Foodie Pen Pals – Another Box Of Awesome!

It’s the June foodie pen pals reveal day! What is Foodie Pen Pals you ask? Well, it’s this awesome thing organized by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean where foodies (bloggers or not) send each other boxes of their favorite food related things once a month. Each month, a different person sends you a box, and you send something to someone else. This months, I got a lovely shipment from Ali of Ali in Reality, and I loved every bit of it.

The entire set of items came from Trader Joe’s, which is wonderful, because I’ve only ever been to one once in my life and have no car (or license) to change that fact. There also was a recipe involving radishes, which I am super excited to try out once my CSA share presents me with some.

But let’s get into details:

That’s right. Enter my ecstatic wife with grabby fingers and hungry mouth. What more need I say?

Really awesome Muesli, which made my German heart leap. Perfect mix of crunch and chewiness (I like my non-cooked oats in milk!) with just the right punch of flavor from the blueberries. perfect with a bowl of soy milk or Greek yogurt. It didn’t last long.

I love freeze-dried fruit, so this was a perfect success.

Candied ginger! I haven’t ever had non-crystallized ginger, so I was excited to try something entirely new. These pack a flavor punch and are a great little snack. I have to figure out how to incorporate them into other dishes, too.

Bottom line? Thank you Ali! What a great collection of goodies :)

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18 Responses to Foodie Pen Pals – Another Box Of Awesome!

  1. Wow, everything look sso yummy, especially the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, yum!!!

  2. Claire says:

    Very nice, what a thoughtful foodie-pen-pal!
    Since I am lucky enough to work at a Trader Joe’s (and walk to work even luckier!) I see some of my favorite things in that box. The candied non-crystallized ginger is awesome, I stockpile it because we use a lot of it, pretty much every day. Our breakfast consists of my version of steel-cut oats (also from TJs), which I start the night before: 1/2 cup steel-cut oats, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup TJs candied ginger, handful of other dried fruit such as cranberries, goji berries, raisins; 1/2 tsp cinnamon, pinch of cayenne…yes, cayenne, very healthy, helps with digestion and circulation. I pour nearly boiling water from the tea kettle over all of this in the saucepan, turn it to high until it just starts to simmer, turn off the heat and cover. In the morning, the cereal is done. I add a sprinkle of fresh blueberries, some kind of seed butter, like chia or pumpkin seed butter, coconut milk, and serve. You may have noticed…no salt. There is way too much salt added to foods for no reason. The cardiologist told us: “there is no medication that can overcome sodium.” We quit sodium (which means NO processed foods) and no longer have to take blood pressure meds.

  3. What a yummy box! Those peanut butter cups are one of my favorites. They really are just too good.

  4. Awesome idea! that’s so fun :) I love Trader Joes, so many fun things there.

  5. Caitlin says:

    I don’t know how you live without TJ’s! What a fun idea to do foodie pen pals- I might just have to try that :)

  6. Kristina says:

    Ooo I’m jealous of those strawberries! I just (unsuccessfully…) tried to make a strawberry cream cheese frosting and then I read online that using freeze dried works really well! It kept getting all soupy on me :) Such a fun box of goodies!!

  7. Lovely package!! I’m jealous of the dark chocolate pb cups – ooohhh so yum!

  8. Baker Street says:

    blueberry museli!! I WANT. What a fun package, Kiri!

  9. So jealous of your box! I love Trader Joe’s, but we don’t have one.

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