The Importance of Carving Out Me Time

In honor of the 2014 Boston Marathon, I am sharing my favorite ways to carve out me time to help me fuel my daily marathon.
Boston - Copley Square - The Lemon BowlAs many of you know, Boston is my second home. After flying across the country at the young age of 17 to attend Boston University, I quickly fell in love with the city. To this day, I am smitten with the incredible food, magnificent architecture, rich history and the unmistakable sense of pride.

The BoysBostonians are my people. In fact, Boston produced my husband. Since I’m a sappy young mom, I often think about how I would never have met my husband had I not moved out there. Without him, I would not have my two beautiful boys.  It was the best decision of my life and I am forever indebted to the city of Boston for making all of my wildest dreams come true.

….and now I’m starting to get teary-eyed! Get it together, Liz.

Stonyfield Boston MarathonBecause of my love for the city of Boston, I was beyond thrilled when I learned that Stonyfield is the official yogurt sponsor of the 2014 Boston Marathon. As part of their sponsorship, they are doing some incredible work:

  • They are sending 10 runners who just missed the cut-off due to this year’s high number of sign ups.
  • They are handing out hundreds of thousands of cups of organic yogurt on race day to runners, their families, volunteers, etc.
  • They are giving out a bunch of healthy living prizes including a year long gym membership on the day of the marathon. Simply tweet or instagram #StonyfieldSuperFan

Walk with BoysWhile I’ve never run in an official race, let alone a marathon, I would be lying if I said my everyday life doesn’t sometimes feel like a bit of marathon. Working from home and raising a 5 month old and a 2 year old often makes every single day feel like a bit of a race.

By the time boy boys are finally fed, bathed and asleep for the evening, I often feel like I’ve won my daily marathon. {Read the full article}

Za’atar Roasted Carrots and Green Beans

Roasted Green Beans and Carrots with Za'atar - The Lemon Bowl

This easy, delicious side dish of carrots and green beans roasted in olive oil and za'atar is perfect for spring entertaining or a simple weeknight dinner. Earlier this week we celebrated Passover at my mother's new house just a mile away. It's actually pretty funny because my mother isn't Jewish and neither are all of her relatives who take part in our annual Seder. Although my grandmother, … {Read the full article}

Lemon Berry Angel Food Cake Trifle

Berry Angel Food Cake Trifle - The Lemon Bowl

Lemon-scented berries are scattered in between layers of angel food cake and creamy, vanilla pudding to create a crowd-pleasing trifle that is perfect for entertaining. Just in time for spring entertaining, I am so excited to share my Lemon Berry Angel Food Cake Trifle. It was created on a whim when my mom asked me to bring dessert to a family dinner. To be completely honest, I just opened my … {Read the full article}

Chocolate Dipped Oranges with Sea Salt

Chocolate Dipped Citrus Fruit - The Lemon Bowl

Oranges dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt is a simple, show-stopping dessert that is naturally gluten free and vegan-friendly. Citrus and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations and one I grew up enjoying quite frequently thanks to my beautiful mother. Without fail, whenever we go out for ice cream she orders a scoop of chocolate and a scoop of lemon ice cream in the … {Read the full article}

Fennel and Orange Slaw with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese {Spring Entertaining Giveaway!}

Fennel and Orange Slaw with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese - The Lemon Bowl

Bursting with flavor, this citrus and fennel slaw is topped with sweet roasted beets and creamy goat cheese. Perfect for spring entertaining but simple enough for a quick lunch. Brightly colored fruits and veggies get all of the attention but don't be fooled, white vegetables are packed in nutrients as well! An excellent source of Vitamin C, fiber and folate, I try to incorporate fennel into our … {Read the full article}

Lemon Shortbread with Salted Chocolate Drizzle

Lemon Shortbread w Salted Chocolate Drizzle - The Lemon Bowl

Lemon juice adds bright, fresh flavor to these decadent buttery shortbread cookies. The salted chocolate drizzle takes each bite to the next level. There is something so pure and magical about shortbread cookies. Buttery, dense, slightly nutty and just the right amount of salt - they are perfect for dipping into coffee. They also happen to be my mother's favorite cookie which is why I loved … {Read the full article}

Simple Roasted Beets with Orange and Rosemary

Roasted Beets

Roasted beets are easier to make than you think! My simple recipe creates tender, sweet beets with a hint of fresh rosemary and orange in the background.Roasted beets have a special place in my heart. Believe it or not, my very first blog post involved roasted beets: Beets and Wheat Berries Make Me Happy. What can I say? I love beets and I wanted to tell the world. The truth is, so many people … {Read the full article}

Lightened Chicken Salad Recipe

Lightened Chicken Salad by The Lemon Bowl

Your favorite chicken salad gets a healthy makeover with creamy yogurt and tangy dijon mustard. When you are busy with a 4 month old and a 2 year old all day, quick-and-easy becomes the name of the game when it comes to lunch time. Of course, life is too short to eat grilled chicken salads every day so I love finding new ways to create hearty yet satisfying meals that don't make you feel … {Read the full article}