Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fish On!

Present a man...or woman in this case...with a fish and he will eat a good meal, teach him to fish and he will feed himself and those around him for a lifetime.
I have been given the invitation a couple of times to accompany an incredible, seasoned fisherman on his adventures.  Fishing requires much more skill and patience than I first imagined!
The only experiences that loom in my mind from childhood are not great.  The fish my brothers brought home was bone intensive and very fishy tasting.
Along with my new found love of fishing, I have been surfing the web as well as thumbing through cherished volumes of recipes in search of fun ways to prepare fish and have found several great recipies and am looking forward to more experimenting.
To this point in time, halibut and tilapia were about the only cuts I ventured to try.  Move over halibut, you have most definitely taken a back seat!

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter softened
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp chopped green onions (I used dill)
1/4 tsp salt
1 dash hot pepper sauce
2 pounds skinless fillets
 preheat broiler, grease baking dish
 Mix ingredients together, broil fillets until it flakes (about 8 min) apply mixture on top of fillets and broil for another 2 minutes or until it is bubbly and lightly browned! Enjoy.

My Dad is having fun showing this picture off and some have questioned its authenticity.  I added a few more just to help the doubting Thomas' believe.  This is actually me.  These are real fish.  I caught them in Bear Lake in the previous two months.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bloom where you are planted

Look what I found blooming in the sidewalk!  It reminded me that no matter where we may find ourselves in life at any given moment, we have the choice and ability to become and mirror that which is inside us.  We can push through all the ugliness and overcome the concrete walls that seem ever increasing in our path.  Shine in your own little corner of the world and by so doing perhaps you may give hope to another.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Peach Days

I live in a town where Peach Days are celebrated each September. It is an exciting time of year.  I love peaches and often bottle them in order to enjoy them in the Winter months.  I have been eating as many as I can get my hands on this year.
I have a favorite apple crisp recipe and decided to try it with peaches tonight.  It turned out fabulous.

Fruit Crisp

1 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
Delicious served warm out of the oven a la mode.
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. oil
1 c. oats

Combine dry ingredients.  Fold in eggs and oil.
Peel and slice fruit in the bottom of a 9X13 baking pan.  Crumble topping over fruit.  Bake at 350* for thirty minutes.

Gone Fishing

I have had an awesomely fun Summer!  My kids and I have been on many adventures together.  Over Labor Day weekend, we spent some time in Flaming Gorge.  I have never been there before in my life!
I have been waiting all Summer long to go camping in celebration of my grades last semester.  We stayed in our tent and had a great time!
The small town we stayed in had a parade in the morning and a boat parade and fireworks that evening.
We floated the river, and took the tour of the Flaming Gorge Dam.
I have heard the fishing is good there and we did try to fish but as luck would have it, we got seriously rained out!

So yesterday I imposed on a friend of mine who was out fishing all day and was gracious enough to take me out for an evening run.  The wind was blowing and the water was anything but calm.  Despite these conditions, I caught my first big fish!!  It is a Mackinaw.  It was thrilling and I now know that someday when I get my lathe, one of the things I am going to be trying to make is fishing lures!
Here is a photo of my fish which now resides in my freezer.
I even caught him on my favorite lake!