November Foodie Penpal

Hi! Today I finally get to share what my lovely foodie penpal Sophie sent me! This was my first penpal box that I’ve received and it did not disappoint.  The day I got my delivery I was super psyched…and had to write a post about it (even though I couldn’t reveal anything yet.) You can read that here.

I found foodie penpals by accident. I was on Instagram searching around and saw that one of the girls I follow had revealed her penpal box. I was kind of confused but totally intrigued so I clicked on the tag #foodiepenpal. Thats how I got my start. I logged on to Lindsay’s website and immediately got on the list for November.

I had the best time shopping for things to send to my penpal Hima. I wanted to send her things that I loved…and hoped that she would find a new favorite snack in my box of goodies. Both of my penpals were from California! I love that I sent a box of food to the west coast and received a box of food from the west coast. Yeah yeah Im a dork.

So here is what was in my glorious first box of goodies:

Organic sun dried tomatoes
Organic dried ancho peppers
Organic dried mangoes
Organic dried apples
Organic goji berry coconut chocolate energy snacks
French vanilla dark chocolate
Hot pepper Jam
…and a recipe for a gluten free pear almond tart! (Can’t wait to try it.)

Woah. I have obviously already started cutting into the huge hunk of chocolate…I can’t resist. And the goji berry coconut energy snacks are bizarre but fantastic.  They are bite size and they pack a punch. I haven’t opened the dried fruits yet, but I’m taking them to work with me to keep in my desk as mid-day energy boosters.

But my favorite thing in the box? The hot pepper jam.

Its sweet and really spicy and I love it. My dad and I spread it on crackers, I put it on a sandwich, tacos, etc. I want to mix it with cream cheese and turn in into a dip. Sophie, you’re awesome.

That’s it for me today… if you would like to see what I sent to my penpal, Hima, head to her blog All Four Burners.

Visit my sending penpal, Sophie, at If I Ever Owned a Bakery.

And join Foodie Penpals!!!

A birthday party

First off I want to say thanks to Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean for the shout out. Some of you are reading this because of her and Im definitely thankful for that! I love this little blogging community that I am becoming a part of. : )

So sorry that I haven’t been posting that much but Christmas comes early for me, so I’ve been quite busy.
Anyway, I wanted to talk about a happy little birthday party i went to last weekend.

It was my grandparents 75th birthday party. They threw it for themselves at a restaurant/lodge that is super rustic and hidden in the middle of the woods. The chandeliers are made of elk antlers, and the whole back of the building is lined with huge glass windows over looking a giant field where they feed wild deer daily. The food is incredible.
My sister and I were the “young crowd” next to my parents, and the other 35 guests were my grandmas siblings and old family friends. That being said – my sister and I basically palled around for the day (which is a rare occurrence!).

We drank lots of wine and different beers and ate way too much food. There was a fantastic salad bar, as always, and giant loaves of rustic bread. Too bad my sis and I could only look at it….

and sniff it…

The menu is full of options including lobster, salmon, ribeyes and other gorgeous cuts of meat. I chose salmon over spinach with a side of garlic mashed potatoes.

Heres a picture of us with our Oma! : )

And another of my sister and I.

All in all it was a pretty great day. I know this was a quick post, but I will be back soon I promise! How was everyones Thanksgiving?