25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

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Whether you’re an apartment dweller with urban garden needs, a cook who likes to have fresh herbs right at your fingertips, or you’re simply looking for an easy way to begin growing your own herbs, indoor gardening is a great solution!  Greenery is important to your home for decor and air quality, plus herbs have the added benefit of being edible.  Herbs are great for beginner gardeners since they are easily managed and require little space, but even an old pro will love the fantastic indoor herb garden ideas we’ve rounded up.  No matter what your experience level or needs are, this is your go-to list for growing herb gardens inside.

1. Reclaimed Wood Mason Jar Garden – Not Just a Housewife

This is an easy and quick project that makes use of old wood and mason jars.  All you need is a bit of wall space to hang these on!

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2. Over-the-Sink Hanging Pots – Coordinately Yours

Nothing could be easier than simply placing some well-positioned pots!  Use inexpensive pots, paint them up, and drill a hole for hanging on a hook!  No extra wood needed, no wall space used.  Perfect space-saver!

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3. Upside-Down Herb Garden in Bottles – Behance.net

It’s hard to believe that these chic, modern bottles are actually painted water bottles!  Strung upside down and hanging from copper pipe, this is the perfect balance between form and function.

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4. Countertop Tin Can Herb Garden – HGTV

If you’ve got a vacant spot on your counter, you can make this adorable tin can garden!  Keep your cans together and allow for drainage in a circular pan or tray.  It’s easy and enviro-friendly!

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5. Upcycled Canister Window Herb Garden – Crafty Kitchen Witchery

Use your recyclables to create this upside down herb garden!  These simple throw-away canisters are transformed with pretty paper.  With some easy to follow tricks, you can create dangling planters to place right in front of your kitchen window.

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6. Hanging Basket Herb Garden – The Telegraph

Those tiered hanging baskets aren’t just for fruit!  You can create a whole garden in one three-basket unit.  Just hang within easy reach from the ceiling by any window in the house and you’re golden.

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7. Hanging Bottle Top Herb Garden – Home DZine

Here’s another idea for using recyclables.  If you’ve got lots of plastic bottles around, all you need are the tops and you can create this fun hanging herb garden.

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8. Wood and Chalkboard Herb Garden Jars - Camille Styles

With some reclaimed wood, some mason jars and a little chalkboard paint, this small, wall-mounted garden is a clever mix of trendy, shabby and useful!  It’s a fast project that requires little space and looks great.

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9. Vintage Tea Caddy Herb Garden – Apartment Therapy

Go treasure hunting at your local thrift shop for some vintage tins.  These tea caddies make an awesome display for herbs when set in the window sill.

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10. Tabletop Herb Garden – Bell and Star

It’s not difficult to fit all the herbs you regularly use in one bowl or basket.  Then just place it on your counter, or even better, on your table as a clever centerpiece.  It’s convenient and efficient!

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11. Pallet Frame Herb Garden – The Kitchen

This pallet frame is the perfect spot to plant some herbs right on the kitchen wall.  An added bonus?  The extra ledge space in the frames is perfect for some eye-catching bottles, jars, canisters or other kitchen paraphernalia that can double as decor.

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12. Vintage Box Herb Planter – Design Sponge

If you notice any interesting wooden boxes, with or without lids at flea markets and thrift stores, scoop them up because we’ve found a use for them!  With some minor tweaks you can turn them into herb planters in no time at all.

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13. Window Ledge Herb Box – A Beat That My Heart Skipped

If there aren’t any vintage boxes to be found, never fear.  Any plain wood framed box can be transformed with a bit of paint and creativity.  Just place your new box on the window ledge for a very pretty and useful planter.

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14.  Herb Mason Jar Shelf - Food, Family and Finds

A wooden shelf with holes for mason jars can easily become an herb shelf.  Can’t find a specific shelf dedicated to housing jars?  Use any normal wooden shelf and drill large holes yourself.

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15. IKEA Wine Rack Herb Garden Hack - Curbly

This hanging herb garden was once a wine rack!  It’s incredible what you can make with a few simple and quick adjustments.  With large glasses, some paint and some herbs, your wall will look very stylish and delicious.

