**In response to questions about tempeh on the last post, I want you all to know that I loved it! It had a grainy, chewy texture to it that made it different (in a good way) from tofu. I am looking forward to experimenting with it in other ways now that I know I like it. Sorry I forgot to mention that part in my last post 😉 **
The weekend is here – wahoo! Actually, I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing because I do have a lot of homework to do. I’m so jealous of all of you semester-ers – as Kailey can probably attest, the quarter system and the fact that we go way longer than all of you makes me super jealous when the weather FINALLY gets nice!
I’ve got some blog house cleaning to do today – a lot of link love and a lot of thank yous! First of all, I’ve received several exciting packages in the past few days.
The top one was the one I was most excited about 😉 Yeah, I’m biased. These were the White Chocolate Chip (Macadamia) Lime Cookies that I won during Meghann’s Blogging Bake Sale II from Heather! She sent me two batches – one with macadamia nuts and one without – along with a very nice card.
Of course, that meant I immediately had to try one.
I loved the way the lime was hinted subtly throughout, and I ended up eating 1/2 right out of the bag and the other 1/2 heated up in the microwave for 15 seconds. Both methods were delicious! I told Heather that I knew I made the right call when I decided to become a “repeat buyer” 😉
In addition to the goodies from Heather, I also received some samples from Rena at Arnold Bread:
Arnold is currently having another contest: Arnold Best in Class Sandwich Challenge. It’s a great contest for kids that runs until May 4. Here’s some more information:
“Until May 4th, kids living in the designated contest area (noted in the rules below) can enter the Arnold Best in Class Sandwich Challenge, a contest to make a creative and well-balanced sandwich recipe using Arnold 100% Natural Soft Breads. Four winners from separate age groups will receive a $5,000 donation to their school and a $1,500 savings bond. Recipes should be submitted at www.ArnoldSandwichChallenge.com.
In addition to entering the contest, kids and parents can play together on the Arnold “Best in Class” Web site, a fun and interactive resource for visitors to learn how to make well-balanced lunch choices in record time. In a game, visitors are prompted to select a character of their choice, and then invited to pack a lunch using the food offerings available in the pantry and refrigerator. Points are earned for selecting wholesome options and preparing the meal before the bus arrives. Widget functionality allows the game to be easily shared and embedded on social networks. The Web site also offers a quiz to determine your sandwich personality based on a series of fun lifestyle questions.
I’m really excited to try the bread samples. Thanks, Rena!
Last but not least, I received a gigantic package from Foodbuzz. And inside…
Some v. fancy looking ravioli from Buitoni! I’m looking forward to trying this, too. Thanks, Foodbuzz!
Whew! It seems as though when exciting things happen, they happen in insane amounts. There are also several great things happening around the blogosphere:
- Jasmine of Sweet and Fit is hosting a giveaway to benefit her Lupus Walk!
- Erin of I Walk In This World will be hosting an auction/bake sale this Tuesday!
- Megan of Megan’s Munchies is giving away a Betty Crocker gift basket!
- Check out Honey Nut Lo’s giveaway if you’re a Twilight fan – and if you’re not, enter anyway and send the Twilight-themed winnings to me 😉
I can only imagine there is much, much more out there!
So as to not be completely devoid of a meal in this post, I wanted to show you what I had for lunch today! During my foodie adventure with Mara, I bought a garnet yam and was told that it was even more amazing than my beloved sweet potato. I put it to the test today with some cottage cheese + salsa.
It was awesome!! There was definitely a lot of similarity between the two, but for some reason this yam became softer and even easier to eat than my sweet potatoes usually do. I’m officially a fan!
Speaking of my adventure with Mara, it was featured today: This Week in Blogs, Volume IV.
I look forward to those posts every week! I can’t wait for the new blog, Nate! Oh yeah, and happy belated birthday! I smiled at the fact that you found me intimidating because of my P90X workouts 😉 Guess what! The 90 days are UP! I will have a full review of the program, my challenges, and my successes soon!
Have a fabulous weekend,