back to reality and a recipe

Hey friends!  I missed y’all while I was gone!  I hope that you had a great week last week and a wonderful weekend.

Obviously, we’re back from Cancun – sort of.  Instead of going to our house, we are house/pet sitting this week.  The home is beautiful and has a gorgeous pool and gourmet kitchen, so it’s a nice way to ease back into real life. 🙂  I do miss my fur babies though!  

I’ll have the vacation recap up later this week once I get the pictures sorted out.  I actually remembered to take pictures of the food this time!

In other news, yesterday was back to regular schedule for both Daniel and me.  He headed off to work around 630 while I was up making breakfast.  Martha and I worked out 7:30-9 and then I met up with Amy for some hot yoga at Gold’s Gym (mannnnn, it felt so good to stretch everything out).  After a lunch date with Mom and a quick trip into Marshalls, I was off to the gym to teach cardio dance, abs, and zumba.  It makes me tired just thinking back over it haha.  My body definitely got used to lounging by the pool or on the beach all day, but it’s good to be back to an active lifestyle.  At least that’s what I thought until I woke up this morning and went to get out of bed.

Oh my gosh my legs are so ridiculously sore!  It’s clear that they enjoyed the break haha.  Oddly enough, my calves are more sore than anything, and I can’t even remember the last time that was the case.  Teaching SHRED will be a definite challenge tonight, but it will be good to work out some of the soreness.

Since I have this amazing gourmet kitchen available this week, I’ve been cooking every single night.  I have to admit that I miss having all our meals prepared for us whenever we wanted, but I have enjoyed cooking again.  Sunday night was a cheesy chicken skillet with peppers and onions, and last night I made my favorite baked salmon recipe.  

First, I preheated the oven to 400. 


Next, I combined about half a cup light mayo with salt, pepper, Rendezvous seasoning, grated parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and the juice from half a lemon. 


 I slathered that mixture onto a beautiful piece of salmon and baked for 20-25 minutes.


 Served up with simple roasted asparagus, this was an easy and delicious weeknight meal.



Even though there are only two of us, I somehow manage to make enough for a family of six every time I cook.  Please tell me I’m not the only one that struggles with this.  Because of my tendency to cook enough to feed an army, leftovers are on the menu for tonight.  

Until I can get all the vacation pictures ready to post, I’ll leave you with this – the view from our room.   


Ahhhh….I want to go back right now – let’s all just pack up and go!

 Have a great night!

much love,


So tell me…

What’s your favorite easy weeknight dinner?

Do you want to go back to Mexico with me!?!?!  I’m serious! Let’s go!


12 Responses to “back to reality and a recipe”

  1. 1 notsodomesticated July 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I’m not a big salmon eater, but this sounds yummy! I usually just like it in sushi form. 🙂

    And yes, I DO want to go to Mexico with you!! As soon as we’re back from our trip to Europe, let’s pack back up and head south!! 😉

  2. 3 In Sweetness and In Health July 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Oh I love salmon. That looks so tasty!! I can only imagine how sore you are!! I would be too after going through all that you did haha. Can’t wait to see all of your pics 😀

  3. 5 amyklingele July 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Great recipe…and I want to go to Cancun!! Thanks for an awesome blog!!

    amy at

  4. 7 Ashley July 11, 2012 at 12:02 am

    jeez girl, that’s a lot of working out in one day! i think i’d be dead. i LOVE salmon… yumm! and yes please, any time you need a mexico buddy, i’m ALL for it! 🙂

    • 8 natalie @ southern fit foodie July 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Maybe we could organize a blogger retreat in Cancun! 🙂 I’m very thankful that starting in August I won’t be doing nearly as many classes – I’m cutting back to only 2 a week and one Saturday per month. I think my legs are going to LOVE me!

  5. 9 ittybitsofbalance July 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Wow! You’re an activity beast! I got tired just reading about all of that 😉

    My favorite weeknight meal probably would involve some type of roasted vegetable and quick protein (like turkey hot dogs, beans, or fish). I’m a hugggeeee salmon lover, but am usually too cheap to buy a ton of it at once 😀

  6. 11 Angie @ Pint of Goals July 14, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Thanks for sharing the salmon recipe – I am definitely trying that this weekend! Hope you had fun on your vacation!

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