If I start off every Foodie Pen Pals post with “the end of the month sure sneaks up on a challenger” would any of you notice?
Well it does, it sneaks up. It sneaks up like The Snoops sneaks up on an opened peanut butter jar and pounces. But we’ll get to peanut butter later.
First, let me remind you all what it is I do here. Foodie Pen Pals is my thing, my schtick, my bag baby. I take the box, the whole box, and amaze you all with my culinary creation. I do this by ripping off the Food Network show Chopped.
Except there are no other challengers to battle, it’s just me fighting against myself. I can be very competitive so it’s not as easy a win as you might think. Don’t get me wrong, I win. Every time.
Round 1: The Chopped Challenge
Round 2: Mini Meals
Round 3: The Copy Cat Challenge
Round 4: Big Balls
That brings us to Round 5 and Carma. Yes, Carma not Karma. Carma is a lovely reader from Ashland, Ohio – Midwest in the house – and she sent me my Foodie Pen Pals Box, my mystery ingredients, my inspiration.
Based on the post card she included I had kinda hoped for cheese, but cheese probably doesn’t travel well in a Midwestern summer. I don’t know where you all hail from but it gets flippin’ hot here.
Instead I received a bag of sweet potato chips.
Gluten Free Lucy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Seed and Fruit Mix.
Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats and Mango Pineapple Iced Green Tea Mix.
All gluten free. All delicious. All opened up and enjoyed well before the competition ever started. I like to know my ingredients, really know them. By the time the end of the month snuck up on me I had about a half cup of each left over. No problem. I can work with that.