Scallop with Bacon and Sriracha Aioli

Scallop with BaconSometimes its good to get away with my girlfriends.
I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to do that a few times a year.
Yes, a few times a year may seem like a lot to you. It certainly does to my husband.
It’s a need though. Getting away with my girlfriends gives me so much.
Here are my top 10 reasons why getting away with them are so very important.

10. It’s time away from my job as a stay at home mom.
9. When I am away, I don’t have to talk about home or family issues if I don’t want to.
8. If I DO want to talk about said issues, I have unbiased ears listening and supporting. (Okay, maybe not totally unbiased. my girlfriends are almost always on my side.)
7. I get to sleep in. I usually can’t, but the opportunity is there.
6. Every meal I eat I is hot. I don’t have to get up and get anyone milk, or a new fork, or a napkin, or anything else.
5. If we go out, I don’t have to take anyone to the bathroom. (And since my kids ALWAYS have to poop at a restaurant, I don’t have to sit there and wait for anyone either!)
4. I can cuss up a storm and no one will judge me. Yep, sometimes I do.
3. I can laugh, cry, dance, eat, swim, and play just like I did back in college…just more responsibly. (I promise, Honey.)
2. Each time I leave I end up missing my family so much it hurts. So then I am READY to come home.
1. I come home more refreshed, more revived, loving my family and my life even more than I did while I left.

So, my advice to you is to take that girls trip one of your friends might have mentioned. If your significant other doesn’t want you to go, tell them those reasons why it is a win-win. It may be a hard sell, but it is totally worth it.

It’s best to have the conversation about going over a good meal like this one:

Scallop with Bacon and Sriracha Aioli
serves 2

4 Tb real mayonnaise
1 Tb Sriracha
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic paste
4 slices bacon
4 large scallops
1 tsp salt
1 tsp butter

Cook bacon in a frying pan until very crispy.
While bacon is cooking, mix mayo, paprika, sriracha, and garlic paste in a small bowl. Add a small pinch of salt. Set aside.
Dry scallops with paper towel, then season with salt on both sides.
When bacon is finished cooking, remove from pan and set on paper towel.
Drain most of the grease, keeping about 1 Tb in the pan.
Heat the pan again until very hot, add butter and melt.
Add scallops.
Cook about 1 minute on each side.
Baste with butter then remove them from the pan.
Plate them on a spread of aioli and a sprinkle of bacon.

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