June Foodie Penpals

Once again, it is time for a Foodie Penpals reveal day. This month I received my box from a reader, Julie Mellin. I told her that I wanted to try some of her favorite foods, so I was really excited to see what was in the box. 

Before we get to the good stuff, check out this information about the Foodie Penpals program from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean:

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-On the 5th of the 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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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 can choose 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 Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

In my box:

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1. Caramel… I havn’t tried it but I’m on the lookout for a good recipe to use it in. Any suggestions?

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2.Food should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips- I love, love, love these chips.

 

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3.Granola from a local farmer’s market- I have been quickly making my way through this bag.

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4. Roasted Peanuts that Julie got on a recent trip- These are great!

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5. Milk chocolates filled with hazelnut cream and caramelized pecans- Can’t wait to dig into these.

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6. KIND Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bar- Love these!

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7. Madagascar Chocolate bar- I have yet to try it, but it sounds interesting!Image

 

Thank you so much Julie for another great month of Foodie Penpals.

If you want to check out who I sent my box to, go see Gina over at The Runivore!

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Greetings from Taiwan

Good morning from Taiwan. We arrived late last night after 24 hours of continuous travel. I think I might stay here forever just so that I don’t have to get back on a plane! Just kidding Mom!

We were picked up at the airport by some people we will be working with. Once at our hotel they gave us these adorable little pastries shaped like a fish. It reminded me of a creme-filled donut. So good. We were also treated to this mago-apple juice drink. It was incredibly sweet, but tasty.

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I am adjusting to the significant time change surprisingly well. I was wide awake at 6:30 AM Taiwan time. After finally getting to shower and clean up after all the traveling I met with a few members of our team downstairs for breakfast. Breakfast foods in Taiwan are not what would typically be considered breakfast in America. I loved how they incorporated so many veggies. Under all the carrots and bean sprouts were some eggs. I also had some steamed cabbage and kale, and toast with peanut butter. I stayed away from the tofu, but I will eventually try some during the trip. I have to build up for that!

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We are about to head out for some sightseeing, so I’ll catch ya’ll up with lots of pics and excitement from Taipei City!

Bestowed

Good morning friends! How is everyone’s week coming along so far? Mine is going pretty well.

I decided to take a rest day today, so today is all about relaxing!

Breakfast:

This morning I made a delicious smoothie first thing!

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In the blender:

Plain Chobani

-Frozen mixed berries

-spinach

-unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Blueberry Roots vegetable powder

All blended up to make a pretty smoothie…

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The perfect summer breakfast!

 

The Roots vegetable powder is one of the items from my Bestowed box. Bestowed is a subscription box service delivering healthy grab-n-go options. It is a month to month srvice for $19 which you can cancel at any time. Each box contains 5+ items and a list descibing each item with reasons why they are great picks and tips on how to use them. This month was my third Bestowed box with some great snacks!

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1. Zico coconut water- I havn’t tried this yet, but it will be great to have after a long run!

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2. Herban Essetials Oil Towlettes– I leave for Taiwan a week from today, and these will be going in my carry-on!

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3. GimMe Roasted Seaweed Snack– I plan to use these cheddar flavored crumble on top of a big salad!

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4.Artisana Superfood Acai berry Nut Butter– I think this will be a great snack to pack in my carry-on!

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5.Roots Superfood Powder in Blueberry- I used this in my smoothie this morning. It delivers a strong blueberry flavor with a lot of health benefits!

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6.Bakery On Main Truebar– Another snack for my trip.

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7. Coupon for one Dr. Praeger’s product- Can’t wait to find these and try the California Veggie Burgers!

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Seriously, check it out! I have so much fun opening my box every month. Now,it’s time to catch up on some DVR’d shows! Catch ya later!

Disclaimer: This post was in no way sponsered by Bestowed. I chose to review based on my own experience with the company. All opinions are my own!

 

Not What We had Hoped

Goodmorning! How is everyone’s Wednesday going thus far? Who knows what today is? It’s National Running Day! I havn’t gone on a run yet, but I plan to later in the day!