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16. Window Bucket Herb Garden – 3 Peppers

Some curtain rods and a few paint buckets with handles can easily house your herbs in front of a sunny window.  This idea is simple and versatile as you could have any number of variations with styling and colors.

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17. Shoe Caddy Turned Herb Garden – Birds and Blooms

A cloth shoe caddy is a perfect space-saving solution, and not just for shoes!  Hung near natural light, all you need is a bit of soil and some herbs to turn an organizer into a garden.

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18. Herb Tower - DIY Enthusiasts

This whimsical pot tower is a mini version of the outdoor variety.  It tucks perfectly into a window sill and can hold several different herbs within the tiers.

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19. IKEA Pots Window Herb Garden – Urban Gardens

IKEA hanging pots are probably the most used home decor/DIY item there is.  You can use them for nearly everything, from holding craft supplies, to organizing small toys, and now for herbs!

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20. Modern Hanging Herb Garden – Tried and True

No need to buy a special rack or frame to house your herb garden pots – just use what you have on hand!  These modern and simple wooden frames were once a room divider that was never used.

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21. Chalkboard Pot Herb Garden – Robin’s Nest

An indoor garden can be as easy as adding chalkboard paint to your clay pots!  Just write the name of the herb and place on the window sill or counter and you’ve got instant decor and edible greens.  Add some twine or ribbon for some more detail.

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22. Herb Garden Drawers – The Garden Glove

Another reason to scout out your flea markets and thrift stores!  Score an old shelving unit like this one and you’ve got an interesting, clever and beautiful herb garden display.  Depending on the condition of the piece, you can simply add your herbs while still in pots, or go all out and make them into planter boxes like the ones mentioned earlier.  Either way, it’s perfect for any table, counter or shelf!

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23. Woodland Herb Garden - Garden Therapy

These homey and natural plaques are a perfect backdrop for herb jars.  Add hooks to sections of log, then hang your jars.  Mount them on the wall or even on the side of the cupboard over your sink!

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24. Mini Hanging Herb Garden – Better Homes & Gardens

Take that normal, boring hanging basket and make something fun, unique and yummy!  Grow your herbs in a basket hung sideways from the wall.  It’s not difficult to create, and takes up just a bit of wall space.

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25. Hanging Herb Garden Jars – bugaboo, mini, mr & me

With metal chains and hooks, you can hang your herb mason jar garden from nearly any wooden backdrop.  The ombre chevron is painted on a simple raw wood board, and the whole garden is then hung from the same type of chain.  You can hang the jars sideways or straight on.

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If you liked these, you’ll love the edible garden ideas from this post at Remodelaholic!   If you’re looking for more container ideas, check out these indoor and outdoor planters.  And don’t miss the creative genius behind these creative container gardens!

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

8 Superfoods to Boost Your Child’s Brain Development

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If you’re looking for a way to give your child an advantage when it comes to schooling and mental development, consider this: food for thought. Not just any food will do when it comes to brain power, however. These eight foods are proven superfoods when it comes to memory, function, and performance of the brain.

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1. Eggs

Protein, Omega 3’s, and zinc, which acts as an antioxidant and detoxes the brain, are all provided in eggs. Scrambled, boiled, or sunny-side up, every egg’s a winner where the brain is concerned.

2. Spinach

If your kids aren’t into salads, it’s easy to slip this superfood into a smoothie or a casserole – or try this tasty quiche  from Remodelaholic. Spinach is full of flavonoids, which are great “protectors” of the brain.

3. Water

Okay, it’s not exactly a “food”, but water is essential to cognitive performance and nerve function. Keeping kids hydrated helps them avoid that rundown feeling that can sometimes hit during the day.

4. Fortified cereals

A good source of vitamin B12, fortified cereals can actually help a child’s memory. Plus, a low-sugar cereal can be more than just a healthy breakfast – it’s great for snacking too.

5. Berries

The evidence that various berries aid in the retention and improvement of short-term memory is growing. Blueberries and strawberries are easy finger foods for little hands.

