Cucumber and Feta Salad (that also makes an amazing dip!) And a GIVEAWAY!

Cucumber and Feta Salad (that also makes an amazing dip!) And a GIVEAWAY!

July 26, 2010

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I trust most anything David Lebovitz does. And during my search for feta salad recipes, I came across his recreation of Joanne Weir’s cucumber and feta salad. It looked so beautiful, I just had to try it. It was a wonderful salad, but also makes an awesome party dip. It’s also pretty simple, but packed full of flavor!

I did make a few changes to the recipe… I used more cucumber than it called for. And I kept the peel on and seeds in, since a cucumber is not a cucumber without (at least to me). But like David recommended, I served the salad with some baked pita chips.

Enjoy the recipe, but also make sure you read to the end of this post to see a fun, Gap giveaway!

Cucumber and Feta Salad:

  • 2 medium cucumbers, diced into pea-sized pieces
  • Coarse salt
  • 8 oz. Athenos feta cheese (I used half cracked black pepper and half traditional)
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 2-3 T freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 T water
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely-diced
  • 1 T fresh mint
  • 1 T fresh parsley
  • 1 T fresh dill

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After chopping my cucumbers, I put them in a colander with some salt and let them drain for about 30 minutes, shaking the colander from time to time.

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I crumbled the feta in a medium bowl and mixed together with olive oil, lemon juice, water, and some black pepper.

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Then mixed in the onion and herbs.

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And the cucumber, too!

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And mixed it all together.

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I kept the salad in the fridge, while I baked my pita chips. I simply cut whole wheat pita bread into triangles, brushed some olive oil on them, sprinkled salt on them, and baked them for about 8 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Perfection!

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I served the salad in a smaller bowl.

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With the pita chips.

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And piled a bit of the cucumber feta salad on some of the pita chips.

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This would be a great little hors d’oeuvres for a party.

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Or you could just serve the salad and pita chips separately and let guests dip the chips themselves.

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Chels came over to enjoy the salad (she’s not sick of feta salads either!). And then we headed out to see our friends’ band at the Middle East in Cambridge. They band is called The Timberfakes and they’re a Justin Timberlake cover band!

They’re pretty awesome and you should definitely check them out at their upcoming shows.

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We had a blast… The Timberfakes sold out the Middle East, which is absolutely amazing!!

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And now for the giveaway! Remember when I had that Gap Born to Fit party last year? Well I’m still a Gap brand enthusiast and I still get lovely presents from them and Brand About Town in the mail every so often. They recently sent me this super cute faded denim jacket. I never ever ever thought I would be a fan of faded denim (especially in jacket form), but I love this!

It’s super lightweight and perfect to throw on over a summer outfit. But could also actually be worn as a button-up shirt.

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Anyway, since they sent me this cute jacket, I wanted to do something for you guys, too! They also gave me a gift certificate for a free pair of Gap jeans! And I’m, of course, giving it to one of you lucky readers.

Want a chance to win? All you have to do is give me your best moving tip. I’m moving this Friday, for the first time in 5 years, and I’m welcoming all moving advice.

You have until Friday, July 30, at 11:59 p.m. to enter. And you can get extra entries by tweeting about the giveaway and referencing @wearenotmartha and/or blogging about it.

Good luck!! And wish me luck on a super crazy busy week, during which I also have to finish packing my life up!

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109 Responses to "Cucumber and Feta Salad (that also makes an amazing dip!) And a GIVEAWAY!"

  1. Erica says:

    YUM! This looks awesome. I don’t think I could ever get sick of delicious feta. And it pairs so well with cucumber. That band sounds like a lot of fun. I love JT- I could totally get behind this group. What a cute jacket/shirt. I love gap jeans and would be thrilled to win this gift certificate. Best moving tip- get rid of what you don’t need before you think about packing!

  2. I just completed a move, and was very thankful that I did it over the course of a few days, so it wasn’t so overwhelming!! If you have time to do that (leases that cross over), I would definitely recommend it. If you only have a few days, I’d move clothes and “stuff” one day, and furniture the next!

