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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Take-Out Please!

I’m an Italian woman who cannot cook! There I admitted it. Seriously I have such a hard time cooking; it’s just not something I’m really good at. I do love viewing new recipes and collecting recipe books though, at least that way it gives me great ideas that I can try to master. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t but it keeps me on my toes and keeps anything I cook very interesting. Recently I’ve been trying out more and more new recipes and I do notice I’m getting a bit better with my cooking skills, as long as I STICK TO THE RECIPE!!! (I have a hard time doing that sometimes, that’s where I mess up)

As a busy mom with not a lot of time on my hands between cleaning, taking care of the kids, running a message board and blogging I like to find quick, fast, frugal recipes to try, that’s if I’m going to cook. I notice we are really getting into the habit of using take out more and more. I think there are a lot of households that are the same way today, take out is just quick, fast and easy. It’s helpful a lot of times for moms and families.

I found an interesting book from Knock Knock called The Takeout Cookbook. The interesting thing, it’s not really a cookbook at all. It’s more of a survival guide for takeout. The Takeout Cookbook teaches you the facts behind takeout and gives you the culinary skill-set of the future.

The book includes things such as:
• How to get the most value and pleasure out of your money, time, and digestion.
• The advantages of the pickup and the downsides of the drive-thru.
• The optimum takeout temperature for your refrigerator and which containers are microwave-safe.
• When to tip and when to complain
• The difference between nigiri and temaki, Neapolitan and Sicilian.
• How to throw fabulous takeout parties, and whether or not to let your guests in your cutting-edge takeout secrets

It’s a really cute and informative book. It reminds us that do use takeout a lot that using takeout doesn’t mean we’re lazy or extravagant; it’s a sign of our progress as human beings. You’ll also find in the book some interesting and useful items such as refrigerator labels for your takeout, so you know when to toss it, Comment cards to praise or critique takeout service providers, and pockets for handy menu storage.

WIN IT!!

Want to win The Takeout Cookbook from Knock Knock? Just leave me a comment letting me know if you’re one of those ‘takeout’ families or not and how many times a month you think you do takeout.

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Giveaway Ends October 9, 2008 @ 11:59pm EST

176 comments:

reb said...

Yes, we do takeout alot, probably 6 or 7 times a month.

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arbrashears said...

We both take out and eat out an awful lot -- probably a minimum of 4 times a week.

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cdziuba said...

We do Chinese takeout 2x a month, that's it. cdziuba@aol.com

Anonymous said...

We do take out once a week at least. I'm somewhat cooking impaired sorry to say. Thanks for the contest. Charlotte
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JACLYN said...

We go out to eat 2X a week, used to be much more frequently when we lived with my mother in law!!!

myntric said...

We used to eat out frequently, but it's more apt to happen only on special occasions now.

Mia J. said...

We have been eating out a lot less frequently but we do still do takeout about 3-4 times a month.

Brandon and Lindsay said...

Wow, I don't cook hardly ever! My hubbie & I both work, so we eat out for lunch & a lot of times for dinner, too, because we don't feel like cooking when we get home. This would be a fun book to have!

lindsmoore55[at]yahoo[dot]com

Jenn S. said...

We eat once a week as a family in the evenings and then DH and I eat out once a week for lunch. This cookbook sounds neat.

MariaJoy said...

in a month? Hmmmm...we go out every Sunday, most Wed, plus I normally cheat and eat out for lunch (it's no fun to cook for myself) Soo....about 10-15 times a month.

Mariajoy@hotmail.com

elaine said...

I know take-out food isn't the greatest for your health but I do admit to enjoying take-out on Friday nites. After a week of working and rushing around to make supper Friday is my nite off for cooking-kitchen closed!!
Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Cherie J said...

We do takeout about 4-5 times a month.

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Sandy said...

yes I love takeout too- we do it usually weekdays in a hurry


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agordon10 said...

we're more sit in than takeout, but occasionaly we must take out.

staceyk said...

We take out maybe twice a month.
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staceyk said...

also am a subscriber!

Maja said...

Once in 2 weeks.
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Ginny said...

