Home Chef Meal Delivery Service

You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been, haven’t you? It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted and for good reason. Back in the summer I welcome a little baby girl and so I’ve been busy with her. Life has been hectic and I don’t have as much free time as I used to. I haven’t had the chance to cook or bake as much. I’m back to work full-time and I never get a chance to actually sit down and relax until about 10:30/11pm when it’s about time to go to bed. But right now I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s so fun to watch my daughter get bigger and develop her personality.

I’ve always been really big on menu planning. I would create a menu for the week and figure out what ingredients we already have and what we need to get. Then I would plan a Peapod grocery order and it would get delivered right to my doorstep. I haven’t been grocery shopping in a real grocery store in quite some time. There are times when I have to run to the local market for a few things here and there, but we do the bulk of our grocery shopping online. I love it.

Have you heard about Home Chef? It’s a weekly meal delivery service – chef prepared recipes, fresh ingredients and step-by-step instructions delivered straight to your door. And I have to say I’m in love!! I don’t have as much time as I used to so this is a lifesaver. We chose the three meals per week for two weeks option. So I went online and selected three of the recipes that looked best and picked those. They arrived at my doorstep yesterday. All packaged up and ready for me to cook with.

I made the Rosemary-Cider Chicken with Roasted Apple & Butternut Squash. Now there is still a little bit of prep – like mincing up the shallots, cutting up the herbs and apples, etc. But everything is measured out for you in the amounts that you’ll need. And I love that this has me making things that I normally wouldn’t think to make. I usually don’t buy Butternut Squash. But it was really good.

Now I didn’t take fancy pictures, but I snapped a few with my phone so you could see what it looks like. Looks delicious, right?

Home Chef Rosemary Cider Chicken

Home Chef – Rosemary Cider Chicken

Roasted Apples Butternut Squash

Home Chef – Roasted Apples and Butternut Squash


Dinner is on the table

Dinner is on the table


If you sign up with this link you will get $30 off your first order! It’s an amazing deal. If you sign up and try some dishes be sure to come back and let me know what you made and how you liked it!!

This is not an ad. I was not asked to write this post and I wasn’t given any free food or compensated in any way. This is me loving a service and wanting to share it with you in hopes that it’ll make your life easier too!



Sweet Life Bakeshop

There’s a new kid on the block! Sweet Life Bakeshop. This cute little place is not far from my house and it was a beautiful day for a walk so I decided to pay them a visit. I’ve heard great things about their Banana Pudding so I knew I had to stop in and see what else they had. They had a nice assortment of cupcakes, breads, cookies and pudding. Since I know myself, I had to limit the number of things that I bought. I could’ve easily come home with one of everything there, but I limited myself to two cupcakes and the infamous Banana Pudding!

Check out my stash:


Now I must say that it was difficult to wait until after dinner to try the cupcakes.

I may or may not have tasted the Banana Pudding right when I got home. A little birdie told me that it was quite delicious! It’s a nice creamy banana pudding with Nilla wafers layers throughout. I don’t have to share this because Mr. Curly Fry isn’t a fan of bananas.


I shared the cupcakes with Mr. Curly Fry. It was the right thing to do even though I wanted to eat both of them by myself. We both enjoyed them a lot. Our only complaint is that they are on the small side. For $3 I was hoping for a larger cupcake. But the flavors were on point and I’d definitely eat another one! Both cakes were chocolate, and they had a nice chocolately flavor. I’m pretty picky about my buttercream, and this was good! It’s not as sweet as I usually like, but it was nice and light and fluffy and I really enjoyed it. And I love the fact that they don’t skimp on the frosting – pile it on there!!

Here’s the Cookies n Cream


Here’s the Chocolate Nutella


So the moral of this story is head over to Sweet Life located at 740 South Street and try everything they have to offer! You won’t be disappointed!

Homemade Meat Sauce + a Giveaway!

Sometimes it’s so easy to open up a jar of Spaghetti Sauce and use that when I’m making some of my favorite Italian meals. I usually do that during the week when I don’t have a lot of time. But sometimes, usually over the weekend, I just want some of that home cooked sauce that I make from scratch. It works out well because it usually makes a big pot, and that way I can freeze some to use at a later date.

