What Lights Up Your Life?

Jan 28, 2011 by Kristi Rimkus

It wasn’t too long ago that I would have answered that question with an emphatic – my children and my husband!

Don’t be concerned, nothing has happened to the people I love. In fact, just the contrary.

My children finished college and started their respective lives, and my husband is happy and healthy. While they will always be my first priority, it’s my turn to see what I want to do with the second half of my life.

You may be thinking that I’m going through the proverbial “mid-life crisis.” Perhaps you’re right. Still, it’s time to move on. The kids don’t need my daily direction anymore, and my husband is quite capable of taking care of himself. The only thing Mike truly depends on me for is my cooking skills. He would eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner if left to his own devices.

Making the assumption that you’re right and I’ve entered the stage of a mid-life crisis, nonetheless, I decided to go back to school to obtain a nutrition certification. My decision wasn’t a surprise to my family. I love to feed people good food. Food that heals the body, and feeds the soul. So here I am, taking my last course at a local college.

It’s been a long two years working full-time at our local school district, and also going to school in my spare time.

Now what? I’m 50 years old. I have a terrific job that pays well, has retirement benefits, and I work with outstanding people.

To be sure, I more than realize that in today’s economic climate, I’m very fortunate. But, the question remains, where do I go from here?

The truth is, I don’t know but I’m sure I’ll find my way.

There’s a possibility that if I’m going through a mid-life crisis, then that is motivating me for a change of direction. If that’s the case, then I’m more than willing to go along for the ride.

After all, what is our purpose on this earth if it’s not pursuing those things that light up our lives?

Before I move on to my next adventure, I want to express my gratitude to Lisa and David, the Publisher and Editor of the online lifestyle magazine, Travelin’ Local, for giving me the opportunity to share my recipes and stories with you. I will always be a big fan of Travelin’ Local.

Thank you David and Lisa! This last recipe is for you.

Apricot Glazed Salmon with Stir Fried Kale

Prepare Salmon

8 ounces wild Alaskan Salmon filets
2 tablespoons catsup
4 tablespoons low sugar apricot jam
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 pinch red pepper flakes

Prepare Kale Stir Fry

½ tablespoon coconut oil
4 cups kale, rough chopped
2 large carrot, peeled into long strips
½ large zucchini, peeled into long strips
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped

Servings: Makes 2 main dish servings.


1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Combine the catchup, apricot jam, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of ginger, 1 garlic clove, and a pinch of red pepper in a small bowl.
3. Place the salmon on a baking sheet and top with the apricot glaze. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until salmon just barely flakes at the thickest part. Do not over cook or your salmon will be dry.
4. While the salmon is baking, heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the remaining ingredients and stir-fry for 4 to 5 minutes. Vegetables should be crisp.
5. Serve the glazed salmon with your stir-fried vegetables.

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408, Total Fat: 8.71g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 1693mg, Total Carbs: 46.86g, Dietary Fiber: 6.68g, Sugars: 18.87g, Protein: 37.22g

Currently, Kristi Rimkus authors her own blog over at Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right.

[Ed.Note] We in turn, are both proud to have been a part of Kristi’s life and success, and both Lisa and I know that whatever Kristi sets her mind to, there’s no stopping her. Not to mention that she’s a brilliant cook, and we recommend that everybody follow her on her website as she describes all of her delicious meals and dishes at Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right!

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