Photo Blogging Challenge – Holiday

The theme for the December photo blogging challenge was “Holidays”

I had a great time taking photos this month, looking for unique shots.

Here we go!

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My favorite photo from this month is of this “Seasons Readings” tree at the Thomas Crane Public Library

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I was amused by this elf on stilts at Fenway Park’s “Christmas at Fenway” event

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Santa stopped by our blogger party at Cambridgeside Galleria to take this great picture with my friend Jodi

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I liked that I was able to get the Boston skyline in the background of this photo at the South Boston Holiday Market

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Finally, the city of Quincy, MA makes sure letters get to Santa with this mailbox in the center of the city

Bonus photo:

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Here’s a photo of me in front of the Christmas tree at Boston Women Communicators Holiday Hoopla

I had a blast this month and had the photos taken before celebrating Christmas with my family & in-laws.

My husband was given a Didgeridoo for Christmas by his parents, so a photo of him playing that almost made the cut for this challenge, but my in-laws don’t like me posting photos of them online, and they were laughing in the background.

Hope everyone had a wonderful December and fun celebrations!

(This time of year is really tough for me, since I lost both my Grandfathers in the month of December in 2013.)

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

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Northeast Comic Con Winter 2015

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Last Saturday, my husband & I attended the Winter 2015 Northeast Comic Con. We’ve attended twice before, and had a great time each visit.

(Read previous posts: Northeast Comic Con June 2015 & Northeast Comic Con December 2014. My husband also blogged about NECC at Recap: Summer Northeast Comic Con 2015 & Recap: 2014 Winter NorthEast Comic Con.)

Once again, it was an amazing event we enjoyed every minute of!

This year, we wandered the show floor instead of attending panels.

We got 2 autographs from talent attending the show and a sketch from comic illustrator George Perez.

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I highly recommend attending Northeast Comic Con! We’ll be back for the summer 2016 event.

Holiday Glamour Swap at Cambridgeside Galleria

One of the things I love about the blogger community in MA is how many in person events there are where I can meet fellow bloggers. It really adds to feeling that we are a community!

Last week, Cambridgeside Galleria hosted a Glamour Swap event for bloggers. It was great to see some new faces, and spend time with bloggers who’ve become my friends.

Here are some photos from the night.

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Beautiful fashions were on display from stores in Cambridgeside Galleria

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A Yankee Swap was held & I ended up with a snazy new wallet thanks to New York & Company

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Santa stopped by for some photos

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Jodi, Erica, & I enjoyed the photo props

A huge thank you to Cambridgeside Galleria for hosting us and the stores for donating prizes for the Yankee Swap.

I’ll be back soon to finish up some holiday gift shopping (and probably buy some clothes for myself as well).

Just Add Cooking

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A few weeks ago, my husband & I were asked to try out Just Add Cooking – in exchange for reviewing it on my blog.

Just Add Cooking delivers ingredients and recipes to your house, and you “add cooking” to make the meals.

Just Add Cooking is based in Boston and they source their ingredients locally, using local farmers, vendors, and purveyors. They use seasonal ingredients whenever possible. They deliver throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

Because Just Add Cooking sources locally, they pack and deliver via courier the same day. No FedEx means less packaging – everything but the freezer bag is biodegradable. This process also helps ensure freshness and lower food miles for the ingredients.

Just Add Cooking provides seven recipes to choose from each week. Typically there is a poultry, seafood, pork and beef option along with 3 vegetarian options. You make a selection by 12 pm on Wed and get delivery on Sunday or Monday depending on your area. Just Add Cooking also has designated gluten-free meals, which have been evaluated by a dietitian and are clearly labeled as such.

If you do not pick meals on a week you’re scheduled to receive a shipment, the meals will be picked for you. They do have an option to “skip” weeks though.

Full disclosure: I do not like cooking. I don’t think that any product or service will change that about me, but I’m working on expanding my skills beyond grilling frozen chicken on a George Foreman grill.

My husband made the meals we tried, and I helped with prep work.

We prepared 2 meals & we’re not quite sure why the one marked easy was a harder recipe for us than the one marked hard. (Chicken meal & pork chop meal.)

We froze the ingredients for the 3rd meal because we had a busy week with after work activities and couldn’t fit in cooking a 3rd meal.

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Breaded pork chops and kidney beans are a success & delicious!

Thanks to Staying Square in MA, my husband David, for putting up with my lack of cooking skills.

I don’t think I have time to make Just Add Cooking, or any ingredient delivery service fit in my life, but I highly recommend them if you’re someone who likes to cook and has time to!

We kept the recipe for the breaded pork chops and kidney beans so we can make it again on our own.

Just Add Cooking is offering boxes starting at $39 for a 2-person, 3-meal box (normally $69) and $69 for a 4-person, 3-meal box (normally $109). This is for the first box for new customers and the price will be automatically applied to their first purchase if they visit www.justaddcooking.com and register by clicking “Get Cooking.”

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Just Add Cooking is working with with the Greater Boston Food Bank this December. Just Add Cooking will be donating $1 per box delivered this week and next week to GBFB. Every dollar donated provides three meals for people in need right here in the Boston area, and this is part of Just Add Cooking’s commitment to the local food economy and community.
The donation is automatic, but it’s only good for orders placed before next week’s cut-off of Wed., Dec. 9 at noon.

Good luck & happy cooking!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve had an experience with meal delivery services.