Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day!

I have been so excited to write this post! Last week I received my box from the FPP exchange and immedieately ripped into it! I found lots of yummy looking treats inside, some I hadn't tried or even heard of! I KNEW I was going to be pleased with this box. Lauren did a fantastic job putting my package together! She sent some local items as well as some items from Trader Joe's (a favorite of mine despite not having one near by!). I haven't tried everything yet but am well on my way! 

Here's a summary of what was in the box: 

Trader Joe's Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies- 

To. Die. For. Seriously. These are, so far, my favorite from the box! I'm not a huge sweet eater but I really, really liked these cookies.

Trader Joe's Crunchy Curls (lentil and potato snack) - 

These are delicious! They're a healthier alternative to eating your typical potato chip. They're tasty on their own as well as dipped in something.  

Butler's Texas Gold -

Gourmet BBQ sauce. I made some chicken last week for dinner and decided to use this sauce for it. I'll admit that when I opened it and smelled it, I was a little concerned about whether or not I'd like it. It had a very strong smell to it - almost like vinegar and made my eyes tingle a little. I thought for sure this stuff was going to have one heck of a burn. BUT, I heated it up anyway! As instructed, I heated the sauce on the stove and then brushed it on the chicken as it was grilling. The chicken? Was amazing!!! The sauce didn't taste strong or like vinegar at all. It complimented the chicken really well and I think it helped make it a little jucier. Grilling it seemed to catch the flavor of the sauce. Sometimes when I make BBQ chicken or other things, I like extra sauce on the side. There was no need for it with this! The flavor was wonderful. My boyfriend loved it too! 

Trader Joe's Omega Trek Mix - 

Another great snack! This is a mix of nuts and cranberries and is very tasty. I think it would be perfect with some yogurt or even mixed with plain oatmeal, to give it a little something extra. 

Now for the two items I have not tried (yet!)....

Trader Joe's Hot & Sweet Mustard- 

Looks yummy in the package. I'm not sure what I will do with it yet but I'll come up with something. I imagine it will be good on a standard hot dog or burger or something, but I want to use it to make something a bit more creative. I still need to Google some recipes using mustard.

Trader Joe's 10 Minute Farro - 

I haven't tried this yet simply because I haven't taken the time. Lauren included a recipe that I need to try soon! I forgot to pick up the things I didn't have on hand when I was at the store the other day, but will be sure to add them to my list for my next shopping trip this weekend. I will try to remember to post about the recipe after I make it! 

I'm very happy with my first FPP box! It was very exciting to receive it and to try some new things. Everything that she put in the box was something new to me, which made it even more fun! I'm honestly not sure if it was more fun to puchase and send items or to receive them! I have already signed up to do it again next month! If you'd like more information, please visit the sign-up page at 

I've obviously enjoyed this experience of I wouldn't have signed up again. I'd definitely encourage you to look into it if you like to try new things. You only spend about $20 total, depending on shipping. $15 is spent on various food products that you'd like to send to someone. In return you receive your own box of the same value. It's nice to try new things - and it cuts down on grocery shopping a little bit! 

Here is a photo of my box right after I tore into it: 



  1. Yay, I'm so glad you liked the box!! It was a lot of fun picking things for you!!

    ~Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet

    1. I loved it!! I can't wait to try the things I haven't tried yet!

      Any ideas on a recipe to include that mustard in? I thought you might have a good idea (I have been checking out your blog)!

      For recipe ideas, visit Lauren's blog, From Everyday to Gourmet. You can bet I'll be following her!! :)