It’s In The Mail

I had a busy day!  It started off by mailing a package to the winner

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls went in the box

I wanted to include other cookie dough versions like…


No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

and White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough Bites

But because they contain dairy (toffee bits and white chocolate) and I don’t know if the winner is vegan or not, I didn’t include the other cookie dough bite versions.

But I did include some supplements like Amazing Grass samples and one of my favorite vegan candy snack bars, a Twilight Bar

The errand-fest continued after leaving the post office by going to:

the bank

the hardware store

Trader Joe’s

And then I got my workout in.

The weather has been sunny, but cool and windy here.   That hasn’t stopped me from a few nice outdoor runs and some 20 minute at-h0me streamlined workouts.

Because of my photography and food styling workshop on Saturday as well as working seven days a week at my job, I didn’t have a chance to batch cook for the week as I would have liked, but I quickly threw together something that I knew we could get a couple meals out.

One Pot, Vegan, Gluten Free Mac-n-Cheeze


Big thanks to the Pure2Raw Ladies for helping with this recipe because planned leftovers are my friend.CIMG8116

From my last post on Forgotten Food, thanks for letting me know if you tend to forget about food, or not. Sounds like most of you keep pretty close tabs on what you have laying around and hate to waste perishables as much as I do.

And I’m glad you like to keep your cupboards and refrigerators neat and organized, too!

The chocolate kale chips in that post got quite a few comments so maybe I will plan to recreate those.

In the meantime, how about this chocolate for dessert:  No Bake Vegan “Peppermint Patties”


1. What was the last thing you mailed?

Usually it’s bills for me.  Today I mailed a check for my life insurance policy premium that was due.  Exciting, I know.

I much prefer mailing something fun to someone!

2. What was the last thing you received in the mail that made you happy?

I would say the kale chips that had been a bit forgotten about.

Other than the kale chips, the Horseradish Mustard I got in the mail last week was really tasty and made me happy.

And also my Lightroom 3 software I ordered has been so fun to play around with.  I use it every day, multiple times per day.  Yes, there is a learning curve but if you’ve outgrown iPhoto or Picnik, I really like LR 3 for photo editing.

3. Any signs of spring in the air for you?

Yes, there are here but every time I think spring/summer is well on it’s way, we get a cold snap and I am running the heat again.  They are saying 80F or 82F by Friday.  Currently, high 60s here.  But super windy so it doesn’t feel anywhere near 70.  At least the flowers don’t mind the wind.

Enjoy your day!

43 comments on “It’s In The Mail”

  1. Such BEAUTIFUL pictures! Your balls are always the cutest and tastiest. ;-)

    The last package I mailed was a box of trinkets and little gifts to my friend from boarding school who lives in Bermuda. With the Saudi mail system and the Bermuda triangle to contend with, who knows it if will ever get there!

    Oh Spring, yes, it’s here in full force. It’s already up into the 90s. Sigh.

  2. I love cheezy quinoa!! So yummy. Do you add peas to yours? That’s what I did last time. It’s so GOOD!

    The last thing I mailed? A Christmas gift. Yes, that’s how often I use postal mail, LOL. The last good thing I received was bread from Nature’s Pride and Eggland’s Best coupons. I <3 free stuff. :D

  3. love that last flower photo – just beautiful!
    it was sooo windy here yesterday that i saw a chain link fence blow over, literally. but it was also really mild – spring is coming along!
    last thing i mailed? an insurance form. (boring) last thing i received? a thinking of you card and a cd from one of my best friends – made my day (fun!).
    the bake sale winner is going to be thrilled to receive your giftie box!

  4. Definitely a great load for the winner!

    I think the last thing I mailed was Thank You notes to my grandparents for the cards/money they sent me on my birthday. It’s nice to be able to send them a little something of gratitude for caring. :)

  5. The last thing I mailed was a bunch of giveaway winner packages! It was quite a hefty bill. :)

    That mac n cheese looks really good – I just bookmarked it!

  6. Thanks for the shout out friend!!

    Yes bills are out in the mail, haha

  7. Today, I’m mailing out a contract to a literary journal that accepted some of my poems, so that’s more exciting than mailing out just regular mail! :-)

    SO jealous of your photography workshop– what a blast!!! I need to find something like that in my area!

  8. You are one busy lady!

    The last thing I mailed was a bill.. fun fun.

    The last thing I received in the mail that made me happy was my wedding shoes!

    Yes, the weather is finally, slowly getting better around here. although I’m not sure how long it will stick around, I’m enjoying it while I can!

  9. What a package! I wish it was coming to me ;). And the Mac N Cheese looks so interesting- I feel intrigued and totally want to try it. I wonder if the man would go for it? Last thing I mailed? Our Netflix back ;). I got free coupons for yogurt yesterday, that made me happy :). Hope your day is great!!

