Eat Happy: Almond Crusted Baked Cod

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


When I realized that I was making fish again, I took a deep breath before remembering that Anna Vocino hasn’t steered us wrong yet.  I was definitely excited to go back to the fancy ass Kroger to get the fish, so it made it fun.

I will admit, to save some money and frustration, I took a few liberties with this recipe.  I already had almond flour, but no almond meal as the recipe calls for.  I looked at Kroger but they didn’t have any, so I decided to just roll with the flour rather than make another stop.  Instead of chopping fresh chives, I used lightly dried ones.  And shallots?  I’m not entirely sure what those are because I always just add more garlic instead.

Is there anything more satisfying than a big hunk of good butter melting in a pan?

Yes, there is.  It’s garlic sautéing in said butter. *drool*

Sometime in the middle of cooking, I sat down my champagne glass and it barely tapped the handle of the coffeemaker.  Unfortunately, that broke the glass.  I’m still not sure if I’m more upset about the glass being broken or the champagne wastage.

I have to say, this was the least stressful meal I’ve made from Eat Happy in quite awhile!  It was quick and easy to prepare and well, tasty as fuck.

I served the fish with tomato slices marinated in balsamic vinegar and topped with mozzarella, baked and and finished with a quick broil.  Delicious!

A Rage Against The MOMachine MS Coast Weekend

Hello hello there! It’s Wednesday, but to be honest we didn’t have anything worthy of showing you guys in our typical What We Wore Wednesday post. I mean. We both totally got dressed and got dressed UP cause Rhonda was in town this weekend! Yet, we both failed at photographing all those fly outfits. I guess we were just living in the moment and enjoying each other which is way more important than remembering to capture outfit pictures!

SO, in light of all that … we thought we’d give you a little glimpse into our weekend together! 🙂

Rhonda drove down from Texas on Wednesday morning. She spent that afternoon and evening at her brother and sister in law’s house so that she could love up on her new little nephew, Nolan. I mean. What a stinking cutie!

On Thursday she made the trek down the the coast to do some shopping and spend that evening at my house! My kids were crazy excited to see her. As was I. 😉 We hung out at home while she played offense as my kids tried to consume her every moment. I think it’s pretty dang cute and sweet how she’s a part of our lives even though she doesn’t get to be here on the daily.

After the kids went to bed, we had some classic girl time filled with a couple of cocktails, doing our nails, catching up on gossip, and then falling asleep next to each other while we talked way to long into the night. It definitely took me back to high school sleep overs with my best friend.

Friday, I had to work but Rhonda shopped some more and got her hair touched up. As soon as Five hit I was out the door and we were ready to begin our favorite time of getting ready together while listening to music and chit chatting.

We hit up the Chill Bar and Lounge (our fave spot) at the IP Casino to see our friends, Dumm – play. It was really a blast. I wrote here about how much we enjoy doing this together.

Despite rolling in super late, we managed to wake up early (ish) Saturday morning and make our way to grab some day passes and enjoy time by the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It was really nice, despite some not so stellar food and beverage service. Even though we got there around 10:40 am there were NO lounge chairs left vacant! We made the best of it and lounged in the shallow end of the pool until a couple became available.

After a long morning/afternoon at the pool indulging in some yummy tacos and margaritas, we packed up and ran by Target – cause duh – for some things we both needed before we started to get ready for another night at the Chill.

It was really a great weekend filled with so much quality time together – and we got to hang out with some of our friends that we don’t see too often. We even got to meet a new friend we made through our Wine Wednesday Facebook Live Broadcasts {{shout out JVW!}} which was really nice.

Long distance friendships are hard, but we try to make the best of it by getting together whenever possible – and living it up while we ARE together. 🙂

Also, don’t forget we are doing Wine Wednesday Live over on the Facebook Page so make sure you click over and like and turn on notifications so you don’t miss us at 9pm tonight!

Ashley’s Top 3 Mascara Picks

Hey y’all! I don’t know about you guys, but I love hearing what other people view as their ‘go to’ beauty products. Around here, we are beauty product junkies, and while we are both almost exclusively all up in Senegence Products when it comes to our beauty routines – I like to switch it up every now and then and branch out. This is especially true when it comes to my choice in mascara.

