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05 March 2017

GreenChef #Review

Have you ever had those days when your children are hanging onto both your legs and you have no idea what dinner you will serve them-let alone healthy? Early February was crazy, busy. Justin was in the ER one night. The kids both had colds. Charis and I had eye appointments. I was trying to get things ready for a trip to Pennsylvania. I was at the point that I did not care if the kids had bologna sandwiches for dinner. Thankfully, during that crazy, busy week, I had the opportunity to experience Green ChefDiscount Offer: New customers get $50 off their first box.

What is Green Chef? Green Chef is a meal delivery service. All ingredients are organic. There are no synthetic pesticides, no GMOs, no artificial ingredients, and no growth hormones or antibiotics. The ingredients and recipes are delivered to you. All you need to do is follow the recipe and cook the food.

My experience and thoughts:

On January 31, our Green Chef package was delivered early afternoon. I choose the carnivore, family plan box-which feeds 4 people. It came in a huge box. My first thought was, "This is a lot of waste." But after taking everything out, I noticed that all the packaging was either recycable or compostable. All the ingredients were chilled with ice packs, but still needed to be refrigerated as soon as possible.

I received enough ingredients for two recipes: 1)Italian meatballs and orzo and 2)Lemon-chive salmon. 

The first meal I made for my family was the Italian meatballs and orzo. I accidentally dumped all the red pepper flakes into the pot, so my children thought it was "too spicy". Though, a dollop of sour cream stirred in helped tremendously. Both my husband and I thought it was not salty enough. I hate mushrooms, so that ingredient was left out. Don't worry, they were no wasted; I decided to roast the mushrooms for my husband.

The second meal I made was the lemon-chive salmon. Sadly, there were only three (yes three) salmons delivered, and only 9 small potatoes in the box. If you are going to serve four people with the box, you need to have four pieces of meat or seafood. This meal was absolutely delicious, for the adults. But because of the limited potatoes and salmon, I still ended up throwing macaroni and cheese together for my children. 

The last (small) issue I have with this service is there is no way for the company to know what your family likes or does not like, so things (olives) can go to waste.

In the end would I recommend this, yes and no. For short-term use, yes. It's something I'd consider for getting after a major life change-death of a loved one, birth of a baby, move, or any other scenario where you are trying to survive. But for long-term use, at least for our family on one income, it is unrealistic and more expensive than I'd like. 

Remember that Green Chef has a discount offer where new customers get $50 off their first box.

Have you ever gotten a meal delivery service to your house? What was your experience?

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. 

08 February 2017

The Garden CD

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There have been times in my life hen I have suffered due to various circumstances-death or as a result of things happening in my life as a result of my sin or the sin of others. During these times, I am much more likely to rely on God in a deeper, better way. I am more likely to meditate on God's Word and sing His Psalms. I also tend to gravitate to both Psalms and Christian music.

The Garden is a new CD by Kari Jobe. She has more than 1 million albums sold, a GRAMMY® nomination, and multiple Dove Awards.
Coming off her last live album, Majestic, which featured the worship anthem “Forever” and radio hit “I Am Not Alone," Kari Jobe has returned to the studio to record her new album, The Garden, full of brand new worship anthems for the church and for personal reflection. Finding inspiration from life’s joys and hardships, Kari leans into the firm foundation of Christ through it all.

My brief thoughts: I had no idea who Kari Jobe was until receiving an email to review "The Garden". I enjoyed listening to this CD at least once a day since receiving it. The music itself is soothing and relaxing. One of my favorite songs on this CD is "The Cause of Christ":
It is not fame that I desire/Nor stature in my brother's eye/I pray it's said about my life/That I lived more/To build Your name than mine.
My children even ask me to listen to The Garden; Charis ballet dances while listening to it.

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30 January 2017

Turtle Butt Soaker

On Saturday, there was a joint baby shower for two pregnant ladies at my church. I love babies and baby showers (minus the games). I try to knit a baby gift for every baby at our church; though many times life gets in the way, and that does not happen.

I decided to knit a turtle butt soaker for one of the ladies. She used cloth diapers with her second son, and is planning on using them again with her third son. I used up yarn from my stash! Including:

  • Paton's classic wool yarn, wedgewood
  • Paton's classic wool yarn, aran
  • And I forget what the brown icord is knit with.
Overall, I was pleased with the pattern, with the exception of the errors I noticed in the decreasing for the leg holes. I purchased this pattern, and when I purchase patterns, I expect them to be without error. Thankfully, I figured it out very quickly what I needed to fix, but I went back to look at the comments and noticed at least 1-2 people mentioned mistakes in the decreasing. When I purchase a pattern online and it comes in a PDF, I would love it if the designer actually addressed the problems that have been mentioned. 