  10. I got in my DSW shoe order yesterday – definitely a happy girl ;-)

  11. I have GOT to try that mac n’ cheese — MMMmmm! I think the last thing I mailed was a package to someone who bought something I was selling on Ebay :)

  12. That cake plate is SO pretty with the black and white ribbon :-)

    Last thing I mailed were thank you cards for my baby shower!

    Last thing I got in the mail that made me happy was a baby gift from a blog friend in Cali, so thoughtful :-)

  13. I’ve started to try and make a point to send a little “happy” in the mail to someone every so often, because it just totally brightens your day!

    Last thing I sent—bills. meh.
    Last thing I received that was fun? Nooch. :) I bought it, but still was fun to get in the mail!!

  14. The last thing I mailed was undoubtedly bills. I’ve got to mail more bills today and my mom’s birthday gift tomorrow. Bills, bills, bills! :-)

  15. I hope you post something about those chocolate kale chips. They sound so good!

    Last thing I mailed — RSVPs for 2 weddings coming up.

    Last thing I got in the mail – coffee that I won in a giveaway on skinnyrunner, bills (ugh), a thank you card from our niece!

    It is supposed to get up to 70 degrees today — I’m wearing short sleeves and a skirt. I haven’t been able to wear something like that all year. I am so ready for the warm weather.

  16. that is one lucky winner!

    I was super excited to get my Nikon D5000 in the mail recently! :)

  17. That is quite the package you put together. Lucky winner!
    Glad you are feeling better and not letting the cooler weather stop you from getting out and doing your thing.
    Ooooooo! Peppermint patties. Yum!

    The last thing I mailed was a rental DVD.
    The last thing I got in the mail (other than bills) was a rental DVD. Enjoying catching up on the movies I’ve missed.

    Signs of spring: the birds are back and singing; the tulips are coming up; the days are longer; and more people out and about in general.
    It was 21C yesterday! And now back to 4C this morning. Oh snap!

  18. Well, I work in payroll so the last thing I mailed was a whack of payslips! LOL And the last thing I got in the mail that made me happy was a set of pans from Greenware that I’ll be reviewing soon. (They’re awesome, btw!). Spring is def on it’s way to Southern Ontario! My neighbour has some flowers poking out of the ground….and the snow is pretty much GONE!

  19. I finally had one of those Twilight bars and I am IN LOVE!! OMG they are sooo good!!! :)

    Lucky package winner!!

  20. oooh, so wish that i was the winner ;) the last thing that i mailed was a bill ;( the last thing that i received in the mail was some dolce vita espadrille wedges which i still have yet to open!, i do this sometimes to delay my gratification, and yes! there is spring in the air here, all the birds are singing and the sun is shining!

  21. Once again, our posts are on the same wavelength! Weird….

    I just mailed a couple presents yesterday – I made a blanket for my cousin’s baby and a back heater for Holly. I love sending things like that to people. Unexpected surprises are always the best presents in the mail.

    Spring is back in the air today after snow on Sat and a cold windy day yesterday. Spring is so fickle.

  22. I would love to make a batch of your cookie dough balls and send them to someone! May I ask how you shipped them? Thanks!

    • well you’re looking at it! In a tupperware container, an ice pack and sealed it up. They were only going to the LA area, so 1-2 day mail and it’s not hot out, you just dont want to send them to Miami in the dead of summer or anything.

  23. Wow, that winner is way too lucky! And those chocolate kale chips sound so good. The past week or so here in San Francisco has finally been feeling like spring! Have a great day!

  24. the last thing i mailed was a rental dvd, and the last thing i received that made me happy was a package containing two pawpaw lip balms – they are wonderful!

    our tree out front just started blossoming this weekend – it’s full of pink petals that look so pretty :)

  25. 1)A netflix disc !

    2) I haven’t gotten anything fun in the mail for a while, but I think it was my new pair of nike’s I ordered off Amazon. LOVE amazon. On lightroom 3… I DLed the 30 trial and LOVE, love, love it. SO MUCH FUN. I easily spent 6 hours working with it yesterday… So I’m hoping that LR3 will be coming in the mail in about 29 days ;)

    3) Spring is in the air, but seems like mother nature can’t decide whether it’s still winter or not. I’m def ready for spring and some warmer weather. Supposed to be warming up this weekend and I am EXCITED!!

  26. the vegan mac n cheese almost looks like risotto. I’m not vegan but considering the ingredients list, it’d be worth a try.
    can’t wait to see your version of the chocolate kale chips!

  27. that vegan mac anc cheese sounds and looks DELICIOUS! I have never had arrowroot! what does it taste like? I am definately making this after my competition I am having a love affair with quinoa but want to make it taste even more delicious with lots of flavors and spices such as this recipe!

    The sweet Julie (juliegolean) sent me a bday card that was so sweet and some $$ to dunkin donuts! it was the best!

  28. I just posted about my mail yesterday! :) haha. I got a fabulously huge chocolate egg… love my momma ;)

  29. I’m a new reader and I needed to say how much I adore your photos! Holy cow, so amazing! :) And I also love your blog, you seem very sweet and real!

  30. You make the best