Thanks so much for all the sweet comments about my bread baking adventure yesterday! Hopefully I will be able to make my next loaf this weekend. I know I’ll probably be out by then. Between my sister and I, we have already consumed half of it!
Breakfast this morning was muy delicioso…and of course, it included bread!
Broccoli & cheese eggs with homemade bread topped with chunky PB & banana mash
It was hard to get up and go back to work today (I need to do a little research on just how I can get paid to sit at home and bake all day). Of course the day drug along as slowly as possible and then, when it was quitting time, I got to drive home in this:
Muhuhahahaha! Oh, sorry…got a little carried away there.
Annnnnnd, it only took my FOUR tries to get up my driveway!
Yeah, I was pretty much burning rubber just so I could get into the garage. What? You expect me to park in the driveway and get out in this blizzard?? I don’t think so!
After getting in, I noticed there was a package waiting for me on the doorstep! A couple of weeks ago Christin and I decided to do a little foodie swap. Trader Joe’s loot in exchange for some local Texas finds! I was so excited to open it…I mean seriously…it was like Christmas all over again!
Broccoli button! Tee hee! I so want to wear this!
Hello Barney Buttah! I’ve wanted to try you for so long!
Woo-hoo! Fruit leathers and Z bars!
Ahh, she knows me so well! See? Pumpkin spiced pecans!
I’ve decided before cracking into this bad boy, I must first purchase a cowboy hat and boots! 😉
And last, but surely not least:
Her homemade smoked paprika kale chips!
2 minutes 30 seconds later:
Smoked paprika kale chip crumbs!
Oh my gosh! Words can not even begin to describe these! I’ve only had kale chips once before and apparently I went about it all wrong because mine ended up tasting like grass clippings 🙁 Not these! They tasted like…well, they tasted like I need to go make some of my own…like a friggin truckload! Christin, you are amazing!
After oogling over all my new foodie prezzies, I did a little blog reading. Seems Katie thought today was a perfect day for a stir-fry. I thought so too!
Not quite recipe ready, but here’s what’s in the bowl:
- Buckwheat soba noodles drizzled with toasted sesame oil
- Sweet mini peppers
- Sugar snap peas
- Water chestnuts (thanks reminding me about these little gems, Katie!)
My sauce still needs a little work, but I combined fresh orange juice, orange zest, and grated ginger. Super tasty, just needs a little something.
Well, I’m off here folks. Gonna go round up supplies to make some of those snow shoes that look like tennis rackets…might be needing them to make it to work in the morning!
What is one of your favorite things that you would give as a foodie gift?
Mine would have to be TJ’s Valencia Crunchy PB with Flaxseeds…hope I didn’t ruin the surprise for ya Christin!
Ohhhh…ho…ho yes, and it goes great with Newman O’s! 😉
Hehehe, I really really hope you like everything!!!! I tried to give it some local flare and give you some of the things that are my favorite go-to snacks too. And you aren’t ruining any surprise… that was one of the items I had my fingers crossed for!! 🙂 I’m stoked you liked the kale chips too… I actually made that batch with you in mind! Did you get the button? I’m hoping I remembered to put that in there. I can’t WAIT to get my package!!!!!
Oh my gosh! The button was my favorite part! Soooo cute! I can’t believe I forgot to post the pic! I am so editing that in!
LOL, I’m glad!! I had forgotten to put part of your loot in the box (doh!) so when I unpacked it and repacked it, I was hoping the button didn’t jump out! 😉
How funny, I had to crack into your box TWICE before I shipped it out! That’s what I get for talking to my mom on the phone at the same time!
omg I’m so harassing Christin to send me Kale chips now! i’ve wanted those forever and don’t have a dehydrator! and running the oven for days at a time scares me! lol
your breakfast looks soooooooooooo ooooooooo good! =)
I’d be happy to hook you up girl! Send me a FB message and we’ll chat! 😉
What do Kale chips taste like? Are they very hard to make?
They kind of take on whatever flavor you season them with. They’re super easy to make…you can either put them in a dehydrator or in the oven at a low temp. I think when I made mine, I left them in the oven too long and they ended up tasting like grass. I would definitely reccomend going by Christin’s blog and using her recipe. I think the hummus makes all the difference!
Oh my god, I pretty much need those pecans… NOW!
ahhh wow!! im so jealouss.. Christin, you ROCK!
i would love to recieve lots of dif nut butters hehe:D
way to go Christin! Being a local austinite myself, thats a SWEET package! Love the texmex salsa!! enjoy.
I love homemade brea! So good.
That snow looks awful. It snowed like that here in Georgia last week and we were shut down for a while. I can’t stand driving in weather like that.
Me neither! People around here go nuts! It’s like they forget how to drive or something!
Oh my, that snow looks terrible to drive in! I’m glad you’re safe!
And I just love that you guys are doing a swap! How fun!
I am so sick of snow. It melted this weekend, and then came back with a vengeance Thursday morning. I had two snow days, but still. I’m sick of it.
What a great care package!
I just found your blog and i’ve loved what i’ve read so far.
Can’t wait to read more! 🙂
Thank you! Welcome to Broccoli Land! 😉
I really want to try some kale chips now. Where is that recipe!
How fun to do a foodie exchange, that’s a great idea! I love opening boxes of surprises!
Visit Christin’s blog through this website. Recipe is at the bottom of the post.
You won’t regret it that’s for sure! Yum yum in my tum tum!! 😉
Fun gifts! I just bought that Valencia Almond butter recently. There are so many things that I would buy for people at Trader Joe’s. I can’t even narrow it down.
That stir-fry looks sooo good! I love how colorful it is!
I’m so over this snow. We never get any in Tennessee and we’ve had tons this year! People always drive like crazy in it and there’s never anything left in the grocery stores because they’re CRAAAZY! haha
I would definitely gift Earth Fare’s brand of chocolate truffles. Man, those things are so amazing! I can tear a box of those up! :]
I know! It is RIDICULOUS at the grocery stores! I mean, seriously, I know we get the occasional snow and it makes it more difficult to drive to places we need to go, but when has anyone ever been STUCK in their house in TN for more than a day or two?? There is no need to go to Kroger and buy every loaf of bread they have on the shelf! Haha!
Mmm, chocolate truffles!
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