If we had the money, we'd be a take out family. I cannot cook to save my life.

Ginny said...

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Tabitha Blue said...

Sounds like a good read! We have takeout at least a couple times a week. Trying to cut down but so busy, it's just easier! Thanks for the chance to win :)

gunzie said...

We have takeout once a week, it really depends on the week I have to admit. I read the review on this book and it looks like a very interesting read. I'm from Belgium and we didn't really have a lot of takeout until we moved to the United States. It would be interesting to read this book.
Thanks for the great giveaway!
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ali said...

We used to do takeout at least 1-2x per week but it's getting expensive, do we're cutting down.

Thank you! alison523 at gmail dot com

gunzie said...

I'm also a subscriber.
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Stacy said...

We get sandwiches from a local sub shop weekly and maybe something else.

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Fangirl Jen said...

We probably have take-out twice a week. We need to cut down on that.

K. Cleaver said...

I can't waste money on take-out all the time. We probably get take-out once a month.

Jason said...

Guilty, we do take out one day per week! Usually pizza with coupons.

Thx Jas

Jashogue @ gmail. com

LadyBug-Kellie said...

We used to get take out ALL the time. but recently we have been trying not to spend any money and save so we have cut back to maybe once a month.

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LadyBug-Kellie said...

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Michelle said...

wow we probably eat out twice a week so eight times a month.

chromiumman said...

i'm not much of a takeout guy, but i'll become one if it will help me win this interesting book

Rebecca said...

We do take out about 3 times a month. We aren't really a take out family, but I would love to know how they make all that good food!

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Carolsue said...

We go out way too often (according to hubby), and I love cookbooks--so this would be perfect!
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Bonnie in FL said...

Friday nights are take out or eat out nights I cook dinner every night and get paid on Fridays so that night I'm not cooking

Bonnie in FL
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Richard said...

Since retiring we can't afford take-out. We cook and eat at home about every night.

sweetsue said...

We hardly ever do take-out. About once a month we get a u-bake pizza, but we are trying to save money and it's cheaper to cook at home.

Tobye said...

I am also a non-cooker, although I am trying to be to save some $$. I'd way rather takeout or eat out though.

David Johnson said...

We usually have takeout a couple of times a month. My wife is a fantastic cook though, we usually have it when we get together with a friend. Thanks titanicluck at gmail dot com

kygirl said...

Take out about 4 times per month.

Bobby said...

We do take out at least 3-4 times a week.

Bobby said...

subscriber too

Kasey P said...

We do takeout about once a week, usually on Fridays because after a long week I usually don't feel like cooking. What we get varies from week to week though. One time Chinese, Mexican or even just from a local mom and pop place we have there that makes excellent food.
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Dee said...

I'm soo ashamed...i'm a SAHM that does takeout...A LOT! OR those dinners in a box/bag type of things! LOL..or even better..we head over to MY mom's for dinner 1-2 nights a week! I'm getting better at cooking....but i have to follow the recipe...i even bought a convection oven with high hopes! This book looks like loads of fun! Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

We try not to because of the economy right now (can't really afford it) and it's healthier to cook at home, plus it lets us bring leftovers in for lunch at work.

Tarah
tarah716[at]ymail.com

M.A. said...

Guess that the only thing I've ever really taken out is pizza. Am basically an "eat in" type (even eat Chinese in Chinese restaurants). Mostly eat in at home however.

mverno said...

most of the time we eat in

vmkids said...

We atke out pizza once in awhile but we are more microwave people

sarah said...

We don't takeout that much but it all depends on how busy we are. I say that maybe once or twice a month we'll do takeout.

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Terra Jones said...

We probably do take out 5-8 times a month...

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danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

Shannon said...

Once or twice a month. We don't have much for takeout food in town.

DePro said...

We do takeout once or twice a week on days that we work late.

~Lisa~ said...

My daughter can really use this!

Kimberly said...

Much to the dismay of my kids we rarely do take out. It's more so a special "treat" for my family because it's so much $$$$. Plus I enjoy cooking home cooked meals. However my kids would LOVE it if I could cook some of their take out favorites at home. This is a great book! Something I'm sure my family would enjoy.

