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Birthday Cupcakes and BBQ for all the Kids!

smiley people

My sister, her partner, and her two kids had a mega joint birthday party on the weekend, where there were awesome sausages, beautiful cakes, and lotsa crazy children!

we're down the back!
Hipster me with the chalk ;)

sugar table
Sugar table!

We were greeted with a sunny it’s-almost-spring-people kinda of day, and set up accordingly, with outdoor activities and toys that kept the kids so amused just playing there was no need for pass the parcel or anything adult run!

Beak and sons sausages

Bruce and I set to work on the BBQ we’d brought over by trailer, annointing it with the delicious tastes from these Beak & Sons sausages I’d received from a PR contact the day before. The three flavours were well received – I liked the beef best, followed by the unusual fennel in the pork – with the onion and salads. (The sausages are $6.49 / pack at Woolworths)

BBQ

beer holder neck strap
The stubbie holder from the Food and Wine show the day before came in handy for hands-free BBQ-ing!

numbers

A few of the kids amused themselves by seeing who could write up to the highest number. A few others kept taking turns with the toy vacuum cleaners…

minions hello kitty turtles nutella cupcakes

Before we knew it, it was cake time – time for these GORGEOUS cakes made by Aimee – There were Minions for Liam, Hello Kitty for Ezri, Nutella for Jen and Turtles for Daniel!

hello kitty cupcakes

Minions Cupcakes

hello kitty cupcake

No prizes for guessing which oh so sweet pink Hello Kitty cupcake I went for ;)

Pink Princess

Princess Anna with Makka

Happy Birthday Jennie, Daniel, Liam and Ezri!!!

Bring on Spring!

HelloFresh! Recipe Boxes to your Door {plus} Get $30 off your first order!


So excited to open my box and check out the ingredients!!

I ordered a HelloFresh box because I found a good deal online and really wanted to try it. I love the idea of things like Lite’n’Easy, but I like to cook too much to hand over my evening meal to something pre-prepared or – worse – frozen! I like a Lean Cuisine for lunch, but I can’t do them for dinner!

HelloFresh Chicken Soba Soup

The ingredients were awesome and fresh… with just the right amount for each meal! It came with the herbs and spices too…. I did have to provide oils and butter, milk, soy sauce and the white wine, but all staples I have an abundance of!

HelloFresh Chicken Soba Soup

The first meal we made was the Chicken Soba Noodle Soup. They forgot to send the chili, fortunately there’s a jar of chili in the fridge so I used a little of that. We couldn’t get through the serves, so there was lunch for us for Wednesday!! :) It was a well scripted recipe, and I loved it… though I did add a touch extra tamari to mine, but I’m a salt fiend with a cold, so that can be forgiven!

HelloFresh Chicken Soba Soup
Chicken Soba Noodle Soup

Next up was the sausages… with a surprising red onion and thyme gravy that was really tasty!

HelloFresh Toulouse Bangers and MashHelloFresh Toulouse Bangers and Mash

These guys were rather gourmet. Gluten free and sourced from Sydney.

HelloFresh Toulouse Bangers and Mash

It’s been awhile since I cooked with fresh thyme (I used the Gourmet Garden tubes a lot instead) so I was amazed at how wonderful it smelt.

The gravy was a mix of red onion, oil, thyme and white wine…. which I put a little too much in! ;)

HelloFresh Toulouse Bangers and Mash
Toulouse Pork Sausages, Mash, and Onion Thyme Gravy

The third meal in our three day box was a vegetarian paella. Again, not something I’ve cooked before, but had eaten a few times (always with seafood though!). This recipe was vegan, too, I can keep that in mind!

Super fresh ingredients, this one was VERY easy to make :) And delish!

@Hellofresh #vegpaella
HelloFresh Vegetable Paella

So, I’d totally order this box again at full price once I have a job. I probably wouldn’t get the five day, just because I’m a bit too sporadic in my cooking for that, and like a little more flexibility. But to come home from work three weeknights, have all the ingredients there waiting for you, but still getting to prepare something with fresh Aussie ingredients? I’d say that’s worth the usual price of $64 (three meals for two people.) I understand that if you put the effort and time in, you could get the ingredients for less (though this cost breakdown on the site suggests otherwise), but not really if you want a different meal every night for just two people without wastage and too many repeated meals (only so many nights a week you can eat the same meal).

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So, do you want to try HelloFresh? With a $35 discount on your first box? (yep, you can cancel anytime!!)

Well, check if you’re in the delivery area, then use the code R3CDUQ to get $35 off your first box at HelloFresh!

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