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The Reveal Part One- Pen Pal Goodies

The Reveal Part One- Pen Pal Goodies


Well, this post is a day late. We had a first yesterday morning when I had intended to get this done. Instead of getting a few extra minutes of sleep to recover from my race Sunday, the boys were up at 6:30. Since it’s they’re new thing to escape and all, they got out of their beds and crawled into bed with me. Lovely.

Today at 5:30 my morning looked like this.



Now they’ve found the electric guitars (and a few boogers that they’ve so generously held up for me).


Let’s see if I can get this done.


This month I participated in a little something fun called Foodie Pen Pals.

foodiepal stamp2 Foodie Penpals

The reveal day was yesterday. Oops.

I got paired up with Amorette and man do I feel bad for her because I am not a very good foodie pal. I sent my box late, forgot a handwritten note, sent her something that she couldn’t even eat because it wasn’t vegan, etc. Way to go Kristin.

Amorette- I’m sorry. I hope our friend Lindsay pairs you up with someone really great for next month to make up for it.

Since she doesn’t have a blog herself, here’s Amorette’s guest reveal. She is way too nice in this reveal. I almost feel like I need to send her a little something else. Ha ha. Here she is.

Hello! My name is Amorette and I’m a foodie blog reader like many of you. Thank you to STUFT mama for giving me the opportunity to write a guest post for this blog.

I was introduced to STUFT mama through Foodie Pen Pal and would love to share with you all today the generosity of STUFT mama’s April package to me!

Last Friday morning, I woke up to this delightful package on my porch!


It was better than Christmas! (Usually you don’t get tasty edibles for Christmas.)

I immediately ripped into it. Thanks, STUFT mama!




Master Happosai from Ranma ½


Wow, what a jackpot!


What was in the box:

Love Grown Foods Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola

Larabar: Cherry Pie

Larabar: Peanut Butter Cookie

Justin’s Nut Butter: Chocolate Hazelnut

Dried Bing Cherries

Marie Sharp’s Habanero Pepper Sauce

Trader Joes: Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snack

Trader Joes: Wasabi Peas

It was like striking gold! (but tastier)

STUFT mama somehow found out the foods I love but never buy – the ones that I’d just eat all in one sitting. She’s psychic!

I’m the type of person who can’t stay away from granola once it’s available to me (one of the reasons why I can’t buy it), so Love Grown Foods definitely got opened first.


Chewy enough to be satisfying to the mouth with a touch of sweetness from the cherry.

Mmm…. I had to hide it in the pantry to stop myself from eating the whole bag.

The day was still early. Next thing to try was the Larabars!

I don’t buy these often because they end up in my stomach immediately – this time was no exception.


A balanced level of sweetness and chewy with peanuts still visible in the bar – impressive. I was reminded again of why I never made any food bars with dates. Date bars of any sort are so good that I can’t make or buy them fast enough.

It was finally breakfast where my green smoothie in a bowl was waiting for me. I decided to try out some of the chocolate hazelnut butter and a few cherries.


Nut butter in my bowl! Provided that hint of sweet that my greens needed.



Too precious to waste!

Chocolate nut butter needs to be hidden from a person like me – ha ha.

And two cherries went into the bowl as well.

The tart sweetness was delightful. I was so excited about the cherries because our Whole Foods infuses its cherries with apple juice or sugar – I just want the cherries.

Later in the afternoon, I took these two babies for a spin.


Whoo, that wasabi really has a kick. I ate all the roasted seaweed (seaweed is one of my favorites) and packed away the peas for later.

As for the last item:


Into the fridge for later cooking escapades! My dad is already a fan – sour and spicy hot sauce.

Thank you again for your generosity and amazing choices, STUFT mama. I absolutely loved the package and pretty much wiped it out within the weekend.

Thanks Amorette. Like I said, you are way too kind.

Okay, so here’s my quick reveal. I was sent a nice package from Hannah.


She followed the rules and included a cute handwritten note.


The mustard has made it’s way on a few on my salads as a dressing (along with BBQ sauce and hot sauce).


That Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter topped my pizoatie the other day.


That stuff is dangerous.

I also used the packet of honey peanut butter on my green chia cookie monster dough dip  just yesterday.