Thank you for the giveaway!

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Busy Mom in Iowa said...

I would love to do takeout every night, but $$ limits that option. We probably do take out 5 or more times in a month!

msrodeobrat said...

i takeout a lot atleast 3 times a week

Tammy tntdavis@gmail.com said...

We only have takeout once or twice a week...but my daughter...I would love to win this for her.
She lives in Las Vegas, is single and works the graveyard shift.
She never, ever, ever cooks. And her eating habits are not the best choices. This would be a tremndous help for her.
Thanks for the great giveaway!!

Think about it said...

yes, we are a take out family. but have cut back on that big time. to save money
but probaly 3 times a week now.

Just.Me said...

Our schedules are so busy and I work 50 miles away from home, that we eat out every day. I think this is an interesting giveaway and would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

idahomom said...

We live in a very small town which has very few choices for food, so we never do take out.

cathyhall said...

You are Italian and can't cook and I'm married to an Italian and I can't cook either.
I eat a lot of takeout, but not always the fried kind, we do subs and salads and kebobs as well. But usually once a day at least (cringe).
Great give away - sounds interesting about fridge temps, I've heard rumors that the food needs to be super cold after take out and super reheated (if I've got any left that is)
thank you for the give away

Roberta said...

I love and live in LA - in the suburbs, and its takeout central. The thing here is that most of the food is cheaper than making it youself - honestly! so we do take outs maybe 5 times a week.

Like Tarah said though, its healthier to cook at home, so I do that on occasions. (aka rarely) Lol.

Thanks for the contest.

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Laddie said...

Wow this book is interesting. I like to cook a lot but if our schedule doesn't permit, it's takeout for sure!

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Dianne said...

Great giveaway! We do takeout at least once a week (I'm embarrassed to say lol)

Dianne said...

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raych said...

*sigh* My mom is so totally health-conscious that I'm ashamed to admit we do take-out at least once a week.

RE said...

We get take out about 3 times a month. I'm a stickler for saving money, so I like to cook at home as much as possible. Thanks

Alice H said...

I love takeout - such a treat these days though cause money is tight. We still do it at least once a month though. Thanks for the chance! afdr3d@umkc.edu

Jo said...

One or two times a week, it would be more but I always hung up on wanting to provide a meal and then messing it up big time!!

Thanks for running.tfwaodr

Brandy said...

man we do a LOT of takeout....so add me to the list of take out people lol.

-brandy

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tiff said...

we do takeout maybe once a week and are always looking for something different!

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Busy Mom in Iowa said...

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Mrs. Watermelon's Kitchen said...

I love takeout! Chinese is my favorite! jmwaterman@live.com

Mya said...

I rarely get take out. Like once a month. Since it's just me and I love to cook...

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Sara G said...

I really like cooking, but we do get takeout once a week to give me a break!

Julie D said...

Back at the beginning of the year, my hubby ran a report in Quicken. We were spending over $100 a week at restaurants. (We had had some sickness and stuff during that time.) We cut WAAAAAY back.

Julie D said...

I have your button.

Natasha said...

We used to be a takeout family when it was just myself and my husband, but since our son has been born and I'm home all the time we hardly ever eat out (and boy did I not realize how much we was spending on it!) We still treat ourselves maybe twice a month :)
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Xenia S said...

I'd like to say that we don't do takeout that often, but with a two-year-old and a baby due in two months there are days that I just can't bring myself to cook so I make my husband pick something up on the way home. This probably happens about 5 times a month. It would also help if I actually knew how to cook, but that's a different comment altogether.

Thanks!
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chris said...

we love take out. but with costs rising we have scaled back to may 1 or 2 times a week.

Heather R said...

We are not a takeout family yet, but we have a newborn and takeout is becoming a very attractive option. Right now we order takeout about three times a month.

megankortepeter said...

We do take out quite a lot b/c we both work long hours and there's never time or energy left to prepare something.

SeahorseLady said...

We normally do "take out" about once a week. Everyone gets a turn on where to go for our take out.
Thank you for the giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

angela said...

