Lemon Bars

foodie friday with Leah Remillet

Sunburst Lemon Bars - "the crust is almost like a sugar cookie"

Don’t these look amazing? For the full recipe go to sohowsittaste.com

 

5 Simple Indoor Herb Gardens

foodie friday with Leah RemilletI absolutly love using fresh herbs!  There is something so rustic and yet so-posh in the act of throwing in those aromatic flavors into my latest culinary fare!  Even more exciting was having my very first actually successful herb garden last year!

Being able to walk out and pick fresh thyme, basil, parsley, sage, dill and more (that I can’t think of right now) made me feel like Ina Gartnen with cameras following me around while I filmed for Food Network. It was that awesome!

This year I’d like to try more indoor herbs and have found a few fabulous ideas to inspire me (and hopefully you as well).

 

30 Amazing DIY Indoor Herbs Garden Ideas

Source: sowswell.com

30 Amazing DIY Indoor Herbs Garden Ideas

Source: www.pinterest.com

Can’t get any more simple than this!

30 Amazing DIY Indoor Herbs Garden Ideas

Full Tutorial: julieblanner.com

30 Amazing DIY Indoor Herbs Garden Ideas

Source: www.favething.com

And for the easiest of them all… An herb Garden Kit delivered right to your door.

Source: ProFlowers.com

How I Meal Plan

 

The key to a successful evening is a nightly routine, but I can’t just make it up as I go (believe me, I’ve tried). To really be able to enjoy the evening hours as a family I’ve gotta know what to expect and I’ve found that the easiest way to meal plan, is to plan around my weekly schedule.

We do all of our activities on Tuesdays & Thursdays (Piano, Horse Back Riding, Activity Days and Ballet) that way Monday, Wednesday and Friday can be quiet home time. Looking at my calendar, I can get a good idea on what meals should go where. I only ever plan 6 meals a week because one night a week something always comes up, may it be date night, going out to dinner as a family or being invited to a friends.

My meal planning coordinates as follows:

Monday: Big Dinner -I have time to be creative! (Kid’s help cook!)
Tuesday: Freezer Meal or Takeout
Wednesday: Usually a 30 Minute Meal (Kids help cook!)
Thursday: Crockpot
Friday: Usually a 30 Minute Meal (Friday Night is Movie Night in our house)
Saturday: I never plan for Saturday
Sunday: Traditional Big Sunday Dinner (we like to have friends over for Sunday dinner)The soup above was a crockpot dinner.
 

No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.  - Laurie Colwin

Bruschetta Chicken with Baby Yukons and Green Beans

From Prep to Table: 35 minutes

So I don’t typically follow recipes when I’m cooking. I love to just look at a few and then combine my favorite elements of each of them or just let my imagination take me somewhere. But  for those who like to start with a recipe, here is a good one from Pioneer Woman for the  Bruschetta Chicken

The Green Beans were straight from our garden. I just cleaned them and clipped the ends and then sautéd them in butter and olive oil with a little Johnny’s Season Salt (JSS is my not very secret ingredient for almost everything)

The Yukon Golds were Steamed in a Steaming Basket and then I drizzled Sea Salt and a little Melted Butter over top.

 

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. -Virginia Woolf

Chocolate Chip Scones

I found this Cookies & Cream Scone Mix by Suburban Contessa at our little local market in Hockinson. I decided to pick up a bag and make them up for breakfast that weekend – they were so delicious I was back for more the same week. There are several different flavors and great news, you can get a hold of them online too!  I’m definitely going to need more bags… So yummy and perfect for weekend house guests!
Recipe:

1 Pack of Suburban Contessa Scone Mix
Sour Cream
Bake!  
 

“Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks”. -Marilyn Wann