Monday, April 24, 2017

Life With the Lees: Weekend Recap 4.24.17

Good morning! We've got 6 weeks to go at school until summer break, and everyone in our house is super pumped! Even though we did a lot this weekend, it was mostly housework and yard work, so today's going to be short and sweet!

At the end of the week, one of my students stayed after class to tell me that I needed to read this book and consider it for future student book clubs. I think it is so sweet that my kids like to read non-fiction and historical fiction and then that they share their recommendations with me.


The book club that I'm in each summer with other social studies teachers has picked this book for our summer reading:


Our weekend wasn't as packed as it usually is, and all we had on the agenda was Ari's baseball game on Saturday morning. She missed a practice due to her swim lessons and then her 2nd game and another practice got rained out, so it's been a few weeks since she's been out on the field.


Just like her first game, Ari got a hit off the tee the first time up to bat and then got a hit off the coach's pitch during her second time up to bat. We're still working on the whole drop the bat and RUN thing!


The kids spent the rest of Saturday hanging with Sue-Sue and Grandpa. When they got home, we watched some Animal Planet shows after dinner. Speaking of which, Robert and I tried out 3 free meals from Hello Fresh this weekend. 

I'm glad that we had the opportunity to try it for free, but we won't be subscribing to the service. If you like to cook and want to impress people with your plating, then you might enjoy it. Here are my pros:
* The dishes are fancier than what I'm used to cooking, but I felt confident cooking them with the instructions. 
* The plating made me look more professional.
* Every meal was boxed together separately so you don't have to divide up the ingredients.

My cons:
* The food was okay. None of the meals made me feel like I needed to rush out and register for the program full time.
* Each meal will run about $15. In my book, that's too much money to spend on 2 adults. 
* The meals were very high in calories.
* The meals required a large amount of olive oil.
* I didn't feel like the produce was as fresh as it could be.
* The seasoning for one meal was definitely off. The label claimed it was one teaspoon, but it was very clearly more than a teaspoon. 
* The packaging was quite excessive and wasteful. Please recycle what you can!
* The only thing I feel Hello Fresh saved me was time at the grocery store which wouldn't have actually bothered me much as it wouldn't have taken a planner like me long to do. The meals took about 30-45 minutes to cook, so if you're a busy person on weeknights, this program will probably stress you out!

The type of cooking that doesn't stress me out? Baking! On Sunday I baked for hours on end for this week's secretary day and to apologize to my librarians for missing last week's library week! I made chocolate peanut butter cookies, slutty brownies, hummingbird cupcakes, and lemon crinkle cookies. Shout out to my awesome friend Betsy for gifting me lots of bakery boxes to transport everything in!


Ari has baseball tonight, and then both kids have swim practice the rest of the week. I'm back tomorrow for a double post with Tuesday Training and Show and Tell Tuesday. See you soon!

22 comments:

  1. Look at those beautiful baked goods! And how cute is Ari in her pink bat hat and socks! Such a cutie, like her mama! Happy Mobday love...6 more weeks, Whoohoo!!

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    1. I only sampled a few! That kid is something else! Have a great Monday!

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  2. Sounds like a great weekend! I've always wanted to do a meal delivery service like that, but I agree that I couldn't spend that much money for it.

    Ok, what exactly are slutty brownies, lol??!!! Those goodies look delicious!

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    1. Cookie dough on bottom, Oreo in the middle, and brownie mix on top! I didn't sample one but they looked and smelled awesome!

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  3. Ari in her little baseball uniform is SO cute! I haven't gotten to try Hello Fresh, but I did receive a free week of Blue Apron (which is very similar) and have yet to redeem it. I mean I should, because free food, right? But I don't know..
    I WILL take that box of desserts though, YUM!!

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    1. Haha yes to all desserts- get me a subscription to a dessert service! We were discussing the meal plans at lunch and nobody at my work has been satisfied enough to continue on with plans.

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  4. I recently found your blog and I am enjoying having a new one to read through. I have to ask, what makes the brownies "slutty"? My best friends and I all (affectionately) call each other "slutty" and I think it would be fun to make these brownies for our next girls night.

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    1. Cookie dough on the bottom, Oreos in the middle, and brownie batter on top! They looked awesome but since it only made 16, I didn't sample it because I had a lot of people to gift. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Ari's precious face when she's up to bat😍. Okay, let's just talk about all those yummy sweets and the way you boxed them up. Two thumbs up girl! I love the way you thought to label them too. #clevergirl Have a great week!!!

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    1. Clever girl makes me think of Jurassic Park and the velociraptors! I need to find out where Betsy got those bakery boxes- they were awesome to use this morning to transport to all of our secretaries!

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  6. Sweet girl in her baseball uniform! She looks adorable with those pink accents! Your weekend sounded a lot like ours... not much going on and pretty relaxing! Isn't it great to have those kinds of weekends? Sometimes they are the best ones.

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    1. I'm still exhausted! I feel bad- every post I write during the school year basically talks about me being tired! Ha!

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  7. Ugh....you are killing me with those baked goods!!

    Shelly|
    The Queen in Between

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    1. I just about died when I had to input the calories into My Fitness Pal. Agh!

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  8. Um...can I please get a box of that yumminess???

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    1. I want a vending machine of baked goods in my house!

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  9. Looks like y'all had a fun weekend! T hose are the best!

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    1. It was fairly calm which is always nice- hope you had a great anniversary weekend!

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  10. I love how you labeled the box! That's something so simple that I never think to do. I think it's fantastic that your students are giving you recs. It's a testament to your teaching.

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    1. Thanks, Tara! I did feel a little odd giving my sweet office ladies slutty brownies though! Ha! :)

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  11. One of my student's recommended Prisoner B-3087 to me too! It's on my book list to read this summer!

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    1. I may be teaching a different grade level next year, so if I do, I need some recommendations for American history books!

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