Month: August 2007

Leavin…on a Jet Plane…

Well, technically, it’s a Dodge caravan…but I’m still leaving today for Atlanta, GA for the 2007 Primerica convention. As Abby would say, “I’s so essited!”

We didn’t think we were going, but the hand of Providence has allowed for us to. My brother is going to house and dog sit for us, so we don’t have to worry about robbers and burglers and pests, oh my!

Y’all have a great weekend and Labor day…I’ll see you next week, as I’m not taking my laptop – we are staying with friends and I have no Wi-fi card.

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August Recipe Round Up – Grilling

Growing up in Alaska, I ate a lot of seafood. I fished for King Salmon practically out my back door. Although I loved to fish, cooking and eating salmon was another story. This is the best recipe I have found for grilling salmon of any kind – whether it’s kings, reds or what have you. Sorry I don’t have a picture, but I haven’t had any salmon lately, since I now live in Texas! Just trust me, this is the best grilled salmon recipe in the world!

Grilled Salmon a la Karen


8 salmon fillets, at least 1 inch thick

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sesame oil

5 tablespoons soy sauce

4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons honey

3 teaspoons brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste (I use more, but I like it hot)

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

2 green onions, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

Place salmon fillets in a large resealable plastic bag. In a separate medium bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Whisk together well, and pour over the fish in the plastic bag. Remove the air from the bag and seal tightly. Marinate the fish in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.

Wrap the salmon fillets tightly in aluminum foil. Spray the inside of the aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray before adding the salmon. Lightly oil the grill grates. Grill the salmon for 15 minutes per inch of thickness on a medium hot grill, or until salmon just flakes with a fork. Turn salmon over halfway through grilling.

NOTE: This recipe can also be baked if you do not own a grill!Baking instructions- After marinating the salmon overnight, place salmon fillets in a glass baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the leftover marinade over the salmon. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for about 20 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.

For more August Grilling, head over to The Happy Wonderer, who is hosting this month’s recipe round-up.

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Works for me – Almost Guilt-Free Parenting!

Ever notice how kids seem to do twice the bad things you do, but only half the good?

My mama used to tell me to “Do as I say, not as I do” and I now know what she meant by that. She wasn’t trying to be contradictory or even have a double standard, as some might think. She wasn’t attempting to live a lifestyle that was to her own liking, she was just trying to live right. But, being human, she would fail on occasion and show her true colors. Then, I would watch her get on her knees, pray and ask forgiveness and get back up a little stronger in her determination to do right.

I understand she was really just putting the waterfall theory into practice. She’d paddled the river of life and knew where the outcroppings of rocks in the water were…she knew where the low-lying branches could smack you in the face when you weren’t paying attention, she knew where the waterfall was. She was making sure I knew not to go those places, as she had done.

I think these days that saying has a very negative connotation. So I do not use it with my kids. Instead I say, “Do as I say, because I have been there and I know better”. I don’t believe we have to let our kids make the same mistakes we made…I believe doing so is poor stewardship. Ouch. I know. But I really think it is.

Which brings me to my point – Being a person of integrity (a person whose words and deeds match up) is what works for me. When I fail as a mother, wife, daughter, child of God…I let my kids know. I make sure they understand that my actions were unacceptable and I usually apologize. It’s not easy or fun. But no one ever told me that raising kids would be easy. Fun yes, easy, no.

Visit Shannon over at Rocks in My Dryer for more WFMW: The Great Parenting Advice edition.

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