Dinner Delivered to Your Doorstep? Introducing Ryan Hansan's scratchDC

As a twenty-something with a full time job and numerous weekly activities, I can barely find time to go to the grocery store. When I do find time to go, this is my usual routine…

Walk to the metro
Wait on said metro (which on the weekends can be up to 20 minutes) 
Get off one stop later
Drag bright pink rolly cart up the escalator
Attempt to gather all the items on my grocery list
Rethink grocery list as most of the time the store is out of what I need
Stand in the ONE line that is open
Wait 30 minutes to check out
Drag bright pink rolly cart down the escalator… this time it's full of groceries
Wait on metro again… usually I always just miss it… so wait another 20 minutes
Get home and unload groceries
In the end, about half of these groceries get thrown away… cause who really likes leftovers?!?

This scenario probably sounds very familiar to my fellow young professionals. So why can't there be an easier way of making dinner throughout the week?

Well my friends, there is! A young professional himself, Ryan Hansan felt the same way we all do about the dreaded grocery store trips and the wastefulness of food. So he created and founded scratchDC; a dinner delivery service located here in Washington D.C.

"I set out to solve a problem I faced every day," said Ryan Hansan, founder and creator of scratchDC. "Cooking a great meal was difficult and inefficient. There was researching the recipe, making the trip(s) to the grocery store, and chopping and prepping of ingredients. Additionally, there were always unused excess ingredients."

Ryan also "figured there had to be a better way to cook, so we (the team at scratchDC) set out to help people make amazing meals while saving them time and money and also eliminating wasted food."

So how does scratchDC work?

ScratchDC prepares a "bundle," filled with all the ingredients needed (and only the exact amount necessary), step-by-step instructions, and even dessert!! All of this, straight to your doorstep!

All of the ingredients are nicely packaged (and hey, the containers are reusable so that's a plus!) and clearly marked as to what they are. Everything you need, from the salt to the pepper, is provided! All you need are cooking utensils and your master chef skills. 

Follow the step-by-step instructions (Note: Some ovens/skillets cook faster than others, so you may have to adjust cooking times)

You'll soon have what looks like a dish right out of Paula Deen's cookbook…

Then plate your dish and voila… dinner is served!

Overall, this is why I LOVED scratchDC and plan to use them for many nightly dinners to come…

The process of ordering was quick and easy
The meal was delivered straight to my apartment… no grocery store required
scratchDC uses local and fresh ingredients
The meal was easy to prepare and everything I needed was included
You definitely get your moneys worth
To top it off, the portion sizes are insane! You have enough for two people, possibly even three depending on the type of meal

For my Washingtonians, go check out scratchDC to see this week's menu! If you are not a DC resident, there are similar services near you, just look online.

Remember, it's all about making great impressions. So let scratchDC help you make the perfect date night meal (remember Valentine's Day is coming up, hey hey) or simply a quick dinner after a long day of work.

Happy cooking (and eating)!



Over the Weekend

Over the past week or so I have had a TON of you ask for more posts. Originally I started this blog for something fun, hoping to do one post a week and have more than just my mother read. However, everyone has been so sweet and supportive. SO, I heard you all and am really going to hit the ground running with this. So today I am introducing a new series called Over the Weekend.

Over the Weekend will highlight some of the things... well that I did over the weekend. While not every Friday - Sunday is eventful, there is always something to share. So here we go… 


Friday Night at Mason Inn
(Photo Credit: Judd Deere with Taste of the South)
Mason Inn, a local Glover Park favorite, played host to the Taste of the South Mini Fundraiser this past Friday.
Taste of the South is a charity gala held every spring here in Washington D.C. TOTS, as it's also known, first began as a night to celebrate "all things southern." Heading into it's 32nd year, TOTS has grown into a 44 member committee and encompasses 13 states. This charity gala is an evening to celebrate a little taste of the south, but also give back to the places we all come from.

Thanks for coming!
Several hundred people came out to kickoff the weekend and support a great cause.

Taste of the South Committee Members
The Florida committee, along with the Executive council, put together the mini fundraiser.
Some of them are featured in this photo!

It's Raffle Time! 
Several free tickets to TOTS 2014 and a $100 bar tab to Mason Inn were raffled off in return for donations.

Summer, Please Hurry
This summer is going to be all about the details. I found these gorgeous dresses from Francesca's here in DC.
Can it please be summer already?

Breakfast at Busboy's and Poets
A great way to end the weekend and start off my Sunday morning, was brunch with my friend Alex at Busboys and Poets. I have been dying to go there for months, so it was a welcomed treat. It was a great morning of lattes, french toast and catching up with a good friend.


Taste of the South will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Washington Hilton.
Tickets will go on sale February 28th on the Taste of the South website.


