Treats from Texas [January Foodie Pen Pal]

by Sarah on January 31, 2012 · 13 comments

And here we find ourselves again, packing up a box to ship across the country…*
*or, well, at least a few states away…

 …wondering if the perilously package pea–and other–nut butter will make it with out exploding everywhere…^
^You’ll have to check in with Krystie to find that out. :)

 …and if your Blogger Pen Pal will think it’s weird, or awesome, that you mailed her an open bag of cereal that you used to make some (Smart) Kitchen Sink School* Mix and then decided she might like to have the rest of for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night snack?
*It’s never seen a trail. Why call it something that it isn’t?

But no, Hoot and Holla^ were NOT allowed to take the trip, too.
Even if they really, really wanted to go to Florida.*
*Me too, little owls, me too.

 But even though I couldn’t ship myself to Florida, I did get a shipment from some place warm(er*)…
*It’s going to be up around 70 degrees this week in Virginia, y’all. Where’s Al Gore when you need him?

 …I got a package from some place warmer sent to me!

How fun to be matched up with a Texas blogger, who could satisfy my nostalgic need for a taste of Texas, now that I’ve moved back East. [Nicole was kind enough to send me some delicious Texas treats she loves.]

Well, OK, the Revonah pretzels are actually made in the pretzel capital of America–at least according to anyone who is anyone*–Hanover, Pennsylvania. But we sold them (and sampled them) at Central Market while I worked there…and they (and the delicious crumblies they make) will always remind me of Texas.
*Namely, people who grew up in Pennsylvania. Namely, me.

Another familiar, Central Market-stocked item was this Tay’s Granola. Oh wait, I’m sorry, Tay’s Gourmet Power Granola. Made in Mansfield, Texas, I can only say that Tay’s was familiar, because although I think I sampled every other type of granola we stocked…I never tried Tay’s.

This may have been a good or a bad thing depending on your views regarding the incredible rate at which I am devouring it.

Can you see the huge pieces of dried Power Berry (cherry, strawberry, cranberry, blueberry) deliciousness? With golden raisins, too? Or the way it’s so light, and perfectly salted and cinnamony?

Or how it’s not super chunky…but just chunk-tastic enough…to make it an absolute perfect topper and mixer (and mover and shaker) in my bowls of cereal-blended deliciousness? [I particularly liked the way the flax seeds end up coating the strawberries making for even more crunchy berry fun.]
As for the steaz teas teaz…

 …it was a refreshing treat as my mind was wandering in the kitchen on Sunday while making my Mexi-Curry Bean Soup.

The best, my little Texas-lovin’ chickadees (or perhaps I should call y’all killer cacti?*) came thanks to a not-so-subtle hint to Nicole that I missed Mrs. Renfro’s Salsas. In particular, the pomegranate salsa that I’m pretty sure I declared, at one point, had changed my life.
*Hey, duuuude.

 Luckily I had some relish and hummus at the ready to create my favorite pomegranate salsa pairing. Or well, trio-ing? [And yes, I did say relish*...and hummus...]
*It wasn’t Wickles, but I survived. If I get matched up with an Alabama blogger next month, y’all know what I’m requesting.

 I’m a foodie with freaky foodie tendencies.
And hummus, salsa, and relish still (and always will) make me happy. 
Deal with it.
Want to indulge in some yummy treats (and perhaps a few freaky eats)?
Sign up for Foodie Pen Pals in February!
Please send an email to everyone’s favorite lean green fighting machine, Lindsay, at theleangreenbean@gmail.com and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address (if you’ve got one)
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
-Whether you are a resident of these United States of America, or you salute the maple leaf

She will need to hear from you by February 4th as pairings will be emailed on February 5th! [And thank her for organizing this while you're at it. ;) ]

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Maris (in Good Taste) January 31, 2012 at 6:01 am

What a fun thing to do! Not too sure about including the open box though!!!

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Lindsay @ biking before bed January 31, 2012 at 6:31 am

Wow we are like long lost twins… I am from PA and now live in TX… well basically I live in Central Market. And after college I lived in VA for two years… craziness!

These look like some amazing foods I will have to check out next time I am in the greatest grocery store on earth:)

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Mattie @ Comfy and Confident January 31, 2012 at 6:51 am

Looks like you got some great stuff! your description of everything is hilarious. It made me want to go to texas just to eat!

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Lauren January 31, 2012 at 6:58 am

how cool! I definetly want to be a part of this!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 31, 2012 at 8:18 am

nicole sent me some of that tea too! i need to try it soon!

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family January 31, 2012 at 8:57 am

What a wonderful box of treats.

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Tricia @ saving room for dessert January 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

Hey that salsa sounds wonderful! Such a fun exchange :)

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Nicole January 31, 2012 at 10:51 am

I'm so glad you are enjoying it all! Your post was hilariously funny! :)

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teabagginit January 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Al Gore is off inventing the internet. :) I love that you "kept it real" with the school mix!

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Katie January 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Nicole sent me the best stuff last month!
I'm kind of jealous of your salsa.

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Cotter Crunch January 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

oh i am missing TX with this post. Makes me smile though. You deserve some TX lovin!

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iheartvegetables.com January 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Ohhh I need to get on this! It sounds so fun! and Lindsay is from my hometown of Columbus! woohoo! :)

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Diana @ VeggieNextDoor January 31, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Ooooh – pomegranate salsa sounds gooood! Was it very fruity tasting?

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