We are almost to the weekend! I’m off to Seattle tomorrow so I’m counting down the hours until I get a Top Pot Doughnut. This post is sponsored by Blue Apron and the first 50 readers to sign up HERE get $50 off their first two weeks of Blue Apron!
Blue Apron has been one of my favorite treats for myself over the last (almost) 4 years now! I still get just as excited as I did the first time when I see the refrigerated box with all of the farm-fresh ingredients delivered right to my doorstep. The best feeling—> delicious dinners that allow me to stay at home and avoid the grocery stores or any meltdowns that seem to always occur at restaurants. Win-win for our family.
Skye is pretty happy that her new high chair helps her to join in on the action in the kitchen. And in her opinion, two pacifiers are always better than one.
For the first meal we made Sesame Chicken Noodles with Bok Choy. In the 4ish years that I have been using Blue Apron, we’ve been able to explore so many different types of meals. Each meal that I’ve tried from them has been so different from the others and helps me to get out of my rut of making the same thing (or eating a bowl of cereal) for dinner. Blue Apron gives you 8 recipes to choose from each week. They are constantly adding new dishes to their menu each week.
Brooke and Knox have become more and more interested in helping out in the kitchen!
We get to have a little date night at home without having to find a babysitter… or brush my hair;)
We loved these noodles so much! The sesame flavor was awesome along with a little bit of heat. You can’t go wrong with these! The meals are always very filling and packed with flavor.
You can go with either the 2-Person Plan or the Family Plan! Meals start at $7.49 per serving which is a lot less than what we spend when we go out to eat. All of the meals can be made in 40 minutes or less which is really important to me because when I am hungry for dinner… I want to eat as soon as possible ha.
They decided they wanted to join our mini date night too.
Do you remember the days on my blog when I was eating out 1-2 times a day? I do, and so does my bank account ha. Since having Skye, we do not eat out very often anymore. We are loving eating our meals together at home at the table or counter. My mom was a really good example of having us eat together pretty much every night growing up and it is something I really love to do with my little family.
I want these noodles again. Right now.
For our second meal we used an ingredient that I have never used or seen before. Black garlic!
We also used Kombu which is something that I’ve definitely never cooked with before. Kombu/Kelp: ‘Known as the superfood of the sea, seaweed is packed with nutrients and fiber.’ Yes, please!
The final product—> Blackened Ginger Pork Burgers with Napa Cabbage Slaw & Potato Salad. Skye thought it looked delicious too!
And it sure was. Those potatoes had my heart. The burgers were crazy juicy. The slaw was so tangy and it rounded out the meal perfectly. Andrew and I would love to make this meal over and over again.
The above burger was the perfect fuel for a hike that we took afterwards as a family.
Hiking is something that I’ve become very passionate about. We aren’t out there doing crazy strenuous hikes or going out to do them every weekend but when I do get a chance to hike, it is my favorite. I just love being outside in the fresh air away from technology with my family. I love the feeling of exploration and seeing my kids in awe over the beauty of our world. I love the sense of gratitude that I feel when we are out talking about the silliest things as we take in the most gorgeous views.
All of my biggest passions combined in one evening—> Family, an amazing meal and movement outdoors!
We talk a lot about running over here on this blog and I wanted to hear about what your passions are outside of running. What are some of the things that you do that make time fly? What gets you up and out of bed in the morning? I share many of my passions that I have now but I’ll share a few from my past too:
*Knitting and sewing! I have knitted a ton of blankets and sewn many different projects over the years. I really want to start knitting again.
*Reading—> I still love to do this so much!
*Food. I used to be very passionate about baking too. I would make cupcakes all of the time.
*Traveling—> Yep, I still love to do this one.
*American Girl Dolls. I used to collect these dolls and Beanie Babies like it was my job.
*Any and all health classes that I took at BYU. I was actually sad when I didn’t have any more to take at the end of my schooling.
*My poodle that I had for ten years growing up. I took her everywhere and I still miss her.
*Making jewelry. My mom and I used to spend hours together doing this in high school.
*Sprint triathlons (I should try those out again).
*Teaching has absolutely been one of my biggest passions and I’ll be back to doing that again eventually!
PS Brooke starts horse back riding lessons soon! I have a feeling she is going to be very passionate about doing this!
Don’t forget: The first 50 readers to sign up HERE get $50 off their first two weeks of Blue Apron! Blue Apron ships to most of the country so if you haven’t tried them yet, today’s the day to start! There is no commitment so you can skip or cancel the service whenever you want.
What are you passionate about outside of running? What gets you up and out of bed in the morning?
Would you say that you are passionate about good food too?
Those of you that love to hike—> Where are some of your favorite places that you have been hiking?
What was the best thing that you have eaten recently?
-See above Sesame Chicken Noodles.