Thursday, August 17, 2017

A productive day and another meal from the box.

Yesterday morning while it was still cool out Bill pulled up the plants that were dead from our actual front yard. Where the front door is - but we never go that way.  We took them back to the nursery and got a refund then spent it all plus 17 cents more on new plants. Mostly we got yellow, orange and red lantanas. They seem to grow good here with out much care. The ones we planted in the spring are beautiful and big. The only bush we bought was this one. Another desert plant that doesn't need much care. It will have big orange and red flowers on it and it gets about six feet tall. Will block our view of the drainage ditch and block wall. All of these plants are on automatic drip sprinklers. 
 Gardner planting more lantanas along the neighbors picket fence. He also installed drip sprinklers. 
 More along the back wall. 
 Bill talking to the gardeners. These guys are the maintenance workers for the community. They are glad to work for residents after their regular hours, for pay of course. 
Well we got caught up in the last four-sided house inspection. They want us to replace some of the skirting on our manufactured home. We've been talking about doing it but never got it done. So guess it will get done now. Most of it is okay, just this one piece, that can be seen from the road, that is ugly. 
 I've been diligently working on my projects. Bill turned the window over for me so now I've started to solder the backside of it. No pictures. Only worked a little on it this morning. Shaking too much. Got the solder all over the glass instead of on the copper foil. 
Working on quilt too. I have the top row - the one on the bottom of the picture - put together. Also the third and fourth rows are sewn in strips. The only place to spread it out is on the floor of the small room, so going from living room to back rooms we now have to go through kitchen or walk on it. I do roll it up every day after I finish working on it. 
We had our second meal from the box tonight. Buttered-Up-Steak. This is how it looked when I took it out of its bag. Green beans, garlic cloves, gold Yukon potatoes, Dijon mustard and sirloin steak. All I had to add while cooking it was a couple drizzles of olive oil and butter for the herb butter. From here until we sat down was about 40 minutes. 
 The recipe, explains every step.
 Finished meal. It was very, very good. Potatoes and green beans very flavorful and steak tender and tasty. Plenty enough to feed two. 
The thing I like about it is - we've gotten into a rut eating - the same few things all the time. At least we are eating something different now. And I've forgotten how many things there are to eat. And how easy it is to fix something different. I might order another three meals for next week - if we decide not to go anywhere. 
Tomorrow we'll have our third meal. That's got to be a record, me cooking three nights in a row!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our meals in a box

Enjoying reading my nook. Bill took this cause he thinks it is funny the way I scrunch up to read. Also that I cover my feet with my blanket. With the AC and the ceiling fan running my feet got cold and started to cramp. Hate that. So I have to cover them up. 
 Spent part of the morning working on the t-shirt quilt. Have it mostly laid out now, the middle row is almost done.  Took that row over to the RV to make sure it would fit cross ways. Perfect, just enough room left to put on a border. It will take me a while to make cause I'm having to use my brain to figure out how to piece it. You can see the middle row has a lot of piecing in it. The block on the left is four pieces. The one next to it four pieces plus sashing. The middle one is just one big piece, the one next to it has sashing around all edges. And so forth. 
 Today our meals in a box arrived from Hello Fresh. Got here about 2:30 - delivered by FedEx. I was surprised by how heavy the box was. It came in a good sturdy cardboard box. 
 Opening up the box. Lots of insulating foil around everything.
 Looking down into the box. The recipes are on top, then a piece of insulation. 
 Took out recopies and raised insulation. The white bag on the right is an ice pack. Still frozen solid. The meals are in the brown bags. 
 Billl being excited that he will be getting a meal tonight. 
Just a piece of the packaging.
 The three meals. The chicken and steak came separately. Two chicken meals one steak meal. The vegetables and other ingredients are in the bags. 
Recipe cards included.
 Chicken Orzo Dinner - includes zucchini, tomato, Italian seasoning, orzo pasta, chicken breasts, fresh mozzarella, lemon, parsley, panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. 
 This is Buttered Up Steak - contains sirloin steak, yukon gold potatoes, garlic, parsley, green beans, dijon mustard 
 And we are having this tonight. Honey mustard chicken: chicken breasts, red onion, zucchini, sweet potatoes, garlic, honey, whole grain mustard, white wine vinegar, and parsley.
 The still frozen ice packets from the box. 
 The recipe, gives you info on what utensils you'll need i.e., baking sheet, medium, bowl medium pan, olive oil [only ingredient not included] Then step by step directions. Even suggests a wine. 
 And nutritional info - if you care. 
We got these three meals for two people for the introductory offer of $30. Mainly I was curious - and we get the benefit of me having to cook at least three nights - a real meal.  
All ready to be cooked. The only thing that didn't come with it is the salt, pepper and a little olive oil to coat vegetables and to add to marinade. Red onion, zucchini and sweet potato - cooked in oven. Chicken in honey, mustard, garlic and olive oil. Seared in pan then put in oven. 
 All done about 40 minutes later. One scale of 1 to 10 - a 10, even Bill had second helpings. And there are enough leftovers for my lunch tomorrow.  On serving platter. I didn't need to use all the parsley I guess. 
Tomorrow night we have the steak and potatoes. With the price we paid - about $5 for one person. I'd never cook this on my own - never thought about sweet potatoes with zucchini and onions!  So far so good. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I missed this sunrise!

All kinds of different weather lately. But the good thing is it is cooler. Very low 100's. The rain the other day. We got about 10 drops, but parts of the valley were deluged. This storm is over the west valley. 
 I saw this sunrise - Saturday morning. The one nice thing about monsoon weather the clouds in the sky. 
 Trying to figure out how to place all the t-shirt pieces. Some time today I'm going to go over to the RV and get exact measurements for the quilt size. Then maybe I'll be able to figure out some pattern. 
The square on the lower right corner will be my center piece. It is the biggest piece at 18 x 18". Will probably build the quilt around it. I wonder if I should try to make all the blocks 18 x 18? To do that will take some interesting piecing. 
 Bill got up this morning in time to witness this beautiful sunrise.

 It was actually cool enough in the garage this morning for me to work on my window. I got the red flower all soldered and a little work done on a few leaves. But after a short while my hands started shaking too bad to continue - and it was getting HOT. 
Soccer games and race today - none were any good. I was playing with my quilt during much of race. Got one block done and might end up ripping it out. Not sure if I like it or not.