There’s No Place Like Home

by Jenn (eating bender) on December 13, 2008

Winter break has officially arrived here at Eating Bender! I finished my last exam at 2:00 pm yesterday afternoon and headed straight for the airport with my mom. It was a bittersweet ending because on the one hand, I now have three straight weeks of free time and the holidays to look forward to. But on the other hand, the end of the quarter brings me one step closer to graduation, and although I’m looking forward to “what’s next,” I can’t help but feel a little sad that the end of college is getting closer every day.

Upon my arrival last night, I was told that I had a package with my name on it!


Isn’t it amazing how a package that simply says “Jenn” arrived safely? 😉 Haha, obviously I blacked out the address information for privacy reasons!

As some of you may know from this post, Melissa of Trying to Heal and I did a little blogger exchange! I’ve got to tell you, when I saw what she had been baking up in the kitchen recently, I was secretly wishing and hoping that I might get in on some of that action.


How cute is that card? You can imagine my reaction – think: jumping and screaming – when I opened the box and saw that my wish had come true!!


She sent me an entire plate of delicious, homemade cookies and goodies! I could not have asked for anything better! Clockwise from the front we have:

  • Lemon whipper snappers
  • Peanut butter strips
  • Gingerbread strips
  • M&M blondies
  • Peppermint bark
  • White Oreo bark
  • Dark Oreo bark
  • Strawberry whipper snappers
  • Dark chocolate covered Oreo
  • White chocolate covered Oreo

In other words…HEAVEN!!


On a plate!!


My family and I have been snacking on these treats ever since, and we all agree that everything tastes incredible. So from all of us:

Thank you, Melissa!

As a family that usually slacks on Christmas cookie baking, it is the perfect treat and it made coming home that much better :mrgreen: You rock!!

My first treat was a gingerbread strip – the first official gingerbread cookie I’ve had this holiday season. It was chewy and everything that gingerbread should be.


I also split a peanut butter strip with my Papa Bender


And had a bite of an M&M blondie before giving the rest to my little brother to enjoy (he loved it, by the way)!


Simply delicious. Yay!

This morning I woke up pretty early and started out my day with a mug of Coffee Cocoa. I’m trying NOT to feel as the mug says…


But of course, I won’t feel totally at ease until I get my grades next week :) Yes, I’m one of those people – perfectionist ’til the end.

After the mug of deliciousness, I wasn’t feeling all that hungry, but Melissa’s plate of heaven was calling my name again so I decided to try a strawberry whipper snapper.


YUMMY! I’ve never tried anything like it before! It tasted like strawberry cake, which I later found out is just what the recipe calls for. I will definitely have to make these sometime!

Eventually, I decided to round out breakfast with a bowl of Special K Red Berries and unsweetened almond milk.


Fun Fact: I love this cereal, but I always pick OUT the freeze-dried strawberries because I don’t like them. My mom always tells me to just buy normal Special K, but then you wouldn’t get the strawberry flavored sugar crystals (which I’m sure are super healthy for you), right?!

I also had a slice of rye bread with a Laughing Cow Swiss spread on top like buttah. Only it tasted like cheese.


And now here I am, typing to you :mrgreen: I’ve got plans to start The Host today as well as a trip to the gym wedged somewhere in there. There’s no place like home!

The giveaways are never-ending! Check out this post from Maggie over at Say Yes to Salad to enter to win Pumpkin Pecan Butter!

And don’t forget about my Vita-Mix Super 5200 Giveaway, which ends this MONDAY, DECEMBER 15 at 11:59 pm! I’m so looking forward to figuring out who the winner will be!

Happy Saturday, everyone! I’m off to catch up in blogland.

1 Moran December 13, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Wow that is so sweet of Melissa!
Enjoy your treats!

2 Lindsay December 13, 2008 at 12:12 pm

mmmmmmmmmm what a delish plate of treats :)

3 seecourteat December 13, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Yummy treats! I am jealous you are home! 5 more days for me!

4 sweetandnatural December 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

How nice of Melissa! Looks like a great plate of treats. I can’t WAIT to go visit my family for the holidays. My countdown is getting shorter and shorter. YAY.

5 Jenny December 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Congrats on finishing exams and being home!! Christmas break is the best, I can’t wait for mine to start!

