So…Nick and I are definitely, 100%, no-doubt-about-it adults now.

We bought a new vacuum this week. But not just any vacuum.


We got ourselves a super cool black and neon green canister vac that should easily pick up all the dog hair in the house.

And this vacuum came with a pretty good deal.

Vacuuming is my most hated chore. I literally hate it with every single fiber of my being. I would rather dust or clean the bathrooms before vacuuuming. Our old vacuum had been acting up lately and it was time for a new one, so I offered a deal to Nick. I would let him pick the vacuum he wanted – no matter what it was – as long as he took over vacuuming most of the time.

New vacuum – check! Most hated chore gone? Check!


I know this story has nothing to do with this salmon dish. But cooking fish and buying vacuums make me feel more adult, I guess.

And, now we have a vacuum that clean up a mess in the kitchen when I spill something – which is just about every day.

This salmon and pasta is another recipe I made months ago and have just forgotten to post. I’m finally catching up with some of my old pictures and couldn’t wait to share this recipe. Making fish at home has always been pretty intimidating, mostly because we’ve had fantastic seafood in restaurants and I’m sure mine will never compare. But this simple baked salmon with the spiced noodles is about as good as it gets.

Brown Sugar Red Pepper Salmon with Lime and Cilantro Pasta

Makes: 6 servings


  • 1 16 oz. package of fettucine noodles (regular, whole wheat, or brown rice)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 cups green peas
  • 24 oz. salmon, cut into 6 equal filets
  • 2 Tbsp tamari
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh scallions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup tamari / soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and stir in the fettucine noodles and the salt. After 1 minute, stir in the green peas. Cook, stirring occasionally for 7-9 minutes until the pasta and peas are  tender.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, turn your broiler on low. Place the salmon filets in a baking dish.
  3. Mix the 2 Tbsp tamari, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, and crushed red pepper together and brush over the salmon.
  4. Broil 4-6 minutes or until the salmon is cooked how you like it.
  5. Toss the hot pasta and peas with the carrots, cilantro, scallions, olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice.
  6. Serve salmon over the warm pasta.



  1. This is gorgeous. Really wish I had some for my lunch today! And congrats on the vacuum…that is major adult stuff :)

  2. hahahahha i love that we as adults now get excited about vacuums :) love this salmon!

  3. yeah, i’d say the vacuum totally makes you an adult. it’s not like you bought your own house or anything. :-P haha, either way, i’d love to have this for supper!

  4. oh i can totally relate!! we need a new vacuum too and it sounds so lame :)

  5. I love this recipe and you reminded me that I am out of tamari!! Yum.

  6. Hooray, adult! I felt very much like that when we bought our first real, new couch–when I was 34. :) This looks like such a great, fast dinner!

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