It’s that time again…Foodie Pen-Pal reveal day!

For the month of June, I was lucky enough to get paired with Natalie who lives in Napa, CA!

She sent me a great box filled with delicious goodies!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t specific enough in saying why I preferred low sugar or sugar free items, so she sent me lots of sweet stuff. That’s ok though because I practiced self control (well, kinda…) and didn’t eat ALL the sweets she sent me.

Here’s what I got!

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Starting from the bottom, she sent two different flavored chocolate sticks from Lindt. I tried a couple bites of the caramel brownie one, and it was ok, but not my favorite. I gave the other one away because they just had too much sugar.

The two ziplock baggies are filled with homemade treats! I hadn’t ever gotten anything homemade in my box so I thought it was so great that she made stuff just for me. Natalie made toasted walnut brownies and lemon bars. I ate 3 of the brownies and half of a lemon bar and I had to call my BFF Megan to come get them before I ate them all. Thanks Meg for that! Of course I would have loved to keep eating the rest of the brownies because they were sooooo good but I had to practice self restraint.

Next, I tried the dark chocolate pomegranates. These were delicious, but also full of sugar. I ate some, gave some to Megan’s fiancé, and then gave the rest to my dad who loves pomegranates.

The Pirates Booty aged white cheddar puffs were my favorite! I easily ate these two bags right when I opened my box. I’m so glad Natalie sent these because I had seen them multiple times at Sprouts, but never tried them. Yum!

The last thing is the Israeli Couscous Mushroom Seasoning from Whole Spice in Napa Valley.

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It’s got a recipe on the back to make the couscous using this spice mix.

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I don’t really like mushrooms, but I think they give a good flavor, so I’m actually excited to try this and make the recipe since the mushrooms are chopped up and small. I’ll post about it as soon as I make the recipe!

If this sounds like fun and you want to sign up for Foodie Pen-Pals, click here!

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May FPP Reveal Day

I know I’m slacking a little on my posts as of lately. I have some pretty good excuses though… 1.) I have been working some very looooonnnggg days lately. 2.) I live in Oklahoma, and it seems like every single day we have a tornado outbreak. 3.) I’ve just been busy and tired.

Those are pretty good excuses, right? I think so!

Anyways, it’s May Foodie Pen-Pal reveal day!

This month I was paired with Starr Aaron in Kansas City. I requested local products and she definitely delivered.

Here’s what I got!

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The first thing I tried was the Real Man bean dip. It was not bad. It was different than the usual bean dip I’m used to, so I think that kinda threw me off. I think I might try using the bean dip in a Mexican casserole or a Mexican layered dip!

The next thing I tried were the chocolates. They were really good! And they were sugar free which I loved. I enjoyed the raspberry soufflé one the most. I’m actually eating one as we speak. 🙂

Since Starr was from Kansas City, I was thinking a BBQ sauce might be in store for me and I was right! This one looks great and only has 5 grams of sugar for 2 tablespoons. It’ll be a perfect addition to a nice piece of grilled chicken. Mmmm mmmm!

I haven’t tried the pasta sauce yet, but pasta sauce never goes to waste at my house. I’m always making spaghetti squash with marinara or lasagna or tortilla “pizzas” so I’m sure I’ll use it soon.

The last thing is a salsa mix packet. I adore salsa. I love it on my eggs, or with chips, or on a salad, etc. This packet is great because you just add tomatoes, either fresh or canned. How simple is that?

Well, that’s all for this months edition of FPP! Thanks Starr for a great box!

If you’re interested in participating in the Foodie Pen-Pals program, click here to learn more and/or sign up.

Have a great weekend everybody! I know I will.

March FPP

I can’t believe I almost forgot to blog about my March foodie pen-pal! Not sure what FPP is? Click here to find out! To briefly explain, it’s a monthly pen-pal program where you exchange foods with other people. It’s a chance to try different foods from all over the country, depending on where your pen-pal lives. I love being a part of this program and I highly recommend you go sign up if you’re a foodie!

March was such a great month for FPP. I got paired with Cleda Wang who lives in Illinois. Here’s a picture of what she sent me!

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I immediately opened the spinach and roasted garlic crackers. They tasted just like garlicky spinach. I loved them! To be honest, the picture is a little deceiving as I had already consumed the whole box before I got a picture, so the box was empty in the picture. 😦 I’ll have to look for these in a store near me because they were delicious!

The chai spiced oatmeal was also great. It not only had oats in it, but also flax seeds, barley, and quinoa. I wish the chai flavor had been a bit stronger, but I still definitely enjoyed this oatmeal!

I was excited to try the pita chips because they were pumpkin seed and cranberry flavored. I didn’t love these because they were a sweet chip, but my BFF loved them so I gladly gave them to her.

I haven’t tried the coconut water yet, mostly because I forgot to, and partly because I’ve tried coconut water before and didn’t like it. This one is flavored like tropical fruit, so if I’m ever going to like coconut water, this would be the flavor to make that happen. I’ll be sure to try it soon and let you know what I think!

I also got 5 different Korean teas. I love when I get something unique to a persons culture in my box. I would have NEVER bought these because they’re written (mostly) in Korean. I’m so glad she sent these! Two of the flavors are sweet pumpkin yam and walnut almond. Umm…yum!!

