Where Did My Baby Go?

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This past birthday weekend marked me officially turning another year older and though I still feel like that awkward 18-year-old my husband met in undergrad 10+ years ago, the little creature I birthed serves as my reality check.

Where is that baby I labored to spew forth into this realm?

Where is the tiny human I cradled at my breast as she fed?

Where Did My Baby Go? from Samantha Sophia on Vimeo.

She’s a walking talking person who starts preschool in the fall!

When I look at her I see the beginnings of her own epic life journey and I am both excited and jarred by this truth.

Summer 25 Minute Gourmet Organic Meal

I’ve been in a cooking rut for some time now. Tonight I found some inspiration in wild caught coho salmon on sale at Whole Foods.

summer salmon mealSalmon and the organic quinoa both only takes 15 minutes to cook with about 10 minutes of preparation that is a total of 25 minutes for a delicious and natural meal.

Organic Quinoa Cooked in Organic Vegetable Broth

  • 2 Cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Cup Quinoa (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Tricolor)
  • 1 Pinch of Saffron (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 TSP Curry Powder
  • 1 TSP Black Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Finely Chopped Onion

tricolor quinoaDirections

Rinse quinoa in cold water. Combine all ingredients in rice cooker and prepare salmon.

Spinach and Garlic Coho Salmon

  • 1.5 LBS Salmon
  • Salt to Taste
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • Green Onion
  • 3 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Water
  • 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 TSP Cardamon
  • Rosemary

uncooked salmon

Directions
1. Prepare marinade by mixing olive oil, lemon juice, spices, garlic, green onion, water.
2. Layer bottom of 9×13 dish with spinach.
3. Place layer of salmon on top of spinach.
4. Coat salmon with marinade and place in preheated oven.
5. Bake for 15 minutes or so and enjoy.

I served this with fresh white nectarines, they are delish at the peak of season. As a beverage I brewed some pineapple lychee tea, which is great warm and unsweetened (the tea has natural stevia in the mix) with a touch of mint. My husband enjoyed his cold and lightly sweetened with honey.

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She’s Dating a Villain, How to Convince Her that She Deserves Better?

tumblr_n3ttt5vKzl1st5lhmo1_1280This often happens to me as the very observant friend, I notice the early signed of a toxic boyfriend. Though he seems like an “okay” or even “nice” guy, he has these moments where some part of him he is trying to conceal just reveals itself! Something that could be controlling, abusive, violent, etc. But, because your friend is on the high of a new relationship she is not seeing it. How does one help a friend in this kind of situation?.

The final day of your 20′s

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*Rolled over this morning and faced husband*
Husband: How does it feel?
Wife: How does what feel?
Husband: To wake up on the final day of your 20′s?
Wife: REALLY? (Thinks: REALLY you stupid jerk, then immediately asks Jesus for forgiveness)
Husband: (Smiles) I mean that as a compliment!
Wife: A compliment, by reminding me of the END…
Husband: The END of what?
You are more beautiful than ever!
Your skin is perfect!
You’ve grown so much since we started dating freshmen year!
We’re married, you birthed our children, and you put the word aging to shame!
Wife: OH! You still shouldn’t have started with reminding me it is the last day of my 20′s…

TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY, but today I celebrate the end of a decade by going to work make-up free and wearing my best smile and my fiercest wedges! Happy Thursday!

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