Cooking For Beginners – Hello Fresh Review


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It’s been quite a while since I posted (technically only four days but it feels like an eternity)! I wanted to catch you guys up on what new fun things have been going on in my life. The first, and most entertaining thing, which we tried out recently was Hello Fresh. For those who may not know. Hello Fresh is a food delivery service that puts together quick and healthy meals using fresh ingredients that are all delivered straight to your door. This was my first time ever trying out one of these services and it was so much fun! Of course, you get to choose which meals you want them to ship you that week; but, I didn’t look too closely at the recipes so it was always a fun surprise to open each day’s box. I’ll run you through the various meals we chose and which our favorite was. Stay tuned to the end to hear my final thoughts on Hello Fresh!


Cherry-Drizzled Pork Chops

Yum, yum, YUM! I think this meal was my favorite of the bunch. It was definitely a different take on the pork chops than we usually see here in the Midwest. I thought the cherry drizzle was an interesting take on the savory sweet meal. Definitely a keeper!


A Caesar Salad To Rule Them All

One of the most delicious and filling salads I’ve ever had. I’m definitely going to recreate this again! It filled me and my husband up (yes, salads aren’t just for ladies!) so much that we even had a bit left over for lunch the next day.


Vietnamese Marinated Steak

This was such a different style dish than my husband and I are used to eating but we loved it! If there’s steak involved, it’s usually a winner for my husband. I loved the mix of flavors together. The pickled salad was so good!

For a very beginner cook, like myself, I found it a little overwhelming balancing all the different things going on in the kitchen. But strictly sticking to Hello Fresh’s recipes and step by step instructions, it definitely calmed my worries. All in all, we were so pleased with our Hello Fresh box! (No, I’m not sponsored in any way.) We genuinely thought this was a great service. We could definitely see using it again in the future for those weeks that you know are going to be busy. It was great to not have to shop, buy the perfect amount of ingredients, or surf Pinterest for hours looking for great healthy meals. I highly recommend trying it out!

Leave me a comment below and tell me if you’ve tried Hello Fresh before!
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Skinny Dirty Banana Cocktail

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Getting hooked on Dirty Bananas in the Caribbean was a terrible mistake because they’re so delicious and addicting! As soon as we got back into the states, my husband and I started recreating them. Of course they were still just as amazing but it’s not as fun without the beach view! Today I wanted to thin down the recipe a bit and make a “skinny” version of the Dirty Banana. (It’s still alcohol so how skinny can it really get, am I right?) I think this version really does it justice and definitely makes this cocktail skinnier than its original version. I’ll leave a link here so you can check out the original. It’s a great treat every once and awhile; but, it’s so heavy that it makes it difficult to enjoy often. Try out this Skinny Dirty Banana recipe to enjoy this Caribbean treat!

Ingredients :

1 oz. Malibu

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. 99 Bananas

Dash of Almond Milk


That’s it! Mix all together and serve over ice. It’s so easy and much better for you than the original recipe. I hope you try this recipe out and enjoy! Leave me a comment below and tell me your thoughts!
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Drinks Your Guests Will Remember This Memorial Day

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While you’re planning what exactly to serve at your Memorial Day parties, be sure to give this amazing adult beverage a try. Here’s my twist on an Orange Pomegranate Crush!

Ingredients : 

1 oz Triple Sec

2 oz Smirnoff Pomegranate Vodka

1/2 orange juiced

1 splash of Sprite or other lemon-lime soda

Serve over ice


Leave me a comment below and tell me what drinks you’ll be enjoying this weekend! 🙂
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Asian Salad Recipe

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Working in an office that is too far away from my house to come home for lunch has definitely taught me to plan ahead and get creative when it comes to my packed lunches. Last week I decided to try out a new recipe and I really enjoyed it! I tried out a quick and easy Asian Salad recipe. I whipped this together in less than 20 minutes Sunday night and it made enough for my whole week. I just packaged it all up in Tupperware and grabbed it quick every morning. Bonus fact, it was super cheap to make this recipe so the fact that it lasted the whole week was insane!

Here is what you’ll need :

One bag of Dole Coleslaw Mix

Two packages of Oriental Style Ramen Noodles

One small can of Mandarin Oranges

Handful of Sliced Almonds

1/3 cup of White Vinegar

1/3 cup of Vegetable Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

How to whip it all up :

Combine the salt, pepper, vegetable oil, white vinegar, a dash of the mandarin orange juice, and oriental style ramen powder.

Mix the coleslaw, uncooked ramen noodles, drained mandarin oranges, & almonds.

Combine the two mixtures and stir it all together.

Let me know if you try out this recipe. I love it and I think you will too!
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December Favorite Post Round-Up

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I hope you all had a great holiday weekend and got to spend some great quality time with family. It’s one of the busiest times of the year so be sure you got to read some of my favorite posts from this month!

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Inside My Tea Cabinet

I’m obsessed with tea so come get a sneak peek into what I drink on a daily basis.

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Christmas Party OOTD

Good tidings and good cheer come together with good fashion.

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Christmas Décor – Tips for Holiday Decoration for Renters

Holiday decorating for renters can be difficult but it’s not impossible. Check out my tips for next year!

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What I Ate Today

Because who doesn’t love a little food inspiration?

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What I Ate Today

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Breakfast

You guys know I love my smoothies! The smoothie I made this morning was similar to all my other breakfast smoothies I like to make. I add one frozen banana, (TIP : If you have any bananas that go bad before you eat them, pop them in the freezer to enjoy in smoothies. Peeling them and putting them in a Tupperware makes this process easier) assorted fruits, spinach, and a little almond milk for creaminess. I love this smoothie and it’s packed full of fruits and veggies. The fruit does a great job at masking the spinach taste so be sure to sneak in a larger amount of greens.

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Lunch

I have a full time job so I have to pack my lunch every day. I normally like to bring a plethora of healthy food/snacks to tide me over all day. Most days, I’ll get hungry again around 10 am so I’ll either have a banana or apple. For my lunch today, I packed a turkey wrap, broccoli, and the fruits you see here (whichever I didn’t eat for my snack earlier). This normally tides me over until I get home. I’ll leave you a link here for the turkey wrap I made on this day.

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Dinner

The only pasta dish I can get my husband to willingly eat, Chicken Parmesan. This is one of my go-to simple dinners when I don’t want to overthink it. I’ll thaw a couple chicken breasts the night before and can come home and knock out this cooking in less than an hour. It’s simple, easy, and delicious! I’ll leave a link here to a recipe if you’d like to give it a go!

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Apple Cider Mimosa Recipe – With a Twist!

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I recently saw this recipe floating around the internet and decided that I NEEDED to try it immediately. I love my mimosas and had never contemplated adding in such a fun fall flavor! The recipe is ridiculously simple so I won’t even try to dress it up. Get a cup, some champagne of your choice, and some apple cider. Absolutely AMAZING! Super yummy and super sweet. I definitely couldn’t drink too many of these since they are way more sugary. Next time, I definitely want to try it with some local apple cider (couldn’t find anything but big name brand this time).

The Twist. I brought this drink to an early morning tailgate to share with my family and friends and we decided to kick it up a notch. We added a splash of Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka and that made the drink 10x more amazing. When I say splash, I mean just a splash (less than a shot). We aren’t trying to get too crazy. But the raspberry flavor added such a yummy twist on an already amazing drink. Let me know if you try this out. I’d love to get your thoughts! Enjoy!

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