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Foodie Pen Pals: June Reveal Day

It’s that time again!!  Man, these months are flying by…..

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It’s Foodie Pen Pals June Reveal Day over at The Lean Green Bean!!

But before I get to my reveal…let’s do a little recap on what Foodie Pen Pal is.

First….it’s always a blast!! Second….here’s the details! You receive a pen pal match on the 5th of each month, then you email your match to see what they love/hate (yours will do the same) and then mail out a box filled to the brim with foodie treats to your pen pal. You just have to do it by the 15th! On the last day of the month, everyone reveals what goodies they received. You get a different match each month so you are always getting an opportunity to meet new people, find new blogs and try foods that you may just not have available in your area.

This month, I was lucky enough to get my package from the one-and-only Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean!!  What a treat!!  She totally hooked me up with some amazing treats and a super cool bag as a little something extra!!  I didn’t take a picture of the bag but I will say that I absolutely love it and have been using it to carry my lunch back and forth to work.

As far as my goodies, this is what I got! (NOTE:  sorry for the lack of pictures…my phone is holding them hostage for now…I will load them as soon as they are released…LOL)

Vega Savi Seeds (Natural & Cocoa Kissed):  I have never eaten these before and to be honest, haven’t really heard of them.  But I’m sucker for trying new stuff so I ripped into these the minute I opened the box!  I tried the Natural ones first which were just plain.  They were actually really good!  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they boast 17 times more Omega-3 per ounce than wild Sockeye salmon.  **SCORE**   They reminded me of Edamame a little.  I tried the Cocoa Kissed ones later that evening while watching a movie and relaxing in bed.  It was the perfect little snack.  I like the Cocoa Kissed ones a lot more than they plain ones but they were both really good.
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Planter’s Dry Roasted Pistachios!!  Hello!!! How did she know?!  These are my absolute favorite nut!  She said she got them for me because she likes them but not their price and thought that maybe others feel the same way.  Which I do!  I love this nut but I hate how expensive they are so I hardly ever purchase them for myself, let alone a bag this size J  I’m not going to lie….I hid that bag and ate them all myself…no sharing!!  I know…I’m sooo bad!  Oh well 😉
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Village Harvest Quinoa:  I truly enjoy quinoa so this came in handy.  It saved me from having to buy it one week which is always awesome!  I use quinoa for all kinds of things from adding chicken/fish and veggies to it and stir-frying, to adding it to my salads.  I love it!  Again…how did she know?!  Check out some of the other recipes you can make with this yummy grain here.
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Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter – Creamy:  You can’t go wrong with peanut butter especially when it’s organic.  I had never tried this brand before so was excited to try something new.  It was super creamy and the taste was amazing.  My kids and I enjoyed many PB & J’s with this yummy stuff.
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Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Seasoning Blend (Salt-Free):  I’m a huge fan of seasonings and this for sure did not disappoint.  I used to not be too picky with my seasonings but since beginning my journey towards a more healthy lifestyle, I’ve started only using seasonings that don’t have a lot of weird unpronounceable ingredients.  This one is awesome because there are nothing but natural spices in it (such as: onion(s), garlic, tomato, paprika color, citric acid, orange peel, oil of lemon, Spices (black pepper, sweet chili pepper, cayenne pepper, celery seed, oregano, cumin, basil, bay, marjoram, savory, thyme, coriander, mustard, rosemary)!  And the flavor was awesome!  I love spicy stuff and this one was just right!  It went great with the tacos I made this past week.
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Love Grown Simply Oats Apple Walnut Delight Granola:  WOW!!!!!  This was by far my favorite!!!  I cannot believe how good this is!  I’m not a huge fan of dried fruit but the dried apples in this granola was phenomenal!  I have been eating a handful here and there and I have a small bowl of it with my fruit in the morning.  I’m in love and sad at the same time that the bag is almost empty 😦  Going to have to go on a hunt for it 🙂
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So that’s that!  I’m really glad that I found this amazing way to meet new people and try new products!  It is always super fun deciding and picking stuff out for your pen pal and it’s even more fun opening up your pen pal box when it arrives!  You can’t even begin to guess what you might get!

So…go!! Right now!! And sign up for July!!  I promise…you will have a blast!

Also…don’t forget about my Frog Fuel Giveaway. To enter, go here —-> a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Birthday Recap :)

I started out my birthday hanging out with my sweet hubby and some friends at our hometown “Cheers” a.k.a. Duchesne Bar & Grill a.k.a. The DBG a.k.a. my previous employer ;). Yes….I’m a veteran bartender/server!  This place truly is filled with some cool people who I dearly miss working with every weekend.

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That’s me….with my gorgeous necklace that my amazing friend Chris got me for my birthday….she has great taste!  We didn’t stay long..a few hours….I had some girly drinks and some yummy food….bar food at it’s best!  Fried and totally not good for me but yummy nonetheless 🙂 (no incriminating pictures here folks….its like those fried mushrooms never happened)

From there, me and the hubby went home….snuggled down in bed and watched Pitch Perfect.  Hilarious movie!  Loved it!  Actually ended up watching it no less than 5 times over the weekend.

Saturday morning we slept in…and then Sean (the hubby), Kaleb (the son) and I went to our favorite breakfast place.  You just gotta love Gingham’s.  I love that they remember us when we go in there to eat….makes ya feel a little important ;). Here is a pic of me and Kaleb cheesin’ for the camera.  He is such a cutie!

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I started with coffee and then got the Breakfast Wrap which for me ended up being a tortilla with two scrambled eggs, bacon, spinach, swiss cheese and salsa.  I also had a fruit cup and some cinnamon toast….man…I’m full just typing all that out!

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After breakfast but before lunch, I was able to sneak in a run (3.15 miles)…I went to the gym this time because of this stinky rain….blah…so sick of it and ready for sunshine and warmth.

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From there, we just kind of hung around the house until lunch time when it was Round 2 of great food!  We of course had to have Mexican for my birthday but I didn’t want to brave the crowds on Sunday.  We ended up at one of my most favorite Mexican restaurant.  Dos Primos is amazing and as usual I had the best meal!  I decided on the Shrimp Taco Salad with avocado and green sauce added.  Plus I had a bunch of chips and salsa…that’s a given :). No pictures….sorry….forgot my phone in the car ** gasp**

Sunday found me sleeping in again (8:30….wow!).  I spent the remainder of my day hanging out with the family and doing a little shopping at the mall.  I got some really cute stuff 😉 I also went to Starbucks and got my free birthday drink #jackpot!  I always get the same thing which is the Caramel Macchiato and I also got the Salted Caramel cake pop…it was all De-lish!

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I finished the evening with this Strawberry cupcake that my daughter helped make….she is just too sweet!  She was very proud to say the least!

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So there was my birthday weekend in a nutshell….too much food for sure….still stuffed today and ready to get back to my normal eating habits.

Does anyone else over-indulge in food?

How do you celebrate your birthday?