Self Care Night!

When you have one of those rough days, you have to try and find something that brings you joy, even the smallest thing can make a difference!

Tonight I’m sipping on one of my favorite wines and listening to some of my favorite tunes! In a few, I will be taking a nice bubble bath and pouring myself another glass! Hehe =)

What do you do to help you get through those tough days?

Lemon Garlic Salmon with Lemon Rice Pilaf Recipe! 

All of the ingredients


Salmon Ingredients:

1 Salmon filet

1 garlic clove finely chopped

1 tsp finely chopped cilantro (or dried cilantro)

Garlic pepper or adobo or salt and pepper (you can use you favorite seasoning of choice) 

1/2 lemon 

Salmon Directions:

1. Season both sides with your choice seasonings and cilantro.

2. Squeeze juice of half of a lemon on both sides of salmon filet.

3. Put salmon in ziplock bag and marinate for at least 30 minutes. This step is optional but highly recommended for better flavor!

4. Turn oven on to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, wrap salmon in foil, put onto a baking sheet and leave in oven for 10 minutes.

Marinated salmon wrapped in foil before going into oven

5. Take out of oven and salmon should be a light pink color once it’s done. 

6. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Rice Ingredients:



1 1/2 tbsp olive oil or butter

2 cloves garlic finely chopped 

1/2 onion finely chopped

1 1/2 cups long grain rice (rinsed twice) 

1 1/4 cup chicken broth

1 cup water

1 larger lemon 

1 tbsp lemon zest

4 tbsp lemon juice

Salt and pepper 

1 tbsp finely chopped parsley (or dried parsley)

1 tbsp basil seasoning

Rice Directions:

1. Heat oil or butter over medium heat in a large saucepan or pot.

2. Add chopped garlic and onions. Cook for 5 minutes until translucent.

Garlic and onions cooking
 

3. Stir in rice with the garlic and onions.

Rice stirred into the garlic and onions
 

4. Add chicken broth and water to the rice and stir. Cover pan with a lid and bring to a simmer. Then turn heat on low.

Chicken broth and water added
 

5. Cook for 15 minutes or until water is evaporated. 

*If rice is not all the way done at the end of the 15minutes (which happened to me), sprinkle about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water over the rice and mix around a bit. And let cook for about 5 minutes longer. 

6. Once rice is fully cooked, remove from stove and let rest for about 5 minutes with lid still on. 

7. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, herbs, salt and pepper. 

Lemon zest, lemon juice, herbs, and seasonings added to rice
 

8. Now you can enjoy your delicious Lemon Rice Pilaf that you just made! 

The finished product!

This dish was so delicious! And it’s so easy to make! 

If you try out this recipe, comment below and let me know how it turned out! 

Happy Cooking! =)

RED WINE SPILLED ON CARPET?! DIY Stain Remover That Works!

DIY Carpet Stain Remover

My husband and I just moved into a new apartment a few months ago and it’s required for us to have carpet to reduce noise. BLAH! At first I was like, NO! I hate carpet! Since we didn’t have a choice, one thing we don’t do is wear shoes on the carpet and try to keep it as clean as possible.

Being paranoid about things being spilled on the carpet in the future, I looked up a Do It Yourself Carpet Stain Remover. I found a video on YouTube posted by Clean My Space and I followed her recipe, but I remixed it a little bit.

DIY Carpet Stain Remover Recipe:

2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide

1 tablespoon dawn soap

1 tablespoon of baking soda

2-3 cups of warm water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and pour into spray bottle for easier spot treatment.

STORY TIME:

We had a few friends and family over for New Year’s Eve last year. All of us were drinking and having a good time…and drinking some more! Haha!

We were all feeling nice and I must’ve been feeling extra good because I was so careless that I accidently spilled my OWN glass of red wine! OH NO! MY CARPET!!! (We have light colored carpet by the way).

I ran to the kitchen, opened the cabinet, grabbed a rag, and pulled out my Carpet Stain Remover concoction and started spraying and scrubbing away! Within a few seconds, I began to see the carpet turn back to its original color! The wine stain was completely gone!!! Our guests were surprised that this miracle just happened in front of their eyes! I was surprised too, but so relieved! Whew!

Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures, but I can guarantee this carpet stain remover mixture works! Plus I have witnesses! LOL!

Try it out and let me know how it works for you!