Summer Bucket List

In my opinion, it’s not too late to join the Joy the Baker Podcast Summer Bucket List because summer starts on 6/21.  Ok so now that that is out of the way…dumdumdadum….

Summer Bucket List 2012!

  • shop at the Farmer’s market twice a month
  • go to Crossfit 3 times per week
  • make grapefruit curd sandwich cookies
  • make a Paleo ice cream, a sorbet and a fruit ice cream
  • eat lunch at City Bakery
  • make this cake for my birthday: Seven Sins Chocolate Cake
  • make 2 new recipes per week and blog them!
  • get my nails painted a not pink/red color….eek I’m nervous about this one!!

Phew, I’m tired just reading it!  I can’t wait to update you on my adventures.   I will say that I went to Crossfit 3 times this week and my hip flexors are out of control sore.  Like woah.  Time to eat some dark chocolate and rest up for the farmer’s market tomorrow morning!!

 

 

May Foodie Penpals

Hey everyone!

Man, this month has just flown by.  I finished finals, did a whirlwind visit with Sparky’s parents and (re)started my summer job (I had been working there part time during March and April).  The last few weeks, I feel like I am just getting my sea legs back, plus getting used to a regular work week.  I think I am back to share some recipes with ya’ll.  Anyway, before we get to that, I simply must discuss the amazing box that I received  from Julie at Julie Goes Healthy.

The Lean Green Bean

First off, I was delighted to meet her because we both lived in NC at one point.  She has since moved back to Cali and I requested local items.  Ya’ll, Julie has set the bar super high!  Every treat was special, delicious and Sparky and I tore through that box pretty darn fast.  In fact, this is all I have to show for it:

So lame.  We just couldn’t stop nibbling and I just never took a picture.  So the goods were:

  • “Have a Corn Chips” – Laguna Beach, CA
  • By Hand Granola” – Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Chocolate Covered Corn Flakes from Christopher Michael Chocolates – Costa Mesa, CA
  • These amazing raw peanut butter cookies that I loved tremendously
  • A super delish granola that I ate before I went to work out
  • and Acai Berry Sambazon energy drink – the one thing that I am saving, perhaps it will get consumed this weekend!!

Thanks, Julie – you are an amazing pen pal!  Thanks for such a special box of treats.

If you are interested in participating in the foodie pen pals, the awesome Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean has organized this and you can learn how to participate here.

Belated April Foodie Penpal!

The Lean Green Bean

Although I am still on my yucky finals hiatus, I had my hardest exam earlier today and I am in need of a little break.  I did not want to go without discussing my awesome April Foodie Penpal this month!  Seriously, ya’ll, I was lucky to get matched up with Emily over at More Than Just Dessert!  She asked my what my preferences were and I since she is also in graduate school, I told her to hook me up with some study treats.  She totally delivered (figuratively and literally!  tee hee).

I am a bit embarrassed that all of this is gone by now!!   On the savory side, Emily included sweet potato chips and microwave popcorn.  For my favorite, sweets, she included a few Luna bars, including the tasty Blueberry Bliss, which was a new flavor to me and S’More, which is an old favorite!  She also included peanut butter stuffed chocolate coated pretzels from TJ’s and (yum yum town!) and Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter.  Justin’s was also new to me and is definitely getting added to the rotation!  Finally, She included some fruit leather and chai mix.  Both are delish.  Anyway, there is nothing more fun to get treats in the mail, especially edible ones!  If you are interested in taking part, there is information at the bottom of the post with directions on how to join in!

…Back to studying!!!

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
- Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day!

Everyone seemed to have a pen pal when they were younger.  Not to be woes me, but I remember writing a letter and not getting one in return.  Now I get to make up for lost time.  This time around, I received a wonderful package from Richgail at ASTIG Vegan.

Even though she is vegan, it didn’t stop her from putting together some great goodies, which included mangoes, flax seeds, chocolate hazelnut milk (made with hazelnuts, not dairy!), roasted peanuts and even a homemade Filipino dessert, yema.  She also included some planting seeds, which I plan to take to our community garden, here in Hoboken.  I use flax seeds regularly, but I am going to have to make something with flax seeds and post it here soon. **Major apologies for no pics of this major goodies, I had a meltdown with my memory card.  Thankfully, it is fixed but I missed out on these pictures!**

What I love the most about this project is getting to see what other people eat as their “every day snacks.”  We all have preferred nibbles but it is great to see what other people eat and then incorporate those snacks into our routines.

Are you interested in participating in Foodie Penpals with us?  Please see information below:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

-Foodie Penpals is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

If you’re interested in participating for April, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by April 4th as pairings will be emailed on April 5th