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September Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

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Good day everyone!  While reading a blog from another food blogger I came across a button that said ‘Foodie PenPals, wannabe join?’ I clicked the button and it brought me to The Lean Green Bean’s food blog.    This idea looked amazing to me so I decided to give it a try. I received my box from Elisha over at Jump Eat Run. I absolutely loved my box.

I got so excited I had to make sure I took a picture of the box before I ripped it open.

Elisha sent me a very cute note explaining everything in the box. I love handwritten notes!!

Do you spot the tea bags? She’s read my blog and knows my weakness. By the way I am drinking a cup of the cinnamon and vanilla tea now…delicious!

My box came with the famous NY Black & White cookie, I savored this cookie with every bite and did not share. The organic lollipops were so good, I didn’t even know these existed. I need to find some more. Elisha is from Michigan so she sent me some maple syrup, this is good syrup. It tasted really good on my Strawberry Pancakes.

The last two items I have seen before but never tasted thanks to Elisha I think I have found a new snack. Odwalla Banana Nut bar and a Luna Lemon Zest bar. Both of these were very good and came in handy as a great mid-morning and afternoon snack. I really enjoyed my box and will be participating again. I think you should too!!

Below is more information about how to join:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penpals is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

Now that you have read the information, click the button on my sidebar!

Taste Test Tuesday: TEAVANA Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We hope you had a relaxing weekend. Who says an Arnold Palmer has to be just sweet tea and lemonade? Let’s kick off this short work week with a glass of ice tea and lemonade from TEAVANA. This week’s Taste Test Tuesday is Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea.

 Photo Credit: TEAVANA

 The smell of the tea leaves alone makes this tea amazing. Fresh, fruity and bold. Raspberry tea meets a zingy citrus lemonade to create this wonderful concoction. The flavors of red  and golden delicious apples, hibiscus flowers and passion fruit add an extra sweetness that compliments the shavings of lemon zest in this tea.

 You can steep this tea for about 5-6 minutes, if you want a bolder flavor let it sit for about another 1-3 minutes, before you pour it over over ice. One and a half teaspoons for every 8oz of water seem to work well. Just a little bit of tea goes a long way.

Photo Credit: TEAVANA

If you are looking for an alternative to coffee but still want the caffeine then this Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea would be just for you. Great source of vitamins and gives you a boost of energy. The cost is $6.80 for 2oz, which you can get 25-30 teaspoons of tea out of that 2oz.

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Until next time….

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We’ve been cooking up a lot of different dishes to serve you here at Southern Roots Kitchen. Next up on the menu is Menu Planning. We know many people have very busy lives, with work, school, kids, games, dance classes, summer camps etc. So let us help with you with your weekly or monthly meal planning options. We can provide you with a full menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Have an event coming up and not sure what you should have on the menu? Let us help create a menu you and your guests will love. More details coming soon!!                                                                                                                                                       

Taste Test Tuesday: Coffee Mate Natural Bliss

Good Day Foodies! How is your Tuesday going so far? Grab a cup of coffee or a tea and have a seat at the counter. Today’s Taste Test Tuesday posts is all about coffee creamer. Do you use creamer in your coffee or tea? How about baking with it? Let’s take a look at what we can do with creamer.

Coffee Mate Natural Bliss

Photo Credit: Coffee Mate

Coffee Mate is always coming out with new flavors, some seasonal, some are even regional. The newest addition to the Coffee Mate family is the Natural Bliss line. It’s called Natural Bliss because it is made with milk, cream, sugar and the perspective natural flavoring. This line has four flavors:

  • Caramel
  • Vanilla
  • Low-Fat Vanilla
  • Sweet Cream

The sweetness of the creamer is wonderful, sometimes I don’t even add sugar. Depending on how sweet you like your coffee you may decide to add sugar to it. Now being that it is coffee creamer, I have experimented and tried it with some other items, such as tea, oatmeal, cookies and even french toast.

Ways to Use Natural Bliss Creamer:

  • Instead of using milk or water in your oatmeal, try the vanilla or sweet cream creamer.
  • Dunk your bread for french toast in some caramel creamer and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or praline pecans.
  • Add 1tsp of creamer to your favorite sugar cookie or snicker doodle recipe.
  • Making pudding? Add creamer instead of milk.
  • Use it in your hot cocoa.

What other ways can you think of to use coffee creamer? Leave a comment on the blog, tweet us on twitter or comment on our Facebook page. We would love to hear from you!

Taste Test Tuesday: TEAVANA Cocoa Praline Tart Rooibos Tea

As much as we love food here at Southern Roots Kitchen, we also love coffee and tea. Today we are going to look at a company called TEAVANA and their Cocoa Praline Tart Rooibos Tea. I received this tea as a gift from my cousin Tiara, I was hooked just off the name alone. Something about combining tea and chocolate has me very excited.
I opened the bag and allowed my nose to explore the aroma of the loose leaf tea…it smelled so good! I think that’s why I waited so long to drink it (it was a Christmas gift) lol. I’m addicted to loose leaf teas and choose how I drink them very carefully. I used 1.5 tsp for every 8oz of water and my tea steep for 5-6 minutes.
Photo Credit: TEAVANA
Think vanilla, Madagascar vanilla at that, figs, chocolate chips and candied macadamian nuts fused together in a mug, now that’s dessert. That’s what this tea tastes like. Smooth flavor, with scented chocolate, you can taste the nuts as well. Such a great combination of flavors. Roobios (red) tea are naturally caffeine free so this makes a wonderful compliment to your evening desserts.
There is so much more that I want to say about this tea and others from TEAVANA but don’t worry I will incorporate more teas into the blog.
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Until Next Time…