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Croney

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My family's travel is upended by the coronaviris.

One daughter lives in Singapore with her family. Another daughter and her husband and three kids had long-standing plans to go visit her sister, three weeks from now for school vacation week.

Second daughter's company just told her that "Singapore is ok right now but the situation is extremely fluid and that I should consider how critical a trip to Asia is right now."

She had trip insurance, but they're telling her she can only get a credit and it has to be used by August. I said one solution might be for them to go ahead with the first leg of the trip, which is to London, and make that a memorable vacation. She's calling to see what her options are.

When HelloFresh meets set-in-their-ways.

Our busy daughter subscribes to a meal delivery service for her five-person family, and persuaded us to try a free week. The box arrived today. Two big pork tenderloins and two portions of trout. Two packs of small potatoes. Two packs of green beans. Two packs of asparagus spears.

Sounds good, right? But you're supposed to keep the two meals separate, and you're supposed to use the dozen accessory packets and condiments to make sauces and seasonings and toppings.

I froze both fish and one pork roast because I already had salmon ready to cook tonight. I combined the asparagus and we'll have it with the salmon. I'll boil a few potatoes but I'm not making the "horseradish mashed potatoes" the meal calls for, using various packets.

I sent daughter a picture of my counter covered with all the ingredients piled and jumbled together and she texted back, WHAT? You were supposed to keep each brown bag separate! Each bag is a separate meal! They will keep in the frig for a week! Please tell me you didn't mix up the sauce packets! What are you doing!

I told her not to worry, I'm sure it will all be great.

But my real opinion is that it's much easier and cheaper for me to go to the store and buy a piece of fish and a few vegetables, and use my Penzey's Spices collection. No sauces, no frills; we're just two old people who eat simply.

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