I feel like I’ve been away from my blog forever! I got back from Hawaii on Friday evening, but unfortunately, I’m still more than a little out of it.
The jet lag has been rough! I went to sleep around 3 am the past two nights and woke up at 1 pm on Saturday and noon today. Anyone who knows me at all knows that this is absolutely ridiculous for me. Let’s just say that I amnot looking forward to getting up at 7 am for work tomorrow.
Anyway, I’m really late on this one! But I still wanted to make sure I wrote this post because it’s my first month participating in Foodie Penpals and I loved it! Thank you, Lindsay, for coordinating this every month.
My foodie penpal for July was Nicole of Fitful Focus. She actually lives just one town away from me and it was her first month doing foodie penpals too!
I mentioned to Nicole that I love nut butters, granola, and anything with dried fruit, coconut, and dark chocolate. She definitely took all of that into consideration and totally delivered! Here’s what I found in my box:
Homemade granola, dark chocolate peanut butter, a chocolate-dipped coconut LunaBar, and two bags of Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Pear White Tea. While I absolutely loved every single thing she put in my box, the absolute highlight for me was the homemade granola!
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2/3 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit
- Preheat oven to 300°
- Combine oats through cinnamon
- Heat oil and honey in a small saucepan over low heat until just combined
- Pour oil/honey mix over dry ingredients, add vanilla, and stir
- Spread in 9×13 pan and bake for 35 minutes – stir every 10 minutes
- Add fruit and let cool
- Eat like a madwoman! (I added this step myself. )
I will definitely be participating in foodie penpals again in August. Thanks for being my first foodie penpal, Nicole! I loved everything.
Fingers crossed that I’ll be back in my groove tomorrow. I’ll be back with some photos from Hawaii!