6. Nuts and seeds

Vitamin E and Omega 3’s are just two of the reasons you should add these natural snacks to your child’s diet. Raw is best, but it never hurts to try something new, like this recipe from Pixels and Crumbs.

7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains good carbohydrates that very slowly release glucose, which is a major nutrient for brain function. The slow-release ensures that this boost is a lasting one and helps your kids stay focused longer.

8. Fish

Nothing beats the omega 3’s and essential fatty acids found in a good bit of wild salmon. If your child is hesitant to eat it, try a couple of new recipes that include things he/she does enjoy. A fish taco with fruit salsa, baked homemade “fishsticks” or an old favorite like a tuna (or swap canned tuna for canned salmon) sandwich are great places to start.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

Resources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/026273_spinach_cancer_brain.html

http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/best-foods-kids-brains

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain

http://www.chron.com/life/food/article/Brain-foods-help-send-kids-to-the-he-2138005.php

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/11-best-foods-your-brain

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200307/flavonoids-antioxidants-help-the-mind

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10 Uses for Almond Milk

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Almond milk is gaining popularity these days thanks to its light and sweet taste, great nutritional content (it’s high in protein, fiber, calcium, and Vitamin E), and low calorie count and fat content. Grab a carton at your grocery store and try all of these 10 uses for almond milk and you’ll see just how versatile and delicious this healthy drink can be.

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1. Make a breakfast smoothie

One of the most common uses for almond milk is to include it in a healthy smoothie. If you’re feeling rushed in the morning, try this easy 5-step recipe for a breakfast smoothie that can be made with almond milk.

 

2. Whip up mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are traditionally made with cream and butter, but you can make a healthier version with almond milk and a healthy oil, such as coconut oil.

 

3. Eat with cereal

The nutty flavor of almond milk works very well with most cereals, especially crunchy ones such as granola. You could also use it with oatmeal.

 

4. Add to a soup

If you like your soup creamy, try adding almond milk to your next soup instead of using cream or dairy milk.

 

5. Pour it in your coffee

You can greatly reduce the sugar and calorie content of your coffee by using almond milk instead of half-half or flavored coffee creamers. It might take some time to get used to it, but you’ll soon enjoy the light, nutty flavor that the almond milk adds to your daily coffee.

 

6. Pour it in your tea

Almond milk also works well in a hot cup of tea.

 

7. Use it in pancake and muffin recipes

Simply replace the milk in your pancake and muffin recipes with almond milk. The food might come out just a little bit different, but chances are you won’t be able to taste the difference.

 

8. Whip it into your eggs

If you like to add milk to your scrambled eggs, you can do the same thing with almond milk.

 

9. Make vegan ice cream

Try these three recipes for vegan ice cream using almond milk for a healthier dessert. You’ll need an ice cream maker.

 

10. Drink it straight up

Out of all the uses for almond milk, this is the most obvious yet most often overlooked.  Simply pour yourself a refreshing glass of cold almond milk and enjoy it alone or with your next meal!

Can you think of other uses for almond milk?

 

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7 Tips for Smart Pantry Organization

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There’s a reason a pantry is hidden behind a door. When we try to cram a lot of food in a tiny amount of space, a disorganized mess is what we get. Try these pantry organization tips to maximize the space in your pantry.

 

1. Baskets

You can find baskets everywhere these days, often at great discounts. Grab a couple and put them in your pantry to use as an easy pantry organization solution. Use them to corral small objects that can easily spill out, such as little potato bags for your kids’ lunches and instant oatmeal packets.

 

2. Stackable Bins

Put a couple of stackable bins on top of each other at the bottom of your pantry. You can use them to hold potatoes and onions (separately, since onions can cause potatoes to go bad fast), recyclable items, or pet food.

 

3. Small Wire Baskets

Look at the sides of your pantry and you might find a lot of wasted space. Ashley of Domestic Imperfection came up with the brilliant idea of screwing in pencil organizers to the side walls of her pantry. She then filled them up with spices and other small condiments. What a great pantry organization idea!

