Almost 10 years to the day after leaving Maine to live in Massachusetts I’ve come home. On June 5th CK and I closed on a condo in Portland. Yes, we’re home owners now!

We’ve been in our new place for approximately 3 weeks. So far, so good. I love living in a walkable neighborhood again. Being close to amazing coffee, delicious restaurants, and endless coastal adventures suits us. Even the cats are happier.

I also, once again, have a kitchen I enjoy cooking in (well…it’s a work in organizational progress but I do love my new bar stools) and after living in an apartment for 3 years that had the worst, most depressing lighting (or lack thereof) in the world I’m wondering if maybe I’ll start taking some pictures. We’ll see.

For now I’m content with enjoying amazing things that other people cook for me and discovering unique experiences like BP’s Shuck Shack. Yes, oysters from a food cart. Totally loved that find.

Other things that I’m super thrilled about… being able to run around Back Cove in the mornings, enjoying mimosas with an ocean view, randomly going to LL Bean at odd times, buying silly things with lobsters on them, and most of all being close to friends and family again. It’s all just one great big sigh of (not being stuck in insane Route 2 and Mass Ave traffic every single morning) relief.

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Hi! It’s me. I haven’t written on here in forever and ever and ever. I can regale you with excuse after excuse but really I just needed a blogging break. A nice big, long hiatus was just what the WordPress doctor ordered.

So what’s new? I just finished grad school, CK and I finally bought some curtains like the pseudo grown-ups we are, and we eat a lot of Paleo/Primal meals (just like everyone else in the universe these days). We’re not crazy strict about it but Monday-Friday we try our best to avoid grains, sugar, and the White Mochas at Starbucks.

We’ve been doing this for almost a year and a half now (hence my lack of new cookie, cake, and tasty loaves of bread posts). Recently though I’ve hit my limit on finding things I want to eat. Meal planning for the week has become this super stressful and dreaded task. It’s at the point where I might scream if I have to make one more meatball recipe or eat another plate of spaghetti squash noodles. Even Pinterest isn’t helping. I feel like I keep seeing the same recipes over and over again and I’m seriously tapped out in the creative food thinking department.

In addition to my complete disinterest in making a grocery list I’ve developed a huge aversion to going to the grocery store. I feel like it’s such a waste of precious weekend time and while I used to have groceries delivered from other services fairly often we now mostly shop at Whole Foods and they don’t deliver — or they didn’t.

I feel like I just hit the jackpot. There’s a newish local service called PlateJoy that I decided to try. So instead of CK listening to me complain about project managing all of our food for the week I just logged onto their website, picked out a bunch of meals, the recipes were emailed, and a super nice lady delivered all of the food to me 24-hours later. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am not to have to go to the grocery store.

Some of the highlights so far include the fact that you can choose where your groceries are sourced from (yay, I didn’t have to go to Whole Foods and play chicken with SUVs in the parking lot). They also have a pretty big range of special diet meals and categories like gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian etc…You can also opt to receive breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I just did lunches and dinners this time though. The cost for 5 days of meals was substantially less than what I normally spend when I shop. I’m also kind of stoked about the fact that I’m making food (for instance steaks) that are the proper portion size because I am so bad at that. Here’s their FAQ if you want more details.

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Anyway, I just whipped up one of the meals I received which was a super tasty tuna salad recipe with spinach, scallions, walnuts, and cranberries — so far, so good!

Right now Platejoy serves Boston and some of the burbs as well as all of the Bay Area. At the end of the week I’ll leave a comment on this post letting you know how it all shook out. Currently a la Annie “I think I’m gonna like it here.”

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I almost forgot! They also included a bouquet of tulips in my bags as a welcome gift. It’s like they know me?!

PS: This isn’t a paid ad or a shill. I’m just trying to get back into the swing of blogging and this is the most interesting food related thing I’ve come across in quite some time.

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Tropical Toffee

December 14, 2012
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Note: This toffee recipe recreation was originally published on Eat Boutique. If there’s one thing I’ve gleaned from paging through Liz Gutman and Jen King’s high calorie cookbook it’s that candy making is supposed to be fun. Bright colors, smiley faces and quirky images abound in The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook. My favorite image, a little […]

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Pistachio-Cranberry Christmas Cookies

December 10, 2012
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These are actually my new go-to Christmas cookies. I’ve lost count of how many batches I’ve made. Last year I got obsessed baking everything under the sun with pistachios including this insanely good Pistachio Brittle. Then I found a recipe for pretty green Pistachio Cookies. Super cute, right? Also, insanely delicious. However, the recipe I […]

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Quest Complete: NaBloPoMo 2012

November 30, 2012
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Well I did it. Just barely and there actually were a few cat pictures used as filler but I still officially posted to my blog every single day during the month of November. Mission NaBloPoMo accomplished! Would I ever do this again? No. Never! But I’m glad that I did and I think going forward […]

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Saving for Fancy Christmas Bourbon with Bank Simple

November 29, 2012
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Have you heard about Simple? Simple is a really cool new bank replacement. CK and I officially switched all of our really horrible old banking accounts over to Simple completely in August (after being on the waiting list for a Beta invite since June of 2010) and haven’t regretted it for a moment. We both […]

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9 Quirky Cookie Cutters

November 28, 2012
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Tonight’s post is inspired by my friend Kathy Drake. Kathy and I grew up together and originally bonded over the fact that we both wore the same lavender jacket to our kindergarten class. When we were in high school we also worked together at Dunkin Donuts and slung bagels and coffee like pros. Anyway, tonight she […]

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Peanut Butter Pinwheels

November 27, 2012
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Every so often my friend Maggie will let me create something for her beautiful website, Eat Boutique, and it always completely freaks me out. Have you ever visited?  Every lovely individual who posts over there is incredibly amazing at styling and taking food photos and I’m so not even remotely in their same league, but I […]

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