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Hi friends, hope you all had great SPD weekends! (Yes I am that lazy.) I actually kind of forgot it was a national drinking holiday (oh don’t worry, I celebrated) and did pretty much nothing festive all weekend. I did, however, spend more time with children than usual (usual being zero amount of time), both Friday night at my bff’s house with her little man and then babysitting my nephew Saturday night.

Apparently babysitting is way harder than I remember it from when I was 13 yr old Jess and probably much too young to be responsible for the lives of small humans. Kids, like, need stuff… all the time. Don’t get me wrong, my nephew was pretty much an angel the whole time, but I am certainly not used to having to guard the microwave from small metal objects and chase someone up and down the stairs every 15 minutes (yay, Fitbit!). And can we talk for a hot second about kid’s shows? They are the WORST. I remember watching fun stuff like Muppet Babies and Rugrats. Who is this “Caillou” and why hasn’t he grown any hair yet at 4 years old?? Why is Dora making me shout things at the TV incessantly? I don’t understand!! At least Sesame Street is still a thing. (Right?)

But it actually was kind of fun for us to play house for a night and get a sneak preview of what our lives will be like if/when we have babies. Although waking up before 7 on a weekend just seems like a good reason to enjoy our non-parenthood while it lasts. Oh and obviously wine.


Once we returned to being child-free, we spent all day Sunday shirking actual responsibility, ignoring things like massive laundry piles and dog-hair tumbleweed skimming across the hardwood floors so we could finish season one of House of Cards. I know we’re a little late to the game but HOLY CRAP. Cannot even believe how much that show picks up in the second half, and how they kick off season 2. No spoilers, but we were sooo glad we kept watching.

I also wanted to mention that I finished reading “The Fault in Our Stars” last week and I hate to admit it.. But once again I feel kind of “meh” about it. I read a lot of rave reviews and since I’m a pop culture junkie I had to know what all the fuss was about. At first I actually did really like it. But as I kept reading I got a little bit fed up with the dialogue and how unrealistic it sounded (no offense to my beloved Dawson’s Creek). I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read it, so feel free to email me your thoughts if you want to discuss. Maybe I just need to stop reading books that get so much hype they’re destined to disappoint?Β In an effort to compensate for my two recent reading failures, I decided to go back and re-read a classic: Anne of Green Gables. It’s just as wonderful as I remember it. I’ve already highlighted like half the book (please tell me you guys do this too) and I think I need to re-watch the movies when I’m done. This could reach levels of Felicity obsession. You’ve been warned.

So that’s what’s been going on with me. What’s new with your faces??



Honey & Garlic Glazed Salmon

Quick statistic:

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Reason #345672 that I’m the absolute worst to go out to dinner with:

“Is your salmon farm raised or wild caught?” (Long pause.)

And without going into a diatribe about why this is an important question to me, just know that it’s a make or break kind of deal. Yes, I realize that probably half the places I ask this question are going to just lie to me, and once I’ve actually had someone respond, “which one do you want it to be…?” Also, yes, I realize I’m kind of an asshole. I’ve accepted it and so have most of the people who dine out with me regularly. Don’t even get me staaarted on the wine list situation.

But back to the salmon.

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I adore salmon. I know a lot of people find it really “fishy”, but I find it buttery and delightful.

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With it being Lent and all, every Friday when I have to decide what kind of fish dish I’m going to prepare (or pretentiously order), my mind almost always goes to salmon. And much to my pleasant surprise, Brandon actually requested it last week, which led me to racking my brain trying to come up with a new way to prepare it. (This is worth mentioning because for the last 10 years he has professed his hatred for it.) Challenge accepted.

Honey & Garlic Glazed Salmon
Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
You’ll Need:
2 Β salmon fillets (preferably wild caught, just sayin’)
2 gloves garlic, minced
3 T honey
1 tsp dried dill
Salt & pepper
Cedar planks, soaked for at least 5 hours (optional – you can just use a foil-lined baking sheet)

Directions: Preheat oven to 500. In a med sauce pan, combine dill, honey and garlic, and sautee over med heat for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Place salmon fillets on the cedar plank (or pan), sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, and evenly spread the garlic and honey mixture over the top. Place on the middle oven rack and cook for about 12 minutes (less if you like your salmon more rare/med-rare). Pairs great with a chardonnay.

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This turned out so delicious. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the sweet and savory combination of honey mixed with garlic and dill, but it was really tasty. Brandon actually swears he liked it, which is kind of a miracle. And if you don’t have the fancy little cedar planks to bake yours on, don’t fret, it will still be just as delicious on a regular baking sheet, it just won’t have that smokey wood-fired essence that the plank gives it. (Also I did not soak my plank long enough, and it looked like the sequel to Backdraft in my kitchen for about 30 minutes after these puppies were done.)

But hey, at least they were wild caught and the lovely woman at the grocery store didn’t even sass me for asking.


Crockpot Buffalo Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Crockpot stuffed peppers

I’m actually surprised it’s taken me this long to get here. As in this recipe here. Generally I’m pretty good at putting things I love together and then do like Tim Gunn says and Make It Work. Hence my love for blogging about food, eating and watching tv, cleaning and dancing, drinking wine and doing anything…shall I go on?

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Therefor using that mathematical knowledge, it seems a bit odd that it’s taken me all the time I’ve been crafting this ol blog of mine to put together a recipe that involves peppers, hot sauce and my crockpot. A Jessica trifecta if you will.

A Jessfectica? Hmm.

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Bing, bang, boom.

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And while not every combination of wonderful things that seem like a good idea at first work out… (I’m looking at you, pleather leggings and 5″ heels that I once wore to a bachelorette party, and thankfully only got propositioned for hooking one time that night) … this one was pure no-fuss-dinner-ready-when-you-get-home magic, my friends.

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Crockpot Buffalo Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Serves: 3-4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Totaly cook time: 6-7 hours
You’ll Need:
3 med or 4 small green bell peppers, tops and seeds removed
1 lb ground turkey
1 med. yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup hot sauce of your choice (I use Frank’s RedHot.. always) + extra for serving
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 cup water

Directions: Spray a large pan with olive oil and sautee chopped onion over med-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add ground turkey and parsley, and sautee until browned (about 5-7 minutes). Mix in hot sauce and stir until evenly distributed. Spoon turkey mixture into the peppers and place them in your crockpot. Pour water into the bottom of the crockpot and place the lid ontop, cooking for at least 6 hours on low. (I cooked mine for almost 7 and they were nice and soft.) Once removed from the crockpot, sprinkle with extra hot sauce and enjoy!

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And in case you’re wondering, those leggings later made an appearance when my husband and I went as Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth for Halloween one year, and after that directly into the trash where they belonged. Although don’t think I haven’t almost repurchased a pair from Target in the last year.

When will I learn.


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