Asian Salmon

Asian Salmon

My husband really likes to eat fish so I’m always looking for new recipes.  I tried this one last week and he liked it a lot.  I’ll be adding it to my recipe box. Ingredients: 2 pounds salmon fillets with skin 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 pinch black pepper 2 tablespoons … [Read more...]

12 Tips for Awesome Naturally Curly Hair

curly hair

I have naturally curly hair.  My hair stylist says it’s off-the-charts curly.  She told me that after I asked her why all the “curly” hairstyles in the magazines were more wavy than curly. When I was younger, I hated my hair.  I tried everything to make it straight instead of curly but I never succeeded.  It just looked dumb.  See what I mean: Then one day, I’m not sure how it … [Read more...]

5 More Food Journals for Your Planner

Food Journal

The only way to know for SURE what you’re eating is to write it down!  These five food journals can help. Food Journal 1 This food journal is especially helpful if you like to plan ahead what you’ll be eating.  It gives you space for the plan and space for what you actually ate.  You don’t have to re-write like I did – you could use some sort of symbol or other technique.  Food Journal 1 … [Read more...]

Rugs, Rugs, Everywhere! Why So Many Rugs???

Area rugs

I don’t like carpet but I do like rugs.  My husband doesn’t like carpet and he also doesn’t like rugs.  So we’ve had to compromise.  No carpet but as many rugs as I can get away with. Rugs have lots of different purposes. 1.       To contain dirt.  I recently put an old bathroom rug in front of the back door.  I didn’t intend for it to look pretty or to be there forever.  Its sole purpose … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 19


It was another busy week for us but we did manage to get a little bit done – mostly on Sunday afternoon and completely outside!  It was a nice day and we HAD to take advantage of it.  We’re still in that time of year where the weather is unpredictable.  One day might be winter and the next summer and sometimes in the same day!  That’s the Midwest for you. In the front, David removed a rose bush … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 114)

place setting

This should be a normal week of cooking and eating except for the family birthday party this week.  I'm planning on doing lots of cooking for that!  It should be a fun time with hopefully delicious food! (1) Southwest Chicken & Vegetables NOTE: I’ll probably make this ahead and keep it warm in the crock pot. (2) Asian Salmon (NEW) Spinach & Orzo Salad (NEW) NOTE:  In case you … [Read more...]

Recipe Fails: Two Promising Recipes That Were Flops

Italian Style FLounder

I try a lot of new recipes, and unfortunately, not every new recipe is a success.  Sometimes I mess it up; sometimes it’s not a great recipe; and sometimes we just don’t like it.  I had two of those recently.  I was sure the Dorito Crusted Chicken would be awesome but I wasn’t sure about the Italian Style Flounder.  Both were FAILS. Whenever I have a fail, I figure out what went wrong and then … [Read more...]