The “L” is Silent

This past weekend I went home for my birthday weekend to see my parents and Meme (like I do every year). Saturday night I decided I wanted to cook dinner for the family and quickly polled everyone on what they wanted to eat. We decided on salmon, brown rice and green beans. This is where the epic battle of Leah v. southern roots started. I have such a bad habit of using “country” terminology. I never noticed it until my roommate and suitemates pointed it out in college. I used to say things like “buggy” and “rack” (for a shopping cart and clothes hanger, respectively). And I also used to pronounce “salmon” with the L. In an effort to sound more grown up and more cultured, I made sure everyone who attended dinner pronounced it correctly. Thinking I had won the battle, I was discussing my cooking skills at dinner with a group of friends last night and said I cooked “saLmon and rice”. Fail.

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I laid out the salmon fillets in a baking dish and marinated each fillet with 1 tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of brown sugar. I baked it on 350 for 20 minutes then turned the broiler on for about 5 minutes. It came out flaky and fully cooked. The rice was just your typical boil-in-bag brown rice and the green beans were steamed in the microwave for ten minutes.

Have a great week, friends!

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23 Things

Last year for my birthday, I listed 22 things I learned in 22 years. This year I want to spice things up a bit. The following is a list of 23 things I want to accomplish in my 23rd year. Wish me luck!

  1. Run in the Dirty Dan Dash
  2. Become responsible enough to own a pet
  3. Get a tattoo (I’ve been saying this for years)
  4. Learn to sew
  5. Read 100 books
  6. Watch my big sister get married
  7. Bake cakes for friends on their birthdays and accomplishments
  8. Pay off my last student loan!
  9. Learn how to make chicken fried rice
  10. Make my own sushi
  11. Run in a color 5K
  12. Start writing a book
  13. 52 Week Money Challenge
  14. Recycle more!
  15. Go on a spur of the moment vacation
  16. Take a painting class
  17. Embrace the Anti-Diet
  18. Take a dance class
  19. Cook dinner at least once a week
  20. Make a painting like Mia & her mom in Princess Diaries
  21. Re-read all of the Harry Potter books (gotta keep the kid in me alive somehow)
  22. Hike to a waterfall in North Carolina
  23. Become the most positive person I know

There you have it. Some of those are a little corny, some are a little ambitious, and some are practical. I think it’s a good mix for this kid at heart who’s being thrown into the adult world. Happy Friday!

Green Eggs…

I love cooking; however, I find it extremely difficult to cook for just one, so I get ecstatic when I stumble upon a dinner recipe that won’t feed a small army. After my lazy day yesterday, I decided to be semi-healthy and cook a healthy meal rather than my usual throw together pasta dish.

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I washed 1/4 of a bunch of asparagus, cut the woody ends off the bottom, and placed them in a glass baking dish. I poured a little olive oil over them and baked at 425°F for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, I cracked 2 eggs over the stems and added some pepper. I popped the dish back into the oven for 10 minutes, which set the egg whites and cooked the yokes to near perfection. I pulled the dish out the oven and sprinkled some parmesan cheese over it and dug in.

The eggs were a little too well done for my tastes. I like my eggs over easy, so next time I’ll keep a closer eye on the second half of the baking. Overall, I thought my healthy little meal was quite tasty. The egg and asparagus is definitely a match made in foodie heaven.

Starting Birthday Week With a Bang!

Whoever said that time flies once you’re not a kid anymore was so true. It’s frightening, really. It feels like it was yesterday when I was writing my 22 things I’ve learned and celebrating my birthday. I cannot believe a whole year has been by. A leap year at that!

To start my 23rd birthday week off right, I have been in pajamas all day (with the exception of working out and a trip to the grocery store). I spent an hour in the tub with two amazing DIY bath scrubs while listening to John Mayer sing songs about love and heartbreak. My phone has been off for the majority of the day and tonight is going to consist of the Season 3 finale of Downton Abbey and freshly washed sheets on my bed. I’m really learning that it’s all about the little things in life.

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Ain’t nobody got time for that…

It would be so easy to be a grump today.
It would be so easy to make snide comments and have a 24 hour pity party.
It’s so tempting to complain and whine about not having a valentine.

But you know what? I don’t have time for that. I have to spend today wearing hot pink tights and a dress with kittens on it. I have to make sure I get a full 8 hours in wearing this obnoxiously cute bow ring without injuring myself. I have about 25 people I need to tell that I love them and I think they’re extremely awesome.

So I’m sorry, Mr. Pity Party, I see you up there trying to rain on my parade, but I just don’t have time for that.

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!

P.s. If you’re feeling like a Scrooge, this should cheer you up (if it doesn’t, you have no soul):

Folk Lifestyle Writing Challenge Week 6

So I’m a terrible blogger and I missed last week’s writing prompt. Maybe I will make it up if I find the time. Until then, here’s this week’s!

What family memento do you cherish? Why?

My Meme has gorgeous wedding rings. The band is made up of two rings that have been soldered together and the engagement ring drops into the band to create a three ring effect. Around the diamond are four sapphires in triangles. It’s elegant, it’s timeless, and it’s a beauty. However it’s not the memento that I cherish. My sister boldly staked claim on this ring years ago, and her and my mother battle it out quite frequently. So where do I come into play and what’s my memento? One Sunday morning, I was sitting in church and Meme was wearing this pretty silver ring with a pearl in it on her pinky. I looked over to her and whispered, “Meme, I know Abby claimed your wedding bands, can I have that one?” (Yes, we’re morbid and claim jewelry prematurely…it’s what we do). She laughed at me and said it was just a measly piece of costume jewelry. Then she took it off and handed to me. To this day, I wear it almost regularly (at least when I don’t wear gold) and I always get compliments on it. However, the fact that it’s costume jewelry can be our little secret.

Folk Lifestyle Writing Prompt: Week 4

I’m a slacker and I missed last week’s prompt. Life has been slightly hectic. This week’s prompt is: In the near future, what are you looking forward to the most?

In the near future, I’m looking forward to: making valentine’s for my loved ones, picking out my sister’s wedding dress, celebrating my 23rd birthday, hosting a weekend with one of my very best friends, finishing up class #3 of my MBA, going to Atlanta, and most importantly Springtime.

But for now, I’m looking forward to sitting on my couch in my sweatpants watching When Harry Met Sally.

“It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk.” – Harry Burns

Cheers!