Mix and Match!

Mix and Match!

While in quarantine, if even a small percentage is like me, lots of people are cleaning and organizing their homes. The place to start for me would be the kitchen as I am using it waaaaay more than I ever have. I like to surround myself with my favorite things in the kitchen that I use every day. I like for them to be very accessible so that I don't have to pull them all out again and again for every meal that I cook. To me, that includes my cutting boards and my measuring spoons/cups as well as my go-to spices and oils that I use most frequently. A great way to keep these things out but looking neat and decorative in the kitchen is to mix and match some of our products. Our large crates are perfect for holding cutting boards if you are like me and have a substantial amount of them. I put all my essential cooking "tools" in one our trays that I keep by the stove so that it's in easy reach.

Mixing and matching things is fun and many of our products come in a variety of colors that you can coordinate with your space.  I also love using the crates in my pantry where I can keep my vegetables and fruits so that I can easily see them.  We are also a big oatmeal family - so one of my favorite ways to use one of our crates is to create an "oatmeal center" - everything all in one place that I can easily pull down from my pantry and have all my stuff together.  Cuts the preparation time in half!  I do the same thing with a baking crate.  People who rather bake from a box would think differently if they only knew that the time consuming part of baking something from scratch is getting all the ingredients out!  My baking box includes my flours, sugars, baking powder/soda, vanilla extract, chocolate/chips, etc... When you are ready to make something like homemade pancakes or chocolate cookies, it's a breeze!  There are so many ways to utilize them and the different sizes make them so convenient!  What customized crate would you make for your pantry??
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instant mood boost

instant mood boost


There are a few things that can boost my mood these days instantly. My healthy and happy family and friends of course and my garden. There's just something about fresh life growing that reaches into my soul and makes it sing. There isn't anything happier than fresh flowers. You can instantly transform a space with nature's beauty with all its vibrant colors. I automatically knew that as soon as we decided to create crates for our line that they would house many, many plants and flowers in my home. I am super fortunate to live in a place that affords a large home with more than ample yard space but we wanted to develop a product that could suit all needs. So if you are living in a smaller city space or an apartment, we have crates that come in all different sizes.

This photo was given to us by one of our customers and they absolutely love using our smallest crate for fresh flowers inside of their small home on their windowsills. How cute and cheery is that? Whether it's in a balcony or a small patio, these crates can be used to elevate and or used to beautifully frame a fresh bunch of flowers. I don't know about you, but nothing lifts my mood like seeing fresh, blooming flowers in the space where I live. We love hearing from our customers so please share with us how you like utilizing your crates and tag us on Instagram at @athome_onmain.

Happy Monday!
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lemons make lemonade

lemons make lemonade

We love looking for new ways to utilize our crates! Special events are always a fun way to set them up but even for small gatherings at home, you can certainly make them work for you. When I have a few friends coming over on a hot summer day and we are planning to lounge outside by the pool, instead of going inside each time to get a refreshing drink, I love to set up a little beverage stand. It's convenient and cute and just looks super refreshing. One of my favorite drinks for when it's super hot outside is a refreshing and light lemonade. Isn't that par for the course right now...?! When the universe hands you a bunch of lemons, make lemonade ya'll. Or if you are feeling super frisky and you haven't seen your girlfriends in ages, then make a skinny margaritas!

How cute does this set-up look? What would be your drink of choice?
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We have Peppers!

We have Peppers!

Don't you love gardening?? There is just something about growing something with your own hands and actually seeing the fruits of your labor. Many of our products can be used in gardens because it is a passion of mine. Everyone should have a thing or place that they hold onto in stressful times and the garden is my sanctuary especially now with everything that is happening.

I'm excited that our new product line of garden stakes is now out. I wasted very little time using them in my own gardens! Look at these peppers! Aren't they gorgeous?? Still growing but I can't wait to incorporate all the vegetables that I have growing in the garden into my meals. As we limit our forays out into public areas like the grocery stores, it's rewarding to know that you can produce your own produce right here at home. As an added bonus, you know exactly what you are eating and how your food was grown. I hope to share this passion with my own kids and can't wait to feed them food that I grew myself so that they can appreciate the art of it. Once our farmer's markets are open again in full force and it is safe to do so, I would love to take them there so that they can fully appreciate the love and care that goes into growing fresh local food. Look for our garden stakes at lowes.com or by going to this link!
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Weekday Meal

Weekday Meal

We love when we get pictures from our friends and customers using our products!! My friend who threw the baby shower for her friend started her own blog and she has cooking videos as well as recipes on there. I love that she has some of our products and promotes some of our products. She made this amazing salmon in the air fryer and I was ecstatic to see that she used our wooden wine barrel platter to plate her creation! She shared her photo with me - doesn't it look delicious? You should definitely check out her website if you get the chance - she uses a lot of our products in her photography and also has links to where to get them at the bottom of her posts. Meanwhile, she shared her recipe for this delicious, healthy and easy meal made in her air fryer. I am excited to try it!

Spicy Sweet Salmon

INGREDIENTS:
-- 2 1-inch thick salmon fillets
-- 2 Tbsp honey
-- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
-- 1 tsp garlic powder
-- 1 tsp chili flakes
-- sea salt to taste (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat your air fryer for 400F for 5 minutes.
2. Slightly warm up honey in the microwave.
3. Wash and dry the salmon filets.
4. Mix together well the soy sauce, garlic powder and chili flakes into the warmed honey.
5. Create a small foil packet the same approximate size of your air fryer basket. This is to catch the yummy juices and keep it with the fish and also makes clean up a breeze!
6. Place both filets in the foil packet.
7. Spoon the honey-chili mixture onto each, making sure to coat the sides of the salmon.
8. Then, carefully place the salmon fillets foil packet in the preheated air fryer at 400F for 8 minutes (make sure to check on it - you may need to increase/decrease your time depending on the thickness of your salmon.
9. When time is up, carefully remove it and plate. Depending on your soy sauce (I like to use gluten free, low sodium), you might want a light sprinkle of sea salt.

Enjoy with your favorite side dishes! I like to add veggies to the air fryer right after with a simple spray of avocado oil and salt and pepper.

Easy breezy and healthy! She also has a quick video with it all coming together which you can check out here: https://www.themonskerlife.com/post/spicy-sweet-salmon
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