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Castle Cuisine: Tzatziki Sauce

We’re making falafel tonight in the castle. Here’s a great recipe for Tzatziki Sauce.


  • 3/4 (8 ounce) container plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cucumbers – peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled


This recipe’s Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 8 servings. I seriously cut it back for this recipe (made for only 3-4 people).
In a food processor or blender, combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill and garlic. Process until well-combined. Transfer to a separate dish, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for best flavor.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 75 | Total Fat: 4.4g | Cholesterol: 3mg

Adapted from

A tip from our friend Patrick: This sauce should be made one day in advance so that all the flavors have time to mingle with the yogurt. Here’s his photo blog about making falafel

Free Printable! Weekly Meal Planner

In the past year, I have fallen in love with meal planning. My haphazard days of cooking in university tailored me to be a mess when it came to organizing my meals. I would go to the grocery store unplanned and end up buying things I didn’t need that week and they would go bad. Very wasteful! But alas, a lesson every cook must learn.

Since I started meal planning I have become much more resourceful in my cooking and much less is going to waste– I’ve even started making my own vegetable stock to reduce the waste more. Now, each week I find what’s on sale at the local store or coming in our crop share. Then I hunt down recipes, on Pinterest, in books or in my recipe binder (from the Pre-Pinterest years, when I’d rip out seemingly every page of Martha Stewart, Cooking Light, or Food & Wine). The 20-30 minutes it takes me to look through our local ad, write down what’s on sale that week, and find recipes to match, saves me that time and more on week nights when we’re rushing to get to our evening activities.

One thing that really got my foundation firmly grounded on this meal planning idea was our winter crop share (click for my recipe collection board) last year. Each week we received a list of items that were headed our way from local farms. Many times, with it being a winter share, we had a mix of crazy random veggies and squash. I had never heard of the things that were making their way to my kitchen. We had salsify  purple sweet potatoes, watermelon radishes… none of which I had any experience cooking with. It was because of our share that I was forced to make our weekly meals work.

I find doing this plan saves us not only time, but money, too! Which I love. Having a game plan when I get in the grocer’s is key to keeping my focus on the task… and then I (mostly) avoid getting sidetracked with extras (which seems to be my greatest challenge as a woman… Liam can always make his way in and out without any extras when he’s finished).

There are all different types of weekly plan templates. I found that I really loved the one that CraftSewCreate offered in 2011. So I made my own in their image. I changed the order of the shopping list items to match the flow of my local Kroger – starting in the frozen section and ending with the produce. Let me know how this helps you in your week’s flow.

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Click the images above or download the Weekly Menu Plan PDF here.


Hoppy Easter and Rice Krispie Nests

My Queen Mum made these and had them waiting for us when we arrived at the palace for Easter weekend on Friday. Aren’t they sweet?

rice krispee nests

In the past, she has done them with chow mein noodles but got a little creative this year. They were so yummy and colorful.

DSC_0009Here’s the recipe from and all you have to do is shape them into nests and put your jelly bean eggs in the nest!

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows OR 4 cups miniature marshmallows

6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. 

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.


-For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
-1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
-Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
-Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.
-To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Here’s another palace favorite for Easter celebrations… meet Honey Bunny from our Baker friends at Great Harvest Bread Co in Warrenton! We think he’s almost too cute to eat.

Great Harvest Bunny Easter

What special memories did you make with your loved ones this Easter? We would love to hear about your Easter traditions.


1-2-3 Easy DIY Lavender Laundry Detergent with FREE Printable

I can check off something else from my Domestic Goddess Checklist: I have finally made my own laundry detergent and currently its spinning away in the washer with our sheets and towels.

Wait, what’s that?

Why yes, of course, Princesses do their own laundry!

DIY Lavender Laundry Powder Detergent

Time has always been a factor in this for me, but I finally did it and it didn’t take that long after all. I promised myself once we ran out of detergent then I’d try making next it instead of buying. I found that most of the time involved is in grating of the bar soap. I know some people use a food processor as another option, but I didn’t want to make that much noise in the house this morning.

I love this because it is so much cheaper than buying pre-made detergents. I spend about $9 on all the supplies (less what I usually spend on an entire bottle of eco-friendly liquid detergent). Only using one tablespoon per load… I’m excited to see how many loads I get out of this.

DIY How to make Natural Lavender Laundry Detergent PowderHere’s what you need:

1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Super Washing Soda
1 Bar of Dr. Bonner’s Lavender Castille Soap (shaved)
Large Bowl for shaking mixture
Cheese Grater (and a lot of arm power)
Pasta Sauce Jar for storing

1. Grate the soap bar (I used both the small and larger grating spots).
2. Add one cup Borax and one cup Super Washing Soda.
3. Shake it up, pour it into the sauce jar to store, and you’re done!

To Use:

1 Tablespoon per load or 2 for an extra dirty wash. I keep a Tablespoon in the jar for quick and easy measuring.

DIY Lavender Laundry Powder Detergent 1 Tablespoon

You can print our the cute FREE label so those who help with the laundry will know what to do, too.

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Questions about using Borax?

Getting to the Bottom of Borax: Is it Safe or Not? | Crunchy Betty

I can’t wait to hear if you try this at home.

Wouldn’t this be a great gift for Mother’s Day? However, I suggest only doing this if you’ve already moved away from home… otherwise it might get taken the wrong way – ha. Who wouldn’t LOVE homemade detergent as a gift.

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Lucky Charms (Rice Krispie) Treats

lucky charms rice krispee treat recipe

Heaven exists on earth, and we found it in these delicious and festive krispie treats. Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to make these yummy treats for my piano students. If you want to see that project, follow me here…


A childhood favorite, I haven’t had Lucky Charms cereal in probably 15 years! Wow. My taste buds reacted like someone who’d been starved for 6 months. I couldn’t get enough. I wasn’t alone, Lady Kathleen and I couldn’t stop eating them by the handful. They really ARE magically delicious.

I used this recipe from Ezra Pound Cake and omitted the extra chocolate and sprinkle garnish. I really liked mixing the two cereals because you get that divine crunchy crispiness of the Rice Krispies and the magically deliciousness marshmallow of the Lucky Charms.

Here’s a great tip from her recipe, “I like to go half Lucky Charms, half Rice Krispies, since the Krispies keep the treats from getting too hard as they set. Also, if you stir in the Krispies first, the mixture has time to cool a little, so you don’t melt your pink hearts, blue moons and green clovers”.lucky charms rice krispee treat recipe directions

Lucky Charms Treats

To get the best texture, I mix the Lucky Charms with Rice Krispies. The hollow Krispies provide some “give,” so the treats don’t get too hard over time.

Adapted from Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® Original Treats™ recipe

Makes 12 squares


lucky charms rice krispee treat recipe mixGrease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside. Melt butter over low to medium heat in a large saucepan. Add marshmallows, and stir until melted. Take the pan off the heat. Add Rice Krispies, and stir until well coated. Stir in the Lucky Charms. Using a spatula, transfer the cereal mixture to your prepared dish. Coat your hands with nonstick spray, and press down the mixture evenly. While the treats are still warm, add sprinkles, if using. Let the treats cool, and cut into 2-inch squares. Drizzle on melted white chocolate, if using. Store in an airtight container.

These are really great to do with the kids because there’s not much clean up involved… unless you spill a portion of the Rice Krispies cereal when opening the bag (guilty)… and the kids will love the stickiness of the marshmallow mixture.  I’ve always loved Rice Krispie treats. I loved making them with my mom for school treat days.

I wonder if you added caramel and salted them… everyone loves the salted sweet flavor! Oh, maybe that’s a crazy idea.


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