Simple Things: Beach, Flowers & Mahi Mahi

Friday, September 14, 2012

There's beauty and joy in every day. I really do believe it's the seemingly simple things that are always present and are some of the most extraordinary gifts in our lives. Here's three from this week on this side of the world. I'd love to know what are some in your life right now!

This is the beach we found this weekend on an overgrown path, only a bike ride down the road from where we live. I love snorkeling in warm, crystal clear turquoise water with that man.

Our delicious dinner last night. Fresh Mahi Mahi baked in parchment packages with rosemary from our garden, lemon, olive oil & olives. I think the best meals start with fresh ingredients and are cooked simply.

Lemon Rosemary Parchment Package Fishies:

2 Filets of Fish
4 Sprigs of Rosemary
4 Garlic Cloves
2 Lemons
Good Olives
Sea Salt
White Wine

Preheat the oven to 400. Place the fresh fish in the middle of a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle sea salt over the top & squeeze half of a lemon over it. Drizzle white wine & a good drizzle of olive oil {about 2 tablespoons}. Place about 5-6 whole olives on it, as well as 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary and 2 peeled garlic cloves.

Fold up the parchment paper like a package and tuck in the edges to keep all the liquid inside. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the fish easily flakes with a fork.

Serve with your favorite white wine. We drank a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with ours. Enjoy!


  1. If I were you, I'd never eat anything on that table. Not because it doesn't look tasty, but because everything looks so pretty! I wouldn't want to ruin it! Maybe PotBarn should hire you to style their table shoots. Just sayin. ;)

    By the way, does your hubby ever wanna slap you for taking photos of dinner? I'm always telling D, don't touch that yet! I've gotta take a picture of it! Drives him bananas. I think he's gonna trade me in for a blog-less model one of these days. lol

  2. those flowers!! i love them! Again, i want to live in your photos.

  3. Just as I get really excited for fall I look at your beautiful pictures and wish for summer again. The light is always perfect in your pictures. The recipe also sounds absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing it!

  4. The simple but best thing that happened to me this week was movie date with my bf. I needed cheering up and we watched an action movie :)

    I love food with simple ingredients! I wish I can find fresh fish in Toronto all the time. I love seafood. Thanks for sharing your recipes Amanda!

  5. I am coming over for dinner :) Your photos are beautiful and the meal looks amazing - you are inspiring me to learn to cook better.

    Yes, I love the little things too. Mother Theresa said there is great joy in simplicity - I agree :) I would say enjoying spending time with family, holding new nieces and tiny cousins, eating homemade meals, and laughing at old photos with the family.

  6. Such beautiful photos! =) What kind of camera do you use? xoxo

  7. I just did a post on "The Little Things" too! Great minds think alike...I knew I liked you! :) Finding beauty in the little things is the difference between merely existing, and living.

  8. Friend, I'm having a really hard day, and these pictures instantly brought peace to my heart!! Just beautiful!! Xo

  9. I love your cooking photos. They're so bright and make everything look delicious! It's starting to turn to fall here in Georgia so I'm loving it!

  10. mmmmm love the simple things:) this week my best friend and her hubby flew out from the east coast where they live, and we got to have dinner with them and their parents in San Diego. Just sitting around having a meal with your favorite people is just about the BEST simple thing there is:)

    love you sweets:) love Katie

  11. Can't wait to try this fish this weekend!

  12. swooooon... I am in love with all your pictures. The colors of that beach are glorious.

  13. Yay! I've missed your Little Things posts!! I truly agree and believe it's all about the little things. Love all the photos, but that's nothing new. Much love.

  14. I love the little things- they really are joyful. What pretty photos to go with your words. Little things for me right now include running through my college campus- it's beautiful and so is the weather!

  15. Oh my goodness you take lovely photographs! And that recipe looks phenomnenal. I always drift to New Zealand Sauv Blanc if we are having white.

  16. Anonymous18.9.12

    Timmy bear says your photos are pretty phenomenal -- and I agree! Also I made your homemade pesto this weekend to mix with gnocchi for his birthday dinner and it was delicious!! I used pecorino cheese because the cheese lady said she liked it best for pesto and it was SOOOO good. You would have been so proud of me making homemade bruschetta and an italiano meal :) And tonight we're using leftover pesto for pizza. So maybe you should just come over for dinner. 7:30pm? Awesome. Bring the wine.
    MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!

  17. Oh, my friend. Your posts make me A. Wish I was as talented as you with a camera and B. Wish I was a good cook :) Hehe...Love the shot of the flowers!!

  18. GORGEOUS pictures girl! Seriously. Look like they came straight out of a magazine. Have you ever done any photography tip posts? If so, please direct me to them...I'm just starting to learn my way around a DSLR, and half the time am lost... :-)

  19. Such amazing pictures! you are a great photographer!

  20. What I wouldn't give to stick my toes in some white powder sand right about now.


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