Weeknight Staples | Salmon Cakes with Lemony Chive Greek Yogurt Sauce


Today, we’re talking about one of my all-time favorite ingredients: Salmon! No matter how you prepare it, I love it. Baked, grilled, smoked, sushi, sauteed, broiled…you name it! It’s so delicious, it’s healthy, it’s good for you, and it’s usually very easy to cook!

I have many friends (including my husband!) who aren’t huge fish fans, but they enjoy/tolerate salmon–I think it’s pretty mild, usually not ‘fishy’, and it does a great job of taking on the flavors around it, without losing that hint of oceany, salty, deliciousness! Give it a try, non-believers…you might be surprised!

My dad used to take my brother and I Steelhead Fishing on (you guessed it), Idaho’s beautiful Salmon River when we were younger–I remember it being FREEZING cold, sitting in a little dinghy with a tiny heater on the floor, and always outfishing dad. 😉 I think I need to get back to being a fisherwoman…

This recipe is easy, quick, and even the husband likes it (and always has seconds!). I love the Kirkland (Costco) boneless, skinless Wild Atlantic salmon for this recipe–it really is wonderful. I’ve also had great success with Chicken of the Sea pink salmon–I’m sure fresh would be epic, too, but I just love eating my salmon fillets…well, filleted. 🙂

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it’s totally customize-able…add red peppers, jalapenos, whatever you want! I created this by throwing stuff in a bowl and mixing/matching until we found a combination we loved!

Hope you enjoy! In case you were wondering, one serving (two 4″ cakes) of these (including oil for frying) come out to 347 calories and 31g of protein.

Salmon Cakes with Lemony Chive Greek Yogurt Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Patty Ingredients:

  • 2 5 oz. cans boneless, skinless salmon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 C panko bread crumbs
  • 2 T Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 t soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1/2 t hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Coconut Oil for frying (about 1/4 C)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 T chives, diced
  • 1/4 t salt
  • freshly cracked pepper (adjust for taste preferences)


1. Mix sauce ingredients in bowl, stir together, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve (can be done up to a day in advance).

2. Bring oil to 350 degrees in saute pan.

3. Mix all ingredients (except oil 🙂 ) in medium bowl.

4. Separate mixture into 7-8 balls and form each ball into a patty.

5. Fry the patties 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through.

6. Drain on paper towel-lined plate.


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Quick & Easy | Mini Corn Dogs

My favorite sports season is officially wrapping up (sad day!), which means it’s World Series time! Game 7 is upon us, and the series this year has been crazy…talk about home field/crowd advantages! I made these little corn dogs last night from (you guessed it) a Pinterest inspired Betty Crocker recipe, and they were fantastic! They’re great finger food for the game, they’re light and airy, and they don’t feel heavy or overly greasy for being fried. I only made a half batch, but the recipe below is for a full batch. I served them with ketchup, mustard, and a side of broccoli…fries would be amazing, too! ha! Give them a try tonight for the big game! Dare I say…Go Giants? 😉

Mini Corn Dogs

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Oil for frying
  • 1/2 C gluten-free Bisquick (regular would work fine, too!)
  • 1/2 C cornmeal
  • 1egg, beaten
  • 2 t sugar
  • 1 T honey
  • 2/3 C milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 package of your favorite hot dogs/sausages, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 T Bisquick


  1. Heat oil over stovetop to 350 degrees
  2. Combine and stir together Bisquick, cornmeal and sugar.
  3. Add beaten egg, honey, salt and half of milk. Stir until well mixed, and continue adding milk until batter reaches consistency similar to a thick pancake batter.
  4. Let mixture sit for about 5 minutes (this gives the baking powder in the bisquick a chance to activate/rise a bit).
  5. Place cut hot dogs into a plastic baggie with 1 T of Bisquick and shake gently to coat sausages
  6. Dip each hot dog in batter mixture, shake off excess, and fry in hot oil, turning once (about 2-3 minutes, total)
  7. Dry on paper towel lined plate and enjoy!


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DIY | You’ve Been Boo-ed!

You've Been Boo'ed!
Have you ever been Boo-ed?! I haven’t!

This fun little neighborhood cheer idea is so dang cute! You can read in the photo above, but basically you take this cute little note and secretly drop it off at 2 neighbors’ homes with a little autumn treat or bag of goodies, and they get to ‘pay it forward’ and ‘boo’ 2 other families!

I’ve heard of great little Christmastime ‘ding dong ditch’ activities, but this was the first I’d heard of the Halloween variety. I can’t wait to Boo! our neighbors! 🙂

I took lines from a few of my favorite online templates and made my own. I kept it very simple and black and white, as part of the activity requires that you make copies of the note or print off your own…I thought simple was better in this case!

I’m excited to spread some autumn cheer, and I hope the beautiful fall weather in Boise joins us soon…80 degrees in October is a little warm for me…ha!

Click on the photo above to print your own Boo note, and get to spreading some love and sunshine in your own family, neighborhood, office, church or wherever you want!


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Life Lately | Seattle Girls Trip 2014

I had the BEST weekend in Seattle with the most amazing women. 🙂 My parents and their friends (endearingly called ‘the gang’) from childhood, high school and college in North Idaho are still all very close–it really is so neat. They all had kids around the same time…so, though we didn’t necessarily grow up physically near each other, we definitely grew up ‘with’ each other, and when we’re together, it’s like we haven’t missed a day. I love it. This weekend was spent with some of the gang moms, and the second generation (‘the crew’!), and was full of laughter, good food, impeccable Seattle weather, tourist sights, love, happy tears, story telling, and we made so many wonderful new memories. I count my lucky stars every day for the incredible people in my life–I am truly blessed. Here’s a little sneak peek of our weekend…cheers! Stay tuned for a recap of next weekend’s Leavenworth Oktoberfest adventure!

