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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!


Baked Salmon

You know what’s awesome?  When you make up some random recipe and it turns out amazingly delicious. 

Tonight when I got home from Zumba around 7:30, I knew I wanted to cook salmon, but I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  While Daniel sliced our fresh squash and zucchini to saute with an onion, I stared at the salmon. 


I thought…”I could grill it with some soy sauce/brown sugar glaze, or I could just roast it with olive oil, salt and pepper, or…I wonder if this would be good..”  and I wandered off to the fridge.


I grabbed the following ingredients:

Smart Balance mayo


Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper

Rendezvous seasoning


I mixed about 1/4 cup of the mayo with some parmesan cheese and the seasonings.  I then zested the lemon and added that to the mix.  I spread the mixture onto the salmon and baked it at 450 for about 12 minutes.  It was DELICIOUS.  The lemon definitely made it pop, and I will be making this recipe again! 


Do you always follow recipes, or do you just toss together whatever sounds good to you?


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