Recipes, Restaurant, Tips

Blue Apron First Impression

Hello friends! Over the weekend Alex and I tried out Blue Apron for the first time. I wanted to review it for anyone who has never tried it as well as give my opinion of it. Have a great day πŸ™‚

A few weeks (month?) ago,Β ErinnΒ was talking about Blue Apron. She said she had a week of free meals and whoever commented about it first could have it. I guess I was first because a few days later I received and email from Blue Apron. So I did not pay for the box we got but all opinions are my own.


When Alex and I were talking about which size to get we ended up going with the family plan which feeds 4 people. Now you’re probably thinking why would you get that if there’s only 2 of you which is totally fair. Leftovers are the way I keep my sanity on weeknights so by going with the option with more food, some weekday dinners would be taken care of already. Since the power was being weird Monday and Alex had a late work event Wednesday, I ended up not having to cook at all. That’s a win in my book!

I opted to get the box delivered on a Friday. Unfortunately that ended up being the Friday right after Winter Storm Grayson which meant no mail was being delivered and FedEx was closed. So instead of getting it on Friday the box arrived on Saturday instead. I was a little concerned only because there was meat involved with one of the meals so I wasn’t sure how long the box would keep it cold. Well the worry was unnecessary because the box came and everything was still cold. There was a giant hunk of ice in the bottom that the meat was packed on top of.


The first meal we tried was broccoli and mozzarella calzones on Saturday night. I had never had calzones before but I like pizza so why wouldn’t I like calzones. The recipe card was so detailed and all of the ingredients were labels so it was so easy to find what I needed once it was all in the fridge. Everything was so detailed and there was nothing I was confused about at all. Alex helped me by working the pizza dough. If you have a rolling pin then it would’ve been easier but he kind of man handled it. It got the job done though!


When I put the pan in the oven to cook, I was shocked at the size of the calzones. They were honestly as big as my head. I wish I had a picture but it was either risk breaking the dough before baking or touching something that had just come out of the 475 degree oven… The dish was to be served with a Caesar salad. Making the dressing was so easy and delicious. We split a single calzone in half and it was filling without making us stuffed to the max. The salad was the perfect side and so light compared to the heavier main dish. Meal 1 was a success!


Sunday night, we made the second meal which was hoisin glazed pork chops with wonton noodles and vegetables. This recipe allowed me to work with a new to me ingredient – ginger! To my knowledge I’ve never had ginger and definitely have never cooked with it. I peeled it with a spoon which made it so easy (thank you Google for that tip). Again, the recipe card was detailed and it was very easy to follow. Nothing was incredibly hard to make or prep and I was able to complete multiple steps while certain parts cooked.


The vegetables were cabbage and carrots. I wasn’t sure how I would like this meal because I’m not a cabbage fan. Well with the sauce and all of the flavors, I was converted to a cabbage person, at least for this meal ;). Like with the calzones, Alex and I kept commenting on how good the food was while we were eating it. Everything worked so well together and it was all so delicious.

Overall we had a fantastic first experience with Blue Apron! It’s something we both said we would buy again although it will not be a regular purchase for us. The only reason it won’t be a regular thing for us is for budget reasons. It’s definitely a great way to get new recipes and learn new techniques or make you work with certain ingredients. Blue Apron does offer some recipes online in their cookbook and I will definitely be checking it out for recipes ideas in the future.

Thank you again Erinn for sending this to us! We both give it to thumbs up!

Question of the day: Have you ever tried a meal delivery service?

Books, Daily Happenings, Restaurant

Back To My Regular Schedule

Hi everyone! We made it to Friday woo! I hope you have a fantastic day πŸ™‚


Since I stayed up so late Wednesday night, I was not happy when my alarm woke me up. I got up (eventually) and got ready for work. For breakfast, I scrambled an egg and add a slice of pumpkin bread.


Want to know the best part of working in an office that is connected to a 1 million square foot warehouse? When I need a break I can take a giant lap around the warehouse. I was looking at a lot of Excel data today so taking a quick walk around the building really helped my decompress. I barely remember the beginning ofΒ “The Little Paris Bookshop”Β by Nina George so I restarted it at lunch. Per my typical work lunch, I had a peanut butter sandwich, pretzels, carrots and hummus.