It’s really rare for me to have just one type of mascara sitting in my makeup stash. I like to have a couple different tubes around to suit what kind of mood I am in each day. I’ve tried alllll kinds of mascaras from drugstore brands to high end brands, but there are a few particular ones that I go back to time and time again.

For me, a mascara that gives me thickness and volume is super important. Just like all the other hair on my body, my eye lashes are thin and fine which means that I need a mascara that will pump them up and make them so that they are actually visible when you look at my face. 😉 We’ve all got different types of lashes – so our criteria are bound to be different when it comes to what makes a mascara ‘good’, but these three have proven themselves to be just what I need in a mascara.

Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced – $23.00
Obviously I love this mascara because of the volume it provides my lashes. I really like the thick wand as well. The design of the wand is also important to the way it distributes the product on my lashes. It doesn’t flake throughout the day and will easily last me an entire 8-9 hour day of wearing my makeup. This mascara is also super easy to remove at the end of the night since it isn’t waterproof.

Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara by L’Oreal – $7.99
This is one of the only drugstore mascaras that I go back to over and over again. It is a great true black color that really makes my lashes stand out. And again, it gives me substantial volume and thickness to my thin little lashes. I also buy the non waterproof version of this mascara so that I don’t have to beat up my eyes while trying to remove it at the end of the night. 😉

Benefit BADgal BANG Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics – $24.00
Now, this is the only waterproof mascara that I would intentionally buy. Why? Well my friends, this mascara is AMAZING. If you have not tried it, you are missing out. Like I said I love a mascara that gives me volume and thickness which this one does BUT it also lengthens my lashes! I mean. It does all the things. The ONLY reason this beauty isn’t my holy grail mascara is because it’s waterproof. It’s a real pain to take off at the end of the night – so I typically reserve use of this one for special occasions. It’s labeled as ‘water resistant’ – but let me tell you , it’s full on waterproof…makeup remover proof too. LOL But totally worth that hassle for the way it makes my lashes look.

Another quality that is important to me when I’m choosing my favorite mascara is that it lean more towards a wet formula. I hate a dry mascara. All three of these have that in common – they are a wet formula. I just like the way a wetter formula applies and I feel like it holds the consistency of performance better because it takes longer to dry out. If you start with a dry formula, after a couple weeks of pulling that wand in and out each day –  you’re mascara is going to even more dry and just not perform very well anymore. Who wants that kind of mascara tragedy in their life? Especially if you’ve just spent almost $30 for it!

Tell me, what are YOUR go to mascaras? I’m always game for trying a new one!

 

 

10 Favorite Bloggers to follow on Instagram

Hey y’all! I’m back again with another installment in showing you guys some of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow.  I love Instagram, and I really love how it has evolved into a place where you can basically ‘mini blog’ things. I still spend time everyday traipsing around the internet and checking out my favorite blog sites to see their latest posts, but I also thoroughly enjoy seeing my favorite bloggers on Instagram. I love listening to/watching their Instagram stories – and seeing the things they share on their feed! The internet is just such a beautiful place, and it’s so funny and delightful how you can get to know people through what they share on their blog and social media platforms. There a few bloggers on here that I’ve been following for YEARS – and there are some that are brand new to me, but all of them are a part of my daily life as a peruse social media. 🙂

So let’s get to it shall we? These are my 10 Favorite Blogger Instagram Accounts to Follow:

underthesycamore

I’ve been reading Under The Sycamore for a really long time. Her blog was one of the first blogs I ever started reading regularly. She is so down to earth and insanely creative and an amazing photographer. 

keikolynn

Keiko Lynn is another blog that I’ve been following for years. She writes a lot about makeup and fashion. She’s originally from Florida, but lives (has been living) in New York. 

mommyshorts

I first discovered Mommy In Shorts through Instagram and moved over to actually reading her blog as well. She also runs the Instagram account Average Parent Problems which is hilarious in and of itself. Her personal account and blog are super entertaining. 

