Pleasant Diversions

These days I’m hard-pressed for topics to write about, unless you want to hear about my housecleaning efforts. Naturally, I turned to food as a creative outlet and diversion. (I’d rather cook than clean closets.)

Pictured above is Salmon Salad on Fry Bread. There was half of a seared salmon filet in the fridge awaiting reheating or reincarnation and I chose the latter. After flaking it, I added capers, finely diced red onions, lemon zest, and enough mayonnaise to hold it together, seasoned with several grinds of black pepper. But, what to serve it on?

A bed of assorted greens came to mind, but I wanted something more substantial. (Crackers or toast would have fit the bill too, but I was fresh out.) Then I thought about “Taco Tuesdays” — or in our neck o’ the woods — Indian Tacos on fry bread. Hot and puffy, fry bread is easy to make and even easier to eat. Why not pair it with Salmon Salad? (FYI, I used cup-for-cup gluten free flour; not quite as puffy as all-purpose flour, but satisfying nonetheless.) Garnish at will — or playfully.

Next up on my diversion list were Beef Short Ribs for supper. Normally I roast them to render the fat, then shred the meat to mix with BBQ sauce, but this recipe caught my eye. Layer upon layer of aromas permeated the house as I seared, sauteed, and simmered — almost to the point of being hedonistic. Served with mashed potatoes and coleslaw on the side, they were everything I hoped for flavor-wise. Many thanks to Holly of Spend With Pennies for this superb dish.

Last but not least, we’ve been graced with some spectacular sunsets lately — particularly this one earlier in November. Between the visual and visceral inspirations, I might even clean another closet.

Enjoying pleasant diversions at The Lake,

~ Kim

9 thoughts on “Pleasant Diversions

  1. I’m going to try the short ribs. I was over to ‘spend with pennies’, and I must say that your short ribs look more appetizing.

  2. Different people have such different coping mechanisms! I use blogging to keep from despair at the coronavirus and various current events. I think up topics and read books or websurf until I learn something about them. I was taking photos outside until all the color went away in mid-November. I can see how you feel about the demands of writing posts when nothing is going on, though. I hope you are planning a great Thanksgiving even if it’s solo.

    be well… mae at

    • Many thanks, Mae! I appreciated your “coping mechanism” approach to blogging, too. Looking things up and/or learning something new is fodder for future posts, lest we forget why we started in the first place! (I hear ya on keeping despair at bay, too.) WordPress recently notified me that my blog is up for renewal for the 10th year… wowza! Has it really been that long? I’ve been at it too long to throw in the towel now, right? Carry on, keep coping, and have a great Thanksgiving!

    • Awww, thanks Mimi! Happy Thanksgiving to you ‘n’ yours, too. May Thursday be a day of rest, relaxation, and really good food (for lack of an additional alliterative word, ha!) Take care, xo.

  3. What? Don’t have enough to talk about? I have at least 1K topics in a Trello file I started about 10 years ago. Every time I think of a ‘title’… I put it in that file.
    The thing is… I need to take the time to write those articles eh :-)
    btw… I like reading your posts… so keep doing it.
    I’d like to know what the recipe for that fried bread is.
    You and the MOFW have a great Thanksgiving… cya.

    • Thank you, Stan, for your excellent ideas on what to write about. I agree, actually WRITING is the hardest part. (Blame it on “brain fog…”) Also, if you click on the bold-greenish fry bread link in my post, it’ll take you straight to the recipe I used. (There were dozens of others I perused, but that one had the fewest ingredients — the simpler the better.) Happy Thanksgiving to you & Cheryl and your loved ones!

  4. Ya know, I’m so glad you said it out loud! I’m all out of ideas or something to talk about! Honestly, sometimes I do wanna hear about your house cleaning! Tips, tricks, ideas, shortcuts and more. Love those short ribs on the bone…so caveman beautiful! And, changing the salmon to this salad, wi/no less, your own homemade bread, well, life is good at The Lake! xoxo Happy Bird Day luv bug! xo

    • Happy Thanksgiving, Ally! (Ben and the “fam” too!) Re: what to write about, Stan (above) had a great suggestion. Guess I’ll have to start jotting down random thoughts and put them in a file or fall back on my “Trucking Years” stories for future inspiration. Truthfully, they’re much more exciting than housecleaning, ha!) But, if I think of any tips or tricks, you’ll be the first to know. Glad you liked my caveman-style ribs, too. They were substantial — and scrumptious! xo

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