Friday, December 31, 2010

Snow Falling on Cedars: January Inspired Decor and a Creamy Low Fat Baked Salmon

"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other." ~Chinese Proverb

I had the most wonderful day.

First, because it was clear and sunny out.

And second because I received gift cards for Christmas (my favourite thing) enabling me to enjoy an afternoon of guilt free shopping.

With everything currently on sale, what better way to spend the afternoon right before the turn of a new year?

I am fortunate enough to get two weeks off at Christmas so I have energy to burn this time of year - resulting in me taking the time yesterday afternoon to take our tree and all the trimmings down, and leaving the house in my wake looking like the Grinch had just struck.

But no matter, an empty canvas is the best thing on which to create new magic.

And this time of year as we are faced with more months of winter's cold hands upon us, I find it to be as important as ever to surround myself with beauty.

If Autumn is about nesting and hibernating into warm caves of red, gold and, caramel and December is about sparkle, then what must the cold months of mid winter look like?

















Using the picture above as my inspiration, I decided to re-create "snow falling on cedars" in my family room with a goal to put together a living space that exuded comfort, understated elegance, and sense lightness and renewal.
And here's the thing - it's so easy to change up the look and feel of a room without spending a ton of money by adding and subtracting accent elements.

For example, in the Fall I added reds, Asian inspired accent pieces mixed with antique books...





Over Christmas I added red twinkle lights, season inspired decorations and candles.

































And for January, a whole new look...


































Without changing the basics, ie the colour on my walls or the furniture, you can see how I updated the feel of the room by adding "snow falling on cedars" white like twinkle lights, throw cushions and oversized vases, bowls and candles peeking through a lovely white hydrangea.

































Carefully placed oversize items go a long away in creating a look that says casual elegance.

I love the snow on branches wall hanging I found today at Homesense.

































There is so much that can be done to change a room and I think the best tip I have is to keep things fresh.

Put your older decorative items into storage to bring out at a later date and have fun picking up new treasures like these gorgeous artichokes for the mantle.


































And a cozy sheepskin rug in front of the fireplace for little dogs to curl up on.


































With my car loaded down with all these fabulous finds, and visions of a night of decorating swimming in my head, I started to think about the perfect meal to accompany this bounty - wondering: "Could I re-create the snow falling on cedars theme in dinner as well?


People, they don't call me the Kitchen Witch for nothing!

I made the most delicious baked salmon covered in a puff of a cream cheese infused white sauce.

Better still, it was made using low fat ingredients and at 417 calories, 10 grams of fat per serving, I feel no guilt sharing it with any resolution holders among us.

I give this recipe a big thumbs up and will also share that you could easily cut the sauce in half and it would still be good.

Decorating, cooking, blogging *sigh* life is good.

Soon enough I will have to go back to work - and reality - but at least I always have a lovely home to return to at the end of the day...

Now onward to the recipe!

Low Fat Creamy Baked Salmon
For printable recipe click HERE

Ingredients

* 2 lbs salmon fillets
* 3/4 cup nonfat sour cream
* 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 2 tablespoons lemon juice
* 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed or 1 tablespoon fresh baby dill, chopped
* 8 ounces fat free cream cheese
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 1/3 cup white wine or chicken stock
* salt
* pepper
* paprika

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F Rinse fish and pat dry.
  2. Place fillets skin side down in a single layer in a greased 9x13 pan.
  3. Whisk sour cream, mayo, flour, lemon juice, dill, cream cheese, garlic and wine in a medium bowl until smooth and spread over fish.
  4. Season with salt, pepper and paprika to taste.
  5. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes until internal temp is 140 F or middle inside of fish is slightly opaque. Fish will continue to cook for a few minutes after removing from oven
  6. Transfer to serving platter spooning sauce over fish and sprinkling with additional paprika and dill to garnish if desired.







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This blog is linked to:

Savvy Southern Style

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch



19 comments:

  1. What a lovely day and the room looks wonderful. I could eat salmon almost anyway fixed, but this looks divine.

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  2. LYNDS,

    I SO WISH I LIKED FISH, BUT I'VE BEEN RUINED 4 IT SINCE CHILDHOOD, MOST LIKELY BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO PREPARED IT REALLY HAD NO CLUE AS TO HOW TO DO IT PROPERLY IT NOR A TRIED AND TRUE RECIPE THAT WAS FAIL PROOF.