thepleatedpoppy

The Pleated Poppy is yet another blog I’ve been following for years. She used to have a store where she handmade goods like purses and pins, but she’s moved away from that now. She writes about her personal life, real mom fashion, and home design ideas.

lovemaegan

Again, I’ve been reading Love Maegan for forever as well. LOL Her blog is mainly centered around fashion and she’s based in California. 

onelittlemomma

One Little Momma is a new(ish) follow for me. She’s the creator of our beloved Nickel and Suede earrings that you see showing up in all of our What We wore Wednesday Posts. She writes about all the things mommy lifestyle. 

mommyinheels

Another newer follow for me! Mommy In Heels was another blog that I first discovered through Instagram then migrated over to also following her blog. She not only writes a blog and is active on IG, but she is also the owner of Elizabeth West House – a physical and online women’s clothing boutique. Her blog is mainly fashion with a little bit of family life mixed in. 

authemmie

I discovered Authemmie through Pinterest….i think… lol . I’ve only been following her blog for a bout a year now. I really enjoy the authenticity from which she writes. She blogs a lot about fashion as well. 

livinginyellow

Who doesn’t already know about Living In Yellow? I started following her about a year ago as well. She’s a fashion blogger extraordinaire.  

whimsicalseptember

And last but not least, Whimsical September. I first discovered her blog through one of her StitchFix posts on Pinterest. I was totally hooked after that first post. She’s a military wife who blogs about all things mommy lifestyle. Her children are close to the same ages as mine and she’s from Alabama which makes me feel like I can relate to so much that she shares!


If you want to see my other two posts about more of my favorite IG Accounts, it is your lucky day – cause I’ve got them linked all nice and neat below for ya!

10 Inspiring and/or Pretty IG Accounts You Need to Follow

10 Funny & Entertaining IG Accounts You Need to Follow

Eat Happy: Salmon with Lemon Dijon Basil Sauce

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


Well HELLO! So glad you’re back (or new?) to our series. 🙂 Normally, I would have been filled with much fear and trepidation before attempting to execute this recipe. Why? Well. Fish in general is not something that is part of my normal repertoire of meat I cook. BUT – I’ve already tackled tuna two weeks ago. AND last week, Rhonda did a salmon recipe that turned out super delicious (according to her review). Therefore, I was super chill about this whole thing this week.

I’ll just start by saying, this was damn good. I’m for sure going to make this again…definitely for my dad. He really likes salmon, and I’m pretty sure this will impress the heck out of him. He’s a really great cook, and used to always encourage me to learn to cook well and to enjoy it. I never really got on that boat, but when I can impress him with something I cooked, I feel pretty dang good about myself. 😉

Anyway, to the experience at hand.

I ventured to my local Winn-Dixie to retrieve the salmon and other (very few) ingredients that I didn’t also have on hand. Which reminds me. I said this the other day in our NSNG Facebook Group. If you’re cooking recipes from this book and have to buy a bunch of stuff that you think you may not use again. You might be worried that it is extra money not well spent. You’re wrong.  You’ll totally use it again. For me, I really appreciate that. For example : I bought Dijon mustard ages ago and have used it so much while cooking through Eat Happy. Dijon mustard is not a typical staple in my fridge, so when I bought it I thought, “this will just sit in the fridge til it expires and I have to throw it out.” Um. Wrong. I’ve been using it like crazy!

But like I said – I went to Winn-Dixie. I went there once with the littles in tow. They were their usual distracting selves. I’d promised a visit to the trampoline park following this trek through the grocery store – so to say they were waiting on pins and needles is a huge understatement. Every time I grabbed an item, Coop kept asking: “is THAT the last thing???” I mean. Bless my heart. So we check out and leave and I run home to drop the goods off before we head to the trampoline park.

As I’m unloading the groceries – I realize my bell peppers are missing. There aren’t bell peppers in this recipe but I’d bought them for something else. SO – I get back in the car and call the store. They lady is like, “yup. we saw that you left them. Just come back when you can.”

Sooo, we go jump and then I have to break it to my very tired and very whiny children – that yes. We have to go back to the grocery store.