 

4. Tiered Shelves

Instead of rummaging through stacks of cans every time you need a can of coconut milk for your dinner, invest in a couple of tiered shelves to help you easily see all the cans you have at once. These shelves can be used for spices as well.

 

5. Lazy Susans

A lazy Susan, or a turntable, is a great way to efficiently use corner space in your pantry. Corner shelves can be awkward to fill with food containers, but a lazy Susan will allow you to use the whole corner. Here is a great example of this clever pantry organization solution.

 

6. Storage Containers

Food containers can be brightly colored and harsh on the eyes, making it harder for you to find what you’re looking for in your pantry. Try dumping out your dry food into clear storage containers that have an airtight seal. Add pretty labels to them, like this, and your pantry will look much more organized. As a bonus, your dry food will last a lot longer thanks to the airtight seal.

 

7. The Zoning Strategy

Last but not least, the zoning strategy will help you navigate your pantry. Divide your pantry items into “zones” according to your lifestyle. For example, you could assign a basket to hold all of your baking items, from muffin cups to chocolate chips, if you bake cookies a lot. Put all of your kid-approved snacks in a plastic bin to make it accessible for your children. Another basket could be filled with noodles, bottled pasta sauce, and Italian seasoning for your family’s Spaghetti Nights.

 

With a little work and a bit of time, you can turn your pantry into a pretty little spot in your kitchen rather than a messy eyesore that you dread rummaging through. For some more organizing ideas, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and Tips for Organizing Kids Closets.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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How to Organize a Pantry

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It takes a bit of time to thoroughly organize a pantry, big or small, but in the long run it’ll save you time. Plus, opening up the pantry doors to find a neat, organized space is always a good thing! Start a great organization system with these 5 steps.

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5 Steps to Organize a Pantry

Start from scratch

The best way to start is to pull everything out. Once everything is out of the pantry you can throw out expired items and see everything you have. This also gives you a chance to wipe down all the shelves and remove anything that doesn’t belong there.

 

Sort by type

While everything is out of the pantry sort everything by type. Pastas, canned items, cereal, etc. Bunch them together in groups on your kitchen table or floor so you can have an idea of how much space is needed for each item and how you might want to store it.

 

Containers for storage

For things that don’t stack well like seasoning packets, bags of marshmallows, etc. add a few baskets or bins to the shelves in your pantry to keep them organized rather than just throwing them anywhere. These are great because they’re clear and you can see what’s inside! If you want to make your pantry a little more stylish try some metal baskets!

Also consider storing things in different containers than what they come in from the store. Things like flour, sugar, quinoa and more usually come in large bags that are odd to store. Get some large mason jars, cute glass jars like pictured above, or plastic containers (these ones looks amazing!) to repackage everything and make it more convenient. You can even spend a month or so collecting jars from old pasta sauces, etc and use those.

 

Organize

Since you already have everything sorted, you can slowly put everything back into the pantry in an organized manner. Remember to keep the lighter items near the top and the heavier items (like cans) near the bottom, especially if you’re in an area that has earthquakes.

 

Label

Not everyone wants or needs labels, but it can add a little touch especially if you buy or print up some pretty labels. You can label baskets, bins, shelves or even the containers themselves. The great thing about this is that while the primary food shopper or cook in the house might know where everything is, but if everything is labeled anyone can come in and find what they want quickly. Another plus to that is that no one has to shuffle things around messing up your newly organized pantry!

 

Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days designing blogs and running her online boutique. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life.

 

10 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfasts

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Serve up one or two of these clever Irish bites for a special breakfast celebration this St. Patrick’s Day!

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1. Green Pepper Shamrock Eggs

This quick and healthy breakfast will put a smile on every face. You can make three or four-leafed clovers depending on the peppers you select.

2. Rainbow Pop-tarts

This one is a little more labor intensive but sure to please in the early morning hours! Use a pre-made pie crust to cut down on prep time.

3. Shamrock Quiche

A great idea for the creative chef! Carefully cut and shape a disposable pie tins into clovers and start baking.

