#FoodiePenPals and Cleanse

Foodie Pen Pal reveal!!! A big thank you to Charleen for my box of snacks…


*not pictured: Teddy’s All Natural Peanut Butter

I took the almonds with me to Vegas and sampled the rest of my goodies Tuesday night. Pretty in love with the Snap Crips. I’ve had wasabi peas before from some Japanese company; these weren’t quite up to par, but they were still quite tasty.

Gave the peanut butter to the boy because it’s a trigger food of mine. I can put down a whole jar in no time flat. There’s a reason I never used my PB Crave in any recipes…


What did I send my penpal? Fresh avocado, raspberry crack almonds, a bag of TVP, spicy vegan marinade “jam,” a mini Italian amaretto bundt cake, and my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe 3 ways! (regular, vegan and paleo)

Now, don’t you wanna join in the fun?! Here are the Foodie Penpals details:

-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 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. 

If you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.


Tuesday was the boy’s roomate’s birthday so we made a nice dinner before going out to a cool, swanky whiskey bar downtown:


whole wheat pierogies with red baby potatoes, fresh spring onions, colby cheese and plenty of garlic

I adapted Robert Irvine’s recipe by using spring onions instead of red, whole wheat flour, and cream cheese instead of sour cream.

I didn’t love these… the boy thinks maybe I made them thicker than last time, but I think the dough itself needed the sour cream, and more than a tablespoon. Most traditional recipes call for at least 1/4 of a cup. Oh well… they were tasty in any event.


the boy’s beer can chicken with garlic, rosemary, rotisserie chicken seasoning, S&P

The large carcass cooked on a can was delicious. I used to make beer can chicken all the time in college because it’s so easy and cost effective; and always tasty.

You can find different can holders at Big Lots and Christmas Tree Shop, fill half a can of liquid with seasonings, shove bird over the opening and cook at 375 until the meat is done!

Not too shabby

Please forgive the sporadic-ness of the post; I can hardly think straight today…

Yesterday I started a cleanse that will last for 21 days.

If it sounds like a repeat of “Perfect 3 Weeks,” it kind of is.

Only more hardcore.

Week one is 3 shakes a day with as many vegetables as I want, plus supplements.

Week two is the shakes and veggies, plus eggs.

Week three is the shakes, veggies, eggs, plus chicken and wild salmon.

Sounds like fun, huh?

No one said getting sexy was going to be fun all the time…

On the bright side, I now get to have berries in my morning smoothies because I’m a nut job.

No, but really…

Day one:


SP Complete, frozen kale, nectarine, stevia and cinnamon

Post-run; still training for my half on June 24th, but the rest of the week will be hard with the sharp decrease in protein and carbs, so I put in a 5k yesterday morning for good measure.

Day two:


SP Complete, frozen mixed berries, kale, stevia and cinnamon

This one actually tasted pretty decent. The SP complete is just really chalky, AKA not delicious. My egg white proteins are waiting patiently in the cabinet until I’m allowed to have them again…

Feeling really tired today, and woke up kind of depressed, but the berries and a nectarine I had with my green bean breakfast (yum, I know) seemed to have helped.

I have an audition tonight for a local theatre company; hopefully I can wake up!


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