We go check in with customer service to confirm that yes I’m here to retrieve my forgotten bell peppers. Sophie sees a tiny child buggy that she MUST PUSH around the store. I allow her to get that. Now. We’ve got the bell peppers and are about to leave when the sweet lady who checked me out reminds me that I also forgot my lemons.

The lemons!

I definitely needed those for this recipe. SO, I have to tell Coop, who is done with this whole affair, that sorry bud. We gotta make the hike back to the other side of the store to grab those lemons. I also made Sophie put back her buggy. She breaks down screaming and crying. Cooper is going on and on about how he’s just ready to go home and watch rescue bots. I mean. You would have thought I was subjecting them to actual torture techniques.

AND while I’m getting the lemons, Sophie wanders off and finds an apricot that she decides to squeeze until it bursts in her tiny little hand.

I mean. Bless it all.

We did finally get all of the ingredients and make it back home. Compared to my shopping experience – cooking this salmon was a freaking breeze. Really though, it’s a very straight forward and simple recipe that sounds super impressive.  IMO

It’s so damn tasty too. And so damn good for my body. No sugars. No grains. I was satisfied and left feeling great about my choices.

And apparently. Rhonda and I love salmon. We had no clue. Thank goodness Anna is around to help us realize that through her amazing cook book. 😉

As I am writing this post, I’m heating up the left overs in the oven to eat for dinner. And I can’t wait for it to be ready!

What about you guys? What are your feelings on salmon? Any mom stories from the trenches of grocery shopping with unwilling kids to share? 😉

What We Wore Wednesday

Welcome back to our weekly installment where we show you what we’ve been wearing lately.  Sometimes it’s fabulous, sometimes it’s basic, but this is us… real mom life.

*some links may get us paid when you purchase*

Rhonda-

Tee: Mixtape. Shorts: Target, not available. Shoes: Target. Bracelet: KEEP. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Old Joe Fresh. Necklace: BaubleBar, not available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Target. Shorts: Mixtape. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Mixtape. Shoes: Jessica Simpson. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Ashley-

I’m over here riding the not so fabulous train. 😉

Shirt: Mixtape Boutique Pants: Standard Black leggings Earrings: N&S  Black

Top: Old Chambray from Target Pants: Pleather black leggings..old Target Earrings: N&S Gray Mosaic

An Unsolicited Review of Women’s Foldover Faux Leather Backpack – Mossimo Supply Co.™

I recently bought this Foldover Backpack/Purse from Target and I’m pretty much in love with it. So much so that I thought I’d do a whole little blog post about it. 😉

The truth is I’ve had it on my mind for a while now that I wanted to find a purse/backpack contraption to use so that I could ditch the diaper bag and to also relieve some of the strain that using a crossbody style purse was putting on my shoulder.

I really love having a large purse that I can just throw whatever I think I might need into it without it becoming unmanageably overstuffed. However, when I’m moming with two littles it’s so not effective to try to keep track of them plus a huge shoulder bag. So, in general since both my kids have been walking and running away from me in parking lots or kicking and screaming as I try to lift them into the buggy so that I can strap them down, I’ve been wearing a crossbody purse so that my hands are free to wrangle the wildlings. 😉

And until recently, using a crossbody purse has worked out really great – until like I said, I noticed I had lingering pain in my right shoulder from wearing it.

A couple weekends ago, Sophie and I were about to head to Hattiesburg for a morning to visit their zoo when I realized that I really needed to nail down that choice for a purse/backpack because I was for sure not going to be able to handle walking around for hours with my crossbody purse tugging at my shoulder. So, obviously I pointed my car straight toward my local Target to pick up a certain backpack/purse I’d been eyeing there during earlier Target runs.

So far, this bag has worked wonderfully to fulfill my needs. My only regret is that it doesn’t have the option to move the straps and make it become a crossbody or full on shoulder strap purse if the occasion would arise that I’d want that kind of purse. Besides that minor and totally overlookable detail since the purse is only $29.99 (!!) – I am one hundred percent pleased with my purchase.

