Herb Salmon

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My herb garden is overflowing so I’ve been trying to test out different ways to use my herbs. This salmon is super easy and tasty. It screams summer and makes a pretty presentation for a weeknight at home or an impressive summer dinner with friends.

Here’s how I did it: I just chopped up about of half a tablespoon of each: parsley, scallion, tarragon and dill. Squeezed the juice of half a large lemon. Combine the herbs, lemon and some softened butter. Stirred it all together and coated the two salmon fillets with the herb butter. I then sautéed over medium high heat until each side was browned and cooked the way I wanted. I plated the salmon and topped it with more freshly chopped parsley, scallion, tarragon and dill and squeezed the remaining half a lemon over top. Voila. Enjoy.
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Isla Mujeres

IMG_6465|Isla Mujeres|

Andrew and I recently got back from a week on Isla Mujeres, an island off the coast of Cancun. Isla Mujeres means Island of Women, named because of Mayan statues all over the island of the goddess of fertility that were found when settlers landed on the island. This vacation was a graduation/birthday/anniversary trip. We had the best time. We did plenty of relaxing by the beach and by the pool and enjoyed each others company. We stayed at an all inclusive resort, Isla Mujeres Palace, which was so so nice.  We had planned on taking a day trip to Cancun to check out the beaches and resorts over there, but we loved the island so much that we never left.  It was perfect for what we were wanting in the trip- relaxation with exploration and adventure.  Besides laying on the beach eating steak tacos and drinking mojitos, we swam with dolphins, walked around the island and downtown, and visited a turtle and shark preservation. We had a blast.  I highly recommend this island and resort.

IMG_6380 |meet my new boyfriend, Picasso|
IMG_6293 |the most gorgeous beach- playa norte|

IMG_6310 |our daily lunch–steak tacos & mojitos|

IMG_6081 |south point of the island|
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The Little Things

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Andrew and I spent last week in Mexico (look out for photos next week). It was absolutely incredible. Exactly what we both needed- fun in the sun and plenty of R&R. It’s always bitter sweet coming home from a vacation, but I had plenty of fun this week to make the transition back to real life fun. Happy Friday!

IMG_6489 |ruff day for Pipes on our 2 hour hike|
IMG_6502 |midweek steak & wine, yes please|
IMG_6504 |shopping in Beverly Hills with mama|

IMG_6507 |drooling over the cakes & cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery|

DIY Outdoor Table with Succulent Planter Box

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My husband made this table. I can’t believe it. I think it is just the coolest thing. I absolutely love how it turned it. Andrew found several pallets and made this beauty. He pretty much winged it and it took him about 8 hours in total and $40 in supplies. None of this is exact but this is how he did it. He used his circle saw to cut the individual planks away from the plank. Then laid out the pallet pieces together like a puzzle from upside down to lay out the design of the table. He created a planter box in the middle of the table. He outlined the edges of the table with two by fours and placed additional two by fours under the table and nailed each individual pallet piece into the two by fours. He added legs and then sanded and sealed it. Then I added adorable little succulents. I LOVE it! Hope you do too. I know we are going to have countless summer dinner parties around this table with family and friends.  Cheers to summer.

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Summer Lemon Basil Chicken 

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This grilled chicken recipe with basil and lime (I used lemons from my tree) screams SUMMER! It is super delicious. This has become an instant favorite especially since I have several of the ingredients growing in my backyard: lemons, basil, and scallions.  This chicken recipe is light, fresh and healthy, perfect for dining al fresco on a warm summer night. 
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