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  1. Friday, March 6

    Friday Show and Tell + Choosing Paint Colors for the House

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    Happy Friday, everyone! Today I want to talk about some house stuff, namely choosing paint colors, a process that stresses me to no end!

    tips for choosing paint colors for the house from @janemaynard

    You may remember last summer we had to repipe our entire house thanks to old plumbing that had seen one too many leaks. The repipe company fixes the drywall after putting approximately 3 billion holes in your walls, but they don’t paint. Which means we have had giant white splotches all over our house for well over six months (case in point). I FINALLY decided to get my act together and have started choosing paint colors for the house.

    As I choose colors and start painting I will share the colors with you. If I’m going to put all this legwork into finding good colors, I may as well have other people benefit, too! But before we get to actual colors, I wanted to share my best tips for picking out colors!

    tips for choosing paint colors for the house from @janemaynard

    • Get a color swatch book. Just going to the paint store and looking at the paint chips in the pretty display on the wall is not helpful. Get the whole darn swatch book and bring it home. It was so much more helpful than bringing just a few little color cards home and then not having them be what I was looking for. Plus, with the full swatch book, you get EVERY shade of every color family, which the little paint color cards can’t offer.

    color inspiration from linen company frettePhoto credit: Frette

    • Look for color inspiration in other places. I recently discovered a luxury bedding company online called Frette. They have gorgeous linens and the site makes me just want to climb in bed and read a book all day! I found that looking at their different sheet sets was actually very helpful in getting a feel for the kind of color schemes I liked or was looking for. Plus many of their linens are quite neutral, which is perfect for paint colors. (Also, now I think I need new bedding. I didn’t know I needed it, but now I do. ;)) Whether it’s a linen company like Frette, a plant in your yard, or just constantly analyzing paint colors when you’re watching TV shows (yes, that’s what I do!), always be looking for colors you like even when there isn’t a paint swatch to be seen!
    • Talk to friends. Anyone who paints goes through the agony of finding paint colors, so talk to your friends, look at their walls, see what they used, find out what they sampled. This has been incredibly helpful to me through this process!
    • Talk to an interior designer. I am lucky enough to have an awesome friend named Emily who has an interior design business. She has been helping me with colors and her input has been invaluable. Interior designers are perfect for helping with this process – they have an eye for it and they work with paint colors ALL THE TIME, making them very familiar with the paint options that are out there. I highly recommend talking with an interior designer (Emily is awesome, hire her!), even if it’s to simply pull together paint options.

    tips for choosing paint colors for the house from @janemaynard

    • Do lots of sample colors on your wall. Emily pointed out that people tend to only get 2 paint samples, but she said that’s simply not enough! The paint samples are only $3-4 a pop, so get 4 or 5 colors. Be sure to paint the swatches in lots of places in the room and in every room you plan to paint, to account for different lighting. You can’t sample too much!

    I personally think picking colors is a huge stressor, but Emily keeps reminding me it can be fun! So, I’m trying to remember that! ;)

    Okay, so color #1 that I want to share with you! This first color is for our hallway, which has very little light, and the master bathroom. I wanted to find a fairly light color, but one dark enough to contrast with the white baseboards. For our house we needed something with a warm tone. That said, I love grey and think that has a more modern feel. Emily found a Sherwin Williams color, SW 7011 Natural Choice. I tried a few whites and this one was just what we were looking for! It very subtly contrasts with the white baseboards and is the warm, slightly gray color I was looking for – not too brown, but definitely not cool like most grays tend to be. Anyway, it’s a great, light neutral color that I am loving! I painted the bathroom yesterday and will be tackling the hallway later this week! (Note: I used Behr Marquee paint – Home Depot has the formulations for the Sherwin Williams colors.)

    diy no-sew teepee from julie blannerPhoto credit: Julie Blanner

    I actually don’t have anything published on other sites this week, but I DID see this awesome no-sew teepee tutorial from fellow blogger Julie Blanner that I had to share with you. How ridiculously cute is THAT?! We are going to have to do this for our kids one day!

