Foodie Pen Pal – June 2013

 

 

 

 

One thing that I was looking forward to once I had time again was getting back into doing the Foodie Pen Pal thing every once and a while. It slipped my mind completely, of course, (like the whole blogging thing has slipped my mind) until the end of May when I said: “Hey, what fun it would be to do the Foodie Pen Pal thing again!”

My sender this month was none other than Jason at MaurPowerFoodie!

Jason was super-prompt and my box arrived just two days after the “send deadline”:

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As you can imagine I was enthralled by the goodies that lay inside…

 

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I opened the bag of Granola Chips – Sea Salt and Caramel flavor pretty much immediately. They are very reminicent of those caramel rice cakes. Yum!

 

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These two were a treasure. I love sesame+sweet. I think it’s from eating Halva as a kid (or duh because it’s delicious)

 

 

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Chocolate covered pretzels. Need I say more?

 

 

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Red licorice! Must say I haven’t had this in ages. Like that it’s much more natural than twizzlers from a look at the ingredient list!

 

 

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I must say this stuff something I’ll get to in a moment were the yesss items from my box. I loooove the taste of this! I’ve used it in a salad dressing so far but can’t wait to try it in other things.

 

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Apple granola. (Self explanatory)

 

 

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Last but certainly not least: Dark chocolate with espresso beans! IT IS LOVE

 

 

 

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Jason was also kind enough to share a lovely recipe with me.

Alright folks, keeping it short and sweet because I’m about to head out of town to the lake!

If you’re interested in participating in this Foodie Pen Pal thing, the info will follow this paragraph. You don’t have to have a blog, just a desire to try something new!

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And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for July, please CLICK HERE (www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/) to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

You must submit your information by July 4th as pairings will be emailed on July 5th!

*If you’re from Europe, please CLICK HERE (www.thisisrocksalt.com/foodie-penpals/) to signup.

Like Knives

OK this isn’t about a City & Colour song but actually about knives. I’m in the market! Right now, I’ve been using my sister’s knives:

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Good knives. Henckel. But now that I’m buying my own knives, I feel compelled to purchase some really good knives. So I’ve done some research, and it appears that Global and MAC come out on top. So I’m here asking for advice. Which of these options would you purchase? (And what kind of knives do you use?)

(1) MAC Original Series 4 Knife set (Carving, Utility, Fillet, & Paring)

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(2) A slightly cheaper Global set (Chefs & Paring)
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(3) Purchase really nice individual knives (retails at $20 cheaper than the above Global set and $60 cheaper than the above MAC set)
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PLEASE ADVISE ME!! :-) 

Star Trek

Is it just me or is life going by like this ^^ lately?

A non-stop schedule mixed with the whole getting older factor makes me feel like time is just zooming by. How did I get to be 24? How long have I been interning? What happened to May, didn’t that just begin?

During the week, it almost feels as if I’m standing still and everything is moving around me so fast that I can barely keep track. But then I get to the weekend and it’s just a beautiful paradise of relaxation and socialization.

I find myself escaping into books lately, which has been just marvelous. At the moment I’m reading this little number:

Just a great all-absorbing-lose-yourself read. With vampires.Why are vampires so alluring???

How’s time going for you?

Are you as allured by put-your-brain-on-the-night-stand books as I am?

Since you’ve (I’ve) been gone

I’m stronger, right?

So… where to begin… Hi! I’m Megan. I know it’s been a while, but I promise, we do know each other. I’m that blogger who used to post 1-2 times/week and who you may or may not have enjoyed hearing from and then .:poof:. disappeared for… 3 months. But today I am back. And I’ve brought along some food updates:

Ribollita – 101 Cookbooks

Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots and Tofu

Crunchy Lentil Salad (with added veggies and olive oil and stevia instead of honey and no dried fruit)

Southwestern Corn & Black Bean Salad (with sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts0

Roasted Cauliflower and Cabbage with Curry powder (made this almost every week as a side)

Garbanzo Bean & Raw Veggie Salad with Homemade Parsley Pesto

Roasted Vegetables & Tempeh with Asian Sauce and Barley

I ate well.

As you will remember, I have been cooking all of my food on the weekend for the week. It’s worked out superbly.

My Spring semester has ended (yay!) but my internship carries on. But at least now I have two weekdays that I have nothing going on. As a side note, I just payed my Summer tuition to the school for my internship. Isn’t that lovely- paying to be used as free labor? But I suppose I’ll be getting credits and a degree at some point.

As another side note- I recently celebrated my birthday (24)! I had a little get together, and I think this accurately represents how it went:

On that note.

As a side note: I accidentally saved this post as a draft about two weeks ago thinking I was publishing it. Oh me.