4. Chorizo and Egg Rainbow Tacos

This more savory rainbow food will fill you up on this sweet morning. These chorizo and egg tacos are great for your older, more sophisticated breakfasters.

5. Easy Rainbow Fruit Tray

Go from cutting board to table and dig in with this easy fruit and dip breakfast.

6. Shamrock-Shaped Toast

Cut your toast freehand or get a cute cookie cutter like this one. Top it off with some avocado to add the color of the day to your plate!

7. Rainbow Pancakes

Not many can resist a good pancake and these ones are particularly tempting in their rainbow brights!  Keep griddle temperatures low to avoid browning the colors. For an even simpler version, try this recipe using rainbow sprinkles.

8. Green Smoothies

Choose one of these tasty recipes and blend up a Leprechaun-green but oh-so-lean morning delight.

9. “Boxty” Potato Pancakes

If you’ve got a hankering for some Irish authenticity, the potato pancake is the place to start. Add some savory sausages and you’ll be shouting “Top o’ the mornin’” to everyone you meet.

10. Cereal

You heard me. It’s simple, it’s sweet, and it’s perfect for a quick St. Patty’s Day breakfast. Put a few drops of green food coloring in your milk and serve it up ice cold over a bowl of Lucky Charms or Froot Loops!

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

13 Easy Side Dishes for Winter Gatherings

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13 easy side dishes for winter gatherings - Tipsaholic.comWith a variety of gatherings to attend throughout the winter months, you may be on the lookout for a few tried and true recipes that you can throw together in a flash. This collection of both sweet and savory side dish recipes will leave you with plenty of options. Each of these side dishes is a crowd-pleaser with a short list of ingredients!

1. Sweet Potato Casserole – no marshmallows required, this sweet potato dish may become your new favorite.

2. Cranberry “Fluff” – the little bit of extra time spent grinding the cranberries for this salad is well worth it.

3. Spinach Strawberry Salad – keep the prep for this salad short and sweet by purchasing the dressing, or make your own if you’ve got a few minutes!

4. Berry Cheesecake Salad – possibly the easiest side you will ever prepare.

5. Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Bake – literally 3 ingredients and a bit of spice!

6. Greek Tortellini Salad – fresh and classy, this salad will draw the hungry curiosity of any group.

7. Garlic Sweet Potato Mash – sweet potatoes don’t have to be sweet. This savory version is simple and has the added benefit of being low in calories!

8. Homemade Mac and Cheese – kids love the stuff in the blue and yellow box, but adults will want to lick the pan clean with this homemade classic.

9. Green Beans and Bacon – even a tentative veggie lover can go for one paired with bacon, right?

10. Confetti Corn – you’ve never had a corn dish like this one from Barefoot Contessa! Use frozen corn to enjoy the quickest prep time without losing the flavor.

11. Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad – a classic blend of ingredients makes for a take-anywhere-for-anything kind of salad.

12. Broccoli Salad with Dried Cranberries – always a favorite, throw in a handful of sunflower seeds or pecans for added crunch!

13. Goat Cheese and Cranberry Pecan Salad – you can’t really go wrong with dried cranberries in winter salads. The goat cheese gives every bite a pleasant twist!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

6 Elements Of A Warm White Kitchen

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Beautiful white kitchens are highly desired these days, but an all-white kitchen can feel sterile like a hospital if there’s too much white and not enough warmth. If you have a white kitchen or are planning for one, try to incorporate as many of the following elements to make your kitchen a gorgeous yet inviting space in your home. (featured image via Dear Lillie)

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1. Lots of light

White is a color that loves light. A white room that’s filled with light looks almost heaven-like. Push apart the curtains, add bigger windows, or switch out a kitchen door with a french door to let in more light.

 

2. Wood

Wood is a great way to instantly warm up a white kitchen. Wood flooring will make a big impact, but you don’t have to replace your flooring to include wood. Leave your beams in their natural wood state, add wood countertop to an island, or install reclaimed wood shelving in place of a cabinet. This kitchen from Dear Lillie is a beautiful example of how great wood can look in a white kitchen.

