Random Talks and Spiced Rub Salmon

Good morning ya’ll! Happy Friday!!! We made it!  Do you have fun weekend plans?  My husband and I are having a little date night tonight then some shopping tomorrow for our upcoming trip and then hopefully a boat day with friends on Sunday!! It should be a good one! 

Lots of randomness for today and a delicious salmon recipe at the end so feel free to scroll past my ramblings for the good stuff. 🙂

Yesterday I boiled a bunch of eggs that had been in my fridge for a while.  Did you know that older eggs make the best hard boiled eggs?  At least that is what my grandma told me!  For lunch I had two rice cakes with avocado, hard boiled egg whites (I don’t like the yolk), drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and chili powder.  So tasty and it kept me full for hours!


For a snack I had a Siggi’s vanilla yogurt with fresh strawberries and a dollop of almond butter. 


We took the pups on a nice long walk to tire them out. 

And luckily, it worked!  We are watching two sweet pups right now, Baxter and Kapha.  

So Rover, the dog site we use for dog sitting, sends out emails with random dog facts and tips weekly.  This week they sent a quiz to figure out what dog you are like and what breed is best for you.  I don’t really think these things work very often, but I was shocked when I got Border Collie.  Our dog Callie is a rescue and we know she has some Australian Shepard in her, but seeing this picture makes me certain that she is part Border Collie.  She looks so much like this pup! 


I know this has been circulating around facebook for a while now, but every time I see it, I just about die laughing.  I love little chubby babies. 


Remember that trip to Lowes with 3 boys I told you about a couple weeks ago?  Well I did pick up something I wanted while I was there.  I have been meaning to cook cedar plank salmon for a while (love when they have it on a menu at a restaurant), but just always forget about it.  I followed the directions to soak the board for at least an hour (I soaked it for 2 hours) before putting it on the grill.  The directions say to grill the plank for 3 minutes on one side and then flip it over and put the salmon on the heated side of the plank and grill for 12-15 minutes with the grill closed.  When my husband went to put the salmon on the grill after the plank was heating up, it was on fire!!!  Like really on fire. LOL.  We realized that the grill was supposed to be on low to medium heat and ofcourse, ours was on high.  Oh well, what can you do.  

We decided to just grill the salmon directly on the grill and try again next time.  The cedar board came with a recipe for salmon with spice run so I decided to give it a try!

In case the picture is hard to read, here is the salmon spice rub recipe: 

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon course salt

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons cumin 

1/2 teaspoon black pepper 

Note: This spice rub recipe is for 4 pieces of salmon so I halved it because I made two.  


You simply just mix up the rub and spread it all over the salmon fillets.  I decided to serve mine with grilled corn on the cob and asparagus.  


I let the rub soak in for about 30-45 minutes.  


After the salmon is done grilling, drizzle the fillets with honey.  And that is it!  Dinner is served!!  This recipe is so easy and it will definitely be a keeper for us.  My husband said it was the best I have ever made!  Win!!  Sometimes mistakes turn into deliciousness! 


I hope you guys give this recipe a try!!  I don’t think I will be making my salmon plain ever again!  Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!!


  1. Any tips for using cedar planks when grilling?
  2. Favorite marinade/rub for salmon?
  3. Any fun plans for the weekend? 

Friday fun!

Good morning!! It’s Friday at last!  I hope you all had a good week and have an even better weekend!  I am so excited as we have a little trip planned with my in-laws.  I’ll be sure to check in during our time away! I will keep the words short today as I have lots of work to do and lots of packing! 


Delicious smoothie of spinach, flaxseed, organe juice, banana, frozen berries, and pineapple. 


The most delicious salad with grilled salmon on top (I just grilled the salmon on my stovetop grill pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper).  

You guys know I can’t have a meal without my sweet potato fries 😉


Just another way I’m using up my leftovers.  Brown rice with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and garlic topped with a veggie burger and avocado.  Heavenly.



Guys, the food hoarder is still in full force.  She is so ridiculous.  

Butterball is back!


Butterball loves Bruce.

Bruce is so over it.  


Bruce loves his walks!

Dog park fun to run these pups!

My nephew, Otis and some shadows.  Don’t be fooled by his innocent face… he had all the dogs chasing him in circles at the park.  He is the ring leader. 🙂

Riley and Callie are too scared to join the pack.  

Bruce and Otis. 

Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend everyone!  I will see you soon from Florida with pictures from our trip!  I know you will miss all the doggie pictures, but the pups have to stay behind with their aunt, uncle, and cousin, Otis.  😉


  1. Do you like salmon?
  2. Favorite way to cook sweet potatoes?
  3. Tell me what you are looking forward to doing this weekend!

Dog park fun and healthy meals

Hi guys!  One more day until the weekend!!  Is anyone else ready for Friday?  I sure am!  I was up bright and early for a class at the gym at 5:45 AM… it never gets easier waking up at 5 AM, but it is always worth it and makes my day so much better!  


Yesterday it was 65 degrees in Dallas.  Yes, 65 in January.  It is very strange, but I will take it.  We had to take advantage of the warm weather and head to the park with the pups! So we loaded up the car (2 humans + 5 dogs = a very exciting car ride).  

Sun is way too bright!

The dogs ran their little hearts out!

Exhausted on the way home.

Happy pup!


The usual green smoothie for breakfast yesterday!

Dinner a couple nights ago was roasted acorn squash with red quinoa, sauteed kale, onions, and garlic (seasoned with lemon juice, balsamic, chili powder, salt, and pepper).  


I simply just roasted the squash in the oven, sauteed the veggies on the stovetop, and cooked the quinoa in vegetable brother.  Then put it all together!  So simple, healthy, delicious and filling!  

The makings of last night’s dinner.  Sweet potatoes chopped, oiled, salt and peppered, and ready to roast in the oven!  Fresh green beans washed and edges trimmed ready to be cooked (sauteed with onions and garlic). 

Paired with salmon my husband grilled!  

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday, everyone!! 


  1. What are you favorite side dishes to make? 
  2. Do you grill out often?
  3. Are you a morning person? Do you workout in the mornings?