Energized Emma
Heaven’s waiting room. Just fill out these forms, please. 

Heaven’s waiting room. Just fill out these forms, please. 

Sunset over Copper Mountain, December 2010. 

Sunset over Copper Mountain, December 2010. 

Commence winter break

The only best thing about being in school is winter break. Please excuse my three week hiatus from the internet. Some day, I’ll have a real job, and then I won’t get this pleasure. Live in the moment and what not.

Data about neutrino detection travels through these wires at FermiLab in Batavia, Ill. Click here to see more on Medill Reports and to read my story about FermiLab’s current neutrino experiments. Photo by Emma Renee Dutton. All rights reserved.

Data about neutrino detection travels through these wires at FermiLab in Batavia, Ill. Click here to see more on Medill Reports and to read my story about FermiLab’s current neutrino experiments. Photo by Emma Renee Dutton. All rights reserved.

Delicious salmon and quinoa dinner

Once in a while, I get creative in the kitchen. On those special occasions when I gamble on taste and succeed, it’s important that I write down the recipe for future reference. Hai, tumblr. What a convenient medium for documenting things worth sharing, like this salmon and quinoa recipe…

Bake salmon at 350 for 15 minutes. Coat pan with aluminum and a little bit of olive oil. Put some butter, salt and pepper on top of the salmon.

Here’s where it gets good:

Cook quinoa.
Mix in cream of mushroom soup with garlic and some canned, drained green beans.
Heat until warm over low-medium heat.
To spice it up, add dill, dijon mustard and lemon juice. There’s also a possibility here for some heat, which I didn’t realize until I wrote down the recipe. Sriracha! 

Serve quinoa on top of/on the side of salmon, with extra lemon juice on the side. 

Wow, this is my kind of art. Science and beauty and intoxication. I’d like to see herb under a microscope, too.

Northwestern Tiny House. Coming soon: interactive flash graphic detailing the enviro and efficient aspects of this student-built, portable, off-grid dwelling. Photo copyright Emma Renee Dutton. All rights reserved. Reproduction prohibited without express consent. 

Northwestern Tiny House. Coming soon: interactive flash graphic detailing the enviro and efficient aspects of this student-built, portable, off-grid dwelling. Photo copyright Emma Renee Dutton. All rights reserved. Reproduction prohibited without express consent. 

This weekend I was reminded of the age-old wisdom: Waste not, want not. And it wasn’t an old fart doing the reminding. Late on a Friday night, I heard the reminder from a friend of a friend who, as he expressly noted, is less than one month older than I. He dropped the idiom as he munched on Chex Mix crumbles that otherwise would have landed in the trash. 

The article linked here caught my eye, and it’s a perfect example of creative solutions that will save humanity yet. There’s certainly a gross factor, but you might have to file that reaction under #firstworldproblems.

Be confident but humble.

Strive to constantly expand your world view, while also finding a niche.

From my collection of life advice, as my ears are always open to others’ wisdom