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September 2014

Cooking, Lifestyle

Plated Is Saving My Wallet

September 29, 2014

Plated has expanded my cooking horizons. A lot of people might think that it’s a waste of money having the membership and buying the meals, but for someone who lives alone and works all day it has actually been helpful to my wallet. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve just ordered out or run to the store to buy a pre-made meal from the deli. Over the course of a month, that adds up and weighs heavily on my bank account. With Plated, I’ve been able to cook twice a week and have meals for four, sometimes five days. I think the best part though is that everything is measured out for you so you don’t over buy in the grocery store and let things go to waste. The meals are diverse and really good, the only downside I seem to have is sometimes the dish is a little bland, but that has ore to do with my reservations in using salt than the dishes themselves.

I’ve learned to cook thinks I would have never even considered on my own. When searching for recipes to try, I always tend to grab things that look easy or contain ingredients that I’m confident with. The meals I’ve received so far have taught me how to use vegetables I never would have before or cook dishes that would have never even crossed my mind in the past. I find myself looking forward to my Plated boxes arriving and its made me excited to learn how to cook. I’ve also been saving all of my recipe cards so that I can use them again in the future.

So far I haven’t had a single bad experience with Plated and I’ll be continuing to use them for the foreseeable future. If you’re interested in checking Plated out you can get two free plates by using this referral link!

Home, Lifestyle

Falling In Love With Fall

September 24, 2014

Today I went to the store in hopes of finding a wreath for my front door and ended up leaving with far too many decorations than I needed. And yet now that I have them up, it was only enough to decorate my dinning room and now my living room looks bare. I forgot how much I loved decorating, how much I enjoy transforming my space into one that welcomes the next season. Which takes me back to why I love fall so much. The transition from fall to winter is slow and filled with thousands of colors, smells, tastes, and so much more.

Once fall hits, I know its time to pull out all of my favorite candles and get the oven ready to start baking. This year I’m going to try and go with a much more healthier route. I’ve been trying to cut out as much processed food as I can. In doing so, I’ve discovered how much I love quinoa and mixing it with all sorts of vegetables. The next thing I’ll be trying to bring into my diet is kale.

I’m going to wind this post up now, otherwise I’ll end up going into detail about the dinner party I want to plan for early November.


Back To Blogging

September 22, 2014

Boy, have I missed blogging. The last few years or so have been a complete whirlwind of things, including me not really accomplishing much of anything. I pulled away from social media, blogging, entertaining and everything else that I always loved. It’s time to start making some changes in my life and one of those is that I really want to get back into blogging, I think it will be a step in the right direction of getting my life back on track.

I’m going to start fresh, with a brand new blog and go in a brand new direction. I miss getting out and experiencing my city, I miss taking photos, and I miss the people I’ve lost contact with.

So, what have I been up to all of this time? Well, I moved into a house a little over a year ago and I’ve been working on getting the inside and backyard situated. There are still plenty of things I would like to get done, like replacing the vanity in my bathroom and doing an entire kitchen renovation but I’m taking everything one step at a time. That is pretty much all I’ve been up to, and learning how to cook. That has been an adventure all in its own. I knew how to cook the basics, but I’m trying to branch out and use more fresh and local foods as opposed to frozen and canned.

I guess that’s what this blog is going to be focused on. My adventures in home ownership as I approach my thirtieth birthday next year.