Monday, September 19, 2011

yummy baked salmon

I don't eat red meat, so we eat chicken alot.  We were both really sick of chicken, and I found this salmon marinade recipe online and tweaked it a little.  I made it tonight and it was DELICIOUS!  It was so flavorful and yummy. 
  • 2 salmon filets (about 1.5 lbs)
  • lemon pepper (to taste)
  • garlic powder (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • foil

Season salmon filets with lemon pepper, garlic powder and salt.  In a medium bowl, stir soy sauce, brown sugar, water and olive oil until sugar is dissolved.  Place filets in bowl with marinade and refrigerate for 1-2 hours (I only had time to marinate for 30 minutes and it was still delicious). When ready to bake, preheat oven to 425.  Make little foil packets for each filet and place on cookie sheet.  Pour remaining marinade into each packet and leave small opening for air to circulate. Bake for 12 minutes, then open packets and broil for 5 minutes.  YUM!

Monday, September 12, 2011

diy fall wreath

So I'm really into projects and crafts right now.  After joining Pinterest, I found all these really cute DIY projects I wanted to do.  I've made 3 trips to Michael's in the last week - ha!

I found this really neat wreath idea from the nester's link-up and thought it looked super easy!  All you need is a foam circle (all they had at the dollar store was the one with squared off edges...I'm sure the round edged ones are MUCH easier!) and gold thumb tacks. I think I used 5 boxes of the 300 count tacks - you can get these at the dollar store.
All you do is start with one line that wraps all the way around the wreath, and continue overlapping them until you finish the entire wreath.  It takes awhile to put all the tacks in but it is so simple.
You can use any type of ribbon you like to hold the wreath - but keep in mind the wreath will be heavy.  The thumb tacks really weigh it down!
I think it looks really warm and cute for Fall!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I really can't believe it has already been 10 years.  Ten years since our country changed forever.

I still remember so vividly exactly where I was that day ten years ago.  I was in 9th grade - sitting in 2nd period Spanish class.  Coach Carnes was the teacher.  Several of my best friends were in the same class with me, and that class was always so fun.  All of a sudden we heard the news, and Coach Carnes began drawing a diagram on the dry-erase board of the towers and the planes hitting them.  We were all so confused.  My sister, who was 27 at the time, was living in New York City and my 24 year old brother was visiting her on September 11th.  Her apartment was in Brooklyn.  I immediately called my mom to see if she could reach Ashley.  Ashley and Trey were okay but in a state of shock.  They could see the smoke from Brooklyn, and were under martial law and everyone had a 6pm curfew that day.  They cancelled all flights, and my siblings were afraid to stay in NYC.  Nobody knew what could happen next.  They rented a car and drove to Chicago where my aunt lives, and my mom drove up from Mississippi and met them there.  We were all so scared.

I remember I had a soccer game that afternoon, and it was cancelled.  My mom picked me up from school (I was only 14 years old and couldn't drive) and we went to the gas station and the line was all the way into the street.  People were freaking out.

My English teacher urged us to write down our thoughts so we would never forget how we felt that day.  I still have my paper:
 God is faithful, even in our darkest hour. 

I will never, ever forget.

Friday, September 2, 2011

accent video

I've seen this "accent vlog" circulating around on almost every blog I read, so I wanted to jump on the bandwagon. I did these in the car and didn't have the script in front of me to read, so bear with me! Haha! Also - I didn't realize how COUNTRY I sound until I heard these videos! There are two videos because I accidentally stopped filming in the first one.

Please be sweet if you leave a comment - I know I sound really southern (country)! Have a great weekend!