It’s got one large section that zips up and is perfect for storing extra clothes, pull-ups, wipes, sunscreen, toys, or whatever other random items I need for the kids. In front of the large zip up portion is a huge pocket that I use to put my actual purse items in which include things like my wallet, keys, sunglass, etc. There are also two little smaller zip up sections on the front of the backpack that are perfect for my lipsense color and gloss tubes. 🙂

It’s just an incredibly functional bag PLUS its pretty cute if I do say so myself. I still will grab my crossbody for going to work, because the kids aren’t with me and so I don’t need all their things with me. 

So, what say you gals and/or guys – what kind of purse/bag do you prefer?

Life Lately

Hey hey…happy Monday – and welcome to our Life Lately post wherein we give you guys a little update on as to what has been going on in our lives!

Ashley –

Gosh, Life Lately eh? It’s summer and I’ve been trying to cram as much fun and activities into the time that I have off from work with the kids. We keep it pretty low key throughout work days. We just usually have so few hours each afternoon between when I get them and bed time that we need to recharge and focus on stuff at home.

However, some of the fun things we’ve gotten to do?

Our local movie theater in D’Iberville does kid days on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. They show just one particular (not new release) movie each week, but they show it in several different theaters. The show time is at 10 am, and you can get a ticket that includes a kid drink and popcorn for only four dollars! Even MY ticket was four dollars. So, I figured that was a deal I couldn’t pass up to let them have their first movie theater experience and just really to gauge how they would act. We had a blast. Cooper really enjoyed it and would have sat and watched from start to finish with no interruption if it hadn’t been for Sophie. She’s only 2.5 and well – obviously she got a little antsy after about 45 minutes of sitting. She wasn’t obnoxious though, and really with a theater full of littles there was someone talking or crying or moving around at almost every point throughout the movie. It was fun and we will definitely be going back!

The Saturday after our movie theater trip, we decided to hop in the car and head to Gulf Shores, AL to check out their beach and just really to have an adventure and make some memories. It was a solid two hour trip there and back, but the kids were real troopers. Cooper declared that Alabama had “the best waves ever!” He wasn’t a fan of the long drive and it may take some convincing and an in car iPad movie to get him to do that again, but it was so much fun and I know they really enjoyed themselves.

Sunday after our Gulf Shores trip, we did a little meandering around our own coast. I took the kids to the Big Play Family Fun Center in Biloxi, MS. They have bowling, a huge arcade, and even a little bar area for nightlife fun. The kids liked it, but it was extremely loud and busy which is not really an environment that Cooper can relax and have fun in. We’ve gone to the arcade area at Margaritaville in Biloxi and it is definitely a more chill and spaced out area that Cooper for sure enjoyed more. It was also a lot of work for me to make sure I had eyes on the kids at all times amidst the everything going on around us. After Big Play we went for a ride on the beach and stopped by Sharkheads Souvenir City in Biloxi. It’s definitely an iconic building on Biloxi Beach – one that I remember from my childhood and I hadn’t been back to it since they rebuilt after Katrina hit in 2005. The kids had a blast walking around looking everything and pushing their mini shopping carts around as they tried to pick out just one toy to bring home. The last stop of our adventure that day was to go by the Biloxi National Cemetery to see my Pawpaw and Mawmaw’s gravesite.  I knew that the permanent headstone had finally been put in place and I wanted to visit them. I wrote more in depth about that visit here.

And of course, there were lots of visits to local parks and checking out different splash pads. We always fit in time with Grammy and Ppop – some dress up playtime – and we even threw in a library visit. 😉 We had a really sweet Father’s Day as well. Cooper  spent a majority of the day with Grammy, Ppop, and Uncle Bud. Sophie and I were with Shaun and his family celebrating. 🙂

So far, summer has really been a blast! What about you Rhonda? How’s your summer going so far?

Rhonda –

Summer means some different things for us, since I stay at home with the kids AND they are homeschooled.  We took off a LOT of time from school in the spring, so we are schooling throughout summer, taking breaks as needed.

