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Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Summer dinner on the grill


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2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
1 tbs olive oil (I used light extra virgin olive oil)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
For the Avocado salsa:
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 small red onion, sliced
Juice from 2 limes
1-2 tbs finely chopped cilantro (depending on how big of a cilantro lover you are)
Salt to taste
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Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix
refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the grill.
Combine the avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
Grill the salmon to desired doneness. (I grilled for about 5 minutes)
Top with avocado salsa and enjoy!

Summer Part 1

Trying to get back into my blogging. I haven’t been very successful. Now I have to play catch-up again.

Austin ran the Cleveland Marathon back at the start of Summer. It was his first one and he did great! We went up the night before (me, Blake, Austin, and his girlfriend Taylor). It rained for the race and he somehow ran by us with out us even seeing him! We were so bummed, we heard them announce his name and that’s how we knew he had finished. Blake slept through the whole race.

Lots of play time with pups. We were so on the fence about getting another dog. We are SO glad we did. I love Oakley, he is so different than Hudson. Together they are perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

There were water balloons. Again. Hudson is obsessed but Oakley is scared of them.

My cute Goldie boys- seriously. They are so cute.

Hanging with this cutie pie. I can’t believe how fast she is growing. She is so tall now. I wish my kids would all just slow down.

Jumping on trampoline- working on front flips.

Blake turned 18- which is just insane. Seriously. Insane. He’s 6’4″ now and I just love hanging out with him.

We did some face painting.

We painted rocks, apparently a lot of communities are doing this. You paint them and hide them around town for people to find with uplifting messages. We were doing it for a a boy at our high school that passed away in the ocean in South Carolina while at basketball camp.

This puppy did a lot of lounging- he is way lazier than Hud.

This guy got sad when the oldest two went for a run without him, he’s the active one.

These boys are so goofy.

Summer is my fave. Dinners outside. No schedules. Sleeping in- oh wait- this puppy doesn’t sleep in ๐Ÿ™

For Austin’s b-day he got an Eno Hammock from his girlfriend. Blake has one as well. So they spent the evening trying to find a place in our backyard where they could hang them.

Part 2 up soon!

He grew too fast

I found this in my drafts- guess I never published it back in October of 2015. Still true though….


He tagged along to a different Senior shoot


Who told him he could grow up so fast??


Ok so these are from last month and Blake isn’t even dating her anymore but felt I should at least get them up!

I have such mixed feelings looking at these.

It’s hard to watch your kids go through the ups and downs of relationships.

But that’s life- ups and downs and figuring it out as you go.

One thing I do know, this dude could not be more handsome ๐Ÿ™‚

patti - Great images! This is a stretch, but might you know where your son’s date got her dress? Thank you!

elisa - Oh man I don’t know! I can try to find out.

Pasta Salad

Last night I wanted something light and from the garden so we made this pasta. I didn’t add the onions but it was great without!


4 cups uncooked penne
8 ounces fresh mozzarella (see note), broken into bite-size pieces
1/4 medium red onion (about 3 tbsp), chopped
Handful grape tomatoes, halved
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, or to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste
Large handful fresh basil, torn
Fresh parsley, chopped, to taste
Salt & pepper, to taste

Bring a salted pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, prep your other ingredients.
When the pasta is done, drain it and rinse it under cold water. Ensure it’s properly drained again before adding it to a large bowl.
Add the mozzarella, onion, tomatoes, vinegar, oil, basil, parsley, and salt & pepper to the bowl. Gently toss it. Adjust vinegar, oil, and seasonings as needed depending on how much dressing you like. Chill for an hour or serve immediately.