I have been having so much fun working on Tutor Menagerie. I don’t have much time to work on it because of everything else going on in my life. I wish I had more time to work on it though, because every time I do work on it, the number of views goes up! Therefore, the more work I put in, the better it will be.
Does anyone have any tips on how to balance a side project with their full time job and running a household? It is so hard!
I am so excited to talk to you about my new project, Tutor Menagerie!
Tutor Menagerie is a website that is meant to bring together tutors with students in my local area. I live in Valley Stream on Long Island, and the website currently focuses on tutors who service New York City and Long Island.
So far, the website is very basic. it is broken down into two main groups – tutors on Long Island, and tutors in New York City. The website also has a blog with feature tutors and other pertinent content!
Please visit the website and let me know what you think! This is the first business that I have created (along with my brother), and any advice would be wonderful.
Also, if you are interested in becoming a tutor on the site, please let me know!
So I tried this recipe and boy did it deliver! My husband told me that when he was done eating it was so good that he was sad that the meal was ending! This “creamy macaroni and cheese recipe” from the New York Times is easily the best that I have ever made. The cottage cheese definitely adds a distinct creaminess, and adds much needed protein to the dish. I also read the comments on the recipe before I made the dish (over 3000 people recommended it and many commented about it). Several recommended that I use the ‘youngest’ cheddar possible, because aged cheddar will make the dish drier. I bought shredded cheddar from Trader Joes. It worked perfectly.
I served this scrumptious macaroni and cheese with steamed broccoli on the side. We also had celebratory mudslides, just because.
I was so happy with the way that this dish came out. It is definitely one I will repeat! I am really looking forward to giving some to my daughter tomorrow. She loves mac and cheese!
What are your favorite macaroni and cheese recipes?
Some of my previous posts praised hello fresh and other meal box companies. However, I was very disappointed in my last interaction with them.
I had the hello fresh app on my phone, and I (I guess stupidly) trusted the application every week to notify me to choose my meals, so I would have the chance to either choose my meals for the week or skip that week.
The app must have logged itself out, because on Sunday, my husband checked our credit card statement and he saw a 69.00 charge from Hello Fresh. He knew I would have told him if I had ordered from them, because I hadn’t been – I had been doing menu planning myself each week, and that had been going really well.
I first tried to log in to see the meals – and that is when I noticed that I had been logged out and they were meals that I would absolutely not have chosen. Customer service was closed, so I immediately emailed them. The next morning I called, and I was not treated very respectfully. I explained what happened, how I had ordered multiple times and even sent them two referrals, and I was just asking them to please cancel my order BECAUSE I HAD NOT ORDERED IT OR AUTHORIZED IT . They said no and offered either half refund or a new box. I just opted for the new box BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO GET ME THE REFUND OF WHAT I DIDN’T ORDER. Once I got the new box, I canceled Hello Fresh. I think they have a good product but I just did not like the way that I was treated on the phone. They were very unkind and rude to me. I thought that what they should have done, if they wanted to keep a customer, was to refund me the whole box that I did not order. I will never be using them again.
I imagine that they get a lot of revenue from people who make the same mistake as me. 😦
I loved it. The meals were delicious, easy to cook, and just a little bit “different” and no like what I would usually cook. The package came in time and there were no issues with the packaging. All the food was very fresh.
I only have pictures of two of the meals. This is keema curry with naan. I had never made curry before and it was great! The portion was great, and the different spices really punched up the taste of the meat. My husband and I both loved it. The naan was very fresh and tasty as well. I am a sucker for good naan. It was real good. This meal was called Greek poutine. It was thinly sliced potatoes with deconstructed pork sausage (pork with lot of spices and red wine vinegar and orange juice) topped with feta sauce and arugula. It was so good! I had never mad anything like it.
The third me mealcwas glazed chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts and onion. The glaze was something I had never done before and it was really delicious. It mixed maple syrup with orange zest and a few other ingredients and the glaze cooked down in the pot. Yum. The glaze really elevated whatnwpuld have been just okay pan cooked chicken. Brussels sprouts and onions were of course food but I always make them.
Last night I decided to try to make a whole dinner out of recipes that I have never tried before. I had bought riced califlower at Trader Joe’s because I had heard all about it from health and cooking magazines and blogs that I read online. For the califlower rice I first chopped up an onion and sautéed it in some olive oil. I then added in the califlower and some more olive oil and sautéed that. I topped it off with some lemon juice.
For the buffalo chicken nuggets I followed a skinny taste recipe. You can find the recipe here –http://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-buffalo-chicken-nuggets/ I followed the recipe and it came out really great. Here is a picture of the finished product:The chicken nuggets came out so so good. I even had some left over to take to lunch today. They were just a little bit spicy. I made a dipping sauce by mixing together mustard, honey, mayo and lemon juice. Yummmmy. I served everything with a side of steamed broccoli.
I was not a big fan of the califlower rice. I am willing to try it again, but it just was not satisfying like rice or pasta would be. I saw a recipe for califlower fried rice and I might try that out.
Tonight I am making shrimp. I will share my experience either later or tomorrow! ❤️💕. Anyone have an fabulous links for shrimp recipes?
Tonight for dinner I made langostinos. You can get them at the frozen section of Trader Joe’s. They taste like a mix between shrimp and lobster. Yum!!!
I made a very simple recipe that I made by looking at some other people’s recipes and using what I liked and leaving out what I didn’t.
First I started to thaw the langostinos in a bowl of warm water. I chopped up a red onion. I used preminced garlic. I heated up some olive oil and some butter in a pan and added in the onion and garlic. I added in half a cup of my favorite wine, dry Riesling. I then added the langostinos. They were still semi frozen, oh well.
While this was being prepared I had set a pot of salted water to boil. I threw in pasta. This time it was orecchiette. I let the wine sauce simmer for a while while I nursed the baby upstairs. I microwaved some frozen broccoli as an easy side dish. That I tossed with olive and grated parmigiana reggiano.
On a side note, baby is obsessed with this banana toothbrush. I brush her teeth with it and she gives me the biggest smile.