After work, I quickly changed before heading out on my run. Aside from someone calling me a “witch” but with a “B” as they drove by, it was a good run! My workout was 6 x 3 minutes hard with 1 minute recovery jog in between. It was tough by the end! 3 minutes doesn’t sound like a long time but by the last one it felt incredibly long.


For whatever reason I was really hungry after my shower so I snacked on some carrots and hummus. While I ate those, I prepped lunches and Alex’s for work the next day. I’ll let you all in on a little secret. Alex got a package delivered yesterday but I was also expecting one so I was about to cut it open when I noticed his name. Whoops! I’m so glad that I noticed the name before I opened his.


Once that was all taken care of, I caught up on some emails while I heated up my leftover ravioli. I added just a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese on once I took it out of the oven. It was almost has good as when it was fresh at the restaurant. When leftovers are equally as good, then that’s a sign of a good restaurant to me. And yes I did eat put the hot aluminum pan on a dinner plate so that I didn’t have to wash the dish.


After dinner, I turned onΒ “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”. I watched the original series over the summer but hadn’t had a chance to get out Netflix’s reboot. While that was on I did this clay face mask. I have fallen out of the habit of doing at least one face mask every week so I’m trying to get back into it.


When I washed the mask off, I looked into potential chocolate desserts to bring for Thanksgiving. If you have any recommendations please let me know! Looking at lots of desserts made me want sugar so I decided to read more instead. I started to get hungry again so I popped a bowl of popcorn. I must not have drank enough water yesterday because the hunger after work was real.

I was glad that there were no surprise outings yesterday. I’m a big fan of routines so after a few days of eating out and what not, I was excited for a normal night at home in my pjs on the couch!

Question of the day: Are you a big routine person?

Books, Daily Happenings, Restaurant

So Many Food Babies

Happy Thursday! How has your week been so far? Mine has been very social between dinner with coworkers on Tuesday and dinner with my friend Sarah last night. Have a great day πŸ™‚


I did not want to get out of bed yesterday morning. Staying snuggled under the covers seemed like a much better idea. Alas work was calling so I got up and ready. Luckily I didn’t have to wash my hair so even though I stayed in bed for a while I wasn’t going to be late. Alex scrambled some eggs while I cut us some pumpkin bread. Alex may have said he liked his mom’s better and I may have asked to break up πŸ˜‰ I take my cooking and baking very seriously and consider him my toughest critic.


At work, a bunch of coworkers were going out to lunch. Sometimes people go together, sometimes they don’t. Since I was asked to go and it was the first time, I figured I should go so that I get invited in the future. I put my lunch from home in the fridge before we left. We went to a Jamaican restaurant called Morgan’s Island Grill. I hadn’t had Jamaican food until yesterday and it was SO good! I got the BBQ jerk chicken with fries combo and it was delicious. I went with the fries combo because baby steps into new cuisine is the best way to do it for me.

After work, I stopped at Target to kill a little bit of time before meeting my friend Sarah for dinner. I looked at the clothes but nothing really jumped out at me which is probably a good thing so I could save a few bucks lol. It was a success in that I got some Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags! I figured I might as well get it while the selection is nice and big. Sarah texted me that she was out of work so I paid for my stuff and started to drive to dinner.


Sarah is one of my best friends and was one of my roommates during our senior year at Rutgers. We wanted to get together for dinner to catch up which was so nice! We went toΒ “Stage House Tavern”Β which is about halfway between where we live and work so it was a great location. The inside of the restaurant was really cute and peaceful. We caught up and chatted before our meals came. I opted for house made cheese ravioli with vodka sauce. It was so good! I ate half and took the other half home.


I was having such a great time catching up so when Sarah suggested dessert I was all about splitting it. The entire dessert menu looked delicious. We ordered the brownie and it was giant! I would save it was minimum 2 inches thick. It was served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It was so good and I had no problem eating my fair share of it. After we ate, we said our goodbyes and drove home.


