Friday, March 30, 2012

Foodie Pen Pals: Sarah Learns

Gosh, another month has come and gone. This means one very important thing: It's time for bloggers everywhere to reveal what they got from their Foodie Pen Pals! So fun. Are you doing this yet? You should be, even if you don't write a blog. It's so fun to get a package from someone somewhere out there. (Admit it, you like getting packages in the mail.)

I sent one to Emily at Ultra Epicure, and I got one from Sarah of Sarah Learns:

I love it when I get something homemade, especially if that something is a jar of nut butter. Cinnamon Almond Butter, if I'm to be specific.

So good on a rice cake, and quite like the Cinnamon Sugar Almond Butter that I made a few weeks ago. Needless to say, both are gone and I want some more. Better get some almonds pronto. Up next in my stash:

Slack's Red Raspberry Jam, also served on a rice cake with some of the aforementioned almond butter. And let me just say—HOLY WOW. This stuff is good. I wanted to eat it all right out of the jar. With a soup spoon, not one of those dinky cereal spoons. But I didn't. That would have been bad. Very bad.

But these were very good:

Two funny stories:

1) I had every intention of buying these for Emily, but I totally forgot to put them in my cart. (Sorry, girl.)

2) I was at the grocery store today and noticed them in the refrigerators with all the gourmet salad dressings and "homemade" nut butters. Really? The refrigerator? These things are like chips.

Anyway, my favorite item in the box was this little bag of goodness:

Of course it comes from Trader Joe's. My heart skips a beat when I think about it now. Ugh, such a great place. But I digress. Back to the bag.

Sarah suggested that I turn it into her Harvest Grain Greek Salad. So I did:

Oh, man. I'm so glad my husband didn't care for it because that left more for me. (He's picky, to say the least.) I prepped this on Sunday and I still have quite a bit left. Should still be good, I'm thinking, and I can't wait to eat some for lunch.

Speaking of eating, I haven't figured out how to use the jelly yet. Any suggestions? The protein powder was awesome in yet another Blood Orange Chobani Creamsicle Smoothie. So that leaves me with one unmentioned item. This guy:

I'm a little intimidated by the Spirulina factor. I keep reading that it might not be the best thing for nursing mothers. Does anyone have any insight? Why would one even want to consume Spirulina? I searched the Internets but got way overwhelmed.

Moving along, 'cuz this post is getting long!

If you'd like to participate in the Foodie Pen Pal program, here are a few essential details:

And if you'd like to win some Chobani:

ENTER MY GIVEAWAY! You just might win a box of Chobani Greek Yogurt! (Contest ends at midnight EST on Tuesday, April 3, 2012).


Susan said...

Hi! What is Lindsay's e-mail address to participate in the Foodie Pen Pals? I tried what I thought you had in your post, but it didn't work. Thank you!

TARA said...

Caitlin said...

so funny...i got the snapea crisps in my box too!! i still have to try them. glad to know they're good! That greek dish you made looks amazing. are those sundried tomatoes i spy?

TARA said...

Yep, you spy sundried tomatos. Love them so much.

Nicole said...

Looks like a fantastic haul! You had a fantastic match this month!

The salad that you made with those grains looked delicious. Wow!

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

i love that harvest grains blend!!! so good.

Richgail at AstigVegan said...

Yum! I love Snap Pea Crisps!!!

sarah @ sarah learns said...

i'm glad you liked most things i sent you! that's weird that the store had the snap pea crisps in the refrigerator - they're out on the shelves at trader joe's & the co-op that i shop at!!

i didn't even think about spirulina not being good for nursing - i'm so sorry!! i really like those bars, which is why i included it. silly me. can you tell i'm not a mother yet? didn't even occur to me to check if spirulina was ok!

TARA said...

No worries, Sarah! I didn't even know what Spirulina was until I looked it up. I'll have to do some more research to see if I can get to the bottom of whether or not it's acceptable to eat while nursing. It very well could be!

Emily R. said...

Aww, I feel so cheated, I love Snapea Crisps ;) Just kidding! No, I absolutely loved everything you sent, it just disappeared way too fast! I will definitely looking for simile items at stores near me, thanks for the introduction to some awesome new stuff!

TARA said...

You're welcome, Emily! I'm glad you liked everything!

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