 

3. Gold

Gold and white is another appealing combination. Gold also adds a traditional feel to a modern kitchen. You could add gold knobs or pulls to your cabinets. Or go big and install gold toe kick under your lower cabinets. This lovely kitchen includes a lot of gold and does it perfectly.

 

4. A light backsplash with gray grout

A popular backsplash choice for white kitchens is white subway tiles, but you can warm them up with gray grout. The gray grout will also be easier to clean and add some more dimension to a white kitchen. Learn how to install a subway tile backsplash from Remodelaholic.

 

5. Glass cabinets or open shelving

A row of upper white cabinets can look very… white. Break up all the white by replacing a couple of solid cabinet doors with glass cabinet doors. Or you could remove a cabinet or two and install open shelving.

 

6. Colorful accessories

Choose a color or two to add some life to your white kitchen. You could get a couple of yellow striped dish towels and hang them on your oven, purchase a candy-red kettle and leave it on your stove, or paint an utensil holder in your favorite shade of teal. Other ways to add color through kitchen accessories include a stand mixer, trivets, vases, art in colored frames, a bright rug, window treatments, and bar stools.

 

For more white kitchen inspiration, check out this white kitchen renovation and this kitchen with gold lighting. If you love gray, here are some drool-inducing photographs of gorgeous gray and white kitchens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

8 Ways to Use an Ice Cube Tray (Even When You Don’t Need Ice)

If you’re like me, you’ve got a few old plastic ice cube trays hanging around that you just don’t want to give away, even though you don’t make ice cubes with them. It’s time to put them to use! Both inside and outside of the freezer, ice cube trays can come in awfully handy.

8 Ways to Use An Ice Cube Tray, via Tipsaholic.com

8 Ways to Use Ice Cube Trays via Tipsaholic.com

In the freezer:

1) Freeze pesto: Fill each cup with a little pesto and freeze. Pop a pesto cube or two out when you need to whip up a quick pasta lunch or drop them into soups and sauces for extra flavor.

 

2) Preserve herbs: Chop up fresh herbs and put them in the trays. Fill each cup with water or olive oil and freeze. When a recipe calls for just a small portion of fresh herbs, you’ll have just the right amount in one cube.

 

3) Don’t waste tomato paste: Recipes rarely call for more than a tablespoon or two of tomato paste, so what’s left in the can often goes unused. Spoon tomato paste into the ice cube tray and freeze for perfect future portions and no waste.

 

4) Stockpile smoothie ingredients: Puree kale or spinach and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Add the still-frozen puree cubes to smoothies instead of plain ice for an extra dose of healthy vitamins.

 

5) Make mini popsicles: Freeze juice, yogurt or pureed fruit in an ice cube tray until thick or slushy, then prop a toothpick in the center. Once frozen, you’ve got a bite-sized popsicle – the perfect no-guilt, anytime tiny treat.

 

Around the house:

6) Organize jewelry: The cube cups in the tray are the perfect way to organize pairs of earrings, rings or other small pieces of jewelry on a dresser or in a drawer.

 

7) Start spring seeds: Put a little potting mix in each cup of the tray and sow small seeds. Once they sprout, carefully lift them out and transfer to a larger pot.

 

8) Make a paint palette: For your child’s next art project, keep the paint colors from getting mixed together by putting each color into a different cup of the ice cube tray.

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Organizing Your Kitchen

Does your kitchen always seem too cluttered? Do you struggle to find more space in your small kitchen? If so, I’ve got some simple organization tips and tricks that can help you keep things tidier and even create more storage space. How do I know? I use all of these tricks  in my own kitchen!

 

Kitchen Organization Ideas

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8 Great Tips for Organizing, De-Cluttering and

Maximizing Space in Your Kitchen

 

1) Use a plastic magazine holder from an office supply store to hold your boxes of foil and wraps. Storing the boxes vertically in a cabinet keeps them tidier and easier to find while also freeing up valuable drawer space.

 

2) Apply self-adhesive squares of cork board to the inside of your kitchen cabinets. Using cute thumbtacks, you can pin up items that normally would be cluttering up your kitchen counter: shopping list, coupons, receipts, recipes, notes.