First, let me catch you up on yesterday. I had posted here about I was heading out for hopefully what would be a wonderful day. Unfortunatley, things went in the oppisite direction. I went with my Mimi and Papa to see her Oncologist. yesterday marked 5 years of the end of her chemo treatments. She had a previous CT scan earlier in the week, and what was to be her final. After 5 years being cancer free, a patient is officially declared a cancer survivor. This is what we had all been praying for. Our spirits fell when two spots appeared in the results. She has more tests in the coming month to determine the exact diagnosis. Please pray that this is just an infection or anything less serious.

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She is one of my best friends, and one of the strongest women I know!

After her appointment, we had a few errands to run. It was lunch time so we stopped at In-n- Out Burger. It eluded a picture, but i got the protein style burger, which is a burger without the bun but wrapped in lettuce. We also got a couple fries to share amongst the table.

After a couple more errands, I went home to finish up other tasks before making dinner a few hours later….

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Tilapia topped with the BBQ sauce from a recent Foodie penpal

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A baked sweet potato with a wedge of laughing cow swiss cheese, greenbeans, and a mini corn on the cob!

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The rest of the evening was a relaxing one at home 🙂

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Today’s workout:

Even though  was supposed to run for National Running Day, my trathlon training plan had me scheduled for a 45 minute bike ride. Biking is my weakest event when it comes to triathlon training. I’m not good at it, and I’ve never been comfortable on a bike, but I pushed myself to go the full 45 minutes anyways. It was a slow and easy ride since this was the first time I had been on a bike in a long time, and I covered about 4 miles.

Breakfast:

Breakfast was a classic favorite with a toasted sandwich thin with PB, and a sliced apple drizzled with thinned PB2!

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I am now about to head down to the pool for some sun, and to catch up on my magazines…See ya later gators!

 

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Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run 2013

Saturday, I made a last minute decision, and I’m so glad I did!

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I signed up for the 2013 Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run! My brother had signed a month prior, and had asked me to join him. However, I just wasn’t sure I wanted to, and was very unsure about my ability to complete many of the obstacles on the course. I went with him to pick up his race packet, and kept thinking about signing up. We got all the way back out to the car before I turned around and went back in to register! 

The next morning was an early one at 5:00. We had a 7:00 race start, and the state park was about an hour from our house. I made a quick breakfast to fule up for the challenging 6.2 miles ahead.

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Quinoa cereal with peanut butter and mixed berries was the game plan. Perfect pre-race fuel!

We got there with just ten minutes to spare, and raced down to the start line. There were wave starts, and not many 10k runners so it was easy to make our way into position. The first wave was military personnel, since the race was benefiting Operation Gratitude!

The first obstacle was a water pit, in which there was a net over your head, and you were crawling on your belly throuth the water!

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There were many other obstacles including a rock wall, tunnels, rope climbing, tires, hurdles, and carrying a sand bag. 

And the biggest, most important part of the race…. The mud pit. This was the very last obstacle right before the finish line, and it was AWESOME!

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This my brother and I after crossing the finish line! Needless, to say we headed straight for the hoses after picture were taken! It was such a fun experience with my brother, and we are already planning our next mud run! 

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The finisher’s medals were some really cool dog tags, and I will not be washing the mud off of it! I think it fits the theme really well 😉 Thanks Merrell for putting on a great race!

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Now onto today, shall we? Two days later I am still sore, and have quite a bit of bruises on my legs and arms from all the obstacles. I like to call them my battle scars 🙂

Workout:

This morning started off with an easy 3 mile run. Luckily, it is still cool enough at 7:00 in the morning, so you don’t sweat your face off!

Breakfast:

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Breakfast was a new one, using Blogilates recipe for protein pancakes. Just use one banana and 2 eggs to make the batter, and cook them in a skillet just like a normal pancake! They were surprisingly good. I topped mine with a crumbled piece of bacon and some sugar free syrup. Served along with some mixed berries on the side.

Now, I’m off for(hopefully) a very wonderful day! More news on that later! Hope everyone’s day is fantastic!