I am being harassed. Months before I even reached the half century mark, AARP started passive aggressively mailing and emailing me invitations to join their exclusive club. 😅 Seriously, what kind of masterminds do they hire to track the age of every American and then initiate communication at each person at precisely 49 years and 6 months? I suspect that these people are not AARP members themselves. Most days, I can't even tell you how old I am. 🤪
Before you start sending me even more aggressive emails, I acknowledge that there are advantages to joining AARP. Believe me when I tell you that I they have made me fully aware of the services that they offer. As for now, I'm choosing to live in denial about the fact that I'm old enough to join AARP. I do not need that complimentary truck organizer that they're continually dangling in front of me and I don't want the 10% discount on my Grand Slam breakfast at Denny's. 🍳
Please don't misunderstand - I'm loving my 50's. I'm only 16 months into this journey but, so far, so good. Oh, I'm not going into this new decade gracefully or with any sort of dignity but that's the thing about turning 50 - it just doesn't matter anymore. Living this much life has taught me to care a whole lot less about other people's opinions of me. 🤷🏻♀️
Even though I still refuse to join AARP, there are other parts of this 50+ journey that I've chosen to embrace. It's not uncommon for my better half and I to eat at "Senior Hour" since we joined the 50+ club. More often than not, we find ourselves eating dinner at, or even before, 5:00.🕔 I know it sounds absurd and honestly - it's completely ridiculous - but we are the people who will sacrifice convenience just to avoid excessive restaurant crowds. Age has taught me a lot of things but becoming more comfortable in crowds is not one of them.
Inevitably, whenever we try and "sneak out" for an early dinner, one of the kids will catch us by choosing that exact moment to call. 😅 Naturally, they find it hilarious that their parents eat at 5:00. But, you know what? Restaurants hardly ever run out of the nightly special before 5:00. 😂
Fish specials are my go-to restaurant meal. One of my favorites is salmon but I only order it at restaurants that I know for a fact, serve only fresh fish. I've heard that it's best to order fish on Mondays and Fridays, because that's when most restaurants get fresh fish deliveries. I'm not sure if that's true but that advice has always stuck with me.
When I want to make salmon at home, I like to buy it from the butcher. It's a little more costly but I can always count on it being super fresh. 🐟 Double Glazed Salmon is one of my favorite things to prepare it at home. The glaze is simple, sweet and the perfect compliment for the flaky fish. I hope you enjoy - and no judgement if you want to eat it at 5:00. 😂
Double Glazed Salmon Filets
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup sugar
4 skin on salmon filets
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
3 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
6 sprigs thyme
Top with fresh thyme and serve.
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