Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wesley's Nursing Party

We celebrated my sister Wesley last month as she graduated Nursing School. I am so proud of her and so excited for her to begin her new career. She is going to be an amazing nurse! 

I themed the desserts in the colors mint green and red. I made a variety of nurse themed fondant cupcake toppers. Some with pills, scrubs, band aids, red crosses, and stethoscopes. I topped the mini cupcakes (below) with small red fondant hearts.
The cupcakes were Wesley's favorite; Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting and a Peanut Butter Filling.

We made a Dirty Shirley Punch.


I made heart sugar cookies and frosted them with royal icing designs of heart shaped stethoscopes and EKG patterns. The recipe for the sugar cookies is by Sweetopia, you can find the recipe HERE. It is great for cut out cookies that you plan to frost because the cookies come out nice and smooth.

I placed this nurses prayer on a canvas for my sister to take home.
Found the nurses prayer via Pinterest.

Congratulations Nurse Wesley!!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Salmon with Cucumber Pineapple Salsa

I typically make a mango salsa with salmon, however tonight i had fresh pineapple on hand, so I decided to try something new. I adapted this recipe from one of Martha Stewart's here. Her original recipe looks really good, however I did not have all of the ingredients. I'm also trying to stay away from anything spicy in my diet while breastfeeding and her recipe called for a jalapeno. I added some spice to the salmon instead, using Emeril Lagasse's Essence seasoning. It's easier to control the spiciness this way. 


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cucumbers, finely diced
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, finely diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3-4 salmon fillets
  • Olive oil
  • Essence seasoning
In a bowl whisk together the lime juice, honey, and vegetable oil. Add the cucumber, pineapple, and green onion. Stir together and season with salt and pepper.
Place salmon fillets on a baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with the essence seasoning. Broil the salmon in the oven for about 12-15 minutes. Serve over rice or quinoa and top with the salsa.