Since starting to feel a little bit better, it’s been nice to get back into the kitchen. My mom and sometimes Alex (when he’s been around) have done most of the cooking— or at the very least, most of the prep work and I handle the sautéing and seasoning from there (I like things heavily seasoned). It feels good to stand on my own two legs again and do some of the things I enjoy. It’s always incredibly frustrating when I can’t handle 200% of things all by myself— and this summer was no exception. I have learned to get better in letting other people help me, but man it’s nice to need less help nowadays.

Since coming to Massachusetts, we’ve gotten two separate Blue Apron boxes— and they’ve become a huge topic of conversation around here. My mom and step dad had seen them on my blog but had never actually given Blue Apron a try until now— but now they are officially obsessed. My mom wouldn’t stop raving about the quality of everything… and I was all like, I know mom, I told you, you didn’t listen. I think my mom plans to order boxes for my step dad when she’s away. He’s not incredibly savvy in the kitchen and ends up eating a lot of frozen meals or take out when she’s gone… so this really feels like the new perfect and healthy alternative to all that. No shopping, no guessing, nothing frozen, just ingredients that show up refrigerated at the door. And then all he (or you) have to do is follow a step by step easy recipe to make a delicious meal. He’s an engineer— I think he can handle that 😉

We’re thankful all the meals that came in our Blue Apron this round were summer friendly— they plan that, our first one was last summer and everything was no oven, grill friendly. Minimum heating and lighter fresher meals to match this intense heat. I’m grateful to have a kitchen with windows to cook in! Seriously though, my moms kitchen style is basically the exact opposite of mine, but every time I cook in it it has me dreaming of making over my own.

I’m glad to have this moments up here with my family — oh, and of course it’s been amazing to eat outside 😉

Want to try Blue Apron yourself? (Pst. mom) Order now, the first 50 people to sign up get their first two meals FREE by using THIS link! Hooray!

Have a family? The family plan is perfect for a family of four. You can choose to have one or two deliveries a week, each consisting of two family style meals. And each meal comes out to 8.74 per person– and always free shippingOnly one or two people in your home? The 2-person plan gives you three meals, delivered once a week and is 9.99 per meal (yes, free shipping too!)

ps. Texas folk, Blue Apron has finally come to Teaxs! Food party.

pps. my mom says my shirt makes me look pregnant. I’m not. Though wouldn’t that be funny, if I came back and was like, “SURPRISE?!” No? Okay. 😉


  1. Hi! I have not read all of your posts, but from some recent posts I was curious if you have been diagnosed with candida blood poisoning? I have a friend who went through that. Luckily she was able to find a doctor who figured it out and treated her naturally, but it has been a long process. Hang in there. Wishing you well and keeping you in my prayers.

  2. Delicious cooking, and as you say, how lovely to eat outside. Your mum's kitchen looks gorgeous indeed, all that wonderful space. Enjoy the rest of your stay with her. CJ xx

  3. I had the same salad from them a few weeks ago and it was so delicious! I was actually going to ask where your shirt is from because I love it and I do not think it makes you look pregnant 🙂

  4. I just tried this! I think it will be great during the school year when I am super busy and don't want to think about what to eat. We are a family of five but the two youngest are 3 and 5 so they really only count as one. The family of four pack fed us all easily. I did make an extra salad for one meal but only because I wanted one. My only concern was all the packaging but they have a great detail on their site about how to recycle or reuse everything. I am looking for a place to donate the ice packs to as I have no need for them.