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These Are The Days

These are the days that we will tell our kids about, the days we will all too soon refer to as “the good ol’ days”. The days where we will say remember when we would sit outside and have dinner and just talk about our day as fresh cut grass wafts through the air.

There are many reasons I love to cook. Am I great at it? Probably not. Do I know what I’m doing? Only sometimes. But my main reason stems from something much deeper. Food is what you gather around as a family, as friends, as acquaintances that will end up friends before the nights end. Food is what unites us. Therefore, that’s why I love to make it and entertain a crowd.  


Sometimes I love a challenge when it comes to recipes but the only challenge with this one was my baby who wanted held the whole time I was cooking. I thought it would be great to share my delicious chicken recipe with you. It’s healthy and easy. 


Lemon Chicken with Herbs

1 whole chicken

1 tsp fresh thyme

1 tsp fresh rosemary 

2 lemons (zest from one)  

3 tbsp butter

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 small red onion


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  

Mix together the thyme, rosemary, garlic, zest and butter with a little salt. 

Put chicken in a roasting pan, cut up one lemon and stuff it in the cavity along with a couple onion wedges and a little bit of thyme and rosemary.

Brush the chicken with your butter mix, squeeze the other lemon over the chicken. Then just bake for an hour. 


Pair this with Sauvignon Blanc



A Tasty Tart

Sweet, sweet summer time...

One of my favorite things about summer is cooking with all the veggies that are in season. Fresh green beans are everything this time of year and I never met a squash I didn't like. This exceptionally fun (and easy!) tart combines fancy with delicious and I had so much fun making it.  

One pack of puff pastry

One pack of cream cheese

2 zucchini

2 yellow squash  

Bag of carrots  

fresh herbs of your choosing

Preheat oven to 350. Press the pastery into the greased pie pan and put it in the oven for 10 minutes just to get it set. Then add the cream cheese to the bottom of semi cooked pastery and add fresh herbs. I used a vegetable peeler to make the strips and allmyou do is start off with a tightly wound middle and simply make circles in both directions to make this pretty rose look. Throw a little olive oil and garlic salt on it and bake another 30 minutes or so, enough to be golden brown. Best served warm!

Have a great Wednesday!

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July! 

I hope you have yourself a fun day planned! If you're cooking out I've got the perfect addition! Nothing screams the Fourth of July like watermelon. So on today's Perfectly Plated I'm sharing my Watermelon Pizza recipe. It's easy, pretty, and healthy!  


Watermelon Pizza

One slice of watermelon

1/2 cup red onion

4 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp sugar

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

extra virgin olive oil

Feta cheese


Fresh basil

Mix the onion, vinegar, sugar, and salt in a bowl and let sit for 20 minutes. Stir it occasionally. After that, strain the onions (make sure they are soft) add a splash of olive oil to the mixture and brush each side of your watermelon with it. Grill the watermelon until its marked by the grill and super juicy. Then just add pecans, onion, feta, and basil. Cut it up and serve like pizza!

Enjoy your day!