  3. Lexi says:

    cucumber and feta is one of my favorite combinations ever!

    as for moving, last time I moved, I had several friends help with the boxes and whatnot and we finished in just a few hours!

  4. Ari says:

    Moving tip–provide lots of water for the movers/your family and friends/whoever’s helping you move. My last move was an August one, and the movers went through 5 bottles each.

    Still lovin’ the feta!

  5. Boys. Boys are my best moving tip. Buy them pizza and beers and they’re happy campers!

  6. heather says:

    Best moving tip – remind yourself frequently that moving is a pain and having a ton of accumulated stuff is not only annoying but unnecessary. Use that as motivation to part with those items you haven’t worn/used/appreciated in forever! Your move will be quicker, load will be lighter, and the donated items will be able to help less fortunate families.

  7. sweetersalt says:

    Ooooh that looks so good on pita chips!

    As for moving tips – get rid of as much stuff as you can (go through old clothes, etc. and sell them / give away). I also use things like napkins, towels, blankets, etc. to wrap breakables. It saves space and uses stuff you’d already be packing.

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  8. Lynzy says:

    Looks delicious!
    Moving Tips:
    1.) Try to “spring clean” as many items as you can (sell them via craigslist, ebay or hold a tag sale for extra cash)
    2.) I always make sure to have plenty of tissue paper and newspaper to wrap up my dishware
    3.) Run to a nearby restaurant, they are always throwing away large boxes that you could use to pack everything up 🙂

    I also tweeted about your giveaway!

    xo Lynzy
    http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

  9. Chris says:

    Pick me, pick me.. Seriously though this tasted great. Also if you live in the Boston area.. check out the Timberfakes.

  10. Johanna says:

    That looks yummy..Im a military wife so I move often..I would suggest in taking photos of valuables, writing down serial #’s. Label every box then make an excel sheet that has the general contents of each box in more detail. It really helps for you to know where everything is ( this really helps me) because once its packed that is it..Happy moving

    sultansmom at gmail dot com

  11. Maiah says:

    i swear, its like stimulation overload when i read your posts. delicious food, great nights out, and a great giveaway? its too good!

    as for my moving tip – hire someone to move your stuff and ask for their earliest appointment! that way, you’re in your new place before 10, and before the awful summer heat kicks in! 🙂 good luck Sues!

  12. Angie says:

    I’m moving at the end of August, 1st time in 4 years! I’ve been trying to get rid of as much ‘stuff’ as I can. Old books, clothes. Craigslisting items I don’t need. That’s my tip. 🙂

  13. Melissa says:

    This looks delicious and will be a must-make for me! My best moving tip – pack your books (you have billions just like me I assume) in suitcases and your clothes in trash bags. Since books are so heavy they can be wheeled in suitcases easily and since clothes are squishy you can make them fit into any nook and cranny in your car or moving van!

  14. Simply Life says:

    I’m moving this weekend too – my advice: label boxes! That way you know where they go and what’s in them in your new place!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Clean out the clutter and donate it all a couple of days before. I did this before my move and it helped soo much. Less stuff to unpack and purging your closet is cathartic!

  16. sarah k. says:

    moving advice: look on craigslist for boxes and/or other moving materials. you could score some great stuff. or buy boxes @ uhaul because they’re quality & you can return what you don’t need. also… label boxes & then place signs all over so your moving help can know where everything goes. 🙂 good luck!!

  17. Cellar Mouse says:

    Pack a box of essentials that says open first. Keep track of this box. Include a bowl, spoon, napkins, oatmeal,coffee, bathroom essentials like toilet paper and a towel. Just things that you would need in your first 24 hours in your new place. This way you will not go from box to box just to have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.

  18. Lizzy says:

    That salad looks perfect and amazing. I’m drooling, seriously! Fun night at the Middle East too! Best moving tip: Keep your clothes on hangers, so then you can move it right out of your closet and into a new one. I always do that when I move! And I love Gap! I worked at Gap Inc for 7 years! From the time I was 16, into college : )

  19. Katrina says:

    Oh moving. I’m moving again as well, at the end of August, hopefully on the 29th, maybe on the 31st. I hate moving in Boston, and I think my number 1 tip would be not to move on the 31st or 1st! But you’ve already got that taken care of, so you’re off to a good start! I’m reading through the comments – gonna steal some of these tips myself!

