Mmmm, salmon. Definitely one of my fave meats! Healthy, tasty, so much you can do with it. Well last week I was crunched for time for dinner (like always, amirite?) so I threw together this tasty dish. I’ve also made it for people coming over for dinner too and it’s a hit. That’s one thing we’ve started doing recently is inviting people over for dinner. Sounds simple, but I never used to invite people over to my shitty apartment before as I was embarrassed by it. So anyway, that’s been a nice change.
Back to the fish. So this is really easy, you can’t screw it up. 350-375 degrees, pop some lemon on top, dust with lemon garlic seasoning (or use fresh minced garlic) and bake for 30-45 minutes, or up to 1 hour, depending on thickness of fish. You’ll know it’s done when it flakes easily with a fork.
I bought my first computer (that was all mine as opposed to a “family PC”) in 2006. It was for school, and it was a glorious black 2006 MacBook 13″. That thing was a beast in its time. It could do everything from video editing to the latest games, multitask up a storm, oh it was great. Oh yeah, and for studying too. Yes, studying…. Anyway.
So it’s now approaching 2015. My MacBook has been sadly deteriorating for the past approximately 4 years. He was a good machine but he’s just not cut out for modern life. Sometimes it just turns itself off. That’s cool. Not. And now, even opening Word to write something for work takes about 15 minutes (not exaggerating).
This year has been a real changing one for me… I’ve gotten into fitness and really embraced what my body can do after thinking it couldn’t do anything for so long (due to previous injuries). I’ve gotten engaged, moved in with my fiance, bought our first house together, got a new job in an entirely new field, and discovered that cilantro isn’t that bad.
I’ve indulged myself a little bit lately as a sort of reward for my hard work this year. I bought an almost entirely new wardrobe, and a new MacBook Pro! Wheee! I’m so excited. It feels like I’ve entered this technology decade.
Now I have to say I’m not a fan of Apple for other things. I’m all about Android phones and tablets, but when it comes to computers, I am a MacBook fan.
I am so looking forward to doing more things on it for this blog too… Photoshop was proving too cumbersome for my old ‘Book to handle anymore, so now I can get creative again!
I bought my new MacBook Pro from a local shop here in British Columbia called Simply Computing. I bought my old one there too. Their service is fantastic and they have a lot of unique services that the Apple company stores don’t offer, like EverPlan. It’s like a lease program for Macs… so you pay a monthly fee for 36 months, then take your computer back and get a BRAND NEW one for the next 36 months. Ummm yes please! This will save me from falling into the trap of only getting a new computer every 10 years when my old one is practically collapsing in on itself.
I have never been super gifted when it comes to doing my hair. I get by with some simple go-to styles I do all the time, like a messy bun or ballerina bun, or just some easy waves. My hair is thick, unruly and lately, very dry and horrible (because I am very bad at getting trims and haircuts in a timely fashion). Plus I’ve been a bottle blonde for over a year now. I’m of course way too cheap to go to the salon, so I do it myself (with salon-quality product still… but yeah).
Anyway I’ve always coveted the side braid look but never been able to do it. Finally I have cracked the lazy girl code to doing an easy French side braid!
The Easy French Side Braid
1. Pull all your hair to one side. Then, split your hair into two sections – the first being the top part of your hair until about your ears, and the second section the rest left over.
2. Braid the top section and secure with an elastic (I like little clear ones). Then braid the bottom section and secure with an elastic.
3. Now shit gets tricky. Take the top braid and tuck it into the bottom braid. You can see how I did this by looking at the picture above – just poke it on through. You’ll have the rest of the braid hanging there. Wrap any remaining parts of the top braid through the bottom braid until no more is sticking out and it looks like one continuous braid.
4. You’re done! Amaze your friends with your seemingly one braid but actually two braids.
I’m not much of a smoothie person, really. I find them time-consuming and messy to make and generally I like eating solid foods. I’ll save the liquid diet for when I’m 89 and my teeth fall out, thanks. However, I make an exception sometimes. Mostly when I am craving something like ice cream or chocolate and don’t have the room for the extra macros of the “real deal”. So I invented this triple-threat craving crusher: the Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
1 frozen banana (peeled, although I shouldn’t have to tell you that!)
Blend it up and enjoy! Perfect for a post-workout treat on a hot summer day! If you use frozen banana, it will come out thicker like a milkshake. If not, more liquidey and easier to drink. Totally up to you, I like it either way. Let me know if you try it!
I have a confession. Before I got engaged, I looked at wedding planning sites. I know, right, groundbreaking information… But for me, it was. I never even thought about planning a wedding before I met my now-fiancé. At all, ever, never. It just wasn’t something that occupied my mind, I didn’t see any point in thinking about it because I a) assumed I would be single forever, b) was okay with that, and c) thought weddings were stupid. I still don’t give a shit about most wedding things and am trying to remain a Bridechilla (aka the opposite of a Bridezilla!), but I have to admit planning a fun party is pretty damn… fun.
I’m a big Internet nerd. Like, I’m all over it. Everything I want to do in life, I look it up online first. I look at it as a walking encyclopedia. Anything that keeps me from having physical paper in my house is my friend. So, naturally, when it comes to planning a wedding, I turned to my old friend the interwebz.
Awesome Online Wedding Planning Resources
WeddingWire – This is a great all-around site. I am currently using their Budget, Checklist, Guest List and Inspiration Boards to plan my wedding. Although its more helpful aspects (vendor recommendations, events, etc) are aimed at the American market, I still find it quite useful up here in Canada-land.
TheKnot.com – A classic. You must have heard of this one, right? I like that they have different sites for different stages (next up: The Nest, The Bump!) and it’s all one big community that lasts long after your wedding, so that’s nice. Great for ideas, although does border on the overly-expensive annoying-type weddings, I find.
Weddingbee.com – This is a great blog-style site that gives you a peek into the wedding planning process of some (mostly) women, aka “Bees”. I love the personal insights provided and the honest debates and conversations that come up. Puts a real human side on wedding planning for me! (Other than the obvious humans involved, us, duh. :P)
Local buy/swap groups on Facebook – A new trend? Like those bidding sites but for wedding stuff! You can nab some sweet deals for sure! To find one in your area, search Facebook Groups for “(insert city) wedding swap”, or “wedding bidding”, “wedding sale”, “wedding shop”, etc.
Local bridal event bloggers, like vancitybride.com – I love VancityBride.com because I’m in Vancouver (although her posts are super awesome and you should read them anyway!). If you’re near a major city, chances are there’s at least one person blogging about the wedding industry in your area. I love this site because it runs down and reviews venues, photographers, bakeries, bridal salons, etc etc etc… all those people who make your day special. It’s so nice to have a locally-focused site on the topic!
Well, I hope those were useful for you. Are you currently planning a wedding? What has been your biggest challenge with it so far? (Mine: BUDGET! BAH! Champagne lifestyle on a beer budget for sure…!)
I'm Michelle, and I'm a writing addict. I love to catalogue my life and memories here, but you'll also find me talking about fashion and style, makeup and hair, healthy recipes, fitness, and home decor DIY projects. Read more about me...