January Vegan Food Swap Reveal

I’ve joined in the fun for the Vegan Food Swap hosted by Cat DiStasio again! This month, I received a box of goodies from Melissa Mullins of Vegan Fling. One of the reasons I love participating is I get to discover other vegan blogs. Melissa’s blog is just gorgeous and filled with tempting recipes like this Chocolate Chia Pudding.

I let out a squeal of delight when I saw the bag of cookies,since these Uncle Eddie’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best thing ever. I’ve been wanting to try the Hugo Naturals soaps and this bar of vanilla and sweet orange smells like heaven. I ate the Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups before I even took this pic because, duh, they’re that good. The Pro Bar, Bobo’s Oat Bar and bag of pecans will be perfect to take along on my next hike.

Want to join in next month? Details and sign up are on the registration page . Register by Feb. 5, 2013 to participate in the February swap. You do not need to be a blogger to be part of the swap. Maybe I’ll be the one sending goodies to You next month 🙂

August Vegan Food Swap

Mr. Stinky Kim, the Yorkshire terror, starts barking and wailing like a wild beast and I know the mail has arrived. Instead of bills and brochures, I received this month’s Vegan Food Swap box filled with goodies from Elizabeth at Coconut Bliss. Woohoo!

Elizabeth is based in Oregon and found some fantastic local treats like sun-dried cranberries, pesto pumpkin seed crackers and a gluten-free oatmeal cookie sandwich.

I can’t wait to try the Dragon’s Breath dank sauce…perhaps in a Bloody Mary this weekend? Oh yeah!

Want to get in on the food swap action? Head over to The Verdant Life and register for the September swap by Sept. 4th

June Vegan Food Swap

For June’s Vegan Food Swap, I put together a box of goodies from Hawaii for the lovely  Cat DiStasio of The Verdant Life . This is the third swap she has hosted for bloggers and non-bloggers alike to send and receive a box of plant based swag from someone across the country.

Mel Sopoliga sent me these snacks she found in San Francisco. How did she know I wanted to try the Dandies marshmallows? I’ve got a box of Erewhon crispy brown rice cereal that’s been begging me to transform it into rice crispy treats! The postman did a fantastic job of stomping on the box, as per usual, so I’ll use the corn chip crumbs and salsa for a taco salad. And I am a huge fan of the Uncle Eddie’s cookies.

You can check out Cat’s blog for photos of all this month’s “reveals” and to sign up for July if you’re interested in participating.

Vegan Food Swap! May 2012

I’ve got mail! Last month, I discovered that Cat DiStasio of The Verdant Life was organizing a Vegan Food Swap. It’s no secret that I am completely distracted by anything in a shiny package and I love to try new products. This was a perfect opportunity to give and receive a box of goodies with another plant-based foodie from around the country. Here are the guidelines for the swap as listed on Cat’s blog:

How It Works:

1. Sign up by completing the form at the bottom of this page. (Sign up by May 4, 2012!)
2. On/about the 7th of the month, you’ll receive an e-mail from me containing the name and e-mail address of your Vegan Food Swap match. You’ll need to contact them to get their mailing address and any food specifics (allergies, gluten-free, etc.)
3. Collect items that you’ve purchased or made and box them up. Let’s keep the spending limit under $20.
4. Include a handwritten note to your match. You can explain why you chose certain items, offer suggestions on pairings, or include a recipe.
5. By the 15th of the month, ship your package to your Vegan Food Swap match. (Consider using USPS Priority Flat Rate boxes!)
6. On the last day of the month, post an entry on your blog about what you received, and be sure to include a shout-out to the person who sent you the box!

Opting Out:
I’ll assume you want to participate every month. If you wish to opt-out for a month, or stop participating entirely, just drop me ane-mail.

Be Nice:
Each participant is responsible for actually participating, unless you’ve opted out. If you fail to receive a box, please don’t be mad. Trust in karma.

* The Vegan Food Swap is open to residents of US and Canada. US residents will be matched with US recipients and Canadian residents with Canada recipients, for ease of shipping.

*If you live in another country and would like to host a swap, let me know!

Sarah of Gazing In was sent a care package of goodies I found while traveling in Oregon. This little piggy received these awesome goodies in a parcel from Karen of Seattle Veg Coach. Karen contacted me to inquire as to whether or not I had any food allergies or special preferences. I let her know that I was basically game for anything she wanted to send my way but had a special place in my heart for savory snacks…followed up with sweets for “taste balancing”. She did not disappoint!

  • Mori Nu Silken Tofu
  • Mori Nu Mates Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Keebler Graham Cracker Ready Crust
  • Caketastrophe DingDillo
  • Biscoff Spread
  • Vegan Diets Organic White Chocolate Bar
  • Natural Desserts Raspberry Jel Dessert

  • Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler
  • Stonewall’s Jerquee (Original Flavor)
  • Companion Curry Cha’i Pow Yu (braised seitan tidbits)
  • Gardenbar  Japanese Savory snack

The seitan tidbits and the Gardenbar have me very intrigued.

The DingDillo was a little mangled due to the fact that I’m pretty sure the postman stomped on my box (the graham crust did not fair well either). As a kid, I never got to eat those devilish Hostess treats. My mom only bought us trail mix with carob, blech! This little piece of snack cake heaven was devoured in about three bites and all I can say is Om nom nom.

This morning I tried the Biscoff spread with banana slices on Dave’s Killer Bread. This trio was born to be eaten together.

Mahalo Karen for the amazing collection of treats!