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<^..^> Lori


HelloFresh - it was love at first box...I mean bite.

I would love to give someone credit for leading me to HelloFresh.com but I really cannot remember where I got the coupon for $40 off a box.  Maybe it came in the mail or was in a bag from a store.  I don't know but I am glad that I checked it out.  Basically, they deliver nearly all the ingredients for three meals directly to my front porch every week.  It comes in a box with frozen water soluble gel packs to keep it all cold until you get it into your refrigerator.  The ingredients for each recipe are in separate boxes with labels on them so you know which recipe they match.

I only have to supply the salt, pepper, butter, olive oil and sugar.  The box includes recipe cards that tell you step by step what you need for pans, kitchen tools, etc to make the meals and how to make the recipe themselves.

I don't have to shop for anything during the week but basics which I usually get at Sam's Club.  You know the milk, bananas, cereal, coffee stuff.  Let that sink in for a minute.  I don't have to think about what to make and I will have leftovers.  It has been eye opening because the recipes are easy and fun.  All meals have been from refrigerator to dinner table in under and hour.  I like to clean up as I go so that means nearly all of the pans used are cleaned up too!  It is wonderful.

In addition to removing the stress of planning and shopping, I get to make some recipes of items I probably wouldn't normally make...it got me out of my rut.  I still have meals that I make for special occasions or for friends coming over but mostly I let HelloFresh do the weekly work involved for meals.

The cost is reasonable for us as it is just under $10 a meal.  We are not picky about food.  If the kids say no way to something, they are required to try one bite and if they still say no way, they just eat leftovers from some other meal.

Have I said that I love #HelloFresh because I do.

I had one issue in the 4 weeks we have been using them.  We were shorted the beef required for the recipe one week.  I contacted them through the website to let them know and they credited me for the beef on the next week.  I thought it was a reasonable solution.  For the recipe, I just pulled some chicken out of the freezer and made the dish with it.                

Here are a couple of pictures.  No we are not chiefs but we are certainly having fun.  My kids are learning some things too.  It is good for us to cook together.  My 17 year old son doesn't think so but it is!

I have seen lots of videos on Youtube of people subscribing to HelloFresh and they show what they get and how they cook it.  It's helpful to see them open the boxes and what to expect.  Now we are a few weeks into it and we are comfortable with the concept.

We take the classic box for 4 people and 3 meals each.  So HelloFresh sends us about a 14 lb. box of food each week.  UPS delivers to us and puts it on the front porch out of the sun.  I have Tuesdays off so I get them off the porch within an hour of delivery.  They even email me with a window of delivery and another email when it is confirmed to be on the porch.  It really works great for me!

<^..^> Lori


Father's Day Wall

I put up a wall of decorations for Father's Day at church last month.  Here are the pictures...

I cut the tools from textured Bazzill paper with my Silhouette Cameo.  I added some detail with VersaMark.  I hand wrote sayings on the tools.  All of the pictures came from the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby.  The black framed picture with the large teal brush stroke was about $13.  I cut the saying from black Oracle vinyl and applied to the top of the glass.  It's one of my favorite sayings.

<^..^> Lori


Happy Mother's Day Banner

I was inspired by

to make a banner for the wall at church.  Here is my take on this banner:

I found these sweet little birds on clothes pins at Michaels on clearance from their Easter section.  The white circle banners were on clearance from Target.  I hot glued on spring flowers that were in the clearance bins at Michaels.

<^..^> Lori


I'm Thankful for You Gift

So have you been into the stores to check out the Halloween and Fall markdowns?  I found these really neat plastic wine glasses at Michaels for 80% off.  They were originally $6.99 each.  I don't think I would pay that for a plastic glass but I would pay $1.39 each to turn them into a gift for someone I care about.  I would love to have gotten them at 90% off but I doubt any would be left.

We don't drink alcohol but the glasses were so cute with the fall leaves and the saying "I'm Thankful fo
r YOU".  I decided I could work them into a nice gift.

I used a large can of mixed nuts and some candy corn flavored M&M's to make a treat mix.  My husband thinks M&M's should not taste like candy corn.  But he agreed they were good with the nuts.  I added some to each glass and topped them with some fun pumpkin taffy and candy corn taffy from Market Fresh.  It was my first time to shop in a Market Fresh store.  It was really nice, not a lot of variety for staple basics, more of a fancy store, a bit on the expensive side.  Again I found the taffy on clearance 1/2 off because it was after Halloween so I did okay on the budget.

I put a clear treat bag over the glass and closed it around the stem to keep them fresh.

 Here is one completed.  I just need to add the name tag to each stem.

<^..^> Lori


Fall Decorations around the Church

Mostly Hobby Lobby and Michael's items that are used here to give the look of fall.  The pretty pumpkin in the first picture came from Sam's Club.  I would have loved to get it on clearance but I doubted I would be there when they marked them down so I caved and bought it.  The decor tables have 70 inch round tablecloths from Walmart on them.

<^..^> Lori


Awana October Treats

Pinterest led me to a great blog by Julie called Happyhomefairy where I found this great free printable for fall treats.

I was looking for ideas to make an Awana October treat for the kids.  The Ladies Missionary Fellowship makes something every year.  The last few years we have made a "pumpkin patch" for the kids to pick a treat so I try to find something to use as a pumpkin.  I had found these bright beautiful orange Solo cold cups at Sam's Club.  I knew I didn't want to fill it with candy so more walking around Sam's brought me to a kid's favorite, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Gatorade bottles.  Hmmm...what do you do with all that stuff and call it a pumpkin treat?  Well, you use a permanent marker to draw a face.  I will admit I printed a template for the mouth to trace around but the triangle nose and eyes are totally handmade.  LOL!  You print the cute witnessing stickers from the site I mentioned above.  You bring 7 friends who love Christ together to help you and...tada...pumpkin treats are made for 80 kids in less than 2 hours.

My friend, Jane, thought the kids would want some candy in them so we tucked in a couple of Tootsie Pops in each cup.

<^..^> Lori