    Show and tell! Please share!!!

    Today’s post was partially sponsored by Frette.

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  2. Wednesday, March 4

    Crispy Rosemary Roast Potatoes from ‘Brown Eggs and Jam Jars” + A Lovely Cookbook Giveaway!

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    I am SUPER excited about today’s post. First off, I get to brag about one of my very lovely food blogging friends. Second, I get to share an AMAZING recipe with you. Third, I get to do a giveaway. So much goodness in one place!

    recipe for crispy rosemary roast potatoes from the new cookbook "brown eggs and jam jars"

    Aimée Wimbush-Bourque is a friend I met through blogging that I am beyond grateful to know. She is lovely and talented and I am lucky to have her as one of my people. Her blog Simple Bites is wonderful and she is truly an inspiration to me. The woman pretty much makes everything from scratch. When you grow up on a homestead AND you’re a professional chef you tend to do that sort of thing. I know I will never be an “Aimée” myself, but one can always dream…and at least I try!

    recipe for crispy rosemary roast potatoes from the new cookbook "brown eggs and jam jars"

    Aimée just published Brown Eggs and Jam Jars and I am so happy to share this beautiful cookbook with you today! (Congratulations, Aimée!) My friend Allison came over this morning and we made a couple of Aimée’s recipes from the book. It was such a lovely morning, spending time with a friend making recipes written by another friend. I’m feeling all aglow with cheesy friend-i-ness!

    recipe for crispy rosemary roast potatoes from the new cookbook "brown eggs and jam jars"recipe for crispy rosemary roast potatoes from the new cookbook "brown eggs and jam jars"

    Today I get to share Aimée’s recipe for Crispy Rosemary Roast Potatoes with you. Holy HANNAH, people. So good. Allison and I basically ate the entire batch. (We won’t talk about how many potatoes that was!) The technique for cooking the potatoes coupled with a cornmeal coating made for truly perfect roast potatoes. Perfect and dangerous. I wasn’t kidding when I said Allison and I ate an ENTIRE BATCH. At 10:30 in the morning, mind you. SO GOOD.

    recipe for crispy rosemary roast potatoes from the new cookbook "brown eggs and jam jars"recipe for crispy rosemary roast potatoes from the new cookbook "brown eggs and jam jars"

    Anyway, Aimée’s book is filled with similarly wonderful recipes and I highly recommend you buy the book immediately! Right after you enter today’s giveaway, of course!

    recipe for crispy rosemary roast potatoes from the new cookbook "brown eggs and jam jars"

    We are giving away a copy of Aimée’s beautiful book to one lucky, randomly-selected winner! Simply leave a comment telling us your favorite thing to make from scratch and you’re entered! Aimée is all about going homemade, so I think chatting about our favorite from-scratch recipes is the perfect way to celebrate her book launch! So, to recap, to enter the giveaway please leave a comment telling us your favorite thing to cook/make/bake from scratch by Midnight PT on Wednesday 3/11/15.  Prize needs to be shipped to a U.S. or Canadian address.

    recipe for crispy rosemary roast potatoes from the new cookbook "brown eggs and jam jars"recipe for crispy rosemary roast potatoes from the new cookbook "brown eggs and jam jars"

    And with that I give you Aimée’s recipe for some of the best potatoes you’ll ever eat. Enjoy!