Melissa’s treats DO look amazingg, glad you are enjoying them :)

I can’t wait for you to start the Host, it seriously is a great book, it solidified my love for all things Stephanie Meyer (as if there were any question)! Enjoy your day!

6 VeggieGirl December 13, 2008 at 1:06 pm


Welcome home, girl – enjoy :-)

7 glidingcalm December 13, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Aww wow! So happy you are spending time with your fam! And what an awesome bunch of delish treats you received from Melissa!!! I’m jealous!!!

Have a lovely break Jenn!

8 Sarah December 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm

wow that plate of goodies looks AMAZING!!!!!! i’m so glad you’re home safe and sound—doesn’t it feel great : )

enjoy your break!

9 Erin December 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Those look so good Jenn! Especially the blondie. I love how the m&m coloring stained the ooey gooey inside. YUM.
I’m really excited to see what you end up doing for work after graduation.

10 Erica December 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Oh my! Those treats from Melissa look out of this world! Home baked goodies are just the best, aren’t they? Glad you’re home! Enjoy your time and get lots of relaxing in!!

11 ksgoodeats December 13, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Enjoy your break girl! What a great package from Melissa!!

That Rye bread is looking seriously good :)

12 carolinebee December 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I totally feel ya on the bittersweetness! But good work on finishing, that is the BEST feeling of relaxation 😀 OMG those treats look amazing, makes me sad that I suck at baking… AND i agree with you about that Special K- the berries are nast but the flavor is oh so good!

13 Sharon December 13, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Wow, those are some great eats in one package! Lucky!

14 Melissa S. December 13, 2008 at 6:19 pm

whooo hooo!! glad you and your family loved the goodies! i’m loving your package too!!! 😀

15 Megan December 13, 2008 at 8:31 pm

Enjoy your time at home!!! I am jealous of all your treats from Melissa. They look so yummy!

16 HangryPants December 13, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Enjoy your break and every last second of college. Although, if I ha to guess, you’ll be back in school.

I love your blogger treat exchange!

17 Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Oooh, I’m jealous. I’ve been thinking about Melissa’s homemade peppermint bark ever since she posted all those pictures. I just need to make some for myself. Enjoy your holiday!

18 eatingbirdfood December 13, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Home sweet home… enjoy your break and your Christmas plate of goodies from Melissa!

19 Karla December 13, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Happy to hear you made it back home safely! Haha…that comment about finding out grades is so true–we may have been seperated at birth :)

20 Oh She Glows December 13, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Wow Melissa’s treats look so delicious! How sweet!
I saw what you surprised her with too….amazing! :)


21 Kersten December 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Love the snow on your page! And the cookies look great; what a sweet gift, pun intended.

22 Melissa December 13, 2008 at 10:33 pm

What a awesome plate of cookies!! Good that didn’t show up here, I’d probably eat every last one of them!!

23 Caroline December 13, 2008 at 11:40 pm

What a nice surprise! A big plate of beautiful Christmas cookies is a great way to be greeted:)

I hope you are enjoying your break as much as I am!

24 bobbi December 13, 2008 at 11:50 pm

ooo I am so jelouse I need to do a blogger goody swap!!! MAN ALL THOSE TREATS look so yummers!

25 runningwithfood December 14, 2008 at 8:17 am

Oooo – yummy treats! How fun to get such a great package!!

26 Catherine December 14, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Yess for the secret santa exchange!!! I can’t wait to put together my package…. 😉

27 Fit Bottomed Girls December 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Those cookies look sooo yummy!!! What a fun thing to get in the mail!

28 Kelly Turner December 14, 2008 at 6:44 pm

So pretty! what a nice plate of cookies.

is that another mug i see 😉

Kelly Turner

29 halie December 14, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Wow! What a sweetheart! Enjoy the treats! They sure looked good when she blogged about them!

Enjoy the time being home! (And in warmer weather, perhaps?)

Ooh, and I love rye bread! Can’t wait to see the results of the contest! Will I win…..? We shall see!

30 Aimee December 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm

I have been in awe over Melissa’s treats. I haven’t made any christmas cookies yet!!

31 Rose December 15, 2008 at 8:33 am

That Melissa is quite the baker! Those goods look delicious.

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