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Q&A | Hungry Harvest, Nursing School, Sonia’s Hair, and Cheeseburger Soup

Hello, hello! It’s Q&A time. 🙂

Do you find Hungry Harvest cost-effective for your current family/life situation?


From the beginning, I haven’t really gotten Hungry Harvest boxes in order to be cost-effective. I started getting the boxes because I support Hungry Harvest’s mission of rescuing food that might otherwise go to waste, and giving producers a way to recoup some money from that produce.

A box of produce from Hungry Harvest.

I’m quite sure I could get the contents of a Hungry Harvest box cheaper by shopping sales at grocery stores, or by buying the produce from somewhere like Aldi.

So, Hungry Harvest is really more of a mindful spending decision on my part. But it’s about $30 every other week so that averages out to $15 a week. That’s not a whole lot of money to pay to support a business that I believe in.

But also:

Hungry Harvest makes me eat more veggies

I like getting the boxes because they really cause me to eat more vegetables than I would otherwise. For instance, I don’t often think to buy kale, but when Hungry Harvest sends me a big ol’ bunch of kale, I will make zuppa toscana, or a kale salad.

Hungry Harvest kale

Since we are a smaller household now than we used to be, I just get a box every other week. Otherwise, I’d be overrun with produce.

In conclusion:

If you want to support Hungry Harvest’s mission, and you want the motivation to eat more produce, then go ahead and try a box.

But if you are trying to stretch your produce dollars as far as humanly possible, then you probably should just go to Aldi!

If you are new to Hungry Harvest, click here to get $10 off your first order.

Did you share where you will be going to school in the fall?

(also from Linda!)

I’ll be attending the same community college where I did my prerequisites. It’s a two-year program, and at the end, I will have my RN.

My community college’s RN program is very highly rated. In fact, it’s in the top 5% of nursing programs nationwide! And lucky me, it’s practically right in my backyard.

Plus, as an in-county resident, it’s super affordable for me.

Kristen walking to school.

I can walk to college!

I might want to/need to get a BSN eventually, but I’m just focusing on getting the RN right now.

That way I can start working as soon as possible and have access to employer-sponsored health insurance (I’m obviously going to lose my current health insurance soon).

Also, it’s possible that the place where I end up working will offer some tuition help for getting a BSN, so it makes good financial sense to get the RN first and then figure out what my options are.

Can we see Sonia’s hair?

-multiple readers

After I included a few photos of Sonia’s birthday, several of you asked for more pictures of Sonia’s hair from the front. She said yes when I asked her, so here you go!

Birthday from the front:

Sonia in a blue cardigan.

And a little fancier:

Sonia in red lipstick.

Also, some of you wondered how she takes care of her curls and asked for a guest post from her. I will check with her to see if she wants to do that, since I’m not super up-to-date on exactly what she does with her curls right now!

(She tries a lot of different products throughout the year. 😉 )

I do know that the basic process is similar to what I outlined in this post about how I do my hair when I want to wear it wavy.

Kristen in a black shirt with wavy hair, smiling.

Can we have the cheeseburger soup recipe?

-lots of readers

After I posted that we’d eaten cheeseburger soup on the ski trip, many of you asked for the recipe.

cheeseburger soup.

This is not the greatest photo in the world! If I made this recipe for a blog post, I’d do a better job of photographing it. 😉

My mom had gotten it from a cousin of mine, so I texted her to ask for the recipe and it turns out, it’s from Taste of Home.

Click here to get the recipe from Taste of Home’s site.

There are a LOT of cheeseburger soup iterations on the internet, and they’re probably not terribly different from each other. But I can vouch for the fact that this one is tasty. 🙂


Annnnnd that’s the end of the questions I have for right now!

If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A post, you can leave it in the comments here, or you can email me.

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Monday 6th of March 2023

Sonia's hair is stunning! She's beautiful. Thanks for sharing!


Monday 6th of March 2023

Sonia is a movie star!! Love her hair. She's beautiful and so is the rest of the crew.


Monday 6th of March 2023

Lots of comments about Sonia's curls, but also her color! She's a darling blonde. One thing I really enjoy is that each of your daughters a truly unique individual. Good job, Mom.


Monday 6th of March 2023

Kristen, all of the women in the family are attractive and have the beauty gene from you!

I will concur with getting health insurance when the time comes. My hubby was in excellent health and told me to take him off my plan so I could save money. I thought about it for a few seconds and then thought, with my luck, something will happen. A few months later, he was in the hospital for brain surgery. He had a ruptured aneurysm. The hospital visit lasted 3 weeks followed by 8 weeks of PT/OT/Speech therapy. He got 3 more surgeries after that! The cost of the hospital visit was nearly $750,000. It would have bankrupt us!


Monday 6th of March 2023

I've always wanted curly hair and Sonia's is to die for but right now I'd take any hair as this bald head of mine gets very cold in the Canadian winter! Even my very straight and kind of limp hair would be something. We don't have Hungry Harvest here but can purchase the Good Food Box through our public health units. I've never tried one because living in a rural community I have to factor time, gas etc. to pick up (no delivery option) and it just hasn't made sense to this point. And we have our own veggie garden in the summer. I may consider it again next fall though because it is a very good concept. Also, I am an RN and later BScN nurse myself but sadly that option isn't available in Canada anymore although perhaps with the current shortage they will reconsider? I went to a 2 year program at a community college, received my diploma and then wrote my RN exams. After a few years on the job I started taking courses towards to my BScN and then finished it up approximately 6 years after becoming an RN. It was a bit painful of a process (because my uni was 2 hours away from my home and job) but I worked 30 hours a week for the entire time I worked on my degree. I had to have a way to pay the bills and wasn't too interested in student loans at that time. I think you will make a great nurse, Kristen, I've said that before. Also, your math equivalency exam? You'll ace it! I also took the exam and did very well so did not have to take the course. Good luck with it all, you continue to be an inspiration to me!

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