I hosted four friends for lunch – on a weekday! In part, I was celebrating the fact that I had a few days off between gigs.  I am excited to have a new position that also allows me to work from home.  I have several friends who work from home too, so I invited them over for a mid-day champagne break.  And on the side, we had salmon burgers.

These burgers are a nice break from my usual preparation of salmon (seasoned and broiled). They are relatively easy to make and delicious!  I have a tall basil plant in the yard so I made a cabbage-basil slaw to go with them but chips or broccoli could also work well!

Here’s what you need and what to do.

2 lbs salmon filet
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
chopped green onions
2 tbsp soy sauce
salt to taste
2 egg whites
kaiser rolls (your choice: gluten free or gluten full)
sriracha sauce

Cut salmon into small bite-sized pieces and place in bowl.  Add ginger, soy sauce, and green onions. Add in egg whites and mix well.  Form into patties and place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

For sauce:  add sriracha into mayonnaise to taste. Mix well

Place patties into hot, oiled frying pan and cook about 6-7 minutes on each side.  Serve salmon on roll and top with sriracha mayo sauce.

Pour yourself some champagne and enjoy!

For more recipes, see the Projects page here!


I love scrolling through pictures of pretty spaces so I am excited to share a small tour of a fellow blogger’s home. Melanie, from the French Cottage, is local so I was able to visit her house in person and snap pictures to share! Melanie has an education in interior design and her home definitely reflects that.  She also is a woman after my own heart with her DIY projects!  She is ambitious too – she tackles woodworking projects.   Let’s take a look!

The front room in her home is a playroom for her son, but it’s definitely not neglected in terms of design.   What I like about this room is that it has features specifically for her young son, but there aren’t toys everywhere!  Everything has a place and the feel is more sophisticated than an elementary school room.  And of course, I always love stripes!

She built and installed both the shelves for the books and the large chalkboard pictured above.

Her son’s bedroom is playful and bright and, while everything has a place when it’s time to put things away, you can tell he still feels comfortable playing here too.

The floor plan is an open one, so the family room and dining room are open to each other at the center of the house.   More DIY projects abound in these rooms too.

The map of Memphis on the back wall belonged to Melanie’s parents and she took it home and built a frame to mount and hang in her home.

I loved this framed message displaying the Wi-Fi login information!  What a great idea that I will be borrowing for our house too.

The star of the dining room is the shelving unit.  Melanie designed and built these shelves herself!  They are beautiful AND functional–look how they store all of her entertaining items.

Melanie also has a talent for landscape architecture.  Her two level yard is beautiful with lots of flowering plants, herbs, and multiple spaces to relax and entertain.

 I totally enjoyed touring her home and need her to come over and help me with my backyard!! To see more of her home and projects visit the French Cottage blog!

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