Foodie Pen Pals: April 2014

The Lean Green Bean

This month’s foodie pen pal was great. If you are unfamiliar with what the program a quick overview of the program entails signing up from a month to month basis, you get set up with someone else (can be another blogger or a reader), you exchange shipping information and any dietary restrictions and then you give and receive a nice box full of goodies! Click on the image above if you want more info. This month my foodie pen pal was Mandy from Minnesota. My main request for my foodie pen pals is to send me any of their favorite foods or something that is unique or local to where they live and that’s exactly what I got!

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Wild Rice – having seen wild rice in grocery stores I’ve always been a little intimidated to get it so I’m glad Mandy included this in this month’s package and can’t wait to use it. And it’s 100% naturally grown from Minnesota Lakes and Rivers :)

Honey – this pure natural honey is also straight from Minnesota and having very little left from the generic brand I bought a few months back, I’m eve more excited to have received this.

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homemade granola: honey, nuts, and zante currants

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This was my very first time making granola and I absolutely loved the way it came out. I’m so excited about this recipe that I can’t wait to make more and experiment with different fixings and flavors. This is such a great DIY recipe; mixing up the ingredients is the easy and fun part but it will need some of your love and attention while it’s in the oven (further explained below). Use this as a basic recipe but feel free to add and/or replace the different fixings. I purposely noted the fixings separately so that you can add or remove ingredients as you see fit; any kind of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and/or candy and chocolate pieces are all fair game (just make sure to add fruit and candy pieces at the very end) … the possibility are endless!
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