May 29, 2013

dinner time: worth the wait

I don't think we have eaten dinner together before 8pm once during the past few weeks. A super tight deadline at work means Dan has been putting in 10+ hour shifts and I start later in the morning so when we both walk in the door at night we are tired, hungry, and hoping the other person has a plan for dinner. Lately, we have been surviving on Trader Joe's frozen pastas and picking over things in the cabinets, but there is nothing as satisfying as cooking from scratch- even if it takes an hour, even if it means more dishes, and even if we still eat it in front of the tv while watching Downtown Abbey.

The other day, Dan came home around 5 to take care of the boys but had to head back to work, so he wasn't home when I got there. It would have been easier to do our own thing for dinner that night but instead I decided to take my time and make a nice meal for us. I made a little snack of cheese, crackers, olives, and a juicy plum and poured a glass of cheap chardonnay for company. I was inspired by this post so I prepared the artichokes and tucked some garlic into the leaves and let them steam for 40 minutes while I prepared the fish. I was craving fresh, fuss-free flavors so I simply sprinkled the salmon with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt and headed out to our freshly planted herb garden to grab a bit of sage, lemon-thyme, and oregano. I baked the salmon for 15 minutes at 350, but I would recommend a few minutes less because it was a bit dry but the flavor was savory. 

When Dan {finally!} got home we were no less tired from the long day but getting to spend some time together over a fresh meal made everything a bit more bearable and enjoyable. With so many excuses to take shortcuts in life, sometimes it's worth taking the long way and simply enjoy every little step.

sage- how gorgeous are those colors?!

the herb harvest

ready to bake

my favorite sunset snack


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