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23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in All, Tips | 16 comments

Need mealtime inspiration? Check out these 23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas.


23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas | Garnish with Lemon


Most of us have a few last minute meals that we whip out of our back pockets when life is crazy and kids are hungry. But, if you’re anything like me, I find myself relying on the same handful of recipes when time is tight. (A girl can only eat so many tacos, you know?) So in an effort to arm ourselves with new recipe inspiration for the busy school year, Lisa and I combed the internet for some fresh takes on the evening meal. Check out what we found in this collection of 23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas.

Want even more? Our ebook, The Well-Stocked Pantry, is stocked with 15 more of our tried-and-true, family favorite meals. Don’t miss it! 


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23 Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in All, Breakfast, Tips | 4 comments

Kick off the school year in delicious fashion with these 23 Back to School Breakfast Ideas.

23 Back to School Breakfast Ideas | Garnish with Lemon

I get the shivers just thinking about the mad morning scrambles that are about to ensue with the start of the new school year. As much as I plan and encourage the kids to have everything they need ready to go, it’s inevitable that one (or both!) of them will have 5-alarm fire drill right before we’re ready to walk out the door. Some things are just out of my control. Fortunately breakfast isn’t one of them. If you’re looking for inspiration to break from the soggy cereal habit (no judging, we’ve all been there), check out this variety-packed list of 23 Back to School Breakfast Ideas for some tasty new ways to jumpstart the school year.

Now THIS is the part of going back to school that I can get excited about…breakfast! 

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Our 1st #GWL5Faves + Reader Survey!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in All, Tips | 3 comments

Introducing our new blog series, #GWL5Faves, and the 2014 Reader Survey! 



A few weeks ago I was looking for something from Lisa in my string of text messages when I started to chuckle. 

It was like looking for a needle in a haystack. We chat about a LOT of things. 

Yes, there is a large number of blog-related texting, but there are also long strings of texts that have absolutely nothing to do with Garnish with Lemon. Things like scoring a great deal on wine at our favorite liquor store, weighing in on the merits of prefinished hardwood floors, “Grrrrr…..I can’t find my black tank top!!”, and the *occasional* frustration with our kids. You know, really important, world peace-like stuff. 

In the end, we appreciate another perspective and sympathetic ear. So in the spirit of sharing things we’ve discovered and building our Garnish with Lemon community, we’re opening up our texts to you, our wonderful readers. Well, not literally, but that’s the inspiration for our new blog series, #GWL5Faves. Once or twice a month, we’ll choose five of our favorite finds, gadgets, musings, etc., and share them with you. Our hope is that you guys can learn a little more about us, and you can share some of your favorites with us, too! 

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Summer Book Club Menu

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in All, Tips | 6 comments

The perfect summer book club menu! Get the prep done ahead of time so you can enjoy your evening with friends, nosh on some great food and discuss your latest read. 

Summer Book Club Menu

Book Club. Are you in one? I am and have been for 10 years…the same one. Granted, the women have changed a little over the years. Some have moved away to different states, and others moved on due to busy schedules, but there are 5 that remain constant. And after 10 years, we still meet every month and we all read the book. Crazy huh?

My friend Rachel, who used to be in book club before she moved to Atlanta, has been begging me to do a post on Book Club Menus for months. So we will start with a Summer Book Club Menu. Here you go Rachel; this one’s for you.

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12 Berry Recipes for your Bumper Crop of Berries

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in All, Tips | 6 comments

Have more summer berries than you know what to do with? Try something new with this collection of 12 berry recipes.

12 Fresh Summer Berry Recipes from Garnish with Lemon

My heart belongs to summer berries.

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, I. Love. Them. All.

Summer picking season is upon us, and I can’t wait to stain my fingers with berry juice and fill my boxes with freshly picked, sun-ripened berries. Every year I take the kids to pick strawberries and blueberries, and, even though we follow the “pick one, eat one” rule, we always return with waaaay more than we need. So that means it’s time to get creative in the kitchen.

Anyone else get a little overzealous with your picking habits? Or maybe you found a great deal on berries at the grocery store or farmer’s market? Check out this collection of 12 berry recipes and get some fresh ideas for using your bumper crop.

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Pantry Organization (and an OXO POP Container giveaway!)

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in All, Tips | 41 comments

Pantry Organization (and an OXO POP Container giveaway!)

You know those special quirks that come with every marriage? I’m talking about the quirks that make your marriage work and make sense to you, but they would probably drive others nuts. Organization is that way with us. I’m not disorganized by any means, but I think it’s safe to admit that Kevin and I have different levels of organization. And he has a much lower threshold for disorganization than I do. For example, whenever I go away for a weekend, I come home to find something of mine reorganized – usually in the kitchen – all because it was driving Kevin crazy. One time it was my spice rack. And then it was my cooking magazines. Last time it was my utensils. By the way, I am now the proud owner of a container dedicated solely for spatulas. (I love this man!)

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