Gourmet Meals in a Box: Plated Week 1

Month: March 2015

Gourmet Meals in a Box: Plated Week 1

Let’s get to it! My first meals-in-a-box service was (and still is) Plated. I had no expectations; this entire process was new to me. It was easy enough to sign up, choose my delivery preference (Wednesday or Saturday), and complete my taste profile. I had the option to exclude dishes with gluten, pasta, dairy, pork, fish, soy, beef, chicken, shellfish, nuts, and peanuts or that are vegetarian or spicy.  When the box arrived, it was like waking up on Christmas morning. I was giddy about a box of food sitting at my doorstep! In the box were the ingredients to prepare three recipes,

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Gourmet Meals in a Box (you’re the chef)

The only time I have ever enjoyed grocery shopping was when my Mom lived nearby and we shopped together. I harbor a strong dislike toward the task, but my Mom can turn anything into a near circus. We would stroll the aisles, catching up on our respective single-lady lives that week, and Mom would be startled by something and give a little “whoop!” (or drop whatever was in her hand), or she would repeatedly remove her bags from the self-scan area before she was allowed to, and inevitably a store associate would come over and sort it out because I am useless when

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Jane Iredale BB Cream: One Year Later

Just over a year ago (January 2014), I reviewed a few different brands of liquid make-up, and my favorite was the Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream (that’s a mouth full). You can see that post here. I can’t believe I am still using the same tube of make-up! I thought it was pricey at $48 for 1.7 ounces, but here I am 14 months later and finally getting to the bottom of the tube. I noted then that a little bit goes a long way, but I had no idea it would last this long. Doesn’t seem so pricey now. The

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Two Years Cancer-Free: Learning to Let it Go

In my imperfect home, surrounded by friends, I celebrated my two-year cancer survivor anniversary [she does the happy dance]! I feel so blessed and thankful for every day I am cancer-free. Two years under my belt; eight more to go. No complaints, but it sure feels a hell of a lot longer than two years since this journey began. I can’t say whether it is due to the stress, or because I took the living-of-my-life up a notch and am just plain wearing myself out. I suspect it is a little of both. Either way, the crow’s-feet and gray hairs are

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On your left! Basic cycling etiquette

Sometimes I forget my manners–hopefully not often. I say please and thank you, write thank you notes (I’m old-fashioned and still love a hand-written note), allow people to exit through a door before I enter. I don’t consider myself a stickler about manners, but having them is definitely helpful. It makes interacting with others run smoothly. After all, everybody can’t fit in the revolving door at once. With Spring upon us, a topic that comes up often among my group of walking, hiking, and running friends is cyclists giving the courtesy of an “on your left” call or ring of

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