Lemon dill salmon

Last nights dinner was pretty easy and healthy too! I served salmon filets seasoned with lemon pepper seasoning, dried dill weed, Chef Paul seafood magic. I baked it at 350 with a few slices of butter underneath. 

For sides I served brown rice, cucumber salad and sautéed spinach!


What’s for lunch

I found this amazing recipe for Thai chicken last week and I’ve tried it twice so far.


  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • 2 tsp seeded and finely chopped jalapeño

Last week I tried them with grilled drumsticks, rice and sautéed spinach. DElicious!

Today I made Thai chicken wraps. I added sautéed red peppers, yellow peppers, onions and spinach with sesame oil and salt. All served on a bed of brown rice on lettuce. 

Here are a few substations I used (only because I didn’t have it)

Sriracha = hot sauce

Fresh ginger = powdered ginger*

Cilantro = parsley

Lime juice = fresh lemon juice

Jalapeño = crushed pepper flakes

*I tried fresh and powdered ginger and I highly recommend the fresh ginger. It makes a difference. I think the same probably applies to the garlic as well.

The Nicholas and Chica Show

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog…so much has happened that distracted me. My basement flooded, my son turned 2, went on vacation,  my father-in-law passed away and interviewing schools/daycare.  I’m tired just writing that.

Our basement flooded 2 weeks before my son’s birthday party, which sent me into tears (yes, I’m ridiculous).  I had to change a few things up and have the party on our main floor.  All-in-all I was very pleased with how everything turned out.  He loves The Chica Show on Sprout so I ran with it…


The kids were invited to wear costumes to the party or visit “The Costume Coop” and use one of ours.

I really love the way everything turned out, despite our basement flood.  I owe some credit to Pinterest for the cool farm ideas.

Easy Crockpot Meal

Tonight’s dinner is directly from Pinterest.  It’s a very easy meal to make and the crockpot did it in 4 hours.  I don’t usually measure my meals so work with me.  I used 1 package of Kielbasa sausage, half a bag of white beans (2-3 cans will work also), a 8oz bag of spinach, 8 cherry tomatoes cut in half, 1 tsp of minced garlic, 4 tbsp of chopped onions and salt to taste.

I sliced the sausage link and browned it in a frying pan with the garlic and onions.  (If you prefer turkey sausage it would help to add a bit of oil to the pan.) Once it was browned to my liking, I dumped all the ingredients into the crockpot with about 4 cups of water and let it cook until beans are soft, stirring occasionally.

You can also soak your beans overnight if you prefer.
Kale would work just as well as spinach so I think I’ll try that next time.  Enjoy

Draft Living Room

I’m currently helping my cousin with remodeling her living room.  She wants modern and upbeat and she owns a coffee table similar to the one shown.  She just purchased this Laurel sofa from Costco for a pretty good price.

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Here are my ideas.  The artwork is all by Oliver Gal and the rugs are by IKEA.

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Option A
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Option B
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Option C


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Option D

Which one do you like?

What I did while we were snowed in Pt. 3

I have to say I’ve joined the chalkboard bandwagon. They are trendy but quite useful and convenient.

There’s a perfect spot in my kitchen and I found that we needed a central spot to post messages.

I did some research before starting to see what prep was necessary.

I used the Valspar brand which I’ve been very happy with. There was a recommendation to sand the wall first so the chalk glides smoothly. I tested the wall with chalk first and decided NOT to sand. It was smooth enough IMO.   

So I started… I could tell right away if definitely need 2 coats maybe 3.

coat 1, wet and dry

You can see how streaky it dries I was also using a brush, which created lines.

coat 2, totally wet

The second coat was fine with a roller. Major difference.

One thing I noticed is the more I rolled over a spot, the roller started to pick up paint from the wall creating these spots.

Once it dried (the next day), I went back over the spots with the roller and it was perfect.  It actually just looked like a flat black paint.

The only real recommendation I took away from my research was to prep or prime the wall with chalk. Do this so once you start writing and erasing, your wall actually looks dry like its a real chalkboard.
To do this just rub (not write) chalk across the board then erase the entire board. It will give it the worn, erased look. Initially I wrote words and once I erased them you could see the imprint. So I wiped it with water then rubbed!

Rub not write

For all 3 coats I only needed one can which came pre-mixed and only in the pint size. I still have about half a can left.

My recommendations:

  • Test your wall with the paint first (you may decide to sand it)
  • Use a brush for corners and edges then a roller for the middle. It’s easier and smoothes the paint better so you don’t get streaks
  • Do at least 2-3 coats
  • Once dry, rub (don’t write) when “prepping” the wall. Erase the entire painted space.
  • To clean, just use a wet cloth

Here’s the major snow we got…

I love the family time but definitely not my season!

Today’s healthy breakfast

Just a quick post to share my breakfast with you. I absolutely love pancakes (especially the Cracker Barrel recipe) but I’m trying to loose a few pounds so today’s breakfast is a fat burner.  

Avocado, tomato and cucumber salad. 

1 cucumber peeled

1 tomato cut into pieces

1 avocado cut into pieces

About 3 tbsp of vinaigrette dressing 

Shake it up and let it sit for about 5 minutes…enjoy. 

What I did while we were snowed in Pt. 2

 I love to eat🍤🍝🍟🍪🍓🍕🍇🍔🍌!!  And of course a good snow is perfect binge weather. I made my famous tomato basil soup with homemade cheese toast.     

I always use fresh plum tomatoes and fresh basil (with the exception of the canned tomatoes the recipe calls for), everything else can be dried. This is a tedious recipe because you must roast the tomatoes first then blend all the ingredients until smooth. It’s well worth it!

My mixture of garlic, fresh onions and frozen basil cubes.


Because I’m so kind I posted the recipe below, you’ll thank me later 😉.  


I use a regular blender to “mill”

As for the cheese toast, this was my first time making this but it was soo tasty. 

First use shredded cheese. I used Vermont cheddar.  I’m terrible with measurements so use your discretion (maybe 3 tablespoons depending on how much bread). 

Mix the cheese with minced garlic, about 1 tsp and about 2 tbsp of olive oil.  

Spread the mixture over sliced French bread and toast on 350 until cheese melts.