Today is Foodie Pen Pal reveal day! This month has been a whirlwind, and I didn’t even realize it was about time to be receiving my FPP box of goodies until I was sitting at the dining room table one night and noticed a large box by the front door. “Honey, what’s that box?” I asked Eric. “I don’t know, I think it came yesterday. Probably just something else you ordered from amazon…” he said. I was so excited that he was wrong! My FPP this month was Tracy from Vermont.
Tracy sent an amazing package. Here’s a peek!
Inside, she had (very carefully) packed some really awesome goodies and a sweet card. She included granola made locally, which has nuts, oats, coconut, raisins, and a hint of maple–it’s delicious! My new favorite snack is a handful of granola, a sliced apple, topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. She included maple syrup in the package, which is one of my favorite foods. She included a roasted sweet potato dip, which looks awesome. She also included two local jams–maple blueberry and pear chipotle. I’ve only tried the maple blueberry, and I’ve never had anything so good. I’m sure the pear chipotle is going to be just as good! The box ended with two protein bars and a little box of sea salt caramels. The bars were tasty–not too sweet, only 100 calories, and pretty good. The caramels were SOOOOOOOOOO amazing. Eric and I actually rock-paper-scissored over the last one. I won. Best 2 of 3, haha!
The caramels were so good that they caused us to look at our “usual” caramels recipe and tweak it to include sea salt. That recipe is coming soon–look for a Food Lion-sponsored baking post in two weeks where I’m going to share my favorite family recipes for holiday baking/treats.
I’ll be honest. I’ve been so busy with family, work, and travel that I haven’t had a chance to do anything interesting or fancy with the goodies from this box–I’ve eaten half the granola, the bars, the caramels, and a good bit of the syrup, plus I’ve tasted the blueberry jam. I’m really looking forward to baking up some delicious things with the pear-chipotle jam–I’m trying to come up with a recipe that I can fill a cupcake or muffin with it. I also think the sweet potato dip will go into taco salad next week. I can’t wait to try them!
Hope you all enjoyed my FPP reveal. This was my third month participating, and it was a blast again!