Dessert | Autumn Pumpkin Bread

image2Happy first day of Fall! My favorite series of seasons has finally arrived! I LOVE fall and winter! I love spring and summer, too, but there’s just something about those crisp mornings, leaves under your boots, scarves, warm drinks, pea coats, snowflakes falling outside your window…you can’t beat it! 🙂

This recipe is one of my all time favorites. It’s from allrecipes.com, and the first time I made it years ago, I didn’t alter a thing. Let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS! But, these days, I have a hard time justifying eating something that has a CUP of oil and THREE cups of sugar in it…eek!

I’m a firm believer that you should enjoy what you eat, and for me, that means there’s more to food than just fuel for the body. I want to be mindful of what I’m putting in my body, but I also want to enjoy my food, and I want it to taste good, too! Cooking and baking are a relaxing, fun experience for me anyway, so it’s even better when what I’m making comes out extra delicious AND healthy(ier).

SO – here’s the recipe from allrecipes.com, modified a bit to be a little healthier, but still just as tasty! Note: I up the pumpkin spices in everything pumpkin I make (I like it spicy!), so feel free to decrease the amount of cloves and cinnamon if you prefer yours to be less intense!

PUMPKIN EVERYTHING comin’ right up…I LOVE FALL! What are your favorite fall recipes?

Autumn Pumpkin Bread

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 3/4 C no sugar added applesauce
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 2/3 C water
  • 3 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 t ground ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, applesauce, water, honey, and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


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DIY | American Flag Racerback Tank

flag4DIY Sunday was a major success this week! Will and I got to hang out with our sweet nieces (2&4) Saturday night…we made our own pizzas, went to the park, made ice cream in the ice cream maker, crafted their American flag swimsuit cover ups for Bammer’s (Will’s grandma) 4th of July celebration, made a fort and watched the Lorax, and woke up to make breakfast together! Whew! It was so super fun having them over – they’re such good girls!picstitch   I am a HUGE 4th of July fan, and when I found the glittery foam stars at Walmart in a clearance bin, I knew I had to do something with them! One can NEVER have too much ‘America’ apparel, so off I went on a craft supply mission, and after making the girls’ versions, I had to have one. And I had to make one for my BFF, too. Obviously. 😉 We spend the 4th in Idaho’s mountains every year! My husband’s hometown is stunningly gorgeous, and the people there are the absolute most wonderful–it’s easily my favorite place to visit!


The view from Will’s parents’ dock!

Both of these tanks (without drying time) took me no more than 30 minutes total to make! They’ll be perfect to wear while we sip drinks on the boat and play in Payette Lake over the weekend! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Oversized white t-shirt or tank top (I went 2 sizes up for both of ours – if you want a tighter fitting tank, just use your regular size)
  • Glittery sticky-back foam stars OR star cut outs/stickers (you can totally make your own!)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Red spray paint
  • Blue spray paint
  • Newspaper/magazine scraps
  • Fabric (or other sharp) scissors

How to: 1. Lay out your tank/t-shirt on a flat surface, and adhere stars to the left side, in whatever pattern you like. Next, lay painter’s tape down in a striped pattern, adjusting thickness to your preferences. (I used two strips per stripe!) photo 2   2. Once you have the design you like, take your project to a place you’re comfortable spray painting (we chose the backyard because Will would mow it anyway!). Fold your shirt in quarters so only the stars are showing. Place newspaper under the first fold of the shirt, so you don’t get any overspray on the striped areas. Spray those stars blue! Don’t worry about getting paint on the neck, as you’ll cut that part off later. photo 3 3. Unfold your shirt and lay a clean piece of newspaper over the stars/blue you just painted. Spray the stripes red! photo 4 4. Carefully pick up the shirt and place it in the sun or somewhere warm to dry for a few hours. Peel off stars and tape, and voila! You’re ready to cut.photo 1 5. Starting at the shoulder seam, make a cut down and around the neck, stopping at the midpoint of the cut. photo 5 6. Fold cut piece over and match to the other shoulder seam. This will help make sure your neckline is even. Finish cutting the neckline by guiding your scissors along the fabric from your first cut. flag6 7. Follow the same procedure to cut along arm holes (or sleeves if you’re using a tee). Remember, the lower you cut, the more ‘open’ the shirt will be on the sides. flag8 flag9 8. Cut the very bottom strip of fabric off of the t-shirt and reserve a 6″ section of your cut for the back of the tank top. flag2 9. Try your tank on and grab a friend (or your husband! 🙂 ) to help you place the tie where you’d like it to be. Gather the fabric together where you want to place the tie, and tie the reserved scrap from the bottom of your tee around once. Wrap the ends around a few more times if you’d like a thicker band! flag3 10. Last but not least, give everywhere you made a cut (neck, both sleeves, and bottom) a solid tug. Stretch the fabric out just a bit so you get a little bit of ‘curl’ in it to get that distressed look. If you’d like a softer tee (and to not be as stinky like spray paint!), you can totally toss these in the wash, inside out, on a cold cycle. I did that with all four of my tanks, and they all came out great with no fading or bleeding, and the spray paint smell was completely gone! I’ll tie the strings on the back into a cute bow for the day we wear them, too! Ta da! You did it! 🙂 flag4flag5 More pics to come of Erin and I actually wearing our tanks! 😉 Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July weekend celebrating with friends and family! xo, m

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