Rain Ain’t So Bad

Maybe it’s because I was born in April (April showers bring May flowers, after all), but I’ve never minded rainy weather. Something about the pitter patter of rain drops on a rooftop and the cloudy skies make me feel comfortable and relaxed. 

Plus, whenever it rains, I get to sing my “Ducks Like Rain” song to Ryan.

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Ducks like rain,

Ducks like rain,

Ducks like to widdle wobble in the rain

Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack…

(Anyone else know that song? If you’re in the mood to learn this totally fun and 100 percent obnoxious song to sing when it’s rainy outside, click here! )

Though I like the rain, little Miss Sadie does not. When it’s raining outside that means she can’t do any of this…

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… and that makes her very frustrated, so she puts all of her energy into annoying me and Ryan. It’s a treat! 😀

Dinner

Since we couldn’t take Sadie on a walk after work today, we enjoyed an early dinner. I prepared broiled salmon and roasted Brussels sprouts (Yes, they actually were Brussels sprouts this time… Great catch last night to quite a few of you!), while Ryan chased Sadie around the apartment.

I really need to take a video of Ryan when he messes with Sadie. They both run circles around this one wall, trying to sneak up on each other. It’s hilarious and Sadie’s getting pretty good at it!

Within 15 minutes our dinner was ready for eatin’.

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The fish looks burnt, but it was just really crispy on the top. The fish itself was really tender and moist.

Before broiling the salmon, I seasoned it with a spice blend we received from Ryan’s dad a while ago.

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The spiced added a nice sweet flavor to the savory salmon.

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Now I’m off to make myself a mug of hot chocolate and do some wedding-related tasks. These wedding to-dos seem to keep piling up! I guess that’s what happens when you’re just about a month out from the big day!

Question of the Evening

Do you like rain?

Mother-Daughter Movie Night

Tonight my evening was spent with a fun guest…

Just the Girls

My mama!

My mom is staying with me and Ryan for the evening because she has an appointment in Jacksonville early in the morning and our apartment is much closer to Jacksonville than my parents’ house. I’ll take any excuse for some extra time with my mom!

Eclipse

My mom had the excellent idea of going to see Eclipse, the latest Twilight movie, when I got off work today.

Eclipse

Seeing a movie on a “school night” felt like such a treat!

I’ve read all of the Twilight books and enjoyed them quite a bit, though I think the movies pale in comparison. To be totally honest, in both the movies and the books the main character (Bella) really bothers me because she seems like the kind of girl who will just drop anything for a guy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Ryan and would do anything for him, but I’m not about to live and breathe by his every action. When I read the books, I thought about all the younger girls who were also reading the books who might look to Bella as an inspirational character or a role model. That’s where I started to get a little annoyed with her. I wanted her to be her own person and a stronger woman. Just my two cents! Twilight fans feel free to ostracize me! 😉

As far as Eclipse is concerned, my mom and I both enjoyed the movie and the quality mother-daughter time.

Dinner

When the movie was over, we came home to make dinner for ourselves and Ryan.

I was hungry!

For dinner we enjoyed baked salmon with roasted broccoli that I sprayed with cooking spray and sprinkled with garlic salt before roasting in the oven at 415 degrees for 15 minutes.

Baked Salmon

Dinner

Such an easy and delicious dinner!

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Question of the Evening

What books did you enjoy reading as a kid?

I was a huge fan of The Boxcar Children, Bobbsey Twins and Babysitter’s Club series.

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Fish two times in one day? Holy omega-3s!

I think the American Heart Association would be proud of me. They recommend eating fish at least two times a week to get the adequate amount of the essential fatty acid in your diet.

It’s only Monday and I’ve already done it. Say goodbye to heart disease! 😉

Tonight’s fish dish was salmon, which I dusted with lemon, basil and thyme seasonings before broiling it for approximately 10 minutes until the fish flaked with a fork.

Seasoned Salmon

I absolutely love the crisp crust that occurs on the top of fish when it’s broiled. To me, the most flavorful bites are the ones that include a bit of the charred top of the fish.

On the side, I enjoyed roasted yellow squash and zucchini which I tossed in olive oil and garlic salt before roasting at 400 degrees for 20 minutes (flipping halfway through).

Roasted Zuc + Squash

This was quite the colorful meal, huh?

Dessert

Dessert was portion-controlled ice cream.

The old favorite…

Oreo Klondike

“What would you doooo-oo-oo for a Klondike bar?”

How good are Klondike bars? They were buy-one-get-one-free at Publix yesterday and Ryan couldn’t resist, which means I cannot resist them sitting in the freezer.

Tonight

It’s about that time… The Bachelorette is on in five minutes!

I’m soooo ready for Ali to eliminate Justin. He’s beginning to bother me almost as much as Kasey did. Okay, that’s a blantant lie, but still. I’m off to guard and protect my heart and get sucked into girly television! 😀

See ya in the mornin’ pretty ladies (and maybe a couple o’ guys).

Odd Combo

I opened a can of garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) to use in last night’s dinner and had several servings leftover since I only ate a cup with my salmon and broccoli.

A salad seemed like the easiest way to incorporate the beans into my lunch, so I threw together leftover roasted broccoli, salmon and grape tomatoes and included several handfuls of the beans in the mix.

Salmon + Broc + Chickpeas + Grape Tomatoes

Fishy Veggies

Pink Salmon = Pretty

Simple but tasty!

Lettuce-Free Salad

Side Order

Though this salad was pretty large, I knew I’d feel unsatisfied after lunch if I didn’t include a side of something sweet.

With another cup of garbanzo beans remaining in the can, I decided to toss them in cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and roast them for 25 minutes last night. Inspired by Angela, I topped the cinnamon-roasted beans with Crazy Richards chunky peanut butter and stirred the beans and pb until every last chickpea was covered in the creamy nuttiness.