  20. Sonya says:

    Hire a moving company. Totally worth it!

  21. brandi says:

    Label the boxes! Simple stuff (i.e., books, pots/pans, etc) but also what ROOM you want the stuff in (i.e., kitchen, bedroom, etc).

    And get all your friends together to help 🙂

  22. This may be a bad tip but don’t workout the day before so you are not sore on moving day (or at least not very hard). Learned that one the hard way.

  23. Barbara says:

    That salad is so much like my tzatziki recipe, just all feta and no yogurt. I like to serve mine with toasted whole wheat pita too! This is a super recipe!

    As far as moving is concerned, if you aren’t already mostly packed and you are moving Friday my advice is to GET HELP.

  24. Shannon Marie says:

    Your recipes are making me crave feta in a way that I have never have before! You totally sold me with your homemade pita chips.

    As far as moving goes:
    -packing is a GREAT opportunity to clean out, recycle stuff and figure out what you just don’t need (it’s always a good excuse for me to go through my closet and use the “if i haven’t worn it in a year” rule.)
    -you can put anything you don’t need on craigslist and make a big of extra cash to put towards things for your new place 🙂
    -label your boxes… i just used a sharpie and was very specific as to what was inside, i.e. “kitchen” then under that, spices, cookbooks, etc. (it takes awhile to unpack and re organize and this saves opening up 5 boxes to find what you are looking for… i had 15 boxes alone for my kitchen)
    -bribe friends with yummy food and beverages, i’ve moved 3 times in the last 3 years and this has always worked (and kept people from getting too grouchy!)

    Best of luck.

  25. Victoria says:

    My moving advice is to label everything and start packing as early as possible.

  26. Ann says:

    I might be eating as much feta as you are lately, and I’m not even part of the challenge, it’s just so good! I bet if you combined all those ingredients in the food processor and pulsed a few times it would make it even more dip-like.
    I’ve been meaning to try the new gap jeans, so this would be a great opportunity! I just moved from an apartment into a house, which wasn’t too hard, but I recommend unpacking all the boxes the first weekend, otherwise it’s too easy to ignore them for months! Also, use big garbage bags upside down like makshift garmet bags over all your hanging clothes in your closet. Then you can carry them in big budles, so you avoid dropping clothes everywhere or trying to pack them all. Good luck with your move!

  27. Julie Q says:

    My best moving advice is to pretend like you are sick (**NOT HUNGOVER** because that does not work) and are unable to do any thing! Also, crying helps.

  28. Julie Q says:

    BTW, that salad just made me decide its time for lunch. nom nom nom

  29. Katie says:

    I wish I had some of these tips before I moved last October! My best moving tip is: don’t try to be overly organized, it never works and only causes frustration in the end. While I’m all for labeling boxes, it seems I always end up with one designated “stuff” with who-knows-what in it! Oh, and good music is also key to a move =)

  30. Jo says:

    I try to stay organized and label all my boxes so that unpacking isn’t chaotic too! And definitely get friends to help with beer, wine, pizza… a delicious Cucumber and Feta salad? The more the merrier when moving! Good luck 🙂

  31. That dip looks soooo good! My best moving tip is REALLY labeling all of your boxes. Make a pretty detailed list of whats inside each one. The worst thing is looking for one specific thing while unpacking and not being able to find it! By labeling your boxes everything becomes easier 🙂

  32. Sarah says:

    Hire movers – or at least ask friends to help and offer them delicious treats like this fab looking cucumber/feta dip! Good luck!

  33. Sarah says:

    That dip/salad looks great! Yum!

    My best moving tip: use empty vessels like laundry baskets, suitcases and the like to pack up belongings, and label your boxes according to where they’ll be going in your apartment (kitchen, bedroom) so those moving can put them where they belong — less work in the long run and easier to unpack and get organized.

  34. That looks delicious! Honestly I’m not sure if this tip is relevant to your location, but when I lived in Arizona and moved in the middle of summer we would wait until it was dark so it was a bit cooler to start moving. Reward yourself by eating some very cold ice cream!