    5.0 from 5 reviews
    Crispy Rosemary Roast Potatoes
     
    This recipe is from the book "Brown Eggs and Jam Jars" by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque and makes some of the best roast potatoes this side of anywhere!
    Author:
    Serves: 6
    Ingredients
    • 2 pounds red potatoes (about 6-7 medium), peeled (Please note that I totally did NOT peel the potatoes, whoops! Sorry, Aimée! They still came out perfectly)
    • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
    • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    • ¾ cup olive oil
    • Leaves from 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, minced, plus more chopped for garnish (I also forgot to mince the rosemary leaves...can you tell Allison and I were chatting while making the recipe? Again, everything tasted great.)
    • 8 fresh garlic cloves, peeled
    Instructions
    1. Position a rack on the lowest level of the oven and preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC).
    2. Cut each potato in half, then in half again, until you have 4 evenly sized chunks per potato. Place in a medium pot with 1 teaspoon of the salt, cover with cold water and set over high heat. Bring potatoes to a boil, then reduce heat slightly and boil for 2 minutes.
    3. In a large bowl, mix together cornmeal, remaining 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Drain potatoes, then transfer to the bowl with cornmeal and toss gently to coat.
    4. In a 12-inch cast-iron pan or heavy skillet, heat olive oil over high heat. When small bubbles begin to rise (but before oil is smoking) and oil is very hot, add rosemary and garlic. Stir carefully with tongs for a minute to infuse the oil.
    5. Carefully add the cornmeal-crusted potatoes all at once to the hot oil and arrange them with your tongs so that they are evenly distributed around the pan. Place the skillet in the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Carefully remove pan from oven and turn each potato so the crispy side faces up. Roast for another 20-25 minutes or until golden all over.
    6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to a serving platter. Sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary and a sprinkling of sea slat if desired. Serve at once.

     

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  3. Sunday, March 1

    Week 423 Weekly Menu

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    Hello everyone! This week was better than the previous week and I actually made everything I planned – woohoo! That means, though, that I have to think up all new things to make this week. Darnit! ;) For those of you who have been checking in on how I’m feeling, I’m definitely doing better after the epic fall (i.e. the bugtastrophe!), although it turns out I gave myself a mild concussion. Honestly, I’d rather have that than a broken jaw, so life is good! (And, yes, I am taking it easy…promise!) Menu time!

    week 423 weekly menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

    MONDAY:
    Boozy beef stew
    – Crusty bread

    TUESDAY:
    Tuscan tomato soup
    – Grilled cheese sandwiches

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Swiss mushroom hamburgers
    – Fruit and chips

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Turkey Boursin baguettes

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Omelettes
    – Smoothies

    Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

    You know the drill…please share your menus, no matter how simple or fancy!!

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  4. Thursday, February 26

    Friday Show and Tell + ONE AYA Summit

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    Happy Friday! I have a TON of great food links for you today, but before we get to that I wanted to talk about something dear to my heart. Last October I had the chance to attend ONE’s AYA Summit in Washington, D.C. I have yet to write a post about the conference because there is just too much I want to share. I’m planning to do a series of recipes posts to tell the stories, but until then…

    ONE AYA Summit from @janemaynardPictured: Ginny Wolfe (ONE), Patricia Amira (The Oprah of Africa…she was AWESOME.)

    Video from the AYA Summit has been posted on Flipbook. Click here to see the videos (you’ll need to set up a Flipbook account – it’s worth it!). I don’t even know where to tell you to start, but all of it is fascinating/informative/inspiring – that I can promise!

    One of the women we heard from, Marquesha Babers, wrote a post for the ONE website. Please read it. Marquesha is an amazing young woman I was blessed to meet at the summit.

    Girl Rising Panel at the ONE AYA Summit from @janemaynardPictured, left to right: Holly Gordon (Girl Rising), Patricia Amira, Danai Gurira (Playwright and, yes, Michonne on The Walking Dead), Marquesha Babers (Poet)

    If you want to DO something right now to support ONE, click here! One of the reasons I love ONE so much is that they aren’t asking for our money, they are asking for our voice. Right now you can send a letter to your congresspeople urging them to reintroduce the Electrify Africa bill. It’s super easy and will make a difference.

    Okay, on to some delicious food!

    deconstructed chicken club from @janemaynard

    This week on Babble I shared a recipe for a Deconstructed Chicken Club. I’m finding that deconstructing foods is one of the best ways to get my kids to eat it!