What handmade baby gifts do you like receiving?

26 January 2017

Leave Me Alone! Book Review

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Every so often, I type "knitting" in the search tool at the library. Then, I limit the search to children's books. Yes, I confess that my desire is to brainwash my children to see how awesome knitting is, and it's been working. (Charis has already tried to knit a few times.) Back in December, I borrowed a new book from the library: Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol.


It's about a granny who lives with her grandchildren. Winter is coming, and she has lots of knitting to do. (Very understandable.) She wants to knit up her projects, but the children are doing EVERYTHING imaginable to prevent her from doing so. One day, Granny shouts, "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and leaves her home in search of peace and quiet which would allow her to eventually knit sweaters for her 30 grandchildren. She is finally able to finish knitting in a wormhole! (It now became science fiction. At this point, I started rolling around on the floor from laughter. My daughter kept asking, "Are you okay mama? What's so funny?") Once her projects are completed, she heads back to her family.

My thoughts: 

This book is AWESOME. As most, if not all, mothers crave some alone time, Leave Me Alone really resonates with me. (Probably more so because I love knitting.) Some may be surprised that I read this to my two children-Charis and Justin. They too loved it. When reading it, I did all the voices and yelling, "Leave me alone." Thereafter, my children, especially Justin, frequently requested it. Charis retold the story to everyone who would listen; she even greeted her grandma at the door in December with the book itself. (No. There were no subtle hints.)

Have you heard of the book-Leave Me Alone? What children's books have you read to your children? Linking up at Booknificient

25 January 2017

Marian Skirts

In May, I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. While there, I always go through All About Yarn's tent, since they often have discontinued yarn or yarn that does not sell from their shop for super cheap. They had Berroco vintage colors in the carousel colorway there. It was multicolored and perfect for toddler girls. I immediately knew what I would make with the yarn-matching skirts for my nieces. Yes, I became that person; the one who has to dress toddlers up to be matchy-matchy. The amusing thing is, I test knit this pattern 3+ years ago, when I was pregnant with Justin. It took FOREVER to finish it. This Christmas, I was able to finish two Marian skirts in less than half the time it took me to finish one skirt when test knitting it.

Update (26 January 2017 at 1240): There were some who were asking what the name of the pattern is. For those who want to know, you can find it here.

What do you think of matching children's clothes? What's on your needles? Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

21 January 2017

Double Rainbow Cowl

Back in November, I found out there was a new knitting designer, Christy Furlan-Yarning for Whimsy, looking for test knitters for her double rainbow cowl pattern. After looking at the specifics, I saw that I had yarn from my stash that I could use for the contrasting color-Knit Picks Chroma, Pegasus. I choose a solid color for the main color-Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Alpaca Dance, Cinder.

This pattern is perfect for a beginner to branch off knitting. The only stitches are: garter stitch, slipping purl-wise, and cables. If you're hesitant to cable knit, there are directions in the pattern how you can knit it without a cable needle. When I've test knit before, I've never tweaked a test knit pattern without making sure it was okay with the designer. It turns out that I missed a major part of the pattern. I missed the fact that I had to repeat the contrasting part after about 12 rows of garter stitch in the main color. I'm slightly frustrated by this. Only because I think it would have shown the color changes in Chroma much more. At the same time, I LOVE how the cowl looks. How it wraps around my neck. How it drapes. My daughter also likes my cowl. So much so, I'm afraid she's going to claim it for herself-AKA steal it. I might knit her a small version of this cowl following the directions better next time.

You can purchase the pattern for $5.00

Have you ever test knit a pattern before? How did it work out for you?

20 January 2017

Minion Hat

I only knit Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews, along with the rest of the females in my family. My nephew, J. is in preschool this year. His Nana bought him a minion backpack before he started school. One day, I was browsing through Ravelry and discovered there was a pattern for a minion hat. I had all the colors required, except yellow. The next day, I went to Wal-Mart and bought Red heart yarn for his hat. He loves it! Plus, it fits him so much better than the dinosaur hat I made for him Christmas 2015.

Did you make any handmade gifts for Christmas? Do any children in your family like the minions?