  35. Christian says:

    Feta makes everything better. This looks delish.

    My favorite moving tip is to set up and make your bed first. That way, when you inevitably want to crash after the long day, you have a nice well made cozy bed to fall into and you’re not worried about where the sheets are and putting it back together. My mom told me this during my first move and its always stuck.

  36. Shannon says:

    ooh, that looks fabulous! movers. haha, i’ve never actually done that, but i swear next time i will 🙂 label the boxes, or mark the ones that have stuff you’ll need to unpack right away. don’t forget to leave out cleaning supplies in case anything needs it when you get to the new place! hopefully you’re not moving too far away!

  37. Megan says:

    FETA FETA FETA
    In addition to labeling my boxes to which room they belong. I also number them and make a list of the contents of each box (not too specific) That way, I can prioritize my unpacking. If a box has things I won’t need for a while, it gets unpacked last.

  38. Beth G says:

    My best moving tip is to take the time you have and literally mark on a calendar when you are going to pack each room. When my husband & I moved, we planned out when we were going to tackle each room so it was like an appointment. When it was that room’s “turn”, we’d go in armed with trash bags, the laptop to list things on craigslist as we found them etc and boxes to put the rest into. It worked out really well and kept us organized.

  39. Kelly says:

    My best moving tip is to label the boxes as well as you possibly can and also to group essential items together so that when you go to unpack you can do those first and leave any less necessary boxes for later. Also I love the idea of the timberflakes. Too silly.

  40. Juliana says:

    Wow, love the idea of serving on the chips, it sure makes a great appetizer and so refreshing 🙂

  41. I like to make a moving “kit” with water bottles, granola bars, asprin, band aids and stuff so I have it handy and don’t have to go looking in boxes for it. Here’s to wishing you a safe move! 🙂

  42. delia says:

    You can get free moving boxes from the supermarket. They get so many shipment boxes that they usually just throw them away, but if you get there at the right time, you can score a whole bunch.

  43. Courtney L says:

    Make sure you have reliable help. I’ve had horrible experiences with people Ive hired not show up, maybe bribe some friends to help with pizza and beer:)

  44. marissa says:

    This salad looks delicious! Moving is such a hassle – try to use it as a way to clear out the clutter! As you pack, really look at everything you own and purge what you don’t need/don’t wear! Then donate it to a great local charity. Good luck!

  45. Alli Faye says:

    I think the best moving advice ever is just to relax and try not to get overworked about anything – that never helps. But it also helps to have tons of boxes on hand so you don’t have to try to jam everything into a couple boxes.

  46. Judes says:

    Deelish! Love love all this feta business!
    Best moving tip — Hire hot movers! I did that last time and it made the day all that more enjoyable! 🙂

  47. Wehaf says:

    Moving tip – pack one box with all your essentials, and mark it in big letters – OPEN THIS FIRST. Change of clothes, pajamas, toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, all that stuff.

  48. Emily says:

    my best moving tip is COLOR CODING. every room gets a different and distinct color. that way, you don’t have to read the text on boxes when you’re schlepping stuff- just know that purple means kitchen, pink means bedroom, etc. etc. and people helping you move don’t have to sort out what goes where on their own.

  49. PursuitOfLLT says:

    Moving tip:

    If you have shoes in the boxes still and don’t want to take up 10 boxes buy contractor garbage bags (huge and heavy duty) and stack the boxes inside like a block. Boom good to go!

    And ziplock gallon sized bags. Perfect to put jewelry in, desk supplies, belts, etc. Lifesavers!!

    And I can’t wait to make that feta salad, YUM!

    I tweeted about it too!

  50. Ashley says:

    Moving tip: Get pregnant. The last two times I moved I was 6+ months pregnant and wasn’t allowed to touch a thing!!!
    But since you are on a tight schedule ;), my best tip is blow a little cash and get movers. I moved 10 times in 8 years. For the first 7 times I moved it all myself (with help of friends of course) but the last 3 times we splurged for movers. Last time they even packed our stuff. Not cheap but VERY worth the money. I’ll never lift my own boxes and furniture again! Good luck!!!

