Sunday, June 17, 2012

Nut-Encrusted Salmon Fillets

If you need protein, eat this dish!

Husband and I have been working on eliminating dairy, meat (not including fish), and grain on a semi-regular basis. Normally when we succeed in acomplishing this for a whole day, we are STARVING by dinner time and have huge stomach voids to fill. This dish, while still meeting our restrictions, was so filling I could barely finish it. (Though not to worry, I did).

Two salmon fillets
Handful of unsalted, raw almonds
Handful of unsalted, raw cashews
Handful of unsalted, raw walnuts
Peanut Oil
Cumin to taste
Fresh rosemary, chopped, to taste
Fresh Basil, chopped, to taste
Garlic Powder to taste
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Finely chop all nuts. Combine in small mixing bowl.
3. Mix Cumin,  Rosemary, Basil, Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper into nut mixture.
4. Stir about 1 Tablespoon of peanut oil into the nut mixture, until it packs loosely.
5. Place salmon fillets into baking pan. Pack nut mixture on top of the entire fillet, about 1/4" thick.
6. Bake fish for about 12 minutes, or until just before the dark pink disappears throughout.
7. Turn your oven to broil, and broil for no more than two minutes. This will finish cooking the fish and will give a nice crispiness to the nuts.
8. Serve immediately.

This meal was a nice distraction from a crazy week. My normally healthy and medicine-hating husband had back spasm AND wisdom teeth removal this week. This about sums it all up :

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Crayola@ Color Guide : Yellow Green

Yellow Green is spunky, bright, and invigorating.

In line with The Great Neon Trend of 2012,  Yellow Green is a slightly toned-down, almost-neon option for anyone that wants to be on-trend but just won't commit to the boldness of pure neon.

  1. Tonal Canvas Lace Up from Urban Outfitters
  2. Tasi Sunglasses via BCBGMAXAZRIA 
  3. Cloe Gauze Curtain from Urban Outfitters  
  4. Pure Soap Dispenser from Urban Outfitters
  5. Bouquet of gladioli and santini mums via Martha Stewart 
  6. Living Room via Better Homes & Gardens
  7. RE Green Banded Dinnerware Set from Target

Monday, June 11, 2012

Spicy-Fresh Fish Taco Lettuce Wraps

Hello. Yum. New pseudo-recipe! Sister-in-law is on the Paleo Diet, and she was talking of mahi mahi lettuce tacos. She inspired me to try to create a version with my favorite ingredients.

Two fillets of mahi mahi
8-10 large leaves of lettuce
Half white onion, diced
Bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 roasted red pepper, finely diced
1/2 spiced tomato, finely diced
Canned jalapenos to taste, finely diced
1 egg white
1 ripe avacado
Chili and Garlic Olive Oil (pick an appealing flavor to you!)
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Cumin, to taste
Salt and Pepper, to taste

  1. Marinate the mahi mahi fillets in flavored olive oil.
  2. Dice the marinated mahi mahi and put into a bowl.
  3. Sweat the onions in the flavored olive oil. 
  4. Combine diced mahi mahi, sweated onion, cilantro, red pepper, tomoato, jalepeno, egg white, cayenne, cumin, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix with your hand.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of flavored oil in skillet. 
  6. Pack fish mixture into 8-10 "long cakes", about 5" long.
  7. Fry the cakes in the skilled for about 3 minutes per side. 
  8. Place each cake onto the center of a large lettuce leaf and top with a slice of avacado. Wrap and eat like a taco.
This is lettuce from our garden! I literally cut it off with a knife about 5 minutes before we ate it.

And what goes best with fresh fish tacos? Homemade pan fried sweet potato fries with sea salt.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Long and Subtle Small Business Journey

Whamy! Hello beautiful friends. Will you listen to a story I have to tell?

Two years ago I had an itch; it was an itch to work at things that I truly loved, and perhaps it was an itch for independence. I itched to wake up motivated instead of dreading what the day might bring. Within a month, it was an eczema level itch (sorry, too much metaphor?), and I began to ponder.

Thus began two years of plotting, praying, and waiting; two years of squeezing extra work into my evenings and weekends. Two years people! I took freelance jobs and started projects, and the only time to log those hours was sleeping time, date nights, and in the car on road trips.

First wedding invitations picked up :

Then The UpCycled Pillow was born :

Then these happened : 
And I started teaching again, and I got a tax ID number and a new bank account, and I bought QuickBooks...and suddenly...well,'s happening. It's time for a full fledged pursuit!

Lisa Langenhop Design, llc. is born and moving. You can call my business baby LLD for short. (You may ask why I chose "Langenhop" instead of "Crandall". There are about 15 Lisa Crandalls already in the world...including one prominent Australian photographer. Believe it or not, there is only one Lisa Langenhop that the internet can locate. It's me.)

So, I have been out of blogging for a while (I've even been out of a lot of things for awhile), but I can't wait to share this adventure with you!

Spontaneous dancing is a common occurrence in my house right now. Once I get that under control, I'll be back to post again.

How is your summer going so far?
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