Thursday, July 16, 2015

I'm cooking! I know, right?

Coconut and Macadamia Nut Crusted Tilapia
with Grilled Veggies and Forbidden Rice
 It's been a week since the meals arrived. I told you I'd let you know the service, if I was happy with the meals. Well, I'm not only happy, I'm thrilled. Not only am I thrilled, so is my husband. He doesn't much care for fish, but he was delighted with the other meals. One was chicken based, and the other beef.
I cooked the last of the three meals yesterday, and saved my husband's portion for him to eat when he got home from work. I expected him to like it, because it was beef, but I didn't expect him to ask me the price, and then, "Are you getting another package next week?"
Um, what? I told him the price and his reaction stunned me. "Cheaper than going out, and this is like going out to eat. Something different, and it's good."
From someone who hasn't cooked regularly in...well, we won't go there, I actually enjoyed the 45 minutes or so in the kitchen. And the meals were closer to 3 servings than two. Not having to go grocery shopping, or measure out the ingredients made the whole experience that much better.
When I consider the amount of time it takes to drive 30 minutes to the grocery store, stalk the aisles for the odd ingredients, come home and measure everything out, then hope what wasn't used doesn't go bad before I finish it up, it's actually cheaper.
Will I be continuing the service? Absolutely, at least for the next few weeks. I wouldn't want to do it when my schedule is crazy, because then I really only have time to microwave food, or put pasta on to cook.
The service I used was HelloFresh. You can even choose what type of meals you want to receive. 
I'll post more about the experience next week...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

What? Me cook?

I have a hard time dealing with cooking. I'm a great cook, when I feel like it, but I rarely feel like it because our kitchen isn't stocked for a chef.
Ha! Chef! Did I mention that I collect cookbooks? I do. I have at least 20 of them, and I love reading the recipes, and marking the pages with a Post-it note, but I rarely if ever try the recipes.
Why? I collect cookbooks, but don't cook? I really dislike grocery shopping. And the stores where I live (small town middle of nowhere) don't have the fun ingredients I want to use in my recipes. So I drool, and don't cook.
And then along comes this service, that delivers fresh ingredients to your door, along with everything you need to know to cook the meals. It's not cheap, then neither is eating out these days. I'm hoping the service is awesome, and I keep up the weekly deliveries.
Each delivery has enough food for three recipes for two people. So, if  my husband doesn't like it, I will get six meals a week. And if I don't like it, I'll just stop getting the deliveries.
Now, I have to make time to cook these meals three days a week, and see if I really hate cooking, or just the grocery shopping.
I'm going to be posting my versions of the meals I cook, both here and on my newsletter and on Facebook, so stay tuned.
I'll give a review of how easy they were to cook, and if they were delicious. Oh, and I'll let you know what service I'm using, once I try it.
Do you cook? Have you ever tried a fresh ingredients delivery service?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Barefoot & Naked

I've been considering so many things lately that I've been fighting my head. I've been torn, mixed up, distant. Between the restaurant I own with my husband, my writing career, and where I want to go from this point, I'm not surprised I've been having the craziest dreams/nightmares.
I promise I'm not going to share the crazy dreams with you, because upon waking, they don't really make all that much sense. I'm ready to make the decisions I need to make, and get focused.
It's the lack of focus that keeps me from getting my books written faster. I can't seem to stick with one idea long enough to finish a novella, much less a full-length novel.
Thanks to some great phone apps, I'm getting my shit in order, and putting my life in order.
One of the decisions I made was to cut one of my pen names, and kick that chick to the curb. Trying to keep up more than one persona is exhausting, and time consuming. I haven't given the pen name a formal funeral yet, because who knows, I may want to write in some obscure genre, and I'll need her again.
I'm working to get an assistant trained, but he's rather resistant. Yeah, he looks nice in that photo in the corner, but he's a crazy stubborn nice guy.
Stay tuned, as I'm working on becoming a regular blogger, now that I'm only one person again.
As a writer, I'm really 27-30 people at once, with the characters in my head. How about you? If you're a writer, do you enjoy the company of the crazies in your head? Even as a non-writer, there are crazies in our head. Ha! We are never alone. Right?