3) For the cabinets under your sink, use an over-the-door caddy (designed for showers) to store sponges, soap, dish detergent and other items that you might usually keep around the edge of your sink. They’ll be out of sight but also right where you need them!

4) Use a bread box for counter top storage. You can turn it into a coffee station by placing it next to your coffee pot and stash things like filters, sugar, K-cups or tea bags in it. Or use it to store small items such as napkins, vitamin bottles or anything else you keep on the counter. With a closable lid, the bread box will leave your counter top looking sleek and tidy; only you will know what’s inside!

5) Stick small self-adhesive hooks to the inside of cabinet doors to hang light, often-used items like measuring cups and spoons, oven mitts or small towels. This keeps tools right where you need them and prevents “junk drawer” syndrome.

6) Slide under-shelf storage baskets like this one Shelf Mesh Basket onto the shelves in your cabinets to avoid wasting all that extra vertical space. Put items like napkins and place mats in these baskets to free up drawer space.

7) Line drawers with a number of small baskets or plastic trays and group like items together in them.  The baskets prevent the contents of the drawer from getting all jumbled together so you’ll be able to find exactly what you need at a glance.

8) Use a turntable on one shelf in the refrigerator for small jars, tubes, packets or containers. You can spin the turntable to locate an item so nothing gets pushed to the the very back of the shelf and forgotten (yuck!). This also frees up the door storage bins for larger containers.

What are your favorite kitchen organizational tricks?

Kitchen Organization Ideas

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Grey and White Painted Kitchens

Blue Grey Kitchen Cabinets

Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive.   Luckily if your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, paint can do wonders.  One of my favorite looks right now for a kitchen are a mix of grey and white painted cabinets… especially when they are working together!  Check it out!

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A Clean Kitchen in 20 Minutes or Less Daily

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Kitchen Clean Up Tips in 20 Minutes or Less Daily

Keeping a clean kitchen is no easy task for anyone. Between the crumbs, spills and splatters a kitchen collects on a daily basis, it’s easy for it to all build up until you need to spend half your weekend in your kitchen cleaning. Here are some quick daily practices you can follow to keep your kitchen tidy in less than 15 minutes each day.

 

Start with a new kitchen rule:

Dishes get washed or put in the dishwasher immediately. Your sinks job is not to collect dirty dishes.

 

Wipe down that sink after every use – 5 minutes or less daily

Every morning pull out a clean towel or rag and hang it on the edge of your sink. Every time you use the sink whether you’re washing your hands or draining pasta, wipe it down. There won’t be time for food and water spots to dry on. A clean, sparkling sink makes all the difference in the world!

 

Wipe down stove, counters and dining table after each meal – 5 minutes or less daily

Spills and splatters are easier to wipe up when they’re wet. It should only take 30 seconds to a minute to quickly wipe down a surface that doesn’t have dried on drips or splatters. Remember that clean towel hanging on the edge of your sink? Use it all day to wipe down everything you use immediately.

 

Sweep the kitchen – 5 minutes or less daily
Grab your broom out of the garage and do a quick sweep every single day. Doesn’t matter if it’s in the morning or at midnight before bed, if you sweep everyday your floor will stay clean.

 

Speed clean – 5 minutes or less daily
Find that one thing that’s be bugging you and clean it as fast as you can. Spills in the fridge, dirty microwave, a few things that went bad and need to be thrown out. The key is to just do it 5 minutes a day. Don’t get sucked in to doing it any longer, 5 minutes a day will keep your kitchen manageable.

 

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Author: Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days designing blogs and running her online boutique. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life.

5 Easy Zucchini Recipes

Saffron Spaghetti with zucchini

Zucchini, a delicious and healthy summer squash, is everywhere this summer. Try these five easy zucchini recipes to add some extra vitamin A to your summer diet!

5 Easy Zucchini Recipes

 

It’s summer… which probably means that you have zucchini in your refrigerator or your garden. If you don’t, just hop over to your local farmer’s market or grocery store and you’ll find plenty of zucchini waiting for you. This delicious summer squash is easy to grow and even easier to eat. Its mild flavor, high vitamin A content, and low calorie count make it a great addition to your dinner table. Make zucchini a staple in your diet this summer by trying these three simple zucchini recipes.

