Easy Delicious Baked Salmon

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This Magic Salmon Seasoning is AMAZING! I love it. I’ve only made salmon since Tom and I have been together once or twice. I wanted something new to cook in our new life in Texas, so one day at HEB I saw the seasoning and I decided to give it a try. I AM SO GLAD I DID!

This meal literally takes me 30 minutes to complete.
I put 1lb of fresh Alaskan Salmon on a piece of foil. Then I sprinkle the seasoning on it pretty generously. After the seasoning I place cubes of butter on the top. Fold the foil up around the salmon and seal it.

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees then place the salmon in there to cook for 10 minutes. Open the foil up and cook the salmon for another 5-10 minutes or until the top starts turning golden.

Now serve with the colorful sides and ENJOY! This is SO easy and I am so impressed that this can be done so quickly.

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Shrimp and Italian Sausage Pasta

Ingredients

Italian Sausage
Small tail off shrimp
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can diced Italian tomatoes
1/2 – 1 cup evaporated milk
Olive oil (I use truffle oil)
Whatever noodle you choose
Italian Seasoning
Oregano
4-6 garlic cloves
1 Onion

Chop your onion and garlic. Slice your Italian sausages. Heat some oil in a skillet and cook the Italian sausage until it is half way, then add the onion and garlic. Add 2 TBS Italian seasoning and 1 TBS Oregano. Once everything is cooked together for a few minutes set the sausage aside. Sautee you shrimp in a pan with 1 TBS chopped garlic.

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In a large sauce pan heat the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Add the Italian sausage that you set aside earlier. Cover the pot and simmer for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the evaporated milk. Add as much or as little as you like. I prefer a creamier sauce so I usually add 1 cup.

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Cook the noodles. I like to toss mine with my truffle oil after I strain it, completely optional.

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Now just top your pasta with the sauce and add some shrimp. ENJOY!

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Camping In Our Home

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Well today is officially one week since we have been here in Texas. Unfortunately Tom had to go back to Denver so Audrey, Baron and I spent the first weekend here all alone. I have been finding it increasingly difficult to camp in this house. We have an air mattress and a pack and play, plus suitcases with clothes and toiletries but not much else. We brought some basic cooking utensils……not enough. I’ve been to Wal-Mart almost every day since we arrived. I hate buying things that I know we already have like foil or cleaning supplies, but it seems like I’ll have to. Our pods were packed up last Friday the 14th and picked up Monday. I guess they just arrived in San Antonio on the 19th. I am HOPING I get a call tomorrow to schedule a Tuesday delivery………….. Our timing was just so off for this move. I want our stuff to arrive before I go insane. Tonight I bought Audrey some markers to color only to go home and discover that we had NO PAPER! The most frustrating part is probably cooking. I don’t like eating out too often, but I start cooking a meal only to discover that I have no spatula or a can opener. Lord PLEASE send our stuff to our new house Monday or Tuesday. I have to make mashed potatoes and a banana berry pie for our family Christmas dinner in Houston, BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY SUPPLIES! I saw a $14 mixer at WM tonight that I may go back and buy it. An up side to all this is buying new furniture! We bought a bedroom set and a dining table. Tom also got a new car wohoooooo. I guess after 4 months of moving and living on the basics I’m anxious to get everything back. I’ve already forgotten half of what we own….. Good thing there is a Goodwill donation center down the street. I have a feeling we are going to be getting rid of a lot of things we didn’t know we had.

Thanksgiving 2014

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Turkey, stuffing, casserole, gravy, mashed potatoes, lipstick, shaking sillies out, pie, whipped cream, and so much more. These are just some of the things that were involved in this years Thanksgiving. This year was nice and informal. I love having a lot of guests and especially cooking for them all, but this year was nice too because it was so casual. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a casual Thanksgiving and I loved it. We just did whatever. No dressing up, nothing over the top. Paper plates and plastic silverware for dessert. We had the Thanksgiving basics to eat, no herb crusted lamb and roast beef. It was nice. I enjoyed this pace for Thanksgiving. Audrey spent most of the time applying her lipstick……..nonstop. She hasn’t gotten the idea that you don’t rub lipstick on for minutes at a time. But it is quite entertaining how she puts it on and says “I prittty”. So cute! She was the only one who wore anything “fancy”, because she picked her pink dress out herself. And since Thanksgiving she’s worn it every day. Yesterday I picked out pants and a pink shirt for her to wear, she had a tantrum for about an hour. And finally came back to the room with the pink dress OVER her other outfit. Stubborn baby.

If you would like to watch our Thanksgiving vlog – https://www.youtube.com/Smohrtolove

Our Easter Weekend!

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Our Easter weekend started with a baby trying to swim in the dog food! She went straight into the bath tub. Here is a picture of her in her custom made (by my stepmom) watermelon baby towel. It is the cutest thing! It’s a hand towel that she sewed buttons onto so it fits Audrey perfectly.

Saturday our church was hosting a huge egg hunt at the park. They had two egg hunts, one for ages 5 and under and another for 5 and up. DEFINITION of EGG HUNT – A flat space of grass with thousands of eggs (hardly a “hunt”, more of a buffet). But Audrey was a natural! They let the 1 year olds go out 30 seconds before the older kids to give them a fighting chance. I guess they weren’t ready for THIS little hunter! She didn’t waste any time. Once she crossed the rope she was grabbing eggs left and right, two at a time. She didn’t even know there was CANDY in them yet. I wonder if she stopped to think “Why am I running around picking up these colorful plastic balls and putting them in a bag?” She probably gathered 2 dozen eggs on her own. After the hunt you have to go through your eggs to see if you found any “golden ticket”, but Audrey was more focused on the candy.

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After her hunt it was the older kids turn at an egg buffet. Everyone was standing around waiting when Audrey notices this car JUST HER SIZE. She didn’t care who it belonged to, she jumped right in and started to drive. Aw my little “Grand Theft Auto” baby ha ha! 

 

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After the egg buffets we went to Wally World to buy supplies to color eggs. Audrey obviously had other interests at the store. She wanted to try on the hats and she would pose and say “CHEEEEEEESE”! How freaking adorable!

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We started to dye the eggs with a lot of trepidation because we had no idea how messy Audrey was going to make this. In the end she was content watching the older kids dye eggs while she drank a bottle and cuddled with her new egg friend. She sat the whole time holding this egg to her cheek…………….well before she bashed it on the table and ate it. 

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It’s SUNDAY and it’s time to celebrate what Easter is really about. He is RISEN – no not the bunny people, JESUS! It was a more frustrating morning since I am the only one in my family trying to direct attention to the real meaning of Easter. We focused on the egg hunting, candy and other festivities on Saturday. So I wanted Sunday to be focused on Jesus and what this day represented. But after the thousandth mention of the easter bunny it was beginning to be disrespectful. I think if it were up to my husband Christmas and Easter would be 5% Jesus and 95% Santa and Bunny! I understand that those things are more fun for some people, but if we keep watering down our Holidays eventually there won’t be anything more than the Eater Bunny. The TRUE meaning of these days will be lost and when our children have children they will know Jesus even less. Luckily the weather was so nice and we got to go outside and enjoy it a bit after church. We tried on Audrey’s bike helmet again and, as you can see she found an interesting way to wear it. I tried to take her on a bike ride but she wasn’t into it 😦 Sad moment. 

I’m so impatient for the leaves on our trees to come out! We are so late this year and it’s making me sad. I want GREEN NOW!

 

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