or Mini Metal Tart Tins {I LOVE these!}

The links above will take you right to products I used to make your shopping a little easier!  I love getting my supplies delivered right to my door!

I use all doTERRA essential oils for my bath bombs and bath salts.  You use less with these high quality oils and there are health benefits at the same time!  Try Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint together if you have seasonal allergies.  Email me if you have any questions about oils and I’ll be happy to help you.  You can also visit my doTERRA shop to read more about each oil and their benefits.

Bath Bomb DIY by Kimberly Layton

  • Add Almond Oil and your essential oils to a small container and mix well.
  • Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Slowly add the oils to your dry ingredients mixing as you go.  Take your time because you don’t want it lumpy.  I used a mixture of oils that help with allergy problems…we need it around here!
  • Add the food coloring while mixing.
  • Spray your mixture 5-10 times while mixing until it resembles the texture of damp sand that sticks together.  You might need to spray it a few more times to get it just right.
  • Add a heaping amount of your bath bomb mixture to your mold.  You just want to make whatever you use is not too shallow or your bath bomb will break easily.  These starfish are a little on the shallow side so I have to take extra time and care making them.
  • Press the mixture into the mold.  Add a bit more to the top and press it all over again.  This will make a very solid bath bomb.
  • Lightly mist the top of your bath bombs with alcohol.  I usually only spray one or two times and then press it down again.  If you spray too much your bath bomb with start to bubble!
  • Let it dry for at least 15 minutes.

Bath Bomb Tutorial on

  • Flip your mold over and lightly tap the mold with your spoon.  This will usually cause the bath bomb to pop right out, so be ready.
  • Mist the top of your bath bomb with alcohol.
  • Let it dry overnight.

For the full step-by-step tutorial with lots of photos on making a bath bomb you’ll want to read my post on

Get creative with your bath bombs by mixing essential oils to create the perfect scent to match your mood. I use doTERRA essential oils which I now sell after using them for years!  A little goes a long way when you use high quality oil and the health benefits are a bonus!

Once you get the hang of making these you will think up a million different combinations of oils and creative molds.  They are a fabulous DIY gift anytime of the year.

There you go…now you don’t need to spend a ton buying them when you can make them for pennies!  WOOT!

Have fun!


DIY Citrus Soap

DIY Cirtus Soap by Kimberly Layton

Creating handmade soap is one of my favorite weekend DIY projects!

Most of the time you can start with a basic soap and add doTERRA Essential Oils and other natural ingredients to create something extra special.  Using essential oils can help you relax, ease sinus troubles, wake you up in the morning…it all depends on the oils you use.


I sell doTERRA, so please feel free to leave a question in the comments or email me.  I have been using it for my family for years.

You’ll need…

You can use basic soap molds or any small plastic containers around the house that are slightly flexible.

Step-by-step photos can be found here.

Start by cutting up your base soap into cubes, and place them in your large glass measuring cup.  Microwave it 30 seconds at a time.  Take it out each time and stir.  Continue to heat it until the soap is melted.  Add 10 drops of Lemon, 10 drops of Grapefruit, and 10 drops of Wild Orange.  {you won’t believe how good it smells}

Stir it up gently.  Sprinkle Lemon Peel all over the bottom of your soap mold.  Slowly pour your soap mixture into the molds.

Let it sit for a couple hours undisturbed.  Pop them out of the molds and let them sit overnight.  This should make them hard enough to wrap up pretty.

For the complete directions with beautiful step-by-step photos read my post on!

Have fun creating your own special scents!


A Little Fabric


Do you have a favorite craft supply?  I have more than one for sure, but I can never get enough pretty fabric.  I’m not even that great at sewing, but I can make enough basic sewing projects to justify hoarding fabric!

I keep squares of fabric all ready to be made into pretty lavender sachets.  I don’t like to waste any fabric at all.  I love having them ready for when I have the urge to sew something on a rainy afternoon.

You can find my whole tutorial for lavender sachets right here.  It includes supplier info that could make your life easier when you decide to make some for yourself.

What’s your favorite kind of sewing project?