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Today: April Foodie Penpals.

While I sort of wish I came home to find 9,000 boxes of Claritin-D in my mail pile, the gluten-free goodies that Kati sent me last month had healing properties of their own.  She was so sweet to reach out immediately following the marathon bombings and sent me a package full of “comfort food.”

Her handwritten note and kind words really meant so much me.  When things were getting to be a bit too much, I reached for a spoon and stuck it directly into the jar of fleur de sel caramel sauce.  And all was right in the world for a few minutes.

Also in my April Foodie Penpals box:



Thank you, Kati!

Please check out Kati’s blog, spontaneity or second guesses.  I thought her recent “mosaic recipe” was especially clever.  Oh, and If you’re interested in being a Foodie Penpal in May, follow this link to Lindsay’s blog, The Lean Green Bean.  Signups are open until May 5th.

Also On Tap for Today:

What is your favorite comfort food? 


Today: February Foodie Penpals and other things that require stamps.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]The closer we get to the end of February, the closer we get to the beginning of March.  That’s fairly evident.  The very beginning of March, though, is when I turn 30, shoot (environmentally friendly) confetti cannons from my car’s tailpipe and do a handstand on our glass table.  I can’t wait.  But thanks to stupid Leap Day, I must wait.  In the meantime, the end of the month also marks another foodie penpal reveal.  This month, Lisa sent me a lovely package all the way from Oklahoma.

I love Luna bars, but have never tried the s’mores nor the chocolate raspberry flavors.  Isn’t it fun when someone else shops for you?  Into my gym bag they go!  Lisa recommended trying the Snapea Crisps over a salad; I can’t wait to give this a try.  Same goes for the tabouli mix, which includes bulgar and various dehydrated veggies and herbs.  According to her sweet note, this is a staple at Lisa’s family gatherings.  Looks great… unlike the silver horse head that looked lovely in the store, but when posed with Lisa’s treats, that thing just looks… scary.   Back on topic:  If you’re interested in joining in the Foodie Penpal fun, or you’d like to see what everyone else sent and received, head over to Lindsay’s blog, The Lean Green Bean. She will announce new matches on March 5th, so don’t delay.  Act now, as they say.

In addition to those tasty goodies, a giant box of sequins arrive the same day.  It’s a miracle FedEx hasn’t issued a restraining order against me.  I stalk my orders like a woman possessed.  Especially when those packages are wedding-related.  I clicked refresh until “out for delivery” became “delivered.”  I clicked for proof of delivery.  I wondered whose name that was (the intrigue of living in a big building).  I breathed a sigh of relief.  The dress had arrived. Well, not the dress (that one will remain a secret until I walk down the aisle, obvi), but close.

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After a bit of browsing and pinning, I happened upon this beauty.  Just the thing for a November wedding.  Not too bridesmaid-ish.  More Champagne than gold.  Not too short, but not that awkward in-between length either.  I rushed over to my (newly engaged!) sister’s apartment so that she could model it.  It was perfect.  I kind of want to order one for myself.  And a matching bow tie for Clark.  I am overtired.

The only thing better than receiving mail is receiving more mail sending mail.  Me and my tote full of chia are off to the post office.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • I found a new doctor (just in the nick of time!)
  • My heart breaks for those affected by the shooting in Chardon, Ohio
  • Heading home to see my parents

Have you been a bridesmaid or groomsman?  Best/worst attire?


Today: A good start.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]A new day, a new week, and almost a new month.  Despite losing our playoff soccer game by one measly goal, I feel like things are off to a good start.  This may be an overshare, but I’ve taken to keeping fresh flowers in the bathroom so I am greeted by something happy and living (in addition to Nick and Clark, obviously) first thing in the morning.  I think it helps start things off on a lovely note.

I managed to get today’s breakfast and lunch all packed up, the dishes done, and my bag ready to go last night.  I am truly amazed by the amount of time I usually manage to waste before heading out the door in the morning.  Perhaps this weekend’s conference inspired me to get my act together.

After a short break, Clark is happily back at The Pawsitive Dog for day school.  He’s doing his best to start back on the right paw, but apparently he’s been a bit naughty as of late… which makes me love him even more.  Apparently someone left a door open today and, ever the opportunist, he went on a little adventure through the neighboring pet store.  What a goober.

Nick and I picked up the little guy before heading to our soccer game, which ended rather disappointingly.  We were the #2 seed heading into tonight’s championship games, but lost our first game.  Per usual, we had no girl subs, and I walked away from the field feeling utterly wiped.  When we returned home, I caught a glimpse of a box that recently arrived and just like that, instasmile.  With January wrapping up, it’s time to dig into my foodie penpal package. I was lucky enough to receive the most fantastic package from Alex of yums and loves.  As soon as I learned that she has a Frenchie named Clarence, I knew we could be kindred spirits.

Alex sent me a Frenchie memo pad, which you might recognize from Clark’s 2nd birthday when I came out of the crazy dog lady closet, creating goodie bags for all of Clark’s four-legged friends.  Thanks for replenishing my stash, Alex!  She also included a copy of Everyday Food, one of my favorite sources for tasty, healthy recipes. Other goodies included snickerdoodle animal crackers (straight into my little lunch bag those go!), tiramsu almonds, glazed almonds with honey, cranberries and sea salt, a bar of dark chocolate and Barney Butter packets (a favorite around our condo).  Alex completely spoiled me.  Thank you so much!

If you’d like to participate in this fun monthly exchange, hop on over to Lindsay’s blog for more information.

After such a good start to the week, it’s time to slip on my sparkliest shoes and relax a bit.  It’s likely I’ll be trading them for snow boots tomorrow morning, but that’s fine by me. 😉

Also On Tap for Today:

Is your week off to a good start?  What does February have in store for you?

Today: A mailbox full of tea and chocolate.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Here I am, talking about September when we’re already three days into October.  It’s sort of like when I “discovered” Harry Potter three months before the final movie came out.  Yes, I realize they were books first.  Or like the time I learned about this cool new band called Mumford and Sons, six months after everyone else.  Including my dog.  Better late to the party, than never to arrive… right?  Right?!

Jill, my foodie pen pal for September sent me the sweetest package last week.  She included a great note, detailing the package’s contents and a bit of meaning behind each item.  In addition, Jill included two of her favorite recipes: Bobby Flay’s ginger-soy-lime marinated shrimp and crock pot peach dump dessert.  I have a feeling Nick would love that shrimp recipe!

Jill sent me

  • Al’s Popcorn (the sinfully chocolate variety… rawrrrrrrr)
  • Mis Rubin’s White Magic seasoning
  • White truffle oil
  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • A delicious looking bar of chocolate from an event her company sponsored (to benefit wellness programs, provided at no cost to cancer patients)

And (this girl knows the way to my heart), a whole lot of Crimson Cup tea!

Thanks to Lindsay, each month provides a new opportunity to connect with fellow bloggers (and readers) and exchange fun foodie mail.  If you’d like more information, or to participate, I encourage you to check out Lindsay’s recap.  You have until tomorrow (October 4th) to sign up.  If you’d like to see what I sent Hannah, please feel free to check out her post!

I love surprises, especially when they’re edible.  Having someone else shop for you, in different part of the country, means lots of new ideas, ingredients and inspiration.  Perhaps I’ll be trading in my beloved Old Bay for some Mis Rubins?

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Soccer (we’re 2-1 so far this season… woooot! for winning more than one game)
  • How good do these sweet potato cakes look?
  • Another beautiful fall day in Boston 🙂

What’s your favorite hometown food?