Christmas Salmon


Michael and I had a lovely Christmas! I slept in and awoke to the sounds of him bustling around making a fire in the fireplace. We kind of chilled out for a little bit and then opened presents together. You get a gold star if you can guess the movie that was on in the background in the above photo.

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Michael did a great job! Lots of goodies: snowshoeing scarf, a necklace and earring set, a new water bottle for hiking, a huge insulated growler (basically for both of us) AND a fancy new flash attachment for my camera! I spent most of the day playing with that and learning how to use it. IΒ could just read the instruction manual but…I’m more of a hands-on kind of person. I got Michael lots of goodies that he asked for, mostly practical things like a rolling tool chest, a new magnetic knife holder for the kitchen (I’ll share pictures once it’s up) and some other things.





The rest of the day was very low-key. We stayed in our pajamas for most of the day watching TV shows that had been on our DVR for weeks. Neither of us felt like moving off the couch much! Michael made a smoked salmon and cream cheese omelette for us to split for breakfast. Eventually we had to get our lazy butts off the couch and get ready for the trip to his mom’s house.



It was a really, really nice Christmas! Michael’s mom is an excellent cook and she made salmon for dinner. She spread some dijon mustard on it, seasoned it with salt and pepper, drizzled some olive oil on it, cut up fresh dill, topped it with minced garlic, lemon zest and then sliced up two lemons to go on top of the salmon. It was simple but perfect and delicious. I’m going to steal her idea for the next time I make salmon!



There were also veggies, salad and creamy mashed potatoes. I had a few glasses of wine as well.


We lounged around and then opened presents. Michael’s mom is awesome! She got me a new pair of running shoes!!! YAY! I desperately needed a new pair, too. I also got some nifty kitchen gadgets that I will write about soon. She got Michael the Kitchen-aid mixer attachment to make pasta. He’s excited to experiment with that.



Michael’s brother Doug made his amazing apple pie for dessert and then the evening was winding down. I think everyone was tired from the holidays and falling into a food coma. We called it a night and went home. I wanted to stay up late to play with my camera but I just could not keep my eyes open. It was a really nice holiday and I was so glad we planned some fun things for it.

QUESTION: What was your favorite Christmas present?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

16 thoughts on “Christmas Salmon”

  1. You’ll have to get more specifics on the salmon–what temp and for how long was it cooked?!? I’m curious, as I love to cook salmon and am still learning how to “get it right”. I posted last week about a method where you put it in a cold oven set for 400 degrees and set the timer for 25 minutes. It did actually work quite well!

    Sounds like a lovely Christmas! Can’t wait to hear more about the kitchen gadgets! πŸ™‚
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  2. Sounds like you had a great holiday, and such god pictures! Love the owl ornament. πŸ™‚

    My favorite present is probably going to be one I purchased with a gift card I got. Its a media player that you hook up to the TV and plug in a hard drive and you can play your video (and other files) on your TV! That will save me so many DVDs and time!
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    1. Oh cool! Michael has something similar set up. I totally don’t understand it but somehow we can play all our movies and TV shows from the computer on the TV through the XBox. Don’t ask! I am clueless!

        1. It’s nice being able to get rid of clutter. Michael put all his DVDs and CDs on the computer server at home so that he could get rid of the actual hard copies and save space!

  3. My only xmas present was money. It was all I asked for since I am off on my trip to the states in a week and a half. My family was very generous, and I am very grateful!

    Your presents sound great, and just what you wanted/needed πŸ™‚

  4. That is a beautiful table setting! sounds like a wonderful Christmas as well.

    I can’t pick a favorite gift I got this year because they were all so perfect πŸ˜€

    I had to laugh about the camera instructions. We hardly ever read manuals either. Whenever we get something new, John says “We don’t need no stinkin’ instructions!” LOL.
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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one! I just start to zone out when I read instruction manuals. I am more of a hands on person. πŸ™‚

      It looks like you had a wonderful holiday too! Happy new year!

  5. Looks like you made out like a bandit – perfect combo of relaxing and being with family! I wish I liked salmon, it always looks good, but its a bit too fishy for me.

    My husband and I didn’t exchange gifts this year – money is too tight and we really don’t “need” anything anyway!
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    1. Yes, salmon is a strong fish. Do you like halibut? That’s pretty mild.

      I like the idea of not exchanging gifts and saving the money to take a trip or do something special together.

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