Friday, August 31, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal - August!

Happy Friday!! Today is reveal day for Foodie Pen Pal and I'm so excited to share what I've received this month! My package was sent by Sarah @ Zoe's Lunch Box. She is always coming up with an exciting way to make lunch look fun! Cute bento boxes that are balanced with fruits, veggies, protein and whole grains. Any kid (or adult) would enjoy these lunches! She has inspired me to take my lunch to the next level. I usually eat leftovers, sandwiches or salads - but I really love the bento box concept of having a bit of everything (and it being delicious to look at too). I'm going to make an effort to make awesome lunches and I'll post pictures and such. 

On to the Foodie Pen Pal Package... 
I love the fact that it was a bunch snacks! I am a notorious grazer, especially crunchy things - and portion control is key. 

Here's the breakdown of everything:

  • Can of Chickpeas
  • Seasoning for Chickpeas
  • Sunbutter
  • Veggie Chips
  • Cheese Crisps - Melting Romano
  • Wind & Willow - Pear & Pomegranate Mix
  • LaraBar- UBER Bananas Foster
  • 3 Granolas - Maple Pecan, Strawberry & Almond
  • Sanders Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel
  • 2 packets of individual Cocoa Roast Almonds
  • Pop! Gourmet Popcorn - White Truffle Bliss

I love that she sent me an awesome recipe to make roasted chickpeas (with her own seasoning blend) - I've never made these before! I've tried dried, flavored chickpeas and they were pretty awesome. But imagine - warm, crunchy, seasoned snackies? Oh yes, this is happening.... and soon. I'll post pictures once I make them.

Sander's Dark Chocolate Caramel was SOOO good. I love salty sweet combos and this was dead on. I shared the small piece with my husband because I wanted him to see how delicious it was. We are both hooked and now have another favorite chocolate (along with See's, Godiva, Chuao, etc). We appreciate great chocolate and this was just that. I checked their website to see what other varieties they have - OMG they have chocolate covered potato chips! I love these, but they are hard to find. I've already made it clear that I'd like a small box of chocolates and the potato chips for Christmas :)

OMG I love truffle ANYTHING!! I'm not sure how she knew... but she knew. I got a lovely container of truffled sea salt for Christmas from a great friend, and I sprinkle it on everything as a finishing salt. I especially use it when I make microwave popcorn bags (made simply with a brown paper bag, popcorn kernels and a little coconut oil). I can't wait to try this! Maybe I'll make it a movie night - watch a cheesy movie and munch on some tasty popcorn.

I'm so pleased to have gotten such an awesome assortment of goodies! If you are interested in participating, just click on the Foodie Pen Pal icon. It's a monthly program that gives you the chance to connect with others and try new foods. 

I hope everyone has a lovely Labor Day Weekend! My brother is arriving from New York tomorrow with his wife. It's going to be a fun up-coming week with the family! Tons of sight-seeing, hanging out at the beach and eating at our favorite restaurants. I plan to post a few pictures.  Enjoy the long weekend!


  1. What a cool idea! The last package swap I did was with a blogging friend who lives in Amsterdam ... she sent me some of the baking supplies that I miss since we moved back to the States. I sent her some of the packaged baking things that she can't find in Europe ... it was great fun! your newest package looks far more healthy than my package was! Wink!

  2. Hope you're able to enjoy all your goodies! Fantastic post!

  3. I love your blog, I look forward to seeing more from you. Do you run any other sites? thanks

  4. Mmm so jealous what a delicious box of treats :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Sounds like an awesome goodie box. :) I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Come check out my post dated 9-2-12. :)

  6. What a fun exchange! You received some fantastic loot!