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I am a wife, mother, teacher, runner, baker, fund-raiser, reader, watcher of movies, dog-lover, writer, music-lover and foodie. So - I'm a woman of many moods! I write and share in order to teach and enrich. I currently have two blogs going: The Kitchen Refugee, and A Mile At A Time. The first is about time spent in the kitchen and the second about time spent on the road. Frequently the two roads intersect!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

June Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!

On any given Foodie Pen Pal month, once the 15th comes and goes, I am anxiously awaiting a package in the mail. This month, my package came from Bridget Carroll, from Running Crumbs.  I always approach these packages with the anticipation of a child at Christmas.  It's such a lift to my spirits, and this month, the package came right after a particulary hard all-school funeral for a teacher friend of mine.  I needed a little lift!

I always love the cards, notes, or written portion of the gift.  I like to see people's handwriting - perhaps because I'm a teacher, and maybe just because I'm an old fashioned nerd who loves REAL mail instead of all text-im-email!  Just look at this handwriting!

                         This is the cutest card ever!

The breakables were gently nestled in a sea of paper, and were completely intact! AWESOME.  Lemon Curd - I could write sonnets about the pure wonder that is Lemon Curd.  Oh, my - I could not have asked for a better gift!  I have seen it in the store, I have made it at home, and still - I have never bought a little jar of heaven for myself.  This was such a treat!  I haven't busted open the berry preserves, yet - but I know it will be equally marvelous.  I need to make some bread!

The Lemon Curd inspired me to make one of my favorite breakfasts...IMMEDIATELY!  Dutch Baby pancakes are the perfect vehicle for anything lemon, so I spread curd on it, sprinkled a little powdered sugar, and just rolled my eyes back in my head and sighed.  

One of the other things I love about the foodie packages is the tiny treats - tastes of things I've never had before.  I am wishing I lived near a Trader Joe's because I can tell I would be a regular customer!  We are using the Everyday Seasoning...well, every day, on everything!  It comes with it's own little built in grinder - adorable!  Can't go wrong with Sesame oil, or almond butter either.  I haven't tried the honey-almond butter before, and it's a big hit! 

Let me just say, the Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna bar won me over.  It's like a Mounds Bar with much less guilt!   Oh - I have already purchased more of them for my pre-run snacks!  The Cherrie Pie Larabar was also a new snack for me - and I liked it a lot!  I have a sweet tooth, so finding things that fill my pie-hole without packing on fat and calories, make me happy!

Speaking of making me happy...this chocolate, salted caramel bar was like crack!  Oh my - it was just delicious!  Even the hubs got to share (then, when it was gone, I immediately regretted sharing!) and he loved it too.   

Okay - so the seaweed wraps are very much outside the box for me - so I will be experimenting with them, and looking for recipes.  I really do appreciate being sent products that I would not have thought of to try.  I hope Bridget has some recipes on her blogsite - I need to know what to do with them, and I'm bound and determined to figure it out!

So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU - BRIDGET!  This was an awesome package!

If you are interested in becoming a Foodie Pen Pal, just pop on over to Lindsay's Page to find out how!