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My New Project!!

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!

Thanks guys,

Stephie

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the creamiest mac and cheese

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.

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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?

So Done With Hello Fresh

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. 😦

 

Halloween Dessert Party

This afternoon we hosted a Halloween party at our house. It was so much fun. Here are some of the decorations:

We bought so much candy for the event, and for Halloween as well. So many kids come to our neighborhood so we have to be ready for them! I don’t have a picture of the baby in costume, but she was a pumpkin. I didn’t want to put her in costume until the last minute, so she wouldn’t get dirty. 


We supplied the candy. My mom brought brownies and Apple cake. I frosted the brownies and put sprinkles on them. My sister in law brought pizza crumb, which is a crumb cake made only of the crumbs and in the shape of a pizza! My mother in law brought cookies and fruit, and my mom’s friend brought bobka. 

Yummmmmmmm. So full of sweets . We also ordered pizza and someone brought a Crave case from White Castle. 

I made mulled cider. I used the four spices lined up below. I bought a gallon of apple from target, heated it up and threw in these four spices until the cider was bubbling. I then let the cider simmer. I had mine this way but some guests decided to spike it.

The party was a lot of fun and the baby loved all the attention.