Healthy on the go(-go)

So, as you will have noticed from my frequent discussion of how free-time-as-I-know-it ends in January, free-time-as-I-know-it-ends-next-week. Check the schedule:

M- Work 8am – 5pm ; Internship 5pm – 9pm
Tu- ”     “
W- Work 8am – 5pm ; Class 7pm-940ishpm
Th- ”     “
F- Work 8am – 5pm ; Internship 5pm – 930pm

This means several things:
– Little to no cooking time during the week
– Extremely limited free time
– perpetual go-go-ness

But fear not! I have formed a plan to lead a happy, healthy life even while enduring such a schedule. It takes some preparation, but it’s totally worth it. Here is how I am making time for health and happiness  in a day-by-day schedule:

Saturday:


1. Plan 3 complete meals (~4 servings each). This is my rough plan: 1 stew-type-meal, 1 fish-inclusive-meal, 1 soy-based-meal+lots-o-veggies
2. Make a grocery list and do the shopping. (Only time for one trip a week!)
3. Use the rest of the day for fun or schoolwork (depending on what’s in the cards).

Sunday:
1. Prepare the 3 meals
2. Prepare breakfasts for 3 days **
3. Prepare gym bag for tomorrow morning**
** To save on time, I’ve started going to a YMCA within walking distance from my work and showering at the gym. This allows me to wake up about 20 minutes later and get to work early most days (cutting out the stress of running late). To do this, it is necessary to bring breakfast with me, which presents the dilemma: HOW WILL I SURVIVE WITHOUT MY BOWL OF HOT-DELICIOUS-OATMEAL?!?
solution: Overnight Oats in a Jar (cooked-style)
I took this one from Katie. Basically, I prepare my oats (1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup oat bran per serving) with 1.5 cups liquid per serving (.5 cup of that being milk)on the stove like normal. If I’m adding flax or chia, I add it while cooking. After simmering for about 5 minutes, I take the pot off the burner and cover.

1 serving of oats (but I usually make 2-3 at a time)

Meanwhile, I prepare my jars (emptied from old nut butters) by putting whatever mix-ins I like on the bottom.

The Mixin's

Then, I simply pour the oats into the jar and let the oats cool for a while uncovered. When cooled somewhat, I twist on the lid and keep them in the fridge until I take them to work.

with pumpkin, flaxseed meal, and almond butter

To eat: Heat for 40 seconds in microwave. Mix it all up. Heat for an additional 1 minute. Enjoy!

Monday-Friday:
1. Wake up at 5:10am. Make 3 cups coffee. Pack gym bag with oatmeal. Eat protein ball and coffee at home or on the way to the gym.
2. Attend 6am class at the YMCA-near-work. Shower, dress, primp, walk to work.
3. Arrive at work, heat oatmeal, settle in for the day.
4. Go home for lunch! (this is key to my happiness) Enjoy a delicious meal that I’ve already prepped. Pack dinner if interning that evening. Do an enjoyable, just-for-fun activity for the rest of the hour. (vital to happiness once again!)
5. Return to work feeling refreshed. Do-it-to-it at the internship or come home for dinner and then do-it-to-it in class. (Make two more oatmeal breakfasts in the break between work and class on Wednesdays)
6. Head home, pack new clothes for tomorrow. Sleep by 10 PM (I hope).

To make things simpler, I’m pretty much sticking to the same workout schedule every week:
Su – rest
M – Cycle (45 min)
Tu – Strength Circuit 60 min Class (circuits of high-intensity cardio and weight training)
W – Cycle (45 min)
Th – Hatha Yoga (60 min)
F – Boot Camp (45/60min depending on instructor)
Sa – My Circuit Strength Training

I’m confident that I will concur this semester without too much pain. Wish me luck.

What’s your schedule like?

How do you stay healthy (and sane) on the go(-go)?

A Belated Blogger Pen Pal Post

Hey you, long time no talk. Probably because I’ve been slowly but surely falling off of the blog-face due to holidays + enjoying-life-before-I-have-no-free-time-next-semester. As a result, I’ve not posted the awesome goodies I got from my blog pen pal, Lauren over at the spiced plate. So, without further ado, I bring you…

December Foodie Pen Pal Goodies:

Mom always told me to read the card first, especially when it's this beautiful ;-)

 Simple ingredients, lightly sweetened, and delicious.

Om nom nom nom –> A yellow musard with oompf. So far I’ve enjoyed this in a leftover-christmas-turkey sandwich.

look deep into my jar

I can’t wait to cook these up in the crock pot!

Once again, if you’re interested in participating for next month (January), please send an email to Lindsay at theleangreenbean@gmail.com by January 4th and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)

Alright, I’ve got to go make my protein balls for the week!

5 Things for Tired People

I am tired. Life is good… busy but good. Unfortunately I feel like I’m getting to the point where I almost shut down during the weekend and only one, say, one thing planned because I want to just have boatloads of free time. It’s sad to think that starting next semester I’ll be even more crazy-busy. But I’m going to choose to blissfully ignore that fact in this moment and create a list of 5 things that require no internet research on my part.

FIVE THINGS (THURSDAY) FOR TIRED PEOPLE

1. Coffee

2. Food

My ability to resist eating continuously until I go to bed is significantly diminished by tiredness

3. Zoning out in front of the TV

4. Chocolate (see #2)

5. Sleep

So I’m pretty tired. Though I have off tomorrow for Veteran’s day! (HORRAY!!!!!)

Tell me something related or unrelated to this post. And GO!