GREEK CHICKEN & LENTILS

September 16, 2019

I love Greek flavors! I like my Greek essentials – lemon, feta, peppers, onions, and some crisp cucumbers. It makes such a good dinner for the rotation. Some people find lentils intimidating, but they are easy to make. A good dose of lemon and some cucumbers are important to keep them feeling light and zesty.

This dish is perfect for meal prep! Make this serving size and you have enough for lunches for the week, plus a bit extra too.

And cooking this meal goes super fast!

Greek Chicken and Lentils
Serves six

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 cups lentils
2 bell peppers, sliced
2 onions, sliced
12 ounce bottle BRIANNAS Lively Lemon Tarragon Dressing, divided
1 cucumber, diced
1 cup feta crumbles

Marinate chicken in BRIANNAS Lively Lemon Tarragon dressing overnight, reserving ¼ cup dressing.

Rinse lentils with warm water in a colander. Places lentils and six cups hot water into a pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Place peppers and onions onto skewers. Grill peppers, onions, and chicken breast.

Strain any excess water from lentils. Toss lentils in reserved ¼ cup Lively Lemon Tarragon dressing. Serve lentils with chicken, peppers, onions, cucumber, and feta.

GREEK CHICKEN & LENTILS
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups lentils
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 12 ounce bottle BRIANNAS Lively Lemon Tarragon Dressing, divided
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup feta crumbles
Instructions
  1. Marinate chicken in BRIANNAS Lively Lemon Tarragon dressing overnight, reserving ¼ cup dressing.
  2. Rinse lentils with warm water in a colander. Places lentils and six cups hot water into a pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Place peppers and onions onto skewers. Grill peppers, onions, and chicken breast.
  4. Strain any excess water from lentils. Toss lentils in reserved ¼ cup Lively Lemon Tarragon dressing. Serve lentils with chicken, peppers, onions, cucumber, and feta.

 

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My Favorite Olive Green Paint Color

September 12, 2019

I have known I wanted the boys room to be olive green for so long. My direction for their room is a little camp-y, a little preppy, collected, and traditional. I knew green walls, a red persian rug, and an industrial light fixture would be the foundational elements.

I loved the color “pup tent” by martha stewart, but it was discontinued and I made a pretty concerted effort to find the formula anywhere. It didn’t happen, then I stopped caring, so I just eye-d what colors seemed similar to narrow it down. FOUND ONE I LIKE EVEN BETTER SO.

This is my olive green now!!! I love it, it looks good with every color. And has a real chic-ness that elevates anything.

oil painting (similar) | vintage tennis racket (similar)crib | rug (similar) | industrial light fixture | star wars album | wood dresser | rabbit lamp (similar) | love seat (similar)

Almost forgot to say the new name – “ginger tea” by behr. Smash hit.

Like I love doing, we painted all the trim and doors the same wall color. I get SO MANY questions about this and people who want to recreate the same look. One of the faq’s is what sheen I do and yep, it is eggshell on all of it. It’s totally fine. I love eggshell.

We have already had so much fun putting lots of cute collected boy stuff on the walls. The rug is a stand in we’ve had that was SIXTY DOLLARS (new) for an 8 x 10. (It was on overstock, not available anymore.) It’s just here until I’m one day doing finishing touches on our house and can replace non essential updates like that. Still is a placeholder and gets the job done. Here is a good priced similar one.

Looking for more things to paint “ginger tea” now. It’s a warm olive, which I find refreshing from that cooler olive that is everywhere. More style to me, and a touch retro.

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SANDBOX VS. PEBBLE PIT

August 12, 2019

One thing we’ve loved about our backyard is the great tree cover for shade and privacy. But with the shade has come difficulty planting grass in one specific dark corner of the yard. After putting grass seed down last year and seeing it fizzle out for lack of sunshine, we thought that spot would be ideal for a sandbox – we wouldn’t have to cover any existing grass, and the corner would be put to good use. 

Rachel’s direction for outdoor design is that family backyards feel best when they look summer camp-y with natural and simple elements. She’s going to steer away from what she calls the “JCPenney catalog” outdoor settings with hugely impractical rugs and pillows and throws. So she and the kids made our sandbox with natural elements they found around our property.

The next big question was to go with SAND or PEA GRAVEL.

Reasons for sand is that kids have more fun in it and it doesn’t upset a lawn mower as much as pebbles can. Against it is that it is messier and gets EVERYWHERE. Even more of huge con is that animals mistake sand boxes for litter boxes. UNCOOL. 

Pebble pits are cleaner and easier to get stray pebbles back into the pit should they “escape.” Because we don’t need to mow that close to this area, we did pebbles. I think we’re happy with it. Either would be fine. I think the deal breaker for sand was the litter box situation.

The good news either way is sand and pebbles are both the same price!

MATERIALS

PROCESS

  1. Lay out landscaping timbers to form borders of the pebble pit.
  2. Drill 10-12 holes in the bottom of the plastic bucket with a 3/8” drill bit. Take care not to crack the bucket.
  3. Fill bucket 3/4 full with gravel.
  4. Fill bucket with water and allow to drain. 
  5. Repeat step 3 and 4.
  6. Dump gravel into pebble pit.
  7. Repeat steps 3-5 with all gravel. (We filled our pit 2 inches deep and needed 12 bags. There’s a calculation for how much gravel you’ll need on the Home Depot product page.)

Making the pebble pit was a victory for our backyard. Inexpensive and easy for kids to help with, it was a good saturday summer project.

Without much effort, there’s a new dimension to our yard that has been a main attraction all summer. And if we ever want to expand or change the shape of the pit, it’s as easy as picking up a few more supplies and redefining the border. 

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