  51. Ashley says:

    Hmm my best moving tip? Garage sales! Hold a garage sale and sell everything and anything you don’t need or don’t want to move! That way, you have less to pack, and can buy new stuff to style your new place exactly how you want!

  52. Lara says:

    Moving tips:
    1) If you can’t remember the last time you used it, don’t take it with you!
    2) Movers are fantastic – if they offer to pack up the “i’ll move it myself pile” – it’s worth it
    3) Go to the new place with snacks and put drinks in the fridge before moving. Nothing worse than warm drinks when you’re exhausted.

  53. Sharon says:

    Sues…You look absolutely adorable in that Gap jacket! And we’ll be making that awesome looking Cucumber & Feta Salad for dinner tonight as a side dish. As far as moving advice, I always recommend to “Use your friends wisely” (Charlie Brown). If every one of your friends has a special talent (which I know many of them do), ask them to volunteer their expertise and in turn, you will have a party in the very near future, at which you will make all the food and provide drinks as a “thank-you”. This way, everyone wins and has fun in the process!

  54. Debbie Holland says:

    Do not try to cook while in the process of moving–or if you must, pack all necessary cooking tools in one well-marked box.

  55. Kristen says:

    Congrats on a new place! Moving can be a pain, but try not to stress it too much. My piece of advice: look past the unpacking and instead look forward to the decorating! The move will go quickly and then you’ll have plenty of time to making your new space uniquely yours.

  56. Rachel says:

    Label your boxes with numbers, and then keep a list of what’s in each numbered box separately. Benefits of this system:
    1. You will know right away whether or not all your stuff made it over.
    2. You won’t feel so compelled to follow the compulsive side of you that wants to neatly write “books” on the side of the box, and you can just write a neat number and list all the contents elsewhere (which brings me to tip 2: don’t pack only books in the box. SO heavy! It’s tempting because they all fit in there so nicely, but don’t fall for it. Mix in lightweight stuff with them and split them up.)
    3. Should someone nefarious come across your moving boxes, they won’t automatically know what’s in them. Maybe that’s paranoid, but it’s nice not to broadcast to a stranger that all your jewelry is conveniently in one place…
    Good luck!

  57. Bridget says:

    Well moving sucks big time so anything to make it less of a pain is always helpful. My #1 tipe would probably be to BEG as many people as you can to help!! Seriously it;s amazing how fast it can go when there are many hands involved. Also pray it’s not sweltering hot 🙂 Cute jacket! I got new jean jacket this summer and then realized I sitll had my old one (from the last time they were “in”) in the closet haha!

  58. Danielle says:

    Whatever I do whenever I need to transport my clothes from my closet is to just take them out as is (meaning, keep them on the hangers) and lay them in the car that way. When you get to your new place, you can just carry them into your room and put them right in your closet.

    Sounds silly and all too simple, but packing and unpacking a box full of folded closet clothes is a time waster that can be avoided 🙂

  59. Cheryl Casperson says:

    The best advice I can give you is labeling.. Very important… Just label the crap out of your boxes so you can know whats in them and whats not.. Also get rid of crap you dont need, dont justify keeping something because one day in 5 years you might use it. Im in college and move around a ton, trust me this helps..

  60. Cheryl Casperson says:

    tweeted about your giveaway!!

  61. Rebecca says:

    Last year I moved 5 times in 7 months. Craziness! But definitely pack stuff as neat as possible in boxes, makes it easier when you go to put everything away. Also, keep clothes on hangers and just pile them in the back seat of a car when you’re moving. One less step when everything gets put in the new place.

  62. Anita says:

    Best moving tip: Recruit all your friends and feed them all day! Pizza and water (hydration) for lunch and end with a BBQ and beer at your new place to celebrate or your old place to say farewell. Well feed movers are the best help.

  63. Katie says:

    oh gosh, i could so use a new pair of Gap jeans! my last non-ripped pair of jeans just went over to the dark side with a huge left knee rip!

    the best piece of moving advice i can give you is to just suck it up and hire movers. when i moved from boston to chicago, i had movers AND packers. it was expensive but it was worth it (esp. since i didn’t know anyone in the city yet that i could sucker into helping me unpack).

