What Doesn’t Stop in the Summer

blue apron


DSC_2137a  partnering post with blue apron, Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre

It’s summer.

The boys are home.

The animals are happy to have more company. And they are ALL INSIDE because it’s 159 degrees outside.

The old pool is blue enough.

Everything is different in the summer.

Everything except the fact that I still have to work.

And I still have boys who are hungry.



The other day my to do list was crazy. So when Chad got home we all ran out to our local Mexican restaurant.

I was surprised to see that our bill was more than what it costs to have farm-fresh ingredients delivered to our door from Blue Apron (in a refrigerated box!) 

I always tell myself that ordering ingredients like that is a special treat, but going to our Mexican place often feels like a last resort when I’ve given up.


The cost of dang quesadillas is apparently rising. And they aren’t even that delicious.

It’s never the cooking part that is my biggest obstacle. It’s the planning, the shopping, the finding that recipe again…not that that’s impossible, but at the end of a long day sometimes my brain is just Done.

I’ve never regretted cooking. It’s always enjoyable.

Sometimes, I just want a cooking boss, a pretty one in an apron who plans and premeasures so that I can do the fun part (chopping, sauteing, sipping wine) and then take all the credit.





Because dinner is actually ready & chad won’t be home for another hour. #itssimplytuesday

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So even though there’s half-painted woodwork, and a toilet in a box sitting on the porch outside the window, I feel like a responsible, got-it-under-control adult because ta-da: I made dinner!

And everyone is happy to eat a delicious homemade meal even when it’s served on paper plates and we laugh at Michael Scott while the cats meow out the window at the chickens.



I’m loving my kitchen assistant.

Next week I’m making the Miso Roasted Chicken & the Seared Salmon.

FYI, Blue Apron just launched in Texas–I know y’all are excited about that!

If you’d like to try it too, the first 50 people to sign up for Blue Apron (cancel at any time!) will get two meals free in their first order. Just click here.

Your family will be way too impressed with you.

And you will bask in the glory.


Don’t you want to see what it tastes like?

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  1. I love your posts! So real and you get it!

  2. I love to cook. I don’t mind meal planning. What I really don’t like is grocery shopping! LOL I know several bloggers have liked the Blue Apron, but I just don’t think I could do it. I want to pick my own produce, my own meat, ect. I make a weekly trip to the store and at least one stop at the produce market. We don’t have children, we both have jobs (me part-time), so summer really isn’t different for us. The good thing about summer meals is we eat so much fresh stuff from the garden that I usually just have to prepare a main item. As a wife and also someone who is trying to be(eat) healthy, preparing a good/healthy dinner is important to me. But, different things work for each of us! Glad you are enjoying it.

  3. Thanks for the post. I just signed up for Blue Apron! Won’t be starting delivery until end of July but am SO looking forward to giving it a try! Can’t say I LOVE to cook, but definitely will be easier with the planning/shopping part done, I’m hoping!

  4. Lisa S. says:

    One more thing to like about you! Michael Scott!

  5. “cooking boss” lol! who doesn’t yell, or take credit! blue apron is going to convert me! ☆

  6. Thanks for the post. Blue Apron sounds like something I would like to try, I don’t mind the cooking part but it’s the grocery shopping I could easily live without! My question to you is this, I have 4 big males in the house besides me, how do you make this work if their family plan only feeds 4? Thanks.

  7. I’ve done Blue Apron once and can’t wait to be in town long enough to try it again!

  8. Rebecca says:

    With boys as old as yours, do you feel the serving size is adequate? I’ve read that the portions for the price are quite costly and don’t take growing active children’s appetites into account. I have one more child than you and the meal you show wouldn’t feed my crew so I’d end up serving 4th meal as we call it when dinner is on the smaller side. I would also like a kitchen boss so if this would feed my family, I’d give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rebecca says:

      I just took time to read the options and the meals are just for 4 so that answers my question since I think we eat like our family of 6 eats like an even larger family.

  9. We’ve tried blue apron as a gift from someone who has it. I, personally, think it’s too expensive. It’s a nice concept, of having everything delivered that you need to make the meal, but you also need to be home to unpack it and refrigerate it when it arrives. I can see how it would work for busy couples who have no time to shop, but it doesn’t seem to be cost effective for most families. At least, not for ours.

  10. Hannah Reid says:

    How immature does it make me if my favorite part of this post was the Napoleon Dynamite reference/meme?

    • I’m with you! Napoleon and Nacho are staples at our house. I think The Nester is now my boys favorite blogger!

  11. I signed up after your last post about Blue Apron. It is now a two day a week staple that my three young boys and still young husband look forward to. We had that exact meatball sandwich meal and loved it. i love cooking when I don’t have to shop, think up something new and then worry no one will eat it. its the best.

  12. We are feeling this exact way in our home now. In fact, we went out for pizza tonight – even on a Wednesday! Our home seems to close in after a day ro 2 between 2 adults, 2 small kids, 2 cats, and a dog. Services and ideas that help offset the cooking and groceries without denting the pocketbook are always good!

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