Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Belated Baby Shower Recap!

I hosted a baby shower for my BFF K a few weeks ago and just realized I never posted about the party! It was great - everyone had fun and the decorations came together perfectly! I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves!
The main living room decorations - the 2nd floor railing was the perfect place to hang the fabric buntings that I got!
I highly recommend co-ed baby showers - it was very laid back and fun to have boys there! (and a good shot of the paper lanterns we hung under the tent on the deck)
The mama to be! Doesn't she look so good for being 7 months preggo? She's not even wearing a maternity dress!!
The party planners with the mom-to-be (and all the food!)
Present Time!
Close up of the framed drawings that Jake and I gave them for the nursery.
Group shot!

I'd say my first experience with planning a baby shower was a success! Can't wait till the little man is here!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


I really don't like Salmon. It's just a little bit too fishy for me. I much prefer mahi, tilapia, grouper...mild white fish = YUM! But I keep hearing about how amazing salmon (and other cold water fishes) are for you because of the omega-3's. My dad is a doctor and last month he went to this nutrition and wellness conference and he said the only thing they talked about all week was how amazing salmon was. He and my mom are now eating salmon like 3 times a week. So I decided I really needed to get over my aversion to it so that we can start eating it a lot too. I set a mid-year's resolution to try and eat salmon 2 times a week (considering before I was barely eating it 2 times a YEAR!)

Now that it's summer and we can grill the salmon outside, I'm even happier. I think part of my dislike was cooking it myself (J does all our grilling) and having it make our house smell fishy. So outside grilling is perfect! Jake does all the work and all the gross fishiness stays outside. I know, I'm weird.

I bought some salmon filets last night and we got to grilling them. I decided that if I'm going to jump headfirst into salmon, I would need some sort of a sauce to put on the salmon to make it a little bit easier to swallow. So I created my new "salmon sauce":

1/2 C Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt
Juice from 1 lemon
A whole mess of fresh dill (we are growing dill on our deck, so I just cut a big bunch of it)
Garlic Pepper (you can buy garlic pepper in the grocery store and we're obsessed with it - gives a good garlicy flavor and it's sort of spicy! it's delish!)

Mix together and put it in the fridge for about an hour before you eat, to let the flavors meld together. Here's a crappy picture of the sauce after I made it:
And here's my plate of salmon, which we served with wild rice and balsamic roasted brussel sprouts (which got a bit burned in the oven - oops!)
And I enjoyed the salmon!! I ate my whole piece! The sauce definitely helped, but I did like it. So maybe I will be able to do this whole 2 times a week thing.

But I would love to get some new recipes for salmon. We can't grill it out with the same sauce 2 times a week obviously. So if anyone has any good recipes or ways they love to eat salmon, please share! Bonus points if they are easy and not too fishy for this non-salmon eater!
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