Dijon-Maple Salmon

¼ c. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Minced garlic
¼ tsp. Ground ginger
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 salmon fillets (1 lb.)
1 Tbsp. Oil

Mix first 5 ingredients. Refrigerate syrup mixture for 30 minutes.

Brush fish with oil. Heat skillet to medium-high heat. Place fish in skillet; cook 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork, turning and brushing occasionally with syrup mixture.

Watermelon & Cheese Snacks

Here is an easy appetizer or mid-day snack for Watermelon Day. Cut  some watermelon into cubes. Then take whatever mild cheese you have and cut into cubes also. I used Swiss cheese but Baby Bel or Monterey Jack would also work. The next choice is what type of skewers to use. You can use the long bamboo or metal skewers. I used some small cocktail sword skewers for small bite size snacks.You will notice that I placed some extra watermelon cubes in the center of my plate since I had some extra watermelon cut.

Photo Albums

Yesterday was crazy here in southern California.  We had a thunderstorm with an inch of rain. That’s really unusual for California but can be expected in Louisiana. I guess the weather is just acclimating us. Even with the heat, 110 degrees, and humidity, I was able to complete 3 photo albums: 1 from Mac’s childhood, 1 from Louisiana and 1 with my son’s school stuff. Today I will try to get my daughter’s album done and maybe the one from when we lived in Germany.

It is sort of cool to see all the pictures from years ago. So much you forget. Anyway – I continue on this quest. Have a great Wednesday!!

Camper Shell

Last week Mac & I found a camper shell for our truck. We spent 2 days in San Onofre trying to get it on the truck. The biggest issue was the hydraulic jacks were not working properly. What a pain. Finally on the truck and now sitting in the parking structure. Mac is trying to repair the jacks so we can get it off the truck and start making it ready for the animals. This is the first step in getting ready to move to Louisiana.

The next thing is deciding on what type of trailer or storage container to use for  moving. We haven’t decided whether to take the boat off the trailer and putting floor and sides on it or renting a POD or a UHaul truck. Still some time since we won’t be moving for at least 6 months or maybe a year. My son would like to purchase the place but can’t for at least 6 months so he is showing a good credit score. That works out fine.

The other thing we need to do is start going through all the stuff we have collected for 20 years living here. You know stuff in the garage, stuff in the shop and even stuff in the parking structure. Not to mention everything in the house.

Lime Guacamole

Today is Avocado Day and what can you make with avocados – guacamole. The lime juice and Serrano peppers give this guacamole a little kick.


2 ripe avocados
½ tsp. Kosher salt
2 Tbsp. Fresh lime juice
2-4 Tbsp. Minced red onion
2 Serrano peppers, seeded & minced
2 Tbsp. Cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
½ ripe tomato, chopped

 

Slice avocados in half and remove seed. Using a spoon, scoop flesh into a medium bowl. Roughly mash with a fork. Stir in salt, lime juice, onion, peppers and cilantro. Season to taste with black pepper.

Refrigerate, covered until ready to serve. Stir in chopped tomato and adjust seasons if desired.

Trent’s Birthday

Today is my son, Trent’s 34th birthday. Here is a picture of him 30 years ago. Isn’t he a cutie!!

I made him a seasoning & snack pack that included 4 seasonings (Crazy Herb, Garlic & Chive, Turkish and Spicy Indian), 2 popcorn containers, microwave popcorn and a can of chips.

Since I did not have a plain gift bag large enough, I took this brown bag

and printed a birthday cake. Then glued it onto the bag.

I have been able to get all my homemade and hand crafted gifts completed on time this year. I have also been making hand colored cards with my thoughts printed on them. Just another personal touch.