  64. Danielle says:

    The best mving advice I ever recieved was from, Under the Tuscan Sun. But, to toot my own horn I had already figured it out years earlier because I moved a lot. Take one room and make it your own that day. I always started with my bedroom because one you have established your calm retreat you can just go and sit in there when the kaos of the move takes over. Another thing that is fun..Beer and Pizza! When you move you don’t want to do much just start unpacking and get all nested. Taking the pizza and beer break after moving everything in really sets a nice tone to the beginning of your life in your new home..at least thats what I think. Good luck

  65. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve moved so many times that I’ve lost count. My #1 moving tip is to hire a mover!! I researched this for months before my move because I didn’t think I could afford it. Well I found a company out of Southie that was affordable, nice, and SO FAST!!!They made my move so much less stressful. I would also recommend labeling boxes with the name of the room that you want them to go into at your new place and I also labeled the rooms so they knew what I meant when the box said “Den” or “Third bedroom”. Good luck!!!!! Oh! And remember to pack healthy snacks and lots of water in a cooler that is easily accessible!

  66. Joanne says:

    The Middle East brings back such good memories! My roommate and I used to go there all the time during college…of course we were only about three blocks away but still. I miss Boston 🙁

    My best moving advice is to not be afraid to throw things out! My own personal rule is that I haven’t used somethign or thought about it in a year…then it can probably be tossed.

    I’m not usually the biggest fan of cucumbers but this salad looks awesome! So much flavor!

  67. Beth says:

    Don’t move cross-country during a blizzard in Denver–especially during Christmas. They have some crazy “it will melt” theory that will involve lots of tears on your part as you are forced to stay in you apartment because your moving truck won’t leave it’s lot (“there’s snow!” “uh, don’t you guys have a SHOVEL?”). You will miss both Christmas and your birthday. It will be bad. Don’t do it.

  68. Cindy A. says:

    I love your jacket! And that salad looks mighty tasty. Definitely going to give your recipe a try. Thank you for sharing… and giving us the chance to win such a great gift. 🙂

    My tip… hire a moving company! My mister and I are also moving this week and we’ve decided to hire a local company to do all the lifting. We made that decision the day we moved into our current place. After a horrific day lugging furniture & boxes up to the 2nd floor in 90* weather we made a promise NEVER to do it again.

  69. Jan says:

    Organizing is a good tip before moving… but that’s a huge project and sometimes it’s hard to meet the moving day deadline. My best advice is this
    Pack a suitcase with everything you need to get along for a few days.
    This will include: clothes, toiletries you use everyday, makeup, blow dryer, curling iron; bedding: 1 set of sheets, pillow, pillowcase, bath towel, hand towel, washcloth, body wash or bath soap; toilet paper. In a box pack kitchen essentials: paper towels, dish towels, dishcloths, dishwashing liquid—for sink and dishwasher—dishpan, paper plates, plastic cups, plasticware, a few plastic food containers, zipper bags, trash can, trash bags. Next food: pack an ice chest with condiments, pickles, fruits, vegetables, cheese, lunch meat… yogurt, milk, juice. In a box pack crackers, bread, cereal… Then even if you order out for moving meals you’ll have enough on hand to make a sandwich or have a bowl of cereal.
    If you’re moving all in one day make your bed the first piece of furniture off the truck, put it in the bedroom, build it and make it. Just sheets, pillow, and maybe a blanket is all you need for sleeping.
    Then in the kitchen fill the dishpan with warm soapy water and wipe down the kitchen countertops, lower cabinet shelves and the refrigerator. Put your kitchen essentials inside the cabinet to keep the counter top free for boxes and major unpacking. Put your stuff in the fridge as soon as the fridge is cold if it’s been unplugged. Buy a bag of ice for the freezer.
    Now. Go unpack everything else knowing that you can eat, shower and sleep and get on with your life
    And in your case I’d suggest packing your computer gear and camera together and after you’ve done all of the above, find at least a temporary place for your computer so you can fill us in on how things are going with the move. Good luck!
    Jan

  70. Mary says:

    The dip looks and sounds amazing. Moving advice? Stay calm and label everything. Set up bedrooms and kitchen before you even think of the other rooms. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  71. Daisy says:

    GOOD LUCK. I’ve moved a lot in Boston. my tip:hire movers.

