Blackening Spice

Salmon and Veggies

With all the construction going on, grocery shopping has been the last thing on my mind lately. I realized yesterday that it was desperately needed because I ate my last apple yesterday and it was old and nasty! Boo. πŸ™

I stopped at my favorite produce market near the house and got some fresh produce.

I cut up the cantaloupe when I got home (and sampled a few).

Dinner was an old stand-by: blackened salmon.

I like this dinner because it’s healthy, filling and fast to make. I made a salad and steamed some broccoli.

Dinner was delicious and we watched yesterday’s Tour de France while we ate.

I decided to only eat half of my salmon and save the other half for lunch today.

I usually don’t have ice cream or treats in the house because I can’t just NOT eat them. So that explains why I had ice cream for dessert again last night!

Yesterday during lunch, I walked up to Washington Park (my walking speed is gettingΒ  a lot faster and I’m close to jogging!) and I saw this on my way back:

A new restaurant is coming soon! I’m intrigued! I love Pinot. πŸ™‚ And Oregon has some pretty tasty Pinot Noir.

Speaking of alcohol…This Friday is the Oregon Brewfest! So much fun. A friend who volunteers for it game me these:

Yep, those are Beer Tokens! Woo hoo! πŸ™‚

QUESTION: Does your city have an annual beer or brewing festival? Do you partake?

95% is Better Than Nothing

Today I woke up this morning feeling much better. My hip feels about 90-95% better. No pain today so far. It feels a little tight and stiff. Last night I did my Foam Roller and used Icy Hot. I also iced my hip/butt/leg a few times last night. I took some Advil first thing this morning. My hope is that these rest days will help heal my issue. Tomorrow the plan is to swim instead of run or use the gym. I think doing so many stairs all of a sudden lead to a pulled muscle. πŸ™ Thank you for the tips, everyone!

Dinner was exceptional last night. On the way home, I stopped by my favorite local farm produce store. I got some potatoes, peaches, apples, bananas, and two corns!

Michael sliced up the potatoes to cook in the skillet. The first step is to boil them in water.

Michael’s really good with the skillet. If I tried this move, the food would be on the floor!

I love when Michael prepares these potatoes. He added rosemary to them and sliced onions.

I prefer my onions cooked down to almost nothing instead of eating them raw.

I made a salad with all the fixings. Lettuce, Spinach, cauliflower, yellow and orange peppers, Craisins, croutons,Β broccoli, carrots, cabbage. So good!

We were so hungry we ate the salads while we were cooking the rest of the food. Oil and BalsamicΒ VinaigretteΒ as dressing.

Michael blackened the salmon and seared it in the skillet while the potatoes were cooking.

I’ve previously posted the recipe for Michael’s Blackening Spice Here. It’s excellent and you can make it as spicy or as mild as you want it.

I topped the potatoes with a little shredded cheese and sour cream.

I also cut my salmon in half and saved half of it for lunch.

Dinner was absolutely fantastic! The perfect amount of food for me. Even with some M&M’s for dessert I came out ahead of my calories.

On another note, my blog is 213 hits away from having 20,000 visitors since I started in February! What a cool thing! Thank you to all my readers who like to read what I write. πŸ˜‰ Feel free to spread the word!

Today is my “Friday”. YAY!!! I have the next few days off for a mini-vacation. Partly because my brother and sister-in-law are visiting from Philly. I’m excited to see them!

QUESTION: Do you do yoga or stretching on “Rest Days”? Or just “rest”?