March Foodie Penpals- Reveal Day

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I hope everyone enjoyed a healthy, happy and relaxing Easter weekend. I spent my weekend snowboarding, eating and playing with my new camera! That’s right, I got my new camera last week! I am having a great time learning to use it and one day I will understand it!

Today is Foodie Penpals Reveal Day for March! Usually we post on the last day of the month but since it fell on a Sunday this year, we are posting today instead.

This month I received my package from Erin. Erin is a blog reader from Arizona. This was also her first month participating in the Foodie Penpals program! I actually love getting and sending package to first time participants because they are always so excited to be a part of the program.

Erin sent me a bunch of goodies from World Market, which is one of my favorite stores! Here is a list of the goodies I received:

Blood Orange Soda

Carrot Cake Cupcake Kit

Sweet and Tangy BBQ Almonds

Mushroom Quinoa

Sea Salt Roasted Chickpeas

Red Velvet Chocolate

Fig Bar

Tulip baking cup

That Green Sauce

Erin told me “That Green Sauce” is found in pretty much every restaurant in Arizona, so I was really excited to try it. I am a huge fan of salsa and always looking for a good one.

I was really excited about the Carrot Cake Cupcake mix because it is a small batch and makes only 8 cupcakes. Sometimes you just don’t need all 24!

Thanks Erin for the awesome package and the reusable bag!

I sent my box to Katie who also lives in Arizona. Katie is a blog reader who love to cook and bake. Bonus, she loves cupcakes too! I sent Katie of box of packed full of organic and healthy snacks, with a little bit of chocolate mixed in of course!

Wanna know more about Foodie Pen Pals? Foodie Pen Pals is organized by Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean. Each month, you sign up and get paired with another blogger or reader. Once the pairings go out, your pen pal emails you to find out what food you like or dislike. Based on yours answers, they prepare a box of goodies to send out to you. You do the same with your match. I mean really, who doesn’t love getting surprise packages in the mail! For more information about FPP, click the button below.

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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

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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Out and About Foodie Finds

Foodie Find time! One of my favorite days of the week.

I have been out and about lately; window shopping mostly, trying to keep my wallet closed. It is only partially working. I love walking through William Sonoma, they have the best stuff, it was hard to choose just a few to share. The egg-design molds are one of those “when will I ever use these” type items, but sometimes you can’t resist. The mini measuring cup is flexible, so you can measure and squeeze as you pour the liquid out; pretty smart if you ask me! It measures up to 4 tablespoons. Lastly, their oh-so-cute polka dot mini butter knives. I want them all, and in about a dozen more colors. LOVE!

William Sonoma has got it going on!

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Trader Joe’s Foodie Finds!

This is the last Monday before Christmas; it’s crazy. Well, I guess technically next Monday is the last Monday before Christmas, but I don’t count it as a day I can get something done, I should be finished by then (hopefully). This is one of my favorite weeks of year. I see this week being full of wrapping gifts, baking, baking and some more baking, following by lots of eating! This is, however, the last Monday of Foodie Finds for 2012.

This past week, I stopped in at Trader Joe’s; I don’t know why I don’t go more often. Their food is so affordable, and they are always stocking the shelves with new food items. This week my mission was to see what types of holiday foodie items they had.

Melt in my mouth

Right when my shopping buddy and I walked in the door we were greeted with barrels of Cocoa Drizzle Kettle Corn and Chocolate covered Sea Salt Butterscotch caramels. Chocolate, sea salt, caramel; sold.

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