Easiest Salmon Dinner Ever

The Bladdick/Deitsch household is doing a little better since my complete stress attack I had yesterday. That came out of NOWHERE, but after lots of talking (and list-making), I feel much better.

I can’t say the same for Kevin who came down with your typical changing-of-the-seasons cold. Because he wasn’t feeling awesome, we did a whole lot of nothing this weekend. I know we probably should have been exploring Des Moines since we only have a month left here, but it was also nice to just be in our home relaxing.

It was a beautiful chilly fall day so I took advantage and Gracie and I hit the trails for a run this afternoon.

Except, I forgot to take my allergy medicine before we left and after 15 minutes of passing people raking their leaves (seriously, was today National Rake Your Leaves Day?) I was dying so we turned around and came home.

I came home, painted my nails and got dressed for the day. I realized, that for once, I actually looked like I attempted to put myself together.

Let me explain my lack of a fashion sense: when I was really little, my dad was at home with me in the mornings (my mom is a mail carrier and back then, they started work in the wee hours of the morn) so he got me dressed and ready for school. In junior high, I went through that weird wanna-be emo/awkward phase that every 13-year-old goes through. So I burned those pictures and the outfits are a distant memory. In high school, we wore uniforms and I played sports so all my friends and I wore sweatpants/athletic shorts to basically everything. And finally, in college, I mostly dressed in 17 layers because Valpo was so cold it didn’t matter what you looked like – you dressed for warmth. I’m only sortof kidding – I guess some days I dressed up, but most days I just wore jeans and a shirt or sweatpants.

It doesn’t help that I am not the shopper. Sometimes, every few months, I’ll get the urge to go to the mall and go shopping but I very rarely enjoy trying on clothes. Things never fit, or look right or they’re just too expensive. If I have extra cash laying around, I’d rather spend it on a new pair of tennis shoes, or on a nice dinner out – not new clothes. I guess that’s a good problem to have, but it’s also why when I look at my closet everyday, I say “I have nothing to wear.”

It’s a lame excuse, but I never really had a reason to dress up or know how to have a personal style. I’m learning!

So for me to have been able to put together this total fall, Pinterest-worthy outfit without really even trying, is pretty impressive.

(Thank you Kevin for letting me wear your over-sized sweatshirt that is ridiculously comfy and I now claim it as my own.)

(And Brendan, sorry, I know your biggest pet peeve in life is when girls wear leggings as pants, but this totally happened today and I’m admitting it.)

And of course, a picture of my DIY manicure (Essie “Miss Fancy Pants” courtesy of Klout). The perfect fall color!

I felt productive by simply wearing a cute outfit and having my nails done. It’s girly and superficial, but it doesn’t happen often so I’ll brag when it does.

As if putting myself together for the day wasn’t productive enough, we made an awesome dinner that was incredibly easy. You’re in luck…I guess I’ll share 😉

Easiest Salmon Ever with Rice and Steamed Broccoli


  • Salmon
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • S&P
  • Broccoli
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. lemon
  • Zest of 1/4 lemon
  • Place foil on pan
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place salmon on foil, cut up butter into small pieces and place on top
  • Season with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, basil and S&P
  • Season with lemon zest. Place cut-up lemons on top of salmon
  • Bake for 10 minutes


Meanwhile, go out and buy an Elite rice cooker/steamer. Honestly, this is my new favorite kitchen tool! Our friend Aubry gave it to us last year because she got married and got a bunch of fun new toys. I’ve used it as a rice cooker plenty, but this was the first time I cooked rice and steamed something at the same time.


Holy time saver!



I just placed the rice in the bottom portion and the broccoli on the top. Ten minutes later, it was done!



Yes, just spend 15 minutes in the kitchen and this is what you get.


Rachael Ray can’t touch this. 30 minute meals? Pshhhhh. Try 15.



Between my walk with Grace, getting dressed for the day (watching the Cardinals, cough, lose, cough and football) and cooking dinner, Kev and I began to take some of the pictures off our walls. We have to repair the holes with plaster and paint so we wanted to get them down (and dusted) to at least feel like we have something related to our move done! Kevin was extremely excited to take down my Cardinals rally towels from last year’s World Series. Don’t worry – they’re going in our future “sports themed” basement. 🙂



Moving is starting to get real! Especially because our realtor sent us a few houses to look at today. We’re so excited to look at them next weekend in Louisville!


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