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Happy Mother's Day!

Hey there lovely people!

I just wanted to give a quick shoutout to all of the mothers out there, and particularly the ones in my life! No matter what your situation may be, if you are providing for and contributing to your family in the best way that you know how, I salute you. Everyone’s situation won’t look the same and that’s okay. But you know when you’re a mother & I’ve heard that there is no other feeling out there that could compete. So on this day, and every other day that we humans exist on this planet, I say THANK YOU! We would all, quite literally, not exist without you.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOMS!

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My grandmother & I at my college graduation!

Happy Mother’s Day to Grams aka Momo. You’ve mothered us all; you took them in when they needed it, when they didn’t deserve it and all because you love us all. More importantly, you¬†gave me my mother and for that, I thank you.

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Sis sent us a selfie ūüėČ
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My sister Sherri & her family. -Now she has another kiddo on the way, yayy for Tee Nell!

Happy Mother’s Day to my oldest sister & one of my BESTEST friends! You are an example of the woman, mother and wife that I’d like to be. You gave me the cutest, most adorable, most intelligent nieces and nephews in the world, and you have a rocking’ hubby. I mean, how am I supposed to compete with that? Lol, jk. I appreciate you more than you know.

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Me & Mom!
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Mom & I having lunch at La Madeline’s
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Mom posing on a Sunday.

As J.Cole so nicely put it in the end credits of his new album: MYYY MAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! My heart, my love, my rock, my reason to keep going. This woman, Jesus! Not only did she give me life, but she gave me everything else in it. I love you, I need you, I thank you! Happy Mother’s Day Mommy!!! <3

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My family on Christmas day. From left to right: Sharani (little sis), Me, Mom, Moriah (oldest niece in front of my mom), Dad, Sherri (oldest sis), Malachi (the baby being held–he was newly 1 here ppl), Matthew (bro-in-law), Makayla (niece standing at the very far right).

These are the people who keep me together. These are the people who I love. & those women are the glue that holds us all together–they keep us functioning. Love you Shay & Mom! Happy Mother’s Day babes!

Lynella!

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Spinach Pesto Pasta & Baked Salmon.

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Hey there healthy¬†people, how are you?! Wonderfully, beautiful I hope!¬†Today I decided to post something a bit different, and hopefully it will be the first post of many¬†like its kind. As you know, I’m making the effort to transition into a healthier lifestyle and with that I will be cooking more of my meals. Today, we’ll be making spinach pesto pasta, with a side of baked salmon.

Pasta and fish are¬†a familiar pairing for me–as it was something quick, easy and healthy¬†to prepare when I was a student. I would either bake some tilapia, or bake or sear some salmon– I haven’t really ventured into other types of fish. Usually, I just go for basic, minimal ingredients. I never really looked up a recipe, I just asked my older sister for the least amount of ingredients needed to make salmon taste good. Over time, I’ve added a couple of things to make it taste a little less fishy.

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Salmon: What You’ll Need:

  • Fresh or prepackaged salmon of your choosing (mine came with 4 fillets)
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Baking pan
  • Foil paper

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Firstly, you’ll need to preheat the oven to 425 degrees and thaw your salmon packages if they are frozen. (If you put some hot water in a bowl and place the packages into the water, it will speed up the process.) While you wait, you can line your pan with enough foil to fold over and¬†cover the fish.

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Then, pour a bit of olive oil onto a plate–it doesn’t have to be much, this is just being used to lightly coat both sides of the fish before seasoning. Next, sprinkle some salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper on both sides. Notice I didn’t give you guys¬†any measurements because I don’t use any, I just wing it! Honestly, though, you only need a little. Place each piece of salmon in the pan as you go along.

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Next, take a bit of soy sauce and pour it into the bottle cap. Slowly pour the sauce¬†into the empty spaces of the pan, and a tiny bit on each of the pieces of fish. You’re really just trying to enhance the flavor of the fish, not drown it in sauce. Just having the sauce¬†in the pan will help with that.

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After you’ve added the soy sauce, fold the foil paper over so that it’s covering the fish. Place the pan in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. After this, the fish is technically finished, but I usually open the foil paper and place the fish back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes. Some may say that this it too long, but the folks around here don’t seem to like fish that tastes like fish, Ha! So, I like to cook it a little longer. Next, is the pesto and pasta!

For this particular pesto pasta dish, I have combined two recipes that I found here and here; one is a dairy-free basil cashew pasta and the other, spinach pesto fusilli.¬†I will say that I do like the pesto sauce better when it’s made with pine nuts, as shown in the first link, but I used cashews to try something different and because it’s all I had!

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Pesto Pasta: What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cups of cashews
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium lemon (for 1 tsp. zest and 1 tbsp. juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil
  • Pasta (I never measure this properly)
  • Medium sized pot
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food processor or Blender

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After gathering your ingredients, you’ll need to combine the spinach, nuts, salt, pepper, and garlic in the blender. I’m using the amazing nutribullet!

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Once those ingredients are ground together, you can add the cheese, olive oil, and lemon zest and juice. Your pesto should look like a beautiful, green, creamy sauce– sorry I don’t have a pic!

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Lastly, take the pasta of your choosing and boil it according to the package. Personally, I’m terrible at measuring pasta because the suggested amount never seems to pair accordingly. I say, just go with the flow and do what feels right. When it’s done, pour out the water–keeping about a cup– and add the pasta and the sauce. You can use some of the water from the pot to change the consistency of your sauce.

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And just like that, you have spinach pesto pasta and baked salmon. This meal only takes about 30 minutes, so it’s a great choice for college students, newbies, and moms who are making meals after school. If any of you give it a try, please let me know how it turns out! Make sure to take a picture and send it to me on twitter or mention me on¬†instagram!

*Just as a note: these pictures are of decent quality, but the angles aren’t the best. ¬†I took them with my new phone, since I have yet to¬†locate–or even look¬†for–my camera.