Redpack sent me some of their products, and I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to share my favorite homemade meat sauce recipe with you!

Redpack is also be hosting a Facebook promotion at  https://www.facebook.com/redpacktomatoes  until March 3, during which 1,000 Redpack followers will get a Redpack branded apron each week (for a total of 3,000 aprons). A grand prize winner will receive a pasta stock pot, pasta-related serveware and Redpack products!

And the good news? Red Pack is giving away a free kit to a reader!

Read below on how you can enter to win!

Now check out my favorite homemade meat sauce recipe!


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar (you can lower this amount if you don’t want it as sweet as I like it!)
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespooon dried oregano
  • ½ Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Diced Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Crushed Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Tomato Sauce
  • One 6 oz can Red Pack Tomato Paste


In your favorite dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add in the ground turkey until it’s nice and brown. Drain. Set the ground turkey aside. Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the chopped onion and let it cook for a few minutes until it’s nice and soft. Add in the garlic, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, white sugar and all of the spices. Stir often so that the garlic doesn’t burn. Pour in the red wine and let it reduce down.

Add in your Diced Tomatoes, Whole Peeled Tomatoes (you can mash them up if you want), Crushed Tomatoes, and Tomato Sauce. Stir until everything is incorporated. Add in the cooked ground turkey that has been thoroughly drained. Stir. Turn the heat down to low, and let it simmer for an hour. Make sure to stir every 15 minutes or so. Serve with your favorite pasta!


How to win:

Redpack is giving away a free kit to one lucky reader! The kit will include:

  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Diced Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Crushed Tomatoes
  • One 6 oz can Red Pack Tomato Paste

To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you would make with your Red Pack kit! One winner will be chosen at random (using random.org). The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, March 4th at 11 AM EST. Open to US residents only.

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.  My opinion and experiences are 100% my own. Red Pack sent me the same kit that the winner will receive.

Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake

I usually bake from scratch, but sometimes you’re just short on time and want to use some type of mix to save a little bit of time. I’m a huge fan of King Arthur Flour’s mixes. If you looked in my pantry you’d see that I always have a couple of different mixes on hand. I had a box of the Cranberry Orange Scone Mix, but I wasn’t really in the mood for a scone.  I love that King Arthur Flour gives you instructions on how to make other things with their mixes. So I had the scone mix, but I was able to use it for either pancakes, muffins, bread, coffee cake or shortcakes. How cool is that? They call it Scone Mix Magic.

So I decided to make some Coffee Cake. You know I’m a sucker for a crumb topping. This was so easy and simple to make, yet so delicious and flavorful. You’ll definitely want to have some of these mixes on hand for when you want something really good for breakfast. [Read more…]

Easy Funfetti Cake

I don’t think there always needs to be an occasion to make a cake. I’m the kind of person that just loves to bake cakes because I want to eat cake. I don’t think you need a reason! One day I had a craving for a Funfetti Cake, so I decided to just make one. Now this one is much easier than this other Funfetti Cake that I’ve made in the past. This cake is made in an 8×8 pan and you mix it by hand. Easy peasy. A walk in the park. There aren’t even that many dishes that you have to dirty. That’s right up my alley. It doesn’t make a ton of frosting because it doesn’t need a lot. It’s the perfect amount of frosting for this colorful cake.

So if you need a birthday cake in a pinch, or if you just want some Funfetti Cake, make this one. It’s so good. And it looks so pretty. All of those Jimmies! Speaking of jimmies…people often tell me they are called sprinkles. Well around here we call them jimmies. Always have. I remember when I was growing up and we’d go to Dairy Queen for ice cream I would get a chocolate ice cream cone with jimmies. And that’s how I would order it.

Do you call them jimmies or sprinkles? Let us know in the comments. I need to know I’m not by myself here! :)


I was so tempted to eat the entire cake.


But I figured I should share.

Spread the joy of this amazing cake.


Don’t you just love how colorful it is?


I dare you just take one bite and stop eating it.


Okay, okay. I can’t do that either.

So if you want to make this cake, head over to Averie Cooks and find the recipe there.