Fish Out of Water

Tonight is Salmon Night!

Pretty exciting, considering the fish ban we’ve been on since hub started to suspect that maybe he was developing an allergy to it.

Recently he’s been on a kick to clean up our/his diet to improve our/his healthiness  (we go through these cycles occasionally).

Long story long, he heard a rumor that fish is healthy, so we’re giving it another go, on a trial basis.

Since I have a big salmon in my fridge, this morning I found a recipe:
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/maple-pecan-crusted-salmon/

Here’s Mel’s:  Maple Pecan Salmon

No doubt, mine’s going to look just like that.

Next, I watched the How To Portion (Cut) Salmon Filet  episode of The Savage Kitchen on youtube.

Sadly, the fish wrestling didn’t go quite as smoothly for me as it did for those guys:

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eventually I did win, but it wasn’t pretty

I console myself by remembering that the people on youtube are professionals, who’ve had some practice and probably have better knives than I do.  Also, their fish probably isn’t from Wal Mart’s freezer.  I think my fish didn’t want to come apart easily, because he was bitter about ending up there.

All told, this part was just a bit vile and unwieldy.  I feel bad for Jonah.    Ewwwwwwww…

That salmon was cold, floppy, slippery and hard to handle.  Also, the skin was just so fish-like, which I found a little disconcerting.  It looked nothing like the Filet-o-Fish!

Now that its marinating in the fridge, I feel like it may be a good time to clean the kitchen… before it starts smelling like Long John Silver’s dumpster and maybe take a shower myself.

Meanwhile…

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I do like to label stuff.  You never know when you’ll become distracted and the labels may help archaeologists of the future.

I had to do the pecan toasting twice because I had too much going on the first time around and I forgot to turn off the fire when they reached perfect toastiness… but didn’t realize until they hit cremation:(

Nevertheless, four and a half hours later  IMG_9672 we’re maple pecan crusted and headed to the oven…

and Voilà!

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I’m totally calling this one a win, Hub didn’t get sick and both kids ate it!  Yea!

 

Summers Coming!!

Countdown to Summer is on! I think my kiddos have about 8 school days left, woo hoo!

This is the time when I like to start thinking about goals and ideas, things I want to intentionally get on top of with my kids, during this time.  I love the shake up in our schedule, it’s always new and full of possibilities.

Last summer we did a family reading challenge.  Which we’re definitely going to fire up again, it was pretty easy and fun.

First Thing:  Make a Poster and hang it in a prominent location in your home.

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For ours, I looked at some summer reading posters online for inspiration.  I found some cute clip art Popsicles and then got out the sharpies and copied a mashup of all my favorite ideas.

Then the plan was for each of us to fill in our Popsicle as we finished new books.  If your not a weird parent who loves to draw and color, like myself, have the kids make something.

Step 2:  Stock your place with piles of enticing and delightful books!

Whenever you need a little space… it’s silent reading time!  It’s a win win for everybody!

I searched online through various reading lists from all over and wrote down the ones that had reasonable parent reviews (I check common sense media or amazon.)  I also look at the reading level and go for a mix of challenge and freebie.  Then I just add them to my holds list from the public library, so I could run in and grab a pile every week or so, even if we were rocking a busy schedule and didn’t always have the time to troll up and down the aisles.

Step 3:  Have fun reading and adding titles to your poster!  This year, whatever we do will be bigger, ours was on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of typing paper:(

We ended up writing super tiny.

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Last Step:  When summer ends, look back with satisfaction.

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I needed to hide mine because the kids mopped the floor with us and wouldn’t stop busting our chops about it.

I love kids.