Next Food Box

In my last post I wrote about trying Blue Apron.  The food delivery service.  I signed up for Home Chef as well.  I managed to get a discount on my first box and paid  $49.95 for 2 dinners for 4 people, while the regular cost is $79.95.

I received my box on Friday and it came with recipes and all the needed ingredients.   I was a little disappointed in the quality of the produce. My tomatoes were starting to look bad. I should have taken a picture, but I forgot. The meals turned out fine, and my family enjoyed both meals.  The first meal was steak tacos.  I didn’t take a picture because I had company.

The second meal was orange chicken.

I did like that they have any easy to use app, and you have some choices for your meals.  But overall I was not very impressed with Home Chef.  Their produce was not fresh, and they are a little pricier then other companies.

Stay tuned for my final food service review.



Food Box

I recently signed up to try some different food delivery services.   Have you heard of any? Basically they plan the menu and deliver the recipe and ingredients to your door.

The first one to arrive was Blue Apron. I signed up using their promotional coupon to save a little.  I opted for 2 meals a week for 4 people.  The promotional price was $39.92, and the regular price is  $69.92.  I received my box on Wednesday. Everything came nicely packed box with ice packs.

The recipes come printed on nice, easy to read cards, and all the ingredients were easy to organize for each meal.

All the produce appeared to be fresh and I was impressed with how great everything looked.  The instructions for the meal were easy to follow and it was fun trying new recipes.

 The second meal was BBQ roasted chicken with sweet potato fries, and carrots with collard greens.  I had never had collard greens before,  and they weren’t bad. The things I really like about Blue Apron is they let you choose your meals from a few different options, the produce appeared very fresh, and the price is a little lower than other companies.  They also let you skip deliveries.  I am a little disappointed that they only have an app for iPhones and not for androids.  It would be nice to have an app to manage my account.

Overall I like Blue Apron.  It is simple, the food is good, and it really helps make life easier.


Owl Toddler Beanie 

I finally finished this hat. I purchased a Top This bundle which comes with the yarn and animal topper. I think it is a super cute idea.   The pattern that it comes with is a knitting pattern, and I don’t knit.  It took me a few tries with different patterns until I finally found one I was happy to use.  The pattern I used was from the Top This website, and it is pretty simple.  I’m pretty happy with the results.

Check out this item in my Etsy shop


Book Review: “Good In Bed” by Jennifer Weiner


Book Description via Good Reads:  For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.

But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

My Thoughts:

I have recently taken to listening to audio books.  It isn’t because I don’t want to read, it’s because I want to read too many books.  My Good Reads list is crazy full of all the books I want to read, and I don’t always have time to read.  So, I listen to audio books on my way to work.  I can borrow them through the digital media at my library and it is really easy.  I also read books at home, listen to audio books with the kids when we are in the car, and read books to the kids at home.  I am currently reading/listening to five different books; an audio book for me, one for the kids, reading a book at home, one at work, and one to the kids.  As you can see, I am a little book crazy.

I listened to Good In Bed in the car on my way to work or while I was running errands without the kids.  I really enjoyed the story.  Do not be fooled by the title.  It is not, as my husband put it, a “bodice ripper”.  Basically it is about a woman and some trials she faces.  Ok, I know that was not very detailed, but I think the above summary takes care of the description.

The author does a really good job of creating the main character.  Throughout the story there were times that I could relate to the character, times when I felt she should chill, and times when I could understand her pain.  The book is funny, (especially when she’s with her weight group), frustrating, sad,and heart warming.  I recommend this book to people who enjoy books that show characters overcoming struggles.

I really recommend trying audio books,  if you haven’t already.  But make sure you don’t get too engrossed while driving. 😉