Friday, July 31, 2015

Meatless Friday

We have this salmon recipe in our large yellow recipe binder and I had tried it once before, though it hadn't turned out quite like it was supposed to, at leas I think it didn't. Anyhow I decided to try it again today since I was looking for a meatless lunch option.

Since it only takes a few minutes to prepare the sauce part of it as well as bake I decided to share the recipe on here.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place salmon in pan and sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper.

In a bowl mix 1/2 stick butter*, a drizzle of honey, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup mayo. Spread of salmon and bake about 15 mins or until flaky.

*I find that it woks best if the butter is softened a bit first, before it is added to the other sauce ingredients.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

There's No Place Like Home

Whelp...I'm back from vacation. It was a lot of fun though and I can say that we got our tent taking down and packed up skills down to around 45 minutes. And that is with taking down two tents. While we all enjoyed ourselves on the trip, we are all glad to be home and to have an extra day in there before having to go back to work.

Between the pictures that I took with the camera on my phone and my nice Canon camera I have over 100 pictures from the trip and that doesn't count the couple pictures that I deleted off of both devices.

In my last post, before going on vacation, I mentioned that I was going to start the photography scavenger hunt thing while on vacation. While I had brought it with me I didn't really take any pictures for it. Although some of the pictures that I took on vacation could have worked for it, I decided not to keep them as vacation pictures and then just start doing it now that we are back. When I actually start doing the scavenger hunt is another story.

All of my photos are now edited and uploaded to Facebook. Now it is just a matter of sorting the pictures from my Canon that I edited into the correct order that they go in with the photos on my phone. The pictures from the end of the trip is going to be the easiest to sort into the correct order because they just get to sit at the end of the folder while I move the rest of the pictures around.

My original plan during vacation was to write a couple posts in my writing notebook and then post them on here when we got back. Of course that didn't happen. So now I shall have to remember as much as I possibly can from what we did at the beginning of the week so that I can at least get one or two posts up on here. At least that is the plan in my head and of course it will probably change.

If I don't post anything about what we actually did I can still upload and post a bunch of the pictures that I took while we were gone so that you can kind of get an idea of what we did.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Scavenger hunt + Photography = Sounds Like Fun

Last night I was scrolling through Pinterest to see if there was any new pins that sounded delicious (food), crafty, writing related, or something that fit into one of my other boards and one of the pins that a friend of mine had pinned was for a photography scavenger hunt. Of course since I enjoy doing photography and haven't taken any pictures with my camera lately, the camera on my phone doesn't count, I decided to pin it and then print it out so that I can bring it along on vacation next week.

I would start doing it this week but I am rather busy with work and trying to get ready to leave for vacation, so the scavenger hunt has to wait until next week to start. Once I start the scavenger hunt and come back from vacation I am planning on posting the pictures on here to share.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Cherry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Since I didn't really eat much for lunch today I was starving around 3:30-4:00 and that resulted in me creating a new smoothie!

My original idea was to do a Blueberry Strawberry Banana Peanut Butter smoothie. But my mom said that she didn't think the peanut butter and blueberries would go together, so I switched ideas.While I personally think that the smoothie could be a little bit less think, it was still pretty good.

So without further ado here is the recipe that I created for the Cherry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie.


1/2 cup Oatmeal 
1 Banana
1 cup chopped cherries 
(I used frozen tart cherries for this)
1 1/2 cups milk*
Splash of Vanilla

If you don't like a lot of grittiness you can grind up oatmeal in the blender first before adding the other ingredients. Put everything in the blender. 

Since I used tart baking cherries I added a pinch of sugar to my smoothie so that it wouldn't be to tart from the cherries. 

*Almond milk and regular milk can be used to make this recipe.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Whether you like it or not

The title of this post is a play on words because I am writing about one of my favorite subjects: the weather!! The idea for this post and it's name was inspired by the weather because it keeps changing and it doesn't feel like summer, let alone July. 

Besides the weather the inspiration behind the name of this post comes from one of the "Silly Songs With Larry." The particular one that it comes from is called School House Polka

Whether, whether, whether, whether,
Whether you like it or not
Weather, weather, weather, weather,
Weather is cold, warm and hot

Now that we are done talking about the title of this post and it being a play on words we can now talk about how the weather so far has been up and down all summer. This past week the weather started out in the 80's, but then it moved into the 60's and 70's. On Friday and Saturday it is supposed to be in the 80's again. It also hasn't helped that it has been raining a lot as well. 

Next week is supposed to be in the 80's again. While I don't usually care for the hot weather during the summer I like it when it feels more like summer and less like spring. Of course we can want the weather to do one thing, but have it do some thing else. 

Since I can't think of anything else to say about the weather at the moment I shall say farewell for the time being.

Friday, July 3, 2015

7 Quick Takes Friday: The Dessert Edition


Since it is the 4th of July tomorrow I decided to do this weeks 7 Quick Takes with a different dessert for each take. While I haven't had a chance to try any of the recipes yet I thought that it would be fun to share them. 

The first dessert recipe on the list is for Strawberry Blueberry Crumble. It sounds like it would be delicious and really easy to make, though I would personally leave out the almond slices.


Recipe number 2 is Strawberry and Blueberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake. The creator of the recipe said that she made the dessert for Memorial Day, but I think it could be made for the 4th of July as well. 


This one I am sharing simply because it looks rather interesting, and not really something that I would necessarily want to make. The third recipe is Red, White and Blue Truffle.


This particular recipe is another rather vibrant red, white and blue dessert and is aptly named Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Cake. Just like the dessert up in number 3 I am not sure if I would ever make it and take it anywhere.


The Fourth of July Sugar Cookie Bars , while I haven't made them yet, look very simple and easy to make since it is just using a basic sugar cookie recipe and just turning it into a bar with some frosting and sprinkles on top.


The recipe for the Ice Cream Sunday Cookie Cups is what gave me the idea to do a 7 Quick Takes that is just desserts that I found. Since the chocolate shell calls for coconut oil and I am weird and don't like coconut, if I ever make this I can easily just us an unscented coconut oil for the shell part instead.


The last recipe is for Oreo Fudge Cheesecake, which from the pictures looks amazing and is something that I would love to try some time.