    STILL, AS ANTI-FISH AS I AM, I HAVE TO GIVE U MUCHO KUDOS FOR HOW AWESOME THE SALMON LOOKS, AND I AM SURE TASTES.

    I LOVE DILL AND CREAM CHEESE, AND I THINK IF IT WAS "U" DOING THE COOKING, I "MIGHT" EVEN GET BRAVE AND GIVE IT A TRY.

    YER DECORATING SKILLS NO LESS THAN RIVAL MARTHA STEWARTS.

    I'M BEGINNING TO BELIEVE U REALLY R A GAY MAN TRAPPED IN A WOMAN'S BODY! LOLOL! J/K

    YER TRULY ONE OF A KIND, LYNDS.

    ALWAYS LEAVE THEM WANTING MORE, KIDDO!

    TOWANDA!

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  3. Melynda, this salmon truly was wonderful! Very flavourful and hard to believe it was low fat and not high in calories as it tasted like the seafood neptune they serve at The Keg.

    Erin, LOL!! shhhh.... my secret can't come out ;)

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  4. I love your apple green walls! I think that has to be one of my favorite colors! I also love anything with dill in it! :)

    So this is a really good post for me!:)

    Enjoy your shopping!
    ~Liz

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  5. I decided to follow. :)
    Can't wait to see more. Come by and say hi! :)

    ~Liz

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  6. Hi Liz,

    So nice to meet you - thank you for stopping by, following, and leaving such kind comments. It is appreciated.

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  7. I love, love, LOVE salmon so WILL make this!!! It looks SOOOOOOOOO good! Your living room looks beautiful! All my Christmas is still up! It is exhausting thinking about taking it down:) Usually happens about mid Jan. Have to get ready to GO OUT tonight!!!!! Have a wonderful new years celebration with your honey!!!! XO, Pinky

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  8. OMG I love your tips for changing the decor of your room! I also seriously love those artichokes on your mantle!
    The salmon looks delicious - I think dill is the perfect compliment!
    Thanks for sharing with Friday Firsts and Happy New YEar!

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  9. Hi Lyndsay - salmon is definitely my favourite fish and that looks wonderful. I have to try it. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and very best wishes for a wonderful year ahead.
    Sue xo

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  10. Hi lovely lady.
    I love The Kitchen Witch !!!
    My husband and I eat salmon once a week so good for your Health !! Thanks so much sweet lady,and for all your lovely comments on my Tablescapes and becoming one of my followers !!!Im your newest follower : I hope you and your family have a Great New Year's
    Diane

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  11. I absolutely LOVE this room -- all of the seasonal incarnations of it -- but the snow on cedars really sends me. I love the big vase with the lighted branches (are those branches?) and that rug in front of the fireplace, well, scoot over dogs, it looks comfy enough for me. Great job, Lyndsay!

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  12. What a delightful post ! Love the title and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the room !!!! It all looks so warm and cozy.....

    thanks for sharing,
    gena
    www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm ready for a bit of neutral calm, too. Lovely!

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  14. Great concept! I always find myself wanting to go from Christmas decor straight to Springtime. Maybe I can find a way to embrace the winter months as well!

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  15. My goodness, you have inspired me to get busy and get this place back to normal. I should begun the process today and since it was Sunday...I procrastinated. Tomorrow..I mean today..I WILL GET IT DONE!
    Your new spiff of your living room looks lovely. Yep. I wanna be like you! :)

    Wasn't "Snow Falling On Cedars" a most interesting movie? Seems it was a rather sad film and yet I cannot remember it, but I get a sad feeling when I try to remember. Odd.

    Anyway, Happy New Year! You certainly are getting a jump start on it!
    Thanks for motivating me!
    Mona

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  16. Wonderful looking winter room. Love all the white touches and green. Thanks for joining the party.

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  17. Your home is just beautiful --you took some lovely photos of your home and dinner -Yum the salmon looks wonderful -what a feast. I found your blog via savvy southern style --I am now a follower :-)

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  18. What a great January look. I don't know which change I like best but I know the twinkle lights are near the top of the list. If you have time, I would love for you to link this post to my blog party at http://firstadream.blogspot.com/

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  19. Thank you so much for linking up to my RE Party. I can't stop thinking about your new family room look and have just featured it on my latest post -
    http://firstadream.blogspot.com/2011/01/re-party-inspired-by.html

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