  72. Meagan says:

    Label EVERYTHING and try to stay as organized as possible!

  73. Meagan says:

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  74. melanie says:

    if you can afford it, hire movers! it’s completely worth it! and have them move the boxes too, not just the big stuff. i made that mistake last time i moved and ended up carrying heavy boxes both up and down three flights of stairs everyday for a week straight! i hate moving! but i LOVE setting up and decorating the new place!

  75. Robin says:

    “Wicked Domestic”‘s comment was what I was going to write word for word. Boys, pizzas, and beers. Send them home with some baked goods too!
    LOVE the faded denim jacket. It shouldn’t work but it totally does!

  76. Sharon Rooney says:

    OMG this looks wonderful.

    Best moving tip, label all of your boxes with what room they are going into and when you get to your new home have the boxes taken to that room.
    It is also a good idea to have a couple of boxes labeled to open first, such as bedroom #1, in this box have your pillows, sheets and blankets so you can make your bed and don’t have to search through all of your bedroom boxes.

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  78. Pat says:

    Make sure you don’t pack up your alcohol. Once you get to your new destination, you are going to want to have some drinks once you realize all the unpacking you have to do!

  79. Emily says:

    if you haven’t used it in 6 months, and haven’t thought about it in 12 months throw it away, donate, or sell it! i promise you won’t miss it

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  81. My best advice is to number your boxes and keep a corresponding list with an overview of the items inside that box. Now I’m not usually this organized, but it really helps when you need something specific before you’re unpacked. AND it helps if your moving company loses some of your stuff (I won’t name any names…)

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  82. anna says:

    pack all the essentials that you will right away in 1 box for each room, (ex. living room box, kitchen box) and write “open me first” that way if you really need those cupcake tins the first night you are in your new home or your essential bathroom things you know which bathroom or kitchen box to go to!!

  83. anna says:

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  84. Mmm great looking salad! It looks like you’ve received a boatload of moving tips, so it’s hard to come up with something else to add! I think I’d just say have a bottle of wine ready for move in night to help unwind. After a day of moving, stress is expected so just find a wat to relax!

  85. michelle says:

    Best moving tip, coming from someone who has lived in 4 different states in the past year – don’t worry about folding all of your clothes and putting them away nicely- big black trash bags (the ones used for leaves) are the best way to pack clothes. and bedding too! its cheap and easy to transport and super lightweight. good luck with the move!

  86. paulina says:

    I’m a student in college and I have moved once a year since starting and my best tip is to donate as many of the clothes that you don’t wear and to throw out or recylcle anything else you don’t use or have space for so that packing and unpacked is cut wayyyy down (and to have a bottle of wine ready for unpacking!)

  87. Jess says:

    My best moving tip would be to clear the clutter out of your life before packing a thing. GET RID OF IT and then pack all the stuff you absolutely need. I use the one year rule. If I haven’t used it, worn it, or opened it, it gets tossed. I use this rule for spices as well. Mark when you buy them and replace them after 1 year. Good luck with your move!

  88. Lauren says:

    Definitely wrap up jewelry in tissue paper. My jewelry is usually hanging separately from hooks on my wall, but when I move and put it in bags, it becomes one big jumble of impossible-to-untangle chains. So now I wrap finer chains up in tissue paper before I pack them 🙂

  89. Erin says:

    My best moving tip would be to clean out your closet and drawers and don’t move anything that you haven’t worn in a year or so. Chances are you won’t wear it and you can feel good about donating it to someone who will.

