Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 2016

Lately we've been giving the meal services another try.  If you'll recall, we've tried Plated and Hello Fresh in the past.  We liked both, but we stopped using them for a while.  There are several new services out there now and a lot of them give significant discounts when you try your first box.  So each week I have been ordering boxes for $20-$25; they include meals for 2 for 3 days.

The first company we tried was Home Chef.  This company had great customer service.  The first box had two meals with chicken and they forgot to include it.  So I emailed them and they credited my account for the total cost of that box; because of this, I ordered from them again the following week.  Unfortunately, the meals didn't appeal to our tastes, so we won't order from them again.  With the first box, I didn't take any pictures because J cooked them and had things ready when I got home from work.

I cooked the items in the second box because the grand kids were here (for about 5 days) so J was chauffeuring them back and forth to daycare, but no pictures of those meals either.

The next service we tried was Green Chef. As you can see, they looked good, but unfortunately, these did not appeal to our tastes, so we won't order from them again either.  

I took Friday off from work so we ventured out to some estate sales (4 in total).  Each of them had lines like this; there were about the same amount of people behind us.  The companies let everyone in line into the houses, so they were packed and you could barely move.  It didn't matter too much because these companies seem to have doubled the prices and we left each one empty handed. 

Saturday morning we headed to the Bonnie & Clyde Trade Days Flea Market in Arcadia, Louisiana.  It is about an hours drive from our house.  It opened at 8 am, and we got there around 8:30.  For the most part, we were the only people there.  Several of the vendors were just opening up their booths.  Lots of overpriced junk here as well and we found a whole lot of nothing.  But it was a nice clear day, even if it was in the 40's when we started out. 

Since we were in the area, we went to Gibsland, Louisiana next to see the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush museum.  There were signs prohibiting pictures inside, but if you google, you'll be able to see some.  This museum was reminiscent of the Alien museum we visited in Roswell, New Mexico.  A lot of pictures of newspaper clippings, but it was very small.  Luckily we were the only people there; it would have been very uncomfortable if it had been crowded.  We thought about going to see the Bonnie & Clyde death site, but when I looked it up online to get the address, it said it was permanently closed, so we passed.

This week we are trying meals from MarleySpoon.  Here's what the box looked like upon opening.  It's a little different than the typical boxes in that it has all the ingredients for one recipe in a brown paper bag. 

 Our first recipe was chipotle meatball tacos.  Our first impression is that this company doesn't appeal to our tastes either, but we have two other meals to try before making our final determination.

And that's what we've been doing around here.  I took the week off from work, but we don't have any big plans.  We'll see if that changes.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Farmer's Market

We're still here, I've just been busy working and J has been working on the house.  We haven't been to any estate sales either, but this morning we did go to the Benton's Farmer's Market.  They opened their fall market last Sunday so we went this morning to see what the vendors were selling.  As you can see, it's a small market with only a few sellers. 

We ended up with eggs, patty pan squash and tomatoes.  I'm sure these have to be the last of the season. 

As you can see, things are pretty boring around here.  I do have the week off at Thanksgiving so we're trying to decide where we want to go. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Berry Picking

This morning we decided to go berry picking.  There is a U-Pick it place about 20 minutes from our house.   We headed out bright and early; we were trying to beat the heat.  I guess other people had the same idea. 

We stayed for about an hour and a half were drenched with sweat by the time we left.  J picked blueberries and I picked blackberries.  I thought the prices were good, $1.70 lb if you pick your own.

Our haul:

I guess everyone was checking out at the same time as us.  It took us about 15 minutes to get through the line. 

We flash froze the majority of them, and then put the berries in food saver bags for a later date. 

More Orlando

After leaving Italy, we headed to Morroco and shared a dish.  The couscous was good as were the lentils which was surprising because they usually taste like dirt to me.  Not sure why I didn't take a picture of the sandwich but it was reminiscent of the doner kebabs we use to get in Germany.

We bypassed Canada and the United Kingdom and rode a few rides then headed out of Epcot.

Our next stop was Disney Springs.  We tried some poutine.  We had high hopes but the cheese curds were very waxy and the brown gravy was very salty. 

We picked up a few deserts from Amerette''s to take back to our hotel.

I took the picture after we tried a bite of the chocolate peanut butter one.  At first it was delicious, but when you got to the center, they added a layer of pear which was very out of place.

For dinner the next two nights we went back to Disney Springs.  Our first stop was Morimoto Asia.  It was okay, but I think over-hyped. 

 Our last restaurant during our visit was Bongo's also in Disney Springs. 

We weren't sure how this appetizer would be, but it was pretty good.  It was plantains wrapped in bacon. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Orlando Adventures Part 2

After Norway, we went through China and had egg rolls with a spicy orange sauce.  These weren't any better than what you could find in the frozen food aisle.

We walked through Germany and Japan but chose to by-pass their foods since we spent a combined 11 years living in those countries.

We also passed the food offerings in France because we were never a huge fan of their pastries.   They look pretty but we found they always looked so much better than they tasted.

We did decide to eat in Italy, even though we've been there as well.  We ordered arancini (I don't remember ever seeing this on the menu in any Italy that we had been to, but maybe we just missed it) and an individual pizza to share.  The pizza was great and definitely was like the pizzas K1 always ordered while visiting the "real" country of Italy.

The rest of our "world tour" still to come.....

Orlando Adventure Part 1

I had another work conference during the week of Memorial Day.  This one was in Orlando.  J and I went the weekend before so we could do the touristy things like Disney World and Epcot.

We bought discount tickets to see the 4 Disney parks from the ticket place on base.  It worked out well.

Day 1 we spent at Disney World. 

We saw Buzz, Woody and Jessie:

For lunch we ate at "Be our Guest".  It appears the only picture I took was of the ceiling (kind of like looking at the castle ceilings in Germany).   Anyway the food was okay (since it was lunch, we had sandwiches) but pricey but not unexpected because of where we were:

Day 2 saw us head to Epcot where we decided to eat our way through the world:

1st stop was Norway (Mexico was still closed when we arrived, but that was okay since we had just spent a week in San Antonio).  We did do some online research and all that we read said the same thing, you must try the school bread from Kringla.  We did, and it was just okay.  Very, very sweet and basically just a cream filled donut. 

Since this is getting picture heavy, I'll break up our Epcot Trip into several blog posts.  More to come....

San Antonio Continued

The rest of our San Antonio days were spent with me attending a work conference and Jim roaming the streets or hanging with Buddy in the room.  The rest of the restaurants we ate at were just okay; not really anything to write home about.

We did go to the Magnolia Pancake Haus which we found by searching for restaurants that were on a food tv show.  Jim had a waffle and I tried the biscuits and gravy.  Neither was earth shattering.


All in all it was nice to visit San Antonio, but the traffic was some of the worst we've ever seen and it was so crowded that we have no desire to go back there anytime soon.