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Friday, May 31, 2013

Foodie Pen Pals

Foodie Pen Pals

I received a awesome package from STEPHANIE S.  It was filled with lots of goodies.  Her letter to me was nice telling me why she choose what she sent to me.  I had told her I love sweets and snacks and regional foods..  Her package to me included 8 iems that was regional to California.  The other item was a sweet and spicy popcorn.  That item was my favorite as it had a great flavor to it.  She sent  two different peanut brittles and they were both yummy.  She sent several different spices that I didn't have and can't wait to try them.  Mmm or should I say Mr. C. will use them.  He enjoys creating masterpieces in the kitchen.  Stephanie went with the mexican theme which she had no ideal how often we eat mexican food.  She sent a package of tortillas and we made chicken fajitas using them. 
This was my first month in particapting in foodie pen pals and I must say Stephanie hit a home run!  I can't wait to do this again for June!  Trying foods I would never have had a chance of trying before is fun.

I sent to Denine her blog is over at TheBicycle-Chef.  If you haven't been to her blogs you should go take a peak!  She is a brillant writer and has several interesting blogs.  She is inspiring and creative.  Denine seems to me the kind of girl you'd want as your best friend. We are worlds apart for instance  I drive everywhere as we are in a rural part of Oklahoma.  This lady rides her bike!  I haven't been on a bike in YEARS!  We have shared several emails and I hope to continue to exchange greetings. 

This was a fun experience!  You should give it a whirl ladies!!!  Taking part of this foodie pen pal project was truly a awesome expereience!

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-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 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 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! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Looking forward to the weekend!

                      Can't wait for the weekend!

Tonight am going to Aaron's girlfriend's graduation at Central High.  That should be fun or at least interesting.  I normally don't like doing these type of things but felt like this is important to both Aaron and her. 

Saturday I want to visit with some of the older family members on my mom's side.  Wouldn't she be proud of me for going and making a appearance?  When she was alive she almost had to hog tie me and make me do family functions.  Now I am doing it all on my own.  Have a cousin coming in from Kentucky I want to visit with for a moment.  I never realized how important keeping family ties was until both of my parents passed away.  If it wasn't for my Aunt Kathy I wouldn't know any thing about family get togethers. So thankful that she keeps me updated.

Sunday I am going to Oklahoma City and spending time with my brother Stacy and his daughter Kaylee! Am super excited about spending time with them. 

I also want to rearrange living room and clean it from top to bottom.  Not sure I will have time or the energy for housework.  So like my son Aaron says "If it happens it happens!"  He says that is his new quote for his Senior Year.  Sounds pretty good to me!!!

Have a safe and happy weekend!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Birthday Week!!

          Happy Birthday Week To Me!!

My goodness I have my 46th birthday coming up May 9th!! So am celebrating all week long! 

Yesterday Leona and I went to Oklahoma City and ate at the Olive Garden and did some shopping.  First place we HAD to go was the health food market.  Wanted to pick up some goodies for my partner Denine.  Plus I picked up more items for me including sea salt popcorn and a chilies & cherries in dark chocolate candy bar.  It looks yummy!  I tried coconut water and it wasn't something I even liked.  The chunks of coconut mixed into the water just isn't my think.  It got poured down the sink after about three sips. 

Am thinking Tuesday my three sons will take me to eat supper to celebrate my birthday.  Thursday Mr. C. comes home and we will have dinner and a few cocktails.  So I am looking at a fun filled week. 

Both of my parents passed on in their early 60's.  Which means I need to treasure each year I grown older.  I look at it as a blessing to be here with my wonderful family and friends. Am loving my life!!!