Getting Organized for 2014: My Favorite Planners and Calendars

The New Year is almost a month down and you are probably realizing you cannot remember every meeting, event or task by yourself. While Siri may be able to answer any question you throw her way, she may not be so helpful when it comes to keeping your schedule. 

Call me old fashioned for not entering the technological world, but I refuse to give up the paper planner. There is just something that still appeals to me when it comes to writing down upcoming events and scratching off a completed item from your to-do list.

With that said, here are my favorite planners and organizers for 2014! 

Keeping Every Man in Check: The Small Pocket Planner by Leatherology 
     I know most men do not carry a planner, as it's seen "uncool." However, I know plenty of powerful gents who do not let the stereotype of carrying a planner keep them from staying organized. This planner fits perfectly in your coat pocket and is small enough to appear like a wallet.
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For the College Girl: Lilly vs. Mr. Adler
     If you are in college or a recent graduate, chances are you've seen or owned a Lilly Pulitzer or Jonathan Adler planner. I remember counting down the days till the new "Lilly" agenda came available. One of my favorite sites, Lifeguard Press, offers both Lilly and Jonathan Adler options.

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The Creative Wall Calendar: Paper Source Chalkboard Wall Calendar 
     If you prefer seeing your calendar displayed, this one is for you. While I’m sure your coworkers love a good pic of your favorite type of dog or tropical sunset, go with something more sleek, yet also creative. The chalkboard print is definitely in right now. You can leave the calendar just the way it is...
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Or you can customize it to make it your own!
I customized my wall calendar similar to how they did in the Georgetown Paper Source.
A little gel pen here and there adds a pop of color to a rather generic print.

The Perfect Pocket Planner: May Designs' May Book
     I absolutely LOVE this monthly organizer and the many customizable options May Designs offers. I use this organizer to plan out my weekly blog posts!!

The Life Planner by Erin Condren
     I discovered this gem about a year ago and have never looked back. From the colorful pages, inspirational quotes, laminated tabs, customizable stickers, to the AMAZING customer service… this is by far my favorite planner. Erin Condren goes above and beyond, from the overall finished product to the package that arrives at your doorstep.

The Taffy Planner… mint green and gray
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Remember, no matter what planner you choose it is all about making a great impression. 
A planner will help you stay organized so you don't miss a meeting or show up late to an important event.

Happy shopping and planning!

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WELCOME!!! To First Impressions Blog!!

The response this week to the launch of my new lifestyle blog has been AMAZING to say the least. I appreciate all the love, support and encouragement from you all.

First and Foremost… The Oscar Speech…

I want to give a special thanks to Tiffany Kuehl with Tiffany Kuehl Designs, for getting inside my mind and making this page exactly what I pictured.
Another BIG thanks to Brittney Ann Cardillo, with Hosting and Toasting blog, for all the advice she gave during the process of creating F.I. (link to her blog also posted in my daily reads).
To my mother, of course, for being my weekly proofreader!
AND to all my friends and family for encouraging me to do this!

I have been thinking about starting a new blog for more than a year now. With the advice and encouragement from many, I decided to create a lifestyle blog focused on life after college. 

“The Real World,” as it’s popularly known, can be a scary place and an entirely new experience. You can no longer wear sweats all day, take a nap in the afternoon, party four nights a week and still function… when you have a thing called a JOB! (if you can, then I would love to know what job offers all of this because buddy you have it made!)

As a twenty something entering the “post grad life,” you may go through an identity crisis of sorts when it comes to figuring out the differences between college and no longer being in college. 

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You can no longer wear norts and a T all day (sorority lingo, my apologies)… what on earth do you wear to work or a job interview?

Or what about those lovely afternoon naps in between classes… how do you manage your time to still get rest and have a 9 to 5 job?

Oh, and those four nights in a row of going to band parties and Animal hour… how on earth does one find time to be social when they have piles of work that need to be done?

These are all transitions, and there are so many more, that a newly graduated twenty something goes through. One thing I have learned, since walking across the stage, is that the transition from college to life on your own with a job isn’t easy.
So I thought to myself… wouldn’t it be great to provide a resource to my fellow friends about what I have learned over the past year and a half (and continue to learn each day)?? I think so!

So that is why I started First Impressions; to provide weekly posts about surviving in a world much, much, MUCH bigger than your university. I promise you, while it may seem overwhelming, the post grad life is simply just that… a new journey to begin.

I promise not all posts will be this extensive and will go LIVE every Thursday morning. If you know me, there will be lots of sarcasm and humor (if you don’t know me, then my apologies J).

So please check back next Thursday for my post on Getting Organized in 2014, featuring some of my favorite planners and calendars.