February Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

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Hi everyone! It’s Foodie Penpals Reveal Day again! This pen pal program is so much fun. Everyone loves getting mail, especially when it contains food!!

This month, my package came from Allyson in Minnesota, is a blogger at The Shrinking Knitter. This was her first month participating in Foodie Penpals, and I could tell how excited she was from our emails back and forth. It made me equally excited to receive my package!

We have tried to maintain healthier eating habit and tried to replace some of our staple items with a gluten-free version. I mentioned this to Allyson and it seemed to spark a fire in her! She put together a WONDERFUL box of gluten-free goodies for me to try; all of which are brand new product to me. I have seen some of these on the shelf before but I haven’t purchased yet.

Let’s start with the baking item! First of all, Trader Joe’s Vanilla Beans. I have never seen these at my local Trader Joes, but now I want to march in there and insist that my local store carry them! I always buy my vanilla beans at World Market, because they are $3 for two beans, which is 1/3 of the normal price! Continue reading

Foodie Finds- Gigi’s Cupcakes

Whelp, my “spring break” is over. It’s not like I had off from work, or went anywhere, but I figured you all might be sick of seeing pink and red valentine’s day treats, so I took the week “off” from blogging too heavily to enjoy the time with my boyfriend. That’s not to say I didn’t spend hours in the kitchen preparing for the rest of the month! I have so many exciting things to share, I can’t wait! I mean seriously, I missed you guys.

I am continuing my Foodie Finds with a visit to Gigi’s Cupcakes in Denver. I was recently in downtown Denver for work (my first time to downtown!) and did a little research on bakeries in the area. I saw on Yelp that there was a Gigi’s Cupcake location only a mile away!

Gigi's Cupcakes Denver

On my last day in Denver I drove down to the shop to pick up some cupcakes for “research”. I first came across Gigi’s Cupcakes on the internet, and was drooling over their sky high frosting and wide variety of flavors. Check out their website, they have a very impressive list of flavors!

Gigi's Cupcakes Denver

I always try to take as many photos as I can without seeming like a totally weirdo. It’s easier when other people are not in the store! Gigi’s Cupcakes in Denver also has a cupcake kiosk somewhere on the 16th Street Mall and they have a mobile cupcake truck! I asked a few question about where to find it, but we were headed for the mountain, so not such luck on that one! Continue reading

Foodie Finds- Whole Foods Denver

Warning, this post might make you a little hungry!! I just returned from my third trip to Colorado since Thanksgiving. I have gone for various family vacations and work. I have discovered the most amazing Whole Foods located in Lakewood off  6th Ave/Wadsworth. Every time I have gone to Colorado, I have stopped here on my way to and from the mountain; I can’t stay away. I can only hope that the Whole Foods opening in my neighborhood this spring will be as good.

I will let most of the photos speak for themselves.  Dessert first of course. There are several self-serve cookie stations inside. You can fill up your own box and they even have some baker’s twine to wrap up your to-go box.

They have an awesome gelato station. I got the pumpkin flavor. It was amazing! It was smooth, creamy and plenty of pumpkin flavor with a hint of cinnamon.  Continue reading

Healthish Foodie Finds!

This week’s foodie find is about healthier eating. I decided to wait until the end of January to “get healthy”. I am by no means any kind of dietician or nutritionist, but I do know what works for me. I have been participating in the Weight Watchers program since 2008.

I bake a LOT of desserts, and I do my best not to indulge too much, but I have to try what I make. So I am making an active effort to hold myself more responsible for the foods I eat.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, here are some snacks that are going to help keep me on track. Most of them are from Trader Joes or Whole Foods because I shopped in both of those stores recently. If you are interested in more specific nutrition facts, please leave me a message in the comments or send me an email!

Trader Joes makes these mini Pita pockets which are going to be my afternoon snack. They are only 1 WW point each. I can stuff them full of veggies or maybe some light cheese or low calorie peanut butter. Today I added a tablespoon of hummus.

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Foodie Finds- Ghirardelli Outlet!

Sometimes road trips are insanely long but prove to be exciting and fun when you stumble upon unknown gems in the middle of nowhere. Last weekend, I drove to Lake Tahoe for a snowboard trip; it was at least 10 hours each way. Randomly, while driving home on Interstate 5, my boyfriend suddenly spotted a Ghirardelli outlet and Ice Cream Shop. It went a little something like this:

“Hey look at that!”

“Can we stop?” I shrieked. As if he was going to say no. I mean, are you not going to get a brownie ice cream sundae? Come on! He’s the best.

We pulled quick u-turn and 2 minutes later I was aw-struck by the tantalizing smell of chocolate as we walked through the front door.

“OH MY GOD!” I exclaimed as my boyfriend laughed.

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