Friday, February 27, 2015

Really Simple Recipes for People Who Really Suck at Cooking. Really. - Lemon Pepper Salmon

I use to categorize salmon in the "way over my head" category when it comes to cooking. After all, this is the "Really Simple Recipes for People Who Really Suck at Cooking. Really" series. Tim cooked it from time to time and it was always delicious. I just stuck with making the sides. 

But then we discovered something at our local Kroger and, just like that, salmon has gone from daunting to downright delightful. 

Allow me to explain. Instead of picking out your salmon from the pre-packed section, go up to the seafood counter. (If you can stand it. I make Tim go because all of the raw fish/crab/octopus and fish without heads grosses me out). Ask them for salmon (choose the weight depending on how many people who are serving). Then ask them to put lemon pepper seasoning on it. 

The nice man behind the counter will weigh the fish, rub it down, and then package it up nicely in this handy little cooking bag. Once you get home and read it, you'll see that you simply cook the salmon in the bag. IN THE BAG people! The three most beautiful words for all of the "cooking-less-fortunate".

1. Assemble the ingredients.
  • Salmon
  • Rice
  • Asparagus
  • Olive Oil

This recipe is SO easy, that I failed to take photos as I went along. But don't fret, if I can do it, YOU can do it!

2. Stab some holes in the salmon bag, pop it on a cookie sheet and pop that in the oven. All while keeping it IN THE BAG. Read the bag to get oven temperature and how long to cook it (depends on how many ounces you got). Ours called for 22 minutes at 350.

3. While the salmon is doing its thing in the oven, put a frying pan on the stove, pour in some olive oil and toss in your asparagus. I cut about half an inch of the ends off before I cook them but not sure that's really necessary. Cook until a bright green color and do a quick taste test to make the crunch to your liking. These usually only take 5-7 minutes.

4. When you have about 2 minutes left of the salmon pop your Uncle Ben's rice package in the microwave for 90 seconds. We use traditional white but get whatever kind you like! I tossed in a little soy sauce, too.

Boom. Done. In under 30 minutes you have perfectly peppered salmon over a bed of white rice, and some healthy (and tasty!) asparagus on the side.

And yes, I couldn't even wait to take a picture before I started eating.. it was too tempting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lennox Flour - 7 Months Old

Last week it snowed a foot in Lexington. That's right.. a FOOT. So naturally the city shut down and people went crazy. Our office was closed Monday-Wednesday and we had delays the rest of the week.

You'd think with all the time on my hands I would be uber productive. Working out, doing laundry, cleaning, blogging! Well, if my blog is any indication of my productivity last week, you can see I did nothing. I used the snowed-in days to post-up on the couch, eat, drink, and nap. It was a nice little stay-cation. But by the end of it I was so over being cooped up in the house and was ready to get back to work!

Something I did make time for last week was watching the dogs romp around in the snow. It was Lennox's first time seeing snow and so Piper loved showing her how awesome it is. (Bear is a big baby and doesn't like the cold or snow. So he just did his business and came back in.)

Anyway.. today I thought I would share an update on Lennox because last time you saw her, she was just a few weeks old and now shes almost 7 months! 

The day we got her!

About 4 months here.

First bath!

Lennie is a very independent little girl. She likes to explore on her own and do her own thing. She is also crazy about food. We thought the other pups were bad about begging, but she takes the cake. Literally.

She's really sweet. She likes to play and will cuddle with us, on her own terms. She's got a great temperament. If Piper steals her toys, she just moves on to something else.

So Lennox loves to sit on things halfway. Whether it's the steps, the back of the couch, or this mattress that was going out to the trash, she loves having some legs on, some legs off.

Lennox finally passed Piper in size! She's about 33 pounds currently!

And that's our Lennox Flour! She's maybe the cutest mutt I've ever seen. And, like Piper, who knows what the heck she is! I'm still convinced she's 95% wolf.

Monday, February 23, 2015

KALIWOOD Awards ~ 2015 Academy Awards

Best Dressed: Gold

Jamie Chung in Yanina Couture

She may not have been the biggest start at the Academy Awards, but she stole the fashion show! This was one of the first dresses I saw walk the carpet and... just swoon. This is like Katy Perry's fireworks if you added sophistication.

Best Dressed: Silver

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

This is a KALIWOOD winner all the way, because I would totally wear this. If you mix glamour with a touch of edge, you'll win me over every time.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

This Chick Stole My Dream Job

This should be me.

In case you didn't know, I have an unconditional love of Mustangs.


Happy Valentines Day.