Doesn’t Life Know I Have Things To Do?!
Man oh man…I’ve been so lax with cooking fresh meals this past month. We threw the most wonderful (and long overdue) bash in our home at the beginning of April…and it was a huge success. It was my husband’s 40th birthday, so I decided it would be a great time to celebrate the “big one” by combining it with a housewarming. We spent the past 6 weeks scrambling to get our home in halfway decent order. Getting ready for this party was the biggest struggle of recent memory, and one filled with WAY too many unexpected obstacles…but we made it!
As I mentioned in my last post, my husband was recently promoted and has been working around the clock. He stepped up to a district management role; thus, had to recruit/hire his own replacement. He’s a Sales Engineer for a tech company in Silicon Valley – an extremely technical and demanding position that requires a fine-tuned process to find candidates who are the perfect fit.
In the interim, while overseeing the entire Southern California region, he was also still covering his previous LA territory of clients. Playing double duty led to many crazy days were he was out the door well before the kids woke up, home after midnight, working on his computer until 3am…then starting all over again a couple hours later for the next day. That’s the perfect time to decide to unpack, settle in, and clean a 6 bedroom house + throw a massive party for 70 people, right?! 😉
On top of that, at the end of March (right in the thick of my crazily ambitious Project To-Do list)…our entire family was wiped out with some nasty virus that was going around. Two little ones and two parents knocked down hard, but trying to charge through. To make things terribly worse, I was completely out of commission with Motezuma’s Revenge-like food poisening for 4 days while the baby developed an ear infection. Baby and I missed Easter Sunday festivities with our extended family (GRRRRRRRRRR!!) and we were all pretty miserable that week.
Finally, the week before the party, my sister and her husband from Iowa were coming to visit us for their very first trip to California. I felt terrible that the house was a mess, boxes still everywhere, and every room in much need of a deep sanitizing wipe-down before their arrival. Thankfully, we were germ-free by the time they arrived and they were able to pack in a TON of exploration all throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and more. We also got to do some cooking together with my mom’s amazing Korean recipes.
Due to all the chaos, it came as no surprise that most all the projects I had planned to be completed by the party were not even close to being touched. However, in the final days leading up, I was able to knock out a few fun things to spruce up the house.
Full DIY tutorials will be coming in the following months, but for now I’m just trying to get a normal semblance of life back on track.
Great Times Had By All
The party arrived and it was well worth the effort! We enjoyed a wonderful party with amazing friends and family. It was especially great since so many friends we haven’t had a chance to visit with in a long while were able to make it. We are so grateful to have been able to catch up with so many truly amazing people.
We feel beyond blessed to have this beautiful home, and even more for our amazing family and friends. Thanks again to all (especially those who I put to work and helped me with the party. 😉
Let’s Get Cooking!
Since my brain was utter mush after the party was over…it took me about a week to even think about cooking, cleaning, or doing much of anything. We lounged, vegged out as much as we could, and recuperated from the physical and mental exhaustion. Now that our big birthday/housewarming party is done, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. I thought I’d ease into it by trying out a new recipe/ingredient subscription service, Hello Fresh.
I’ve tried a similar service before, but couldn’t find one with consistent recipes that we love. When Plated appeared on Shark Tank a few years ago, we signed up and initially loved it. But it eventually felt a bit expensive for only loving some of the recipes. This was back when it was only Jason and I…so in the end it didn’t seem worth it to me.
Now that life is much more hectic with the addition of two little ones, I feel that a recipe & fresh ingredient delivery service is much more beneficial now. The thing I’m lacking more than anything these days is time, so if one can deliver consistently delicious recipes, that convenience is valuable to me. It seems that about a million of these subscription services have since popped up. Every time I see a new one, I check it out but usually lose interest as soon as I peruse the price, the menu, or both. I usually can only find one or two plates that look super appealing to me.
While the menus are nice, Jason and I tend to shy away from what we call “frou-frou” cooking. Usually when we look at high-end expensive menus (where they get all fancy with crazy obscure ingredients and unusual seasonings), you lose us. I know, I know…we LOVE to try new things, but some of that fancy stuff just seems a little over the top. We’ve tried it all, but not a fan of repeat cooking many of the newer, hip, health trends that don’t amount to much filling.
Then this week I stumbled across Hello Fresh. Even better, I found it through a coupon mailer with a whopping $40 off discount for my first box. I’ve seen chincy little $5 or 10% coupons here and there, but $40 off is really significant. As soon as I looked at the menu, I was instantly sold. My first box arrives next Saturday, so I am SO excited to try them out. The recipes look absolutely stunning and right up our alley in terms of hearty yet healthy meals we like.
The thing I love most about this subscription is the flexibility. They have 3 sized boxes scaled to fit the size of your family and it feels more economical per plate than other subscriptions I’ve seen. The promising recipes are really what sold me, so I’ll report back how it goes. 🙂
If you want to try it yourself, use this amazing discount! It’s the biggest discount I’ve been able to find, and I’m so happy that they let me share it. You can either click this link or manually enter Promo Code ZKXP3L when you checkout for $40 off your first delivery.
I think once my first box arrives, I will be able to GIFT THREE boxes absolutely FREE to friends. So I will definitely be handing these out to the first three people who express interest as soon as I am able. Just comment on this post or else contact me to let me know you are interested.