We do takeout quite a bit because my husband and I both work full-time. There isn't much time to cook meals during the week.

Millie said...

I am a fligt attendant and my family can not stand the smell of the Chinese food I love so when I am on layovers I always order Chinese!! Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

Millie said...

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Karen said...

We do takeout about once every two weeks, maybe once a week if we are really busy :)

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momaloney said...

We normally eat take out about 1-2 a week. I like to cut that down, but sure appreciate the eating of food without having to clean up!

Kerrie said...

We do takeout a lot. Sounds like this book would be an awesome read!

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mamabean said...

My daughter could use this for her family. I'm on my own so it's not a big deal with me.

1stopmom said...

Oh my goodness, I eat a lot of takeout. Only because when it gets late, it seems so easy to run and get takeout. It is usually for just me and my hubby though. I am good at cooking for the kids. as a matter of fact, I am thinking about asking my hubby to go get some. What is really sad is I know it is cheaper to eat in. We eat takeout at least 3 times a week.

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Icetwofire said...

I am a GM of a restaurant and work some crazy hrs. My son, who is 15 does it alot of prepared food, not so much take out.

karen and co. said...

When I was pregnant, we ate take-out almost every night! I was too sick to cook and my hubby...well, he just doesn't cook. This would be a great book to have before we get pregnant with #2.

Heather said...

We eat take out about twice a month. I love take out but as soon as we pay I have awful guilt, it is SO expensive!

Kimberly said...

We're a big takeout family, I gotta say! We eat takeout about 4-5 times a month.

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pancak said...

We're not huge takeouters; I'd rather eat out (so someone else can clean up) than takeout. :) Maybe once a month. But I'd love to learn more about it.

Smooshy said...

We do takeout once a week more or less.

mom2bears said...

Yes, we do a lot of takeout. My husband travels and sometimes it's just easier to pick something up than to cook for my picky eaters. aewalls425@hotmail.com

Lori said...

We take out more often than I'd like.... probably once a week.

LINDALSHOT said...

Maybe two times a month...can't Afford it!

paula h said...

We only do takeout a couple of times a month.

blueviolet said...

We probably do takeout twice a month or so.
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Elizabeth

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InMyHeart01 said...

we eat out alot but we are trying to cut back

Deb said...

We can't afford to do takeout much, but we love takeout food and the convience of it. Would love to win the cookbook

Erica G said...

We are a take out family. We probably take out 10 times a month. I am trying to get that down to about 4 times a month or less.

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Katie Lyons said...

We're trying our best not to be since there's a chance we might be getting a house soon *fingers crossed* Though when me and my husband were dating, we ate out almost every day, sometimes twice a day. Needless to say we noth gained a lot of weight, luckily that was awhile ago. Though I always wonder how much money we wasted on eating out sll the time...
This book looks like so much fun, thanks so much!
Katie
babylyons*at*live*dot*com

Kristine Michelle said...

We do takeout a LOT. Probably shouldn't, but....
I could sure use this cookbook!
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MageMorgana said...

Yes, we are a takeout family..although I also love to cook, we can average 2 to 3 times a week ;)

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justicecw said...

We get too much takeout about 8 times per month so this would help us! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

yellowlabs said...

We takeout about twice a month.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, if I could afford it, I'd do takeout every weeknight! I love to cook, but not so much after a long day at work. As it stands, we usually order on Thursdays and Fridays.

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michele3873 said...

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Anonymous said...

It seems like we never do anymore, but I wish!

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stokesmichellebrandy said...

We are guilty!! We eat out more than we should..probably three night a week!! Sometimes its cheaper if we go somewhere the kids eat free, we have 4 boys and they eat a lot!!

Anonymous said...

I am not a takeout family; at most twice a month.

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Sahm Lee said...

We aren't a big takeout family. We usually only do take-out once a month unless it's one of those insane universe upsidedown kinda weeks! Thanks for the contest!

kat said...

my husban and I do takeout maybe 2-3 times a month. I enjoy cooking at home but every now and then we all need a break. Thanks for the great giveaway

silverbele said...