    On Parade’s Community Table I have 2 posts this week!

    fast and healthy snacks for nursing moms from @janemaynard

    And, lastly, if you’re pregnant or have just had a baby, be sure to visit the Solly Baby Blog to get ideas for Healthy, EASY Snacks for Nursing Moms.

    Show and Tell time! Please share your own stuff!

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  5. Tuesday, February 24

    Sweet Potato and Bacon Pizza, Your New Favorite!

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    Two summers ago we stayed in Falmouth, MA for our annual Cape Cod family vacation. One night we ordered pizza from a restaurant called Stone L’Oven and every last pizza was delectable. My favorites were the fig and prosciutto pizza (which I already created a recipe for) and a wonderful sweet potato pizza. Nate’s cousin Sara and I went back and forth endlessly about which one we liked more. In the end we couldn’t decide, they were both amazing!

    recipe for DELICIOUS sweet potato and bacon pizza from @janemaynard

    I have finally recreated the sweet potato pizza in my own kitchen and it was delicious! This pizza has all kinds of wonderful ingredients, from salty bacon and gorgonzola cheese to sweet caramelized onions and sweet potatoes. Top it all off with a balsamic glaze and you’re in heaven!

    recipe for DELICIOUS sweet potato and bacon pizza from @janemaynardline break

    recipe for DELICIOUS sweet potato and bacon pizza from @janemaynard

    A note on the balsamic glaze – I used to make it myself until I discovered STAR’s Modena Creamy Balsamic Glaze. Their glaze is the perfect consistency for drizzling on pizza, so that’s what I use now. I highly recommend it.

    recipe for DELICIOUS sweet potato and bacon pizza from @janemaynard

    5.0 from 1 reviews
    Sweet Potato and Bacon Pizza
     
    This pizza is the perfect combination of salty and sweet!
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • Pizza crust of your choice (I use this recipe or good naan bread for my crust)
    • olive oil
    • 1 fresh garlic clove per pizza you make
    • caramelized onions
    • fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced (regular shredded mozzarella cheese works, too, but I love fresh)
    • gorgonzola cheese, small chunks
    • sweet potato, cubed
    • bacon, cooked and chopped
    • fresh spinach
    • salt and pepper
    • balsamic glaze (if you want to make your own, click here for instructions. STAR makes a bottled balsamic glaze that I love - click here for more info.)
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
    2. Toss cubed sweet potatoes in olive oil and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a cooking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, until soft.
    3. Roll out pizza crust then brush on a thin layer of olive oil across the surface. Push fresh garlic clove through a garlic press then spread with your fingers over the oiled crust. Top pizza with caramelized onions, gorgonzola cheese, spinach, sweet potatoes, and bacon. Finish with mozzarella cheese.
    4. Bake pizza how you normally do it for your crust recipe.
    5. Remove from oven, sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper then drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve!

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  6. Sunday, February 22

    Week 422 Weekly Menu

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    Hello everyone! Today I’m doing something I have NEVER done before with my menu – I am copying and pasting last week’s menu! I had every intention of using that meal plan, but life took a little turn on Monday when I fell of the bathroom counter trying to kill a bug. Let this be a lesson to you – towel racks are only meant to support towels, not humans. I’m FINE, but it definitely threw my week off and I never did regular grocery shopping. I still cooked, but it was just throwing stuff together from around the house along with a few things I grabbed at Costco later in the week. Hence, my first ever weekly menu repeat! I debated doing this, but it’s a really good menu and I WANT to make it, so here we are!

    week 422 weekly menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list for the week!

    MONDAY:
    – Chicken Fried Rice (going to go for something like Behihana makes)

    TUESDAY:
    – Penne in vodka sauce (thanks to Michelle for the idea!)
    Garlic bread and salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Golden Moroccan Lamb Stew (another Penzeys recipe we’re trying) with rice

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Carnitas tacos
    Guacamole and chips

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Leftover carnitas

    Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

    You know the drill, please share your menu for the week, even if it’s the same exact one as last week! Apparently that’s kosher around here. ;)

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  7. Friday, February 20

    Friday Show and Tell

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    Happy Friday!