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Chick Peas

I then popped the cinnamon and peanut butter-covered chickpeas in the fridge overnight and by lunchtime rolled around today, I had a cold, sweet and nutty treat!

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Odd combo? Sure. Tasty combo? Definitely.

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Chickpeas

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. canned chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • Cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice to taste

Directions:

  • Toss chickpeas with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice until fully coated
  • Roast chickpeas on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray for 15 – 25 minutes at 375 degrees
  • Remove chickpeas from the oven and place them in a bowl
  • Top the chickpeas with the peanut butter and stir until the peanut butter covers all of the cinnamon-roasted chickpeas
  • Enjoy hot or refrigerate for a cold treat
  • (Note: You may want to add honey or maple syrup to the peanut butter before tossing if you desire a sweeter taste, though I thought it was delicious without any sweeter.)

I’ve successfully included peanut butter in both my breakfast and lunch so far today… Let’s see if dinner can complete the trifecta!

Simple Salmon

Last week after I made trout for dinner, I realize two important things:

  1. Fish is tasty
  2. Fish is super easy to make

I think fish will begin to surface in my evening meals with more regularity because of these two lil’ factors.

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Tonight I prepared salmon by sprinkling the fish with a mix of lemon, basil and thyme spices before broiling it in the oven for about 8 minutes, until the fish was flaky and cooked through.

Fishy Fishy

Along with the fish, I enjoyed roasted broccoli and organic garbanzo beans.

Roasted Broccoli

Garbanzo Beans

My Plate

I love how broiling fish creates an almost crusty layer  on the of the top of the fish.

This entire dinner was ready in 15 minutes. Love that. 😀

I’m off to flip through some bridal magazines and wait for Ryan to arrive home from his motorcycle class. (Ryan is taking a 3-day motorcycle license certification class. No, he does not have plans to buy a bike. He’s just doing it for fun. Boys will be boys. 😉 )

SweetBerries Love Affair

After work today, Ryan, Sadie and I piled into his car for a weekend trip to Sarasota to visit Ryan’s family.

Packed Up!

We made great time and walked into a house that smelled delicious!

Within 10 minutes of arriving we sat down to a delicious dinner of salmon, orzo pasta, spinach and watermelon.

Orzo

Watermelon

My Plate

I enjoyed a bit of everything (I added the orzo to my plate once I finished the salmon) and seriously dominated the watermelon. My belly was stuffed! I think I reserved myself watermelon 4+ times. Love it!

Dessert

After hanging out in the backyard for an hour or so, we were ready for dessert. We had to take a trip to SweetBerries, a local restaurant that serves the best frozen custard.

SweetBerries

Every time Ryan and I come to Sarasota we have to make a trip to SweetBerries. It’s a delicious little gem! We may or may not be in love with it. 😉

I ordered a small Hawaiian custard that included pineapple, banana and lots of sweetened coconut.

Hawaiian Custard

We are in desperate need of a frozen custard place in Orlando. This stuff is so thick and creamy. It’s ridiculously delicious.

I’m off to hang out with the gang before hittin’ the hay. I have an early-morning run planned with my friend Merri so I hope to be in bed by 11 p.m. tonight!

See ya in the mornin’!

Reader’s Recipe: Salmon Edition

Time for a new Reader’s Recipe! Hoooooray! 😀

The lovely Michelle of Life with a Crazy Pup submitted a yummy lemon rosemary salmon recipe when I first called for Reader’s Recipes.

Since I had some fresh rosemary leftover from Kelly‘s rosemary chicken and zucchini recipe, I figured I’d give her recipe a shot tonight!

I first took two frozen salmon filets out of the freezer to thaw while Ryan and I took Sadie on a 2.5 mile walk and hit up the grocery store to buy our food for the week.

Thawing Fish

When we returned home, the salmon was ready for cookin’.

I rubbed the salmon with a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper and minced rosemary before adding lemon slices, lemon juice and white wine (I nixed the capers that the recipe called for because I am not a fan).

Ryan minced the rosemary like a pro.

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Ready for Cookin'

Ready for Cookin'

After wrapping the fish up in foil packets, I baked it at 400 degrees for 15 minutes while also roasting veggies to enjoy with the salmon.

How easy is this recipe!? I really like uncomplicated recipes that call for minimal ingredients that I have on hand. They make me smile!

Lemon Rosemary Salmon

My Plate

This dinner turned out wonderfully and I owe a big thank you to Michelle!

Dessert

For dessert Ryan and I split a white chocolate Kit Kat bar that I sneakily stuck on the belt at the grocery store.

White Chocolate Kit Kat

This dessert got me thinkin’… How good would a chocolate and peanut butter Kit Kat be!? Get on that, Hershey… or Nestlé… or whoever it is that makes Kit Kats. 😉

Submit a Recipe

If you have a Reader’s Recipe you’d like to submit, feel free to comment on this post with a recommendation. I’ll be making another one next week!

Tonight’s Recipe

Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

(Submitted by Michelle, Altered from Giadia De Laurentiis, Everyday Italian)

Ingredients

  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 8 lemon slices (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine or white wine
  • 4 teaspoons capers
  • 4 pieces of aluminum foil

Directions

Place each piece of seasoned salmon on a piece of foil large enough to fold over and seal.

Mix together olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced rosemary.

Brush top and bottom of salmon fillets with olive oil mixture.

Top the each piece of salmon with 2 lemon slices, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of wine, and 1 teaspoon of capers.

Wrap up salmon tightly in the foil packets.

Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Check and make sure salmon is cooked all the way through.

Cooking Option: Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Place the foil packets on the hot grill and cook for 10 minutes for a 1-inch thick piece of salmon. Serve in the foil packets.