Dinner tonight was deeeeelicious! I could say making dinner was a breeze, but I set the smoke alarms off about ten times. I’m not kidding. Ten or eleven. At least ten.

Excuse #1: I baked the salmon at a really high temp. and the oven created so much smoke.
Excuse #2: Our tiny little apartment has FIVE smoke alarms near the kitchen.

Dinner was far from a breeze since my eyes were watering from the smoke and I was sweating from running room to room to turn off the alarms. I almost didn’t want to post this recipe because I was so frustrated and cranky, but halfway through eating it, I realized how amazing it tasted so I decided to share.


  • Fresh salmon (I think our pieces were 5 oz. each?)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime zest
Salt and pepper the salmon and add a bit of lime zest. Put it in the oven at 500 degrees and bake for 10 minutes. Check for doneness by opening the inside to make sure the fish flakes.
Lime Butter Sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper
The recipe I followed from Epicurious wanted me to puree this, but I don’t have a blender so I microwaved the butter and whisked in the other ingredients. It turned out just fine!

Sautéed green beans

  • Fresh green beans
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
Boil the green beans for 3 minutes and shock them in ice cold water. Get a sauté pan hot (medium high heat) and melt 2 tsp. of butter. Add the green beans, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and toss. Cook for about 3 minutes, shaking every once in awhile.


  • Rice (complicated, huh? I suppose I could have made brown rice, but we had white rice on hand and that worked just fine).
Finished project after taking quite a few bites –


Last night was MUCH less eventful! And no, it did not involve smoke alarms. We just had leftovers for dinner – nothing too special.

Kev and I picked up our long-running game of rummy! We have been playing rummy ever since we started dating (about 4 and a half years ago). We keep our running score in a notebook and play often. It’s so fun to keep track of our scores throughout all those years. It’s such a fun tradition we have!

Kev wrote, "You're the best, smile babe!" Ahhh 2007 memories...

I know, I'm getting owned right now but in my defense, I've been up by a LOT in the past. You just three more years, I'll be winning!

Do you have any fun traditions? I want to hear them!!


And now I’ll leave you with this:

Gracie then (a few days after we got her) 9 weeks old, 10 lbs.

Gracie now - almost 5 months old, 31 lbs.

Goodnight! I’m off to shut the windows and turn the heat back on. (Guys, the smoke was really really bad. I’m ashamed.)

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2 thoughts on “Traditions

  1. Keep these up Gabby! I enjoy reading them (especially about Gracie!) and am getting some good reciepes that will become useful in the near future (seeing as I’m heading off to college soon.) 🙂 Anyways, love you guys, and hope to see you soon! And Kev, make sure you go see the Blue Man Group when you’re in Vegas! They were awesome! <3

    • Awe thanks, Alison! I love posting recipes and talking about Gracie so I really appreciate you reading. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      And I’ll tell Kev about the Blue Man Group!! It sounds awesome!

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