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Foodie Penpals Encore {A Guest Post}

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Yesterday, I posted on what I received from Terri in Georgia, the Foodie Penpal who was assigned to me. I enjoyed some great breakfast goodies! Today, you will hear from the gal I was assigned to shop for and ship to! Jillian doesn’t have a blog. And you don’t have to have one to participate in Foodie Penpals! However, I invited her to do a post, if she so desired. {Again, not a requirement, so don’t let that hold you back from becoming a Foodie Penpal yourself.}

Thank you, Jillian for writing this guest post!

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Hi “Season It Already” readers!

Carrie has already filled you all in on the basics of Foodie Penpals –  this January was my first time participating.    I live in New England, I am a wife and a mom of 2 young boys, and I love all things related to health, fitness, cooking, and eating!

This past December I finally took the plunge and joined Twitter, mainly as an outlet for posting about the Tone It Up lifestyle (see below), and that is how I learned about The Lean Green Bean and Foodie Penpals.   Put together a small box of yummy goodies, send them to someone else, and get one in return?   Sign me up!

 Here is a photo of the items Carrie sent in my package (sorry for my horrible photography….):

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She included Pampered Chef Rosemary Herb and Seasoning Mix, Wildtree European Dipping Oil, San Franola Granola, and a few dark chocolates and Werther’s Originals candies.   Most importantly, she included a little note explaining to me how she likes to use each item, and why she chose to include it in the package.

To be honest, it took me quite some time to get around to taking photos of all the items, and I didn’t dare use anything until after the official photo shoot!  Last night after I took the picture, I immediately tore into the dark chocolates. Loved every single one, especially the Sea Salt and Caramel.

This morning I was anxious to try the San Franola Granola. After trying a few delicious little granola nuggets right out of the package, I added the rest to a bowl of greek yogurt, and it was heaven.  The granola looks chocolatey, but it is actually a slightly crunchy version of a homemade oatmeal raisin cookie.

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For lunch I had planned on making a tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad drizzled with the Wildtree dipping oil, but after starting to make the salad I realized that the mozzarella I had in the fridge was no longer good.   It became a romaine and tomato salad with walnuts and blue cheese, to which I added a small drizzle of the dipping oil.   A little bit definitely goes a long way, and it was delicious.   I can’t wait to try it on chicken, for dunking crusty bread from the bakery, and to eventually get some fresh mozzarella to try it on a Caprese salad.

The only item I have yet to try is the Pampered Chef Seasoning Mix, but I can guarantee that will not last long in our house.   We roast vegetables numerous times per week in our house, and the container also recommends using it as a rub for poultry.   Roasted chicken and veggies will definitely be in the menu one night this week.  Carrie also suggested tossing it with some popcorn along with a little parmesan cheese- sounds perfect, huh?

Before putting this foodie care package together, Carrie asked if I had any allergies, food restrictions, etc.   I am not allergic to a single thing, however I explained that I have been focusing on eating less processed foods and following the Tone It Up nutrition plan (oh, and I also mentioned that I don’t like mushrooms or olives, although I wasn’t expecting anyone to send those along!).   If you have never heard of Tone It Up or Katrina and Karena, please visit their blog, ToneItUp.com.  They offer an entire range of work out videos, recipes, nutrition information, and most importantly, a community of incredibly supportive and positive women who believe in challenging yourself while being kind to your body and fueling it with natural foods.  It has truly changed my life!

Thank you Carrie for allowing me to try my hand at blogging for a day – I have such respect for those of you who do this on a regular basis.   I really enjoyed participating in Foodie Penpals and I’m excited to keep cooking. J

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I’m so glad you loved your goodies, Jillian!

Cheers~
Carrie

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