Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
I grew up in a very artsy household. My mom started out as a graphic designer and is now working as the Executive Director at my home town’s local theatre.
She instilled her passions in me growing up. I was always involved in art classes and other performing arts. Besides my inheritance of art appreciation, my mother also passed on her love of animals. Artists are an unusual breed, and they like different things…
like parrots. I never imagined that I would be living with parrots, but one day my mom decided to add a few members to our household. I think I would enjoy their companionship more if they sang Let the Bodies Hit the Floor. Chris shared this hilarious video with me. It makes me laugh every time I watch it. He is on a mission to get my mom’s parrots to sing this:)
Another thing my mom shared with me last time I was home was a dish from the Canyon Ranch cookbook. Here is my spin on it:
Apple Cranberry Salmon Salad
1/2 cup Paula Dean’s Moppin Sauce
1 pound salmon fillet
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 Gala apples
2 Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1. Put Salmon in glass baking dish and marinate in Paula Dean’s Moppin Sauce for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
2. Preheat broiler. Combine lemon juice, agave nectar, salt and pepper in large bowl.
3. Slice apples and cranberries into bite size pieces.
4. Broil Salmon 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until fish is cooked through. While Salmon is cooking, add apples, cranberries, and tarragon into lemon agave nectar dressing and toss together to coat.
5. Pull apart Salmon and place on top of salad. Spoon extra sauce on top. Enjoy!
I just love the crisp apple with the savory salmon!
Although Chris did like the Apple Cranberry Salmon Salad, he ultimately ended up eating deer burgers for dinner.
He usually goes with my flexitarian lifestyle, but sometime he just needs a little red meat!
I am so thankful my mom shared this tasty dish with me. I love my crazy, artsy mom and all of her wonderful ideas.
Which family member do you think you are most like?