Eating In // Lunch in a Jar

We all know that it's a good idea to pack a lunch for work. Not only is it economical, but it can be and usually is far healthier than other quick lunch options. The only problem is that for success, it takes a bit of planning. For me, the easiest thing to do is to pack a little salad in a jar the night before. Generally, I go for a grain, protein, veggie mix. The options are basically endless because you can use whatever mix of food groups you love the most.

  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1 or 2 boiled eggs
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced 
  • 1 cup spinach 
  • 1 serving bulgar 
  • 1 tbls olive oil 
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar 
  • salt and pepper
1. Cook the bulgar according to the package instructions; boil the eggs. Allow both to cool.
2. Begin with bulgar as the first layer in the jar, and the add the oil and vinegar, from there add the tomatoes, radishes and top with the spinach and the egg.
3. Always put the dressing at the bottom with the grains so it doesn't wilt the spinach. Store in the fridge until you're ready to eat it.

Recipe: Megan Forbes
Photos: Christina Hussey

Two Arrangements for Your Mother

Mother's Day is once again upon us and while we love supporting our local florists, we also love to do things ourselves. Last year we showed you how to create a hand tied bouquet and this year we wanted to try our hand at making two arrangements with grocery store flowers. All these flowers were purchased at Trader Joe's with about $15. Around this time of year, stores have arrangements you can specifically get for Mother's Day, etc... but usually they're not that great. 

What we looked for when shopping for flowers:
We wanted one thing of big blossoms (we were lucky TJ's had peonies today). 
We wanted smaller flower buds and these tulips worked great for that.
We wanted something like this white stock that we got that would add texture and fullness to the arrangement. 
We knew our color scheme ahead of time and looked for these types of flowers within that color scheme.

Foraging for greenery is a great way to add some variety to your arrangement. You can buy eucalyptus or other greenery from the store if you'd rather stay away from bug bites or poison ivy. Or if you live in an urban jungle. Or your neighbor has a shotgun (just stay out of their yard...)

Choose a vase that compliments the color scheme that you picked. We prefer a more airy and wild arrangement. Start by trimming all of the ends of the flowers at a 45 degree angle. Peel off any leaves that will be sitting inside of the vase.
You want to build a base with the greenery and your main centerpiece flowers. Add in your stock and then dot with the tulips and other filler flowers.

Continue to add the rest of the flowers and the greenery and add a sprig of vine to one of the sides. Don't be afraid to edit once you get your shape started. Remove any flowers or greenery that is wilting or just isn't working with your vision. You're good to go!
 For the second arrangement, we made a small one with the leftover tulips, white stock and greenery and put it in a little glass. 

The lesson here is: be creative, use a cool vase and make something special for your mom!
Styling: Megan Forbes
Photos: Christina Hussey

Lavender-Vanilla Lemonade // Weekend Cocktail No. 21

This drink is delicate, sweet, and very refreshing. Making the lavender-vanilla simple syrup is an extra step worth taking. It's the perfect afternoon picnic cocktail.

Makes 6 servings 
• 8 lemons, juiced 
•1 cup vanilla sugar (get recipe here)
• 1 cup water 
• 3 tbls lavender buds 
• 2 cups Lillet Blanc 
• 1 cup vodka 
• 1 bottle sparkling water 

1. Squeeze the lemons into a pitcher. 2. In a small saucepan add the sugar, water, and lavender. Heat the water until the sugar is dissolved then remove from the heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes; strain.  3.add the syrup to the lemon juice and then mix in the lillet and vodka. 4. Serve over ice with a splash of sparkling water. 
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