 

Stuffed Zucchini Boats-

Grab four zucchini and cut them in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the middle and toss half of it in a medium pot. Add frozen corn, canned chopped green chiles, Romano cheese, monterey jack cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat up the mixture and then scoop it back into the zucchini halves. If you like lots of cheese, go ahead and add some more monterey jack cheese on top. Set the oven to 350 degrees and let the stuffed zucchini boats cook for 10-15 minutes or when the zucchini softens slightly. Serve immediately.

 

Grilled Zucchini Roll-ups-

If you tend to fire up the grill during the summer, this recipe is perfect for you. Slice your zucchini thinly, lengthwise, with a mandoline slicer. Toss them lightly in olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste, and then throw them on the grill. Let cook for a few minutes on each side until they get nice brown grill marks and then take them out. Put a scoop of pesto or herbed goat cheese on the bottom of a grilled zucchini slice and roll it up. Secure it with a toothpick. You can experiment with different fillings to find your favorite roll-up.

 

(Not) Fried Zucchini Chips-

Fried zucchini chips, the kind you get at Italian restaurants, are so good and so bad for you. Try a healthier version at home by baking your zucchini chips instead. Start by thinly slicing your zucchini into rounds with a mandoline slicer. A thickness of around 1/4 to 1/8 inch is ideal. Toss the zucchini rounds with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread the zucchini on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and pop it into the oven at 275 degrees. Bake for around 30 minutes and then turn over the zucchini rounds. Bake for another 30 minutes or when the zucchini chips are browned and crisp.

 

Zucchini Kabobs-

This is another easy zucchini recipe for you to try out on your grill. Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 15 minutes to reduce their flammability. Meanwhile, slice your zucchini into ½-inch rounds and toss them with your favorite marinade or a simple olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper mixture. Thread the zucchini slices on the bamboo skewers (through the skin, so the cut sides will be on the grill) and cook them on your grill for a few minutes until they’re golden and cooked through.

 

Zucchini and Shrimp Quesadillas-

Start with a large whole-wheat flour tortilla and heat it up in a cast iron pan. Spread chopped zucchini over half of the tortilla and add cooked shrimp, Monterrey jack cheese, and your favorite quesadilla ingredients. Try including avocado, green onions, black beans, cilantro, and/or corn in your zucchini and shrimp quesadillas. Yum!

Check out these other great Zucchini recipes:  Zucchini lasagna, zucchini pancakes, coconut zucchini yogurt bread and much more…. For more easy cooking tips, check out 5 Tips for Cooking Great Eggs.

About the Author:

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Easy Microwaved Omelet Recipe

Easy Omelets To Go

Please do me a favor!

Fast Budget Breakfast!  Easy Microwaved Omelet Recipe

Sometimes you are in a hurry before getting out the door in the morning.  Who am I kidding, isn’t that everyday?  Well you don’t have to go without a decent breakfast even when you  are in a hurry, and you also don’t have to eat some shelf stable bar that is loaded with sugar.

Try this simple Microwave Omelet for a hardy breakfast on the go, that is also budget friendly.

If you are in a hurry but still want a filling breakfast.  Try a microwave omelet for breakfast on the go.

2 eggs

2 tsp sour cream (or substitute milk, cream or cream cheese)

2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

1 tsp chives (optional)

salt and pepper to taste.

 

Instructions:

Spray a coffee cup with cooking spray, beat the eggs, sour cream, cheese, chives (if adding) salt and pepper together in the cup.

Place the cup in the microwave.  Cook on high for 45 seconds.  Stir the eggs with a fork, cook again, stir repeat till the eggs are set.  But don’t overcook.

* If you know your morning is going to be hectic, try preparing the egg mixture in the cup the night before cover with saran wrap and in the morning pull out the eggs give them a quick whip and follow the cooking instructions! image source

Check out this post if you would like to see some 5 Great Tips for Cooking Great Eggs