    Today I have two posts I wrote for Babble that I’m super excited to share with you.

    slow cooker ribs from @janemaynard

    First, the kids and I made Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs. I found the recipe in a Cook’s Illustrated magazine and it was GENIUS. I will never cook ribs another way again!

    bourbon chai with spiced bourbon cream from @janemaynard

    If you like chai tea and bourbon, then you will LOVE this recipe for Bourbon Chai with Spiced Bourbon Cream. That cozy little drink should definitely help those of you currently buried in snow!

    Show and Tell is for the whole class – share your stuff!

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  8. Thursday, February 19

    Crazy Easy Chicken Recipes: Italian Dressing Chicken

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    I think it’s time for another Crazy Easy Chicken Recipe! Today’s “recipe” is one of the first things I ever cooked. Even though this non-recipe recipe is beyond easy and simple, it’s incredibly tasty and versatile. In fact, I don’t know why I don’t cook chicken like this more often.

    crazy easy, tender and flavorful italian dressing chicken from @janemaynard

    Italian dressing is kind of magical. It’s one of those ingredients that can quickly add flavor to all kinds of recipes. My favorite uses are in potato salad and for marinating chicken, which brings us to today’s recipe!

    crazy easy, tender and flavorful italian dressing chicken from @janemaynard

    All you need is chicken and Italian dressing. That’s it. You’re done. Be sure to stab your chicken as directed. That is the key to making your chicken extra tender and filled with that Italian dressing flavor.

    Italian Dressing Chicken
     
    This chicken is great topped on salad and served on a sandwich!
    Author:
    Ingredients
    • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • Italian dressing
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
    2. Stab the chicken breasts on both sides a TON with a fork.
    3. Put chicken in a small bowl and cover with Italian dressing, flipping chicken to cover completely. You can cook immediately but letting it marinate for about 30 minutes in the fridge is even better!
    4. Place chicken in a baking dish, pouring any remaining dressing in the bowl over the top.
    5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until inside of chicken is no longer pink and the internal temperature reaches 160º F. Don't overcook to keep it moist and tender.
    6. I didn't provide measurements because this is a CRAZY EASY recipe and you don't need them! Just eyeball it, you can't mess it up!

     

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  9. Sunday, February 15

    Week 421 Weekly Menu

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    Hello everyone! Hope the holiday weekend is treating you all well. Let’s just get right to the menu!

    week 421 weekly menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list for the week!

    MONDAY:
    – Chicken Fried Rice (going to go for something like Behihana makes)

    TUESDAY:
    – Penne in vodka sauce (thanks to Michelle for the idea!)
    Garlic bread and salad

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Golden Moroccan Lamb Stew (another Penzeys recipe we’re trying) with rice

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Carnitas tacos
    Guacamole and chips

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    – Leftover carnitas

    Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

    I absolutely love reading through all of your menus each week. Thank you so much for posting! Can’t wait to see what you all have planned for this week!

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  10. Saturday, February 14

    Friday Show and Tell

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    Happy Valentine’s Day! And, yes, Friday Show and Tell is happening on Saturday because the kids were home from school yesterday and we had a fun family day at the beach (sorry snowbound friends!). Anyway, here are a few things I wrote in other places this week:

    homemade salt and pepper potato chips from @janemaynard

    Let’s talk Netflix for a moment. We are really loving their original series and now there are too many to keep up! Nate and I just finished watching The Fall. It was great, albeit disturbing. And the ending. Geesh! It’s still a few weeks until the Underwoods return. Too bad the third season wasn’t up in time for Valentine’s Day like last year…it was such a romantic way to spend the holiday. ;) I also just saw the preview for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tina Fey’s new show on Netflix starring Ellie Kemper. It doesn’t come out until March…can’t wait! So much great TV, so little time!

    I hope everyone has a chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day! And don’t forget to post your own stuff for Show and Tell!

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