1. Blue Apron Meals--I recently discovered Blue Apron Meals and have had such a fun time using them in the kitchen! Every week I get a refrigerated box with the recipes and ingredients for three yummy meals. The ingredients come pre-measured and labeled (practically fool-proof), and the meals are healthy and flavorful. It takes me about an hour to prepare the meals, but I have loved the experience and the opportunity to use kitchen tools we received for our wedding that, until now, have just sat in drawers. It has exposed us to meals I KNOW we never would have had otherwise. Blue Apron has given me four free weeks to share with friends if anyone is interested (one week--3 meals for two people--per person). If anyone is interest, let me know! Here are some recent meals I've made:
|First 3 Meals: Lemon Thyme Turkey Cutlets, Meatball Subs, Ratatouille-filled Zucchini|
|Recent Meal: Beef and Bulgur-Stuffed Squash|
|Recent Meal: Lemon and Pea Tendril Risotto|
|Darren riding with no helmet and no hands, that daredevil. You can see below that I took a slightly different approach ...|
3. Babysitting Animals--Two weeks ago, Darren and I were asked to babysit the animals of the sweet family that lives next door. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Remember this post when I said my perfect combination of pets would be a dog, a cat, and a horse? Well ... I got to live the dream for a week. The fact that their cats had just recently had kittens was the cherry on top. It was about all I could do to keep from spending all of my time over there! The first picture is a group shot, but I also had to include some close-ups of the kittens. Their little faces kill me!
|This was the only little boy ... and Darren's favorite. :)|
|This little sweetheart might have been my favorite. She was pretty calm and even tempered, but still had a playful side. I may or may not have picked out a name for her.|
5. Cartoon--Maybe it's because I lost two hamsters to our cat, Ariel, when I was younger, but I about died when I saw this cartoon last week.
7. 4th of July Fudge--My friend, Kristal, and I got together to make some 4th of July fudge. It was my first time making fudge, so I was glad to have an expert on hand!
8. 4th of July--The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Darren had to work last Friday, so we kept our celebrations pretty low key. I made chicken sliders and coleslaw (thanks, Blue Apron!), and we had a great view of the fireworks show from our front porch. I'm so grateful to be an American and for the freedoms we enjoy!
9. Harp Practice--I have been really bad about practicing the harp since Christmas. When I was reminded a few weeks ago that I had agreed to play for the Pioneer Day-themed Sacrament Meeting on July 20th, I went into full panic mode replacing broken strings and finding appropriate music. The music I found is a little above my ability level, so I'm really hoping I can pull it together, but I'm so grateful for this reason to be back behind the harp. Wish me luck!
10. The Giver--I just started listening to the audiobook of Lois Lowry's The Giver. I'm a little embarrassed I've gone this long without reading it. I've had it on my list of books to read for a while, and with the movie coming out soon I realized that now was the time. I've heard mixed reviews on the book, so I'm really surprised by how much I'm loving it! I realize it's a classic and I'm probably the last 30 year old to read it, but I love finding little literary gems like this one. I'm only half-way done, but I highly recommend it!