I rarely do takeout because for the same price we can eat at the restaurant and let them clean up the mess. Now there are times when I was too ill to leave the house then my husband brings home dinner.

Jen said...

we take out quite often. either lunch or dinner at least twice a week. Thanks :)

Lenora said...

Oh my we have take out like 5 times a week. johnlenoraplus2@yahoo.com

purplepassion126 said...

We usually take out on the weekends, so about 5-8 times a month.

zoe hunter said...

We used to eat a lot more takeout, but since I have been on a diet, we eat healthier :) Thanks for the contest.

masonsgranny59 said...

We do take out at least 3-4 times a week.

psalmstress said...

With super busy schedules and a family that fights over whose turn it is to do dishes we are a takeout family. 6-10 times a month on average, more during the school year

Brooke said...

We're takeout bingers. We can do takeout for months in a row and then burn out and cook with much promises. Inevitably, though, it's back to takeout. That's what happens when you live in a city with a small kitchen and little food storage space.

lisawonbig said...

I've been trying to cut back on takeout, but I probably still do it 3-4 times a month.

redjennschroed said...

That book is so meant for us. We will do takeout on average 2-3 times a WEEK. That's really bad, but it's just very hard with all of our busy schedules to always eat a cooked meal at home.

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Anonymous said...

hey
thanks for the topic
I can't cook,actually ,the only homemade food which I eat is the food which my mom cooks :)
hope to win to help me when I get married .
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jnmacdonald said...

We definitely do take-out, about 4 times a week.

Whitney said...

We eat takeout pretty much daily. Sad, I know. both of us are very poor at cooking.

Shannon said...

I cook four nights a week, my husband is SUPPOSED to cook once/wk but that usually means we have take out 3 nights a wk. Gosh thats a lot but I guess I try to reconcile it in my mind by getting chicken a lot. It would be nice to get this book so I could read how to not feel so guilty about eating takeout.
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AICORP said...

we're actually pretty good at cooking dinners so we usually only have take-out once a week occassionally twice.

klp1965 said...

we do takeout maybe 3 times a month :)

Yasmine said...

well my husband owns a sandwich deli so when i dont want to cook i call him up, maybe we do take out(ither than my hubbys place) about 3-times a month. i love cooks books of all kinds! yay its open to Canada.. i love getting things in the mail- but i never do :s

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theolotto said...

We do take out about once a week.

amyd29 said...

I cook 5-6 days a week&eat out once a week!
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donna444444 said...

We eat out 2-3 times a week.
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purango said...

I'm one of those "take outs'. I do take out probably five or six times a month. garrettsambo@aol.com

Gianna said...

We don't do it too often but had some 2 nights ago.

bndraldy said...

We have been eating out a lot less frequently due to the economy, but we do still do takeout about 5-7 times a month. It actually costs us less, in many cases, to order out. One nice dinner usually feeds two adults and we don't worry about leftovers. When I cook, I do fix enough to freeze if it is something like soup, stew, spaghetti, etc. We also have a wider variety of foods to eat if we order out. Some things were just not meant to be cooked in small batches. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

Bakersdozen said...

I do cook, but with all the cooking that I do for a large family, I feel entitled to takeout once in awhile. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jinxy and Me said...

I have tried to cut down a lot so we only take out maybe 3-4 times per month.

Helen said...

We used to take out at least three times a week but in this economy we've decided to cut corners and no longer do takeout at all!

Rockin' Mama said...

Unfortunately we do takeout more often than I'd like...sometimes several days a week. Yikes!

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Samantha P said...

we only do take-out if we have a coupon for something, so like once a month, we always have a lot of food in the fridge, so we eat that

Samantha P said...

also a subscriber!

Kitty said...

I usually only eat fast food if I'm already out shopping.

Heather said...

We go out once a week, and take out twice a month, if that.

- Marybeth I. said...

I eat out at work but at home we do fast food 1x a week (gymnastics night) and order in 1x (pizza or chinese)

lilyk said...

I do takeout once or twice a month.

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your feed.

taysmommy said...

usd to be more but now that Im home its usually twice a week/

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have your button!