Monday, February 14, 2011

a little of this and a little of that on heart day

Good morning my Valentines...

And then they were off for a sugar fest day at school. I don't miss teaching on these days. From the moment the kids walked into the classroom, they were buzzing with excitement in anticipation of the party.

Luke still likes me to come to his class parties. I L-O-V-E that. I wonder when that will stop. Is it possible to hope that it never does?

The littles brothers who are 3 and 4 even behaved themselves in the 2nd grade classroom for an hour. I was impressed and grateful. Sorry, those two are 17 months apart and when one gets going, the other just gets going faster. Just keeping it real.

Tonight I tried a great recipe. My college roomie, Andrea, knows her stuff in the kitchen. On our 1st night in our apartment, I made white rice and canned chili. I sat. I stared. I wished to be back home where my dad cooked real meals. I soon upgraded to my standard meal: pasta with marinara sauce (from a jar) and green peas (from the frozen section of the grocery store). Meanwhile, Andrea would make amazing meals that would make any professional chef impressed.

Fast forward to now. I only make recipes that have 5 or less ingredients. I am self admittedly intimidated and clumsy in the kitchen. It also doesn't help that around 5:00 in the evening, my kids start to really go crazy and my husband isn't usually home to help while I cook. Keeping it simple is a sanity saver in this house.

Andrea is a true friend. Evidence: She sent me this recipe for salmon with pesto. It is easy and doesn't have a lot of ingredients. Girlfriend has my back. I saw mayo and was about to back out because mayo and I have weird issues, but I put our differences aside and went for it. Kevin and Luke loved it. Charlie and Jack wouldn't try it, but they never try fish, so I wasn't surprised.

Check it:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Mix 2 tablespoons of prepared pesto and 1 1/2 tablespoons of lite mayo in a small bowl.

Charlie was my helper tonight. While I have 2 kids that eat almost anything, Charlie is an extremely picky eater. This was his opinion of the pesto/mayo mixture...

Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Wash salmon, pat it dry, and season it with salt and pepper.

Place it on a baking sheet and brush with pesto mixture.

Bake for 10 minutes.

I served it with veggies...

and brown rice. And well, it is V-day so we needed some good wine, too.

Super delicious! Trust me. If I can do it, anyone can.

Try it! Let me know what you think.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Much love,


The Mama Monster said...

MMMM that looks delicious!!! I will have to try that!!! Thanks for sharing and Happy Vday!

AMedina said...

So proud of you! I'm glad you tried it! I made rib-eye steaks with a bleu cheese crumble sauce, baked potatoes and roasted asparagus:-) My Alejandro is an asparagus junky so he ate all but two of my spears.
I totally remember that first meal in the apartment and how sad you looked as I rushed off to work. I don't even think the rice was cooked right. You've come a long way, baby! Glad the salmon went over well. Even my picky eaters liked it.

kc6mie said...

Look great!

kc6mie said...

Love the recipe!