Foodie Exchange

A summer of firsts indeed.  A few months ago, I jumped on the foodie blog bandwagon, then started participating in Jenn’s WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday #1 and #2), and now have gotten myself into Foodie Pen Pals, started by Lindsay at “The Lean Green Bean“. Here is my fabulous first package from Sharon 🙂

THE GOODS
Whole Wheat Pasta – I don’t eat pasta often, but when I do, I go wheat.  Excellent texture, perfect in my macaroni & cheese or plain with pesto and veggies
Pearl Couscous – Ok, maybe ignore the statement above because this might just be the only other pasta I will never tire of.  I’ve had it as a salad and a side dish (couscous, pesto, tomatoes w/ salmon).  Extra flavor if you cook it with vegetable/chicken broth instead of water. Any other cooking/pairing ideas?
Marley Coffee – I had actually been looking for a new twist for the morning.  Drinking a cup of java in the morning is a new phenomenon or habit for me and when I wasn’t dropping serious cash at Starbucks, CBTL, etc, I was relying on my mom’s Peet’s brand.  Good, but I was ready for a change. This Marley coffee was perfect!

Jam – not just ANY jam, but homemade grape jam. Mmmm, perfect when mixed into my Greek yogurt, with celery and peanut butter, or on a crumbly scone
Agave Syrup – I like to use this on my oatmeal, toast, even as a substitute for some baking recipes
Ginger Candies – Unique in their own way.  Thanks for introducing me to them!
Mini Pops Popcorn – made with sorghum gum

I have been hard at work making use of every single item 🙂 Well, not every single item because I certainly want to save them for when I return back to school in a couple of weeks.  My mom is already envisioning that the house will be empty of food because I will have borrowed (or maybe claimed?) most of it. There are a number of products that I KNOW have never been used and am doubtful will ever be used.  So why not take them somewhere that will? 😉

So until next month’s foodie penpals, you may be graced with my rambling presence. 🙂

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
– Anatole France

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