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At this time of year, I try to make the extra effort to do kind things for others. Partly because it just makes me feel good, but also because I’m trying to set a good example for my kids. But, since I’ve been extra-crazy with work this month I really wasn’t sure what I’d be able to pull off. Then three opportunities for kindness fell into my lap.

I was scheduled for a Blue Apron delivery a couple weeks ago (fresh ingredients to make healthy meals at home). The day our food arrived, I found out our neighbor across the street had just been released from the hospital after minor surgery. After checking with her husband, Annie and I made them one of our Blue Apron meals:

Shrimp & Mustard Green Laing
Shrimp & Mustard Green Laing…it smelled amazing.

They were very thankful, especially to Annie, who was sure to let them know she’d also helped make the food.

A couple days later, we visited a friend who’d just had her second baby. She’s very particular about what she eats, so instead of making the food in advance for her, we loaded all the ingredients into a basket – plus a few little things for the baby. This way, she and her husband were able to look at the ingredients and make the food exactly how they liked it.

Beef on Weck Sandwiches with Heirloom Potato Salad, and baby stuff!
Beef on Weck Sandwiches with Heirloom Potato Salad, with baby gear!

Annabel was SO excited.

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We heard such good things from our friends about the Beef on Weck Sandwiches that I bought the ingredients to make them myself, and then followed the instructions on the fancy recipe card (except I made boiled potatoes instead of potato salad). They WERE delicious and I’ll definitely be making them again. I never knew it was so easy to make jus!

Beef on Weck

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We gave our third meal to my cousin and her husband, who was getting over injuring his leg at work. He was out on disability, and since he’s normally the one that does the grocery shopping for their family, we brought food along when we went to visit. And, we sent them a week of food to help them out! I think Blue Apron makes a great gift for families with new babies or, in the case of my neighbor and cousin, those who are temporarily down for medical reasons (recovering from surgery, immunocompromised, etc).

I know the last time I wrote about Blue Apron a lot of people were concerned with the waste that comes with each delivery. We personally reuse EVERYTHING – the boxes became doll beds and playhouses and the ice packs are in our freezer. But, Blue Apron listened to the concerns and has put together a page with recycling instructions and ideas.

The first 100 of my readers who sign up with THIS LINK will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order! It’s a great holiday gift – Mike and I are also giving a few weeks to his parents! Blue Apron sends three meals per week with portions for two at $9.99/person per week, or you can get two or four family-style meals for four people at $8.74 per person per week. Shipping is free!