May 16, 2011

Fishing with the P and a Recipe

One of my favorite things from my baby shower were the advice cards people filled out. I have a bunch of favorites and one is one my sister wrote:

"Don't let having a baby keep you from doing what you love. Take her along and she'll learn to enjoy the things you do."

So last week we headed her advice and took P along to do one of the things we love: being outside and fishing.

We drove out to the lake and Eric strapped on the baby backpack. We hiked along a little trail before heading to the water. It was so fun watching her eyes get big as she looked up at the trees and listened to the birds. She babbled and pointed at different things and we knew she was soaking it all in.

I showed her how to catch the biggest fish of the day.

Then Eric wanted to switch off and gave me the backpack so he could catch some fish. P has always loved being outside. Even as a newborn. When she would be a little fussy, we just walked outside and she would be happy. I love that she's an outdoorsy girl and hope she grows to enjoy it even more.

We had a blast with her at the lake and caught enough fish for dinner.

yes, his shirt says Math Sharks, he was quite the shark in high school :)

So here's a quick recipe for baked fish. We used crappie because that's what we caught but tilapia would be great too.

fish fillets
juice from one lemon
5 T butter
2 cloves garlic
1 T fresh dill - chopped
1/4 C fresh parslet - chopped
1/4 C mayo
3 scallions

Lay your fillets on a rimmed baking sheet.

In a saucepan, melt 4 T butter and saute the garlic, lemon juice, dill and parsley for a few minutes. Stir in the mayo and cook another 2 minutes, or so. Drizzle the liquid over the fillets and cook at 350 degrees until the fish starts to flake.

Turn the oven to broil and cook until the fish is golden brown. While the fish is baking, saute the scallions in the remaining T of butter, until tender and starting to brown.

Take the fish out and sprinkle the scallions over the top and serve with fresh lemon.

I hope you all had a great weekend and happy Monday!


  1. I come from a big fishing family but I haven't fished in forever. We usually do a big fish fry with hush puppies and fried taters. K wants a fishing pole so we will be getting that for her so we can teach her how to fish this summer.

  2. I love that quote! What great advice! Your daughter is absolutely adorable. And the backpack is a great idea.

  3. mmm yummy dinner!!!!! you're a good fisherman. I come from a huge fishing family and Ben fishes all the time. However, I haven't been able to catch a fish in a couple of years. Wahhh. One day, we should all go camping together!

  4. I wonder how many people will read this and think you are doing a recipe for crappie fillets thinking it is pronounced "crappy"...they may not want to make it :)

    Man, that sister of yours must be one wise woman. You are really lucky to have such an incredible sister.

  5. that is so great that you took her fishing with you!!! looks like an absolutely perfect day.

  6. Fun family your sister's advice! We do our best to always do what we love with our children...just think of what a rich childhood your daughter has because you are willing to let her tag along!!


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