I definitely saved the best for last. You see that little bag in the back on the left? Yeah, the pop chips. Not just ANY pop chip, but the Thai Sweet Chili pop chips. These things were addictive and extremely yummy! If you read my last post, then you saw that these are one of my latest obsessions. After I ate the bag of pop chips (which took only 3 hours) I went online to Amazon and ordered a case (12 bags) of these pop chips. ALL my future FPPs are getting a bag! Well, if they last that long then they will. I better stop eating them…

Cleda did such a great job with my box! I really loved that I hadn’t tried any of the products she sent me. That always makes it fun when it’s something new! Like I said earlier, if this sounds fun to you, then go sign up here for the month of April!

February Foodie Pen-Pal

I love being a FPP! It’s a lot of fun getting something in the mail every month, especially when it’s a box filled with food. For those of you who don’t know what FPP is, it’s a monthly program where you exchange foods with a pen-pal from somewhere else in the USA. Here’s a link to sign up or get more information. FPP

This month my box came from Debbie in South Carolina. Debbie is an awesome pen-pal! She chose to do a themed box which I thought was a great idea. Her theme was southern. Here’s a picture of what I got in my box.

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Inside was cornbread mix, biscuit mix, Pete’s hot sauce, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, moon pies, seasoned pinto beans, dried peaches, red pepper cracklins, quick grits, southern gold BBQ sauce, and old fashioned sugar cured country ham. I got a lot of stuff!

The thing I was most surprised about was the ham. I absolutely LOVE ham! In SC, Debbie said a common breakfast is ham, grits, and eggs. So this Saturday for breakfast, that’s exactly what I’ll be making!

The first thing I tried out of the box was the cracklins. I loved them. I enjoy having a small handful of pork rinds for a snack so these were great!

I was also excited about the BBQ sauce. Our BBQ sauces here in Tulsa are ketchup or tomato based and very sweet. I have always heard about Carolina BBQ sauce being vinegar based, so I was super excited to try it! It’s seriously so delicious! I posted about using it in my chicken apple sausage stir fry last week., which turned out amazing. I’m already brainstorming on how to use it next. I’m thinking with some grilled chicken or even make a dip using it.

When I saw the grits, I immediately thought of shrimp and grits. I found a healthy recipe on the Hungry Girl website. I ended up going to my dads on Sunday and trying it out. Here’s the finished shrimp and grits!

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Of course I like it a little spicy, so I added a few dashes of the Pete’s hot sauce to the dish. This hot sauce was yummy! Salty and spicy. 🙂

I haven’t had the chance to use everything in the box yet, but the things I’ve tried have all been great! I think I’ll enlist the BFF to help me find a way to use the dried peaches in a recipe.

This was a great FPP month! Debbie in South Carolina did a great job picking things out for me! And as I’ve said before, it’s a lot of fun! You should go check out the link above and sign up! 🙂

You Down With FPP? Yeah You Know Me.

Me: It’s FPP reveal day!

You: What’s FPP?

Me: It stands for Foodie Pen Pal.

You: Oh…

Still confused? Well let me explain. Every month I particulate in FPP. It’s a program with about 1,000 members from all over the United States and Puerto Rico.

You: Can I be an FPP member?

Me: Yes you can! It’s open to anybody who’s a foodie and who wants to participate. There’s a link at the end of this post to sign up!

It’s a monthly program where you are paired with 2 people every month. One of those people you’ll be sending food to, and the other person is who you’ll receive food from. You never send to the same person you receive from.

Every month you have a $15 spending limit on food. You email with your pen pal to see what they like and what they don’t like. It’s a really cool program because you end up getting local products from someone’s state that you may not have where you are. You also usually get products you’ve never tried before, so that makes it a lot of fun!

Every month your box of food comes from somewhere and someone different, so some boxes are better than others. My box wasn’t that great this month, but I’m going to blog about it anyways. Hope she’s not reading this…lol.

This month I got almonds, sunflower seeds, sun dried tomato bruschetta, and Italian sauce (similar to marinara or tomato sauce).

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I can get all of those things here, except for the Italian sauce. The Italian sauce was the real winner in my box. I got my box on Sunday before I made pizzas with my dad, so we decided to use the sauce on our pizzas. It was a super delicious sauce. I also liked it because it was a local product from Ohio, which is where my FPP box came from.

In past months, I’ve gotten some really good stuff. Here are a couple pictures from two previous months.

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The first picture had lemon pepper pasta, a local made spicy lime mayonnaise from New York, local salted peanut brittle, spicy local salsa, chili kale chips, mixed teas and more! It was a great month of food!

The second picture had local caramel corn, local spicy Dijon honey mustard with pretzels to dip in it, hot chocolate, sweet cinnamon almonds, and some yummy somersaults brand crackers.

If you think this sounds fun to you, here’s the link to the girls blog that runs the FPP program. I highly recommend signing up if you can. It’s a really cool program.
http://www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/

You: What did you send your pen pal?

Me: That’s a great question! Here’s a link to Megan’s blog. Ironically, my BFF was my FPP this month. I definitely took care of her this month! Go check out what she got!
http://sweettrough.wordpress.com/