When I got home, I changed into pjs (grandma status) before working on this blog post. Once it was mostly done, I got comfy on the couch to finishΒ “Leaving Time”. The ending was so surprising to me in a good way! I wasn’t expecting it at all but enjoyed it a lot. If you want a good book for the travel filled holiday season, I recommend picking this one up. My goal for the night was to stay awake until Alex got home from his work events at around 11 so I took a quick 12 minute power nap on the couch. When I woke up, I grabbed my next bookΒ “The Little Paris Bookshop”Β by Nina George. I read a bit on the couch before Alex got home and we went to bed.

Question of the day: What’s the last thing you ate that gave you a food baby?

Daily Happenings, Restaurant, Running, Sunday In Pictures, Weekend

Sunday In Pictures II

Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend? Let me know in the comments below. Have a fantastic day πŸ™‚

I did a Sunday in pictures last week and really liked it so I’m going to keep on doing them. Do you like this format of a post? Please let me know!


Prerace breakfast of toast and peanut butter.

Perfect 10 Miler race complete! 1:36 finish time, which was in front of my goal πŸ™‚


Post race soft pretzel = amazing. Give me all the carbs.


After a shower, we headed to a fall festival. Obviously had to stop and get Hoagie Haven for lunch since we were in Princeton.


Beer was a must! For some reason, our waiter kind of forgot about Alex and I (we waited like 30 minutes for two drinks). We asked the hostess to check on our order and she was awesome! She came back and said the drinks were on the house, which we didn’t ask for or expect. Love good customer service πŸ™‚


We walked around Palmer Square in Princeton for the fall festival. The green vest was my anniversary present from Alex and I love it! If you’re in the market for a vest, this one is both stylish and will keep you warm.


One more Christmas gift bought!

I jumped on the “Stranger Things” band wagon. I was hooked within the first 5 minutes.


Reading more ofΒ “The Nightingale”.


Alex’s and I’s lunches made for Monday.


A burger, deviled egg, roasted potatoes and broccoli for dinner was heaven last night. I missed having roasted potatoes in my life last week.


I sipped on some Sleeptytime tea with honey while watching another episode of “Stranger Things” before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What was the highlight from your weekend?

Daily Happenings, Restaurant, Travel

My Brain Is Fried

Happy hump day friends! I hope you are all having a good week thus far. Have a great day πŸ™‚

I’ve been really enjoying waking up early and it rushing in the morning so I decided to wake up at my normal time instead of sleeping in. Don’t worry though, I laid in the comfy hotel bed instead of jumping right up πŸ™‚ I got ready then headed to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. How cute is the tea setting?? I love the rock candy instead of normal sugar. I got what they called the country breakfast which was two scrambled eggs, potatoes, chicken sausage and toast. So much food and I couldn’t even eat half. 

Work was a lot to say the least. Starting a new job is basically information overload so I knew this would be the case. I’m not even going to pretend that I regained all of it. I don’t think anyone could. My boss, the other packaging specialist and I stopped midday for a lunch break. I had a Monterey Jack chicken salad. It was delicious! There was romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, a little bacon, cucumbers and Monterey Jack cheese. I used a little salsa as the dressing which gave it a good spice to it. 

After work I needed a break so I went back to the hotel for a bit. I had a call with my coach about the 10 mile race I have this weekend. We planned a race strategy and I’m so excited. I waked to a restaurant that was a few blocks away from my hotel to get a little exercise. The downtown area has scarecrows set up along the street that have been decorated by local businesses and groups. The cow one is my favorite!

The restaurant, Penny Black Grill and Tap, had a fire pit outside that I sat at. It was so nice! The pit was pretty relaxing and set a great mood while I read and waited for my food. I gotten a barbecue chicken flatbread with Brussels sprouts on the side. So tasty! 

I walked back to the hotel and decided to read a few chapters in the hotel’s library. I feel like the hotel used to be an old prep school or something like that. How pretty is this room?

Traveling always makes my skin freak out and since I’m dealing with acne right now (just keeping it real) I wanted to try and combat the effect of travel. Sheet mask for the win! While it sat on my face, I watched “Shark Tank” and “Chopped Junior”. 

Question of the day: Tell me anything! My brain is so fried and I’d love a break from work talk πŸ™‚