We have also been doing a lot of family stuff lately, which is pretty much Stuart’s favorite thing to do.  He works a lot, so getting away out to do something fun is really important to him.  The kids having experiences in life is a huge priority for him.  We even drove out 2 hours West to go look at the stars through real astronomers’ telescopes.  We were only there 20 minutes because the bugs were eating us alive, but it was worth it just to hear Quentin squeal with delight when he saw Jupiter and its moons.

Stuart and I took a child-free night, thanks to our neighbors, to go see Maroon 5.  It was a total spontaneous splurge.  We got suite seats, and holy shit, how do you ever go back from that?  It’s like flying first class.  Once you do it, you can’t ever go back to coach.  Anyway, those kind of nights take me back to the beginning of our relationship, when I flew out here to visit and we would pack the weekend with so much fun and adventure.

Now, you didn’t think we went 2 weeks without boozing in our backyard paradise, did you?  Of course not.  We’ve been doing the pool on the weekends and enjoying it all.  It’s been super hot and I can’t even be mad about it.  I am so thankful for where we live and that I don’t have to trudge through the snow all winter.

We hope that you all have been having some great summer fun!  Tell us, what have you been doing?

 

Inadvertently Dad

When Stuart and I made the bold decision to move in together with moving day being the day the kids met him, we didn’t know what would happen. Would they warm up to him in time?  Would it be a grand disaster?  We definitely didn’t expect to quickly fall into a place where we were all a family.

Not only did we all mesh together beautifully, but some circumstances changed and forced Stuart into the role of the primary father figure, one he effortlessly rolled into.

I am beyond thankful for the way he stepped up and the way that he and the kids love each other fiercely.

This Father’s Day weekend, I am crazy thankful.

Thank you Stuart for…

Helping the kids through projects I don’t want to do with them.

Being a source of reason when I just can’t Mom.

Giving our friends’ kids love and and patience when they need it most.

Demonstrating to my daughter what unconditional love looks like from a romantic perspective.

Respectfully and appropriately allowing my daughter to love on you.

Loving my daughter through sleepless nights, potty issues, and bratty behavior.

Ensuring that we all get out of the house from time to time.

Instituting Mandatory Fun.

Never making my kids feel dumb or out of place for calling you Dad sometimes.

Recognizing that I need a break – a LOT.

Keeping us fed and full of freshly grilled foods.

Understanding and accepting that the house will never again be spotless as you’re accustomed to.

Modeling Good Man Behavior to my boys, ensuring that they will someday make upstanding members of society.

Recognizing – and reminding me – that all the annoying “flaws” in my children are just part of them growing up.

Working your ass off so that my children can have a parent at home at all times in this difficult season of change.

Providing us with a beautiful home in a safe neighborhood, where we can grow and thrive together.

For being the absolute backbone of this family.

You are loved….deeply and earnestly.

Eat Happy: Pistachio Crusted Coriander Salmon

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

I was, to put it mildly, not excited about making this meal.  I am super intimidated by cooking fish and I just don’t eat a lot of seafood in general.  In addition to that, I abhor pistachios.  Cool.

My stores that I frequent most often are Target and Walmart – solely because they are behind my neighborhood.  It’s quick, easy, affordable, and I know where everything is in the store.  They don’t have fresh seafood departments though.  To be honest, I am not sure I would have gone through with heading over to Kroger to get salmon if not for the fact that I was wanting to try their store brand seltzer water.  Motivated by my favorite Tito’s mixers, I headed on over.  I got the salmon and the goddamn pistachios, along with the (expensive-ish) spices that I didn’t have at home.

At home, I had to talk myself into jumping in.  The absolute worst part of the entire process was the beginning – shelling the pistachios.  I put on a training video I was wanting to watch and got after it.

There was some gagging over the fact that I was going to eat pistachios and that there was fucking skin involved in the fish.

Let me just tell you though – when the fish started baking, it smelled absolutely amazing.  The kids kept asking me what the great smell was.  They still had no interest in eating it, mind you.

Well… turns out it tasted just as amazing as it smelled.  Once again, the anticipation was much worse than the actual process and result.

That being said, I’ll substitute with another nut next time, because fuck pistachios.