my dad was working north of the city the other week and didn’t think his schedule allowed for him to come into the city to visit us. but on saturday night, he called saying his sunday opened up and he was going to rent a car and come in for part of the day! he told josh and me not to tell the kids, so he could surprise them in the morning! they were actually in the middle of face-timing with him on sunday morning when we opened the front door and there he was! holding a box of donuts, too! the day was already off to such a good start.
since we were about to head out of town a few days later, we hadn’t kept up on our grocery shopping, because we hate leaving town and having food go bad. but it worked out perfectly, because we still had 2 blue apron meals in our fridge that had been delivered a few days prior, so even with company showing up with short notice, i was still able to serve a really beautiful and delicious lunch! we made and served their vietnamese chicken wings and rice and beef-stuffed poblano peppers.
if you aren’t already familiar with blue apron (although i mention them a lot on this blog cause i’m a fan), they deliver farm-fresh ingredients in a refrigerated box, in the exact proportions you need, right to your home each week. we’ve been using them for a few years now, and have partnered with them this year to spread the word as they’ve expanded to several new zip codes around the US. one of the things i love most about using blue apron, is how it gets us out of our cooking rut and allows us to create beautiful and delicious meals we wouldn’t otherwise ever attempt to cook in our home ourselves. we’ve discovered a lot of new ingredients and dishes through them, too! we’re also able to skip weeks we’re traveling and just use them when it best fits our week to week schedule.
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some photos from our sunday with my dad below!
eleanor helped us out quite a bit in the kitchen while my dad played trains with samson and conrad in their nursery. we put on her favorite music (she is obsessed with the song adir adirim by balkan beat box. have you ever heard it? it’s kind of amazing!) and had a bit of a dance party as we went along.
also, this rice and beef-stuffed poblano peppers i linked above is insane! it has all these amazing spices in it and also dried currants and roasted pepitas. it was my favorite.
a few minutes before we put everything on the table, samson wandered into the kitchen wanting to help too! since everything had already been prepped, i told him he could help me with the dishes if he wanted. one of his chores is helping unload the dishwasher, which he does really well (the silverware and cups especially!) but he always wants to “wash” the dishes because it’s really just the best excuse to play with soapy water. haha! so he “washed” some of the bigger bowls for us that we had used cooking. i love his willingness to always be helpful. he’s such a good kid.
plates just make no sense with this little dude. it’s a lot of clean up afterwards, but he likes feeding himself and discovering and learning as he does it more than when we feed him. gets tricky with some foods, but for the most part, he does a pretty fantastic job!
a quick photo with my daddio before we eat!
cheers! to a delicious meal! thanks so much for making the time to swing by, dad! and thanks to blue apron for partnering with us on this post! you can check out many of their recipes right here, if you’d like.