I haven’t gotten my hands on the rest of all the goodies yet, but man alive do I plan on putting them to good use.

Hannah- you are awesome. Thank you so much for all my treats.


Since I failed miserably at being a good pen pal and getting my reveal post written on time, I’m opting out for this next month. I don’t want anyone to have to get paired up with me. ha. It’s a really fun thing though and you don’t have to be a blogger to participate. It’s open to anyone. You can find out all the information about Foodie PenPals here.

Speaking of failing miserably, I also didn’t get Tuesday Trainer video sent in yesterday.

Go me.

I have another reveal in the works, but it deserves a post all on it’s own. Look.


Oh yes. Fan-freaking-tastic. It’s made with Coach’s Oats Pancake mix which you can still enter to win by the way. Go here to leave a comment so you can get your hands on this stuff. I have 5 bags to giveaway!!!!!

Coach’s Oats Pancake Mix Giveaway

I’m going to try to share this recipe today before the giveaway is over, but I’m not promising anything.

Here’s why.



I can’t drink this STUFT salted caramel mocha fast enough right now.


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  1. 1

    Oh poor thing – life gets in the way of organization sometimes, I find myself there more often than I’d like to forget. I’m sure Amorette appreciated your thoughtfulness and best effort at vegan-friendly food. There are hidden ingredients in packaged items sometimes – don’t worry, I know she appreciated it! 🙂

    I can’t wait to hear about those cupcakes — mmmmm…..

    • 1.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh man, I know those hidden nonvegan things in packaged goods. I should’ve done some research. Oh well. Life is sure getting in the way these days. Hopefully it’s just a stage. Ugh.

  2. 2

    Your penpal knew you too well!! Nut butter and spicy stuff!!

  3. 3

    Talk about a huge foodie score!!!

  4. 4
    Coco says:

    I really LOVE the dark chocolate dreams PB.. I can’t keep that or nutella in my house because every time I’m hungry or not , I will take a way-bigger-than-a-tablespoon-spoonful and the jar is gone in 30 seconds.. yum!

  5. 5

    I ALWAYS fail at the handwritten note. Argh. But I do send an email telling my pal I failed and that they didn’t receive a random box of poison food.

  6. 6

    Stuft happens! Ha ha! At least your penpal got some awesome goods. I think it’s standard to put any form of nut butter in a Foodie Penpals box. This was my first month and I not only gave it to my penpal but I also received it! It’s always a win!

    I missed the boat of Tuesday Trainer this week, too. There’s always next week!

  7. 7

    HAPPY BIGGEST LOSER FINALE DAY! I can’t believe it’s only an hour this year. Stupid Voice is taking up valuable air time. They must be out-rating BL. Well, I like how this comment has nothing to do with your post, lol 😀

    • 7.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I was totally thinking about you today with the BL Finale and all. Yeah, what’s with the hour only? Do they think people have a life or something? Just kidding. Who do you want to win?

      • I like every one in the finale so it doesn’t matter much. I was sad Buddy and Mark left because I wanted to see them at the finale. Buddy was the funniest person on the show too. I actually tweeted Ali Sweeney asking about this one hour business. Still awaiting a reply… 😉

  8. 8
    Ashley Smith says:

    Hey!! you have so many awesome recipe creations — I think you should enter this! It would be awesome and you would totally win!


  9. 9

    I am the worst on schedules these days. I am really trying to get it together, but finding the time to do above and beyond the everyday is almost impossible!

  10. 10
    Amy Zirkle says:

    Don’t beat yourself up — I don’t know how you do everything you do anyway – you rock 🙂 and I have to tell you I made the banana chocolate chip pizoatie – and I LOVE IT…….I’m hoping to try your 3 minute banana muffin tomorrow am – thank you Kristin!!!!! be well – Amy

  11. 11
    Lisa says:

    Your package rocked. Except for the mustard, I’m allergic 😉 Sounds like you are extremely busy and the kiddos are keeping you on a crazy schedule! I hope they calm down a bit soon haha. I would like to eat all of your food in this post too. Yum

  12. 12
    katieDid says:

    A good quality stone ground mustard is highly underrated and one of my favorite condiments ever, yummm!! I add it to all my stir frys and dressings. What a great package!

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