  90. Chinye says:

    Moving Advice: 1. Go to local supermarkets and or liquor stores for free boxes! When I was in college, I went to the dinning hall and they were able to give me 5 sturdy boxes a day. It was great. 2. Unpack as soon as you can. I know after moving (especially if you self move) you’ll be a little tired, but try to get much out of the way. 3. Ask for help! I wouldn’t have been able to move if it wasn’t for my bf and his 2 best friends. Friends and family make for the best experience. If you have friends helping you, treat them with a dinner as thank you. They’ll appreciate that tons 🙂

  91. moving tips: donate, donate, donate!
    provide food for any folks helping you move (which you would do, regardless)
    try to clean/paint any rooms in the new place before your move.

  92. Corinne says:

    Best moving tips: ORGANIZITION! I pack up ALL my bathroom stuff together, the kitchen stuff all together and this includes decor, carpets, cook books, vases…legit everything in the kitchen.. That way the kitchen box goes in the kitchen and nothing from any other room gets jumbled in. This makes unpacking a breeze. Also, throw out anything you haven’t seen or worn in a year. It will be hard to part with but I strongly encourage the declutterification (is that a word? HAHA)

  93. moving tip: get rid of everything you don’t need. pay for movers to do the work for you. it’s so worth it!

  94. Corinne says:

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  95. Ali says:

    Moving Tip: Just about any man you know will help for the price of pizza & beer!

  96. Kim K says:

    Best moving tip is to hook up with your mover – and hopefully next time you move it will be free 🙂

  97. Kwan says:

    Moving tip: Get a dolly from Home Depot. (one of those big metal things with wheels that appliance delivery people use). you can move anything with that – stack a bunch of boxes, turn a sofa vertically and strap it to it etc.) good luck on your move! (and good luck to me for this giveaway- that would be awesome!)

  98. My best moving tip is to label every box by room, then also make a list of the contents of the box to tape to the outside of the box 🙂

  99. Corey says:

    On moving day stay as calm and relaxed as possible – there’s lots to get stressed about but try to laugh things off! 🙂 Also label exactly the contents of every box you pack – it will help so much!

  100. Heather says:

    i have a thing for laundry baskets – my moving tip is to keep one accessable as you are packing. When you come across things you think you may need during the moving process and the unpacking progress (scissors, advil, a dish rag, a note pad and pen, your extra cell phone charger, etc.) or things that are breakable/super special to you/extremely awkward to pack, add it to the laundry basket. (i also pack a laundry basket for solor road trips – I keep it in the front seat and it holds everything I may need for the drive, plus a little more. i love a laundry basket.)

    Also include your two favorite framed table top photos – as soon as you arrive at your new home, put them SOMEWHERE you will see them often as you are unpacking – the top of a dresser, table, kitchen counter, etc. Seeing your loved ones as you set up shop will help you to feel like home instantly.

  101. Lauren S. says:

    I think mine may have been mentioned already but set up your bed first thing, because once your done you will want to crash immediately. Second if you can make small trips try and take things out of your closet still on the hangers in groups, by doing this your not packing up your whole closet to unpack it again, I did this and all of my clothes were “unpacked” before anything else was set up, it’s one more task that won’t need to be tackled later.

  102. Rae says:

    I’ve always had friends help me move – bribed with pizza and beer! My tip would actually be have red bull or coffee on hand in a cooler at all times. You will need a second wind once you get to the new place and have to unload everything!

  103. jan says:

    If you haven’t used it or worn time to part with it. And if it’s from those HS days it’s got to go!
    What great weather for a move 🙂

  104. jan says:

    If you haven’t used it or worn it in a year, then it’s time to part with it. And if it’s from those HS days it’s got to go!
    It’s going to be a perfect day for a move, have fun 🙂

  105. Cheryl says:

    My Mom gave me some moving advice for me that was invaluable. She said to make sure your bedroom was set up first so that when you’re unpacking and lose track of time, you won’t have to set up a bedroom at 3:00 a.m.!!! Good luck.

  106. Ellen Renee says:

    Of all the recipes of yours that I have tried – this is my favorite – I find that I am craving it even in winter! I have made it so many times and have added red pepper & black olives (because I like all the pretty colors!) finely chopped to it – and brush my pita bread with olive oil and sprinkle with some Penzey’s Greek seasoning before I bake them. Making a batch for this weekend! Always think of you everytime I make it and send you a mental thank you :o)

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