Month: December 2019

While visiting my brother and his family in Indiana, I decided to give my 3-year-old niece a room makeover. She’s just as girly as her mother and I and I love it. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a “Pretty in Pink” theme. You’ve already guessed the color scheme. Now, the challenge was to complete this makeover in less than a day and with a $50 budget. I love budget challenges because they put my creativity and they put my style to the ultimate test! 

We went to three different Goodwill stores where I found pink accessories, her lamp, and her rug. I purchased her new bedding from HomeGoods and made sure to wash everything before I placed them in her room. When going into thrift I advise you to have a color scheme in mind, think outside the box, and stick to your budget. Oh and most importantly, be patient!

pretty in pink, room makeover

Once we arrived home, my sister-in-law rearranged her toys and we donated some toys to clear the clutter. I advise doing this on a day your toddler is distracted by another adult or when they aren’t home. You also can get your child or children involved by creating a fun sorting game with a timer and a prize. 


My niece’s room didn’t need new furniture pieces, which was great! But, what wasn’t great was the layout. I made some simple changes to maximize space. After dressing her bed, I used pieces she already had to style the room. If you have basic sewing skills you will have more options to repurpose items. 

Check out the video below to see how I transformed my niece’s room for less than $50.

Besitos

Melizza

Who doesn't enjoy a well seasoned salmon burger?!

Recently, I have seen many complaints that salmon burgers made from canned salmon were “lackluster and mushy.” I’ve made seasoned salmon burgers with both canned salmon and fresh salmon. Canned food can’t really be compared to fresh food…that’s unfair. Fresh food will always taste better. But, you can avoid making “lackluster and mushy” canned salmon burgers by following a few simple tips. 

Here’s what you’ll need!

Ingredients:

1 can of canned salmon

1 tsp of Old Bay

1 tsp of Adobo

1 tsp of black pepper

1 packet of Sazon

1/4 cup of chopped onions

1/4  cup of corn

1/3 cup of black beans

2 mini sweet peppers

2 tbsp of bread crumbs

Salt to taste

First and foremost, season your canned salmon well. I add a blend of Sazon (1 packet), Adobo (1 tsp), Black Pepper (1/2 tsp), and Old Bay (1 tsp) so each bite is full of flavor. Secondly, add fresh vegetables to change the texture and bread crumbs to make it more filling. Add sweet peppers, onions, corn, and black beans (bake to avoid mushiness) for much-needed pizzaz. Last but not least, cook your patties in olive oil. 

Follow these steps:
  1. Prepare the canned salmon in a bowl with seasonings
  2. Sauté veggies in a pan with salt and pepper to taste
  3. Add the sautéed veggies and the rest of the ingredients
  4. Mix the ingredients together and bind with 1 egg
  5. Form into patties
  6. Let patties set in the fridge for 10- 15 minutes
  7. Cook patties in olive oil 2-3 minutes on each side
  8. Serve on a salad or a bun

I serve my burgers over a simple balsamic vinegar salad with red onions and cherry tomatoes. You can serve them this way or follow the traditional way on a bun. When choosing the latter, I recommend a brioche bun, arugula, and spicy mayo (yes, I’m fancy like that). If you would like to use fresh salmon, follow one of my favorite recipes from Food Network’s Aaron McCargo Jr. Jammin’ Salmon Burger.

I would love to hear how your personal salmon burger recipes! Share your thoughts in the comments below or head over to my IG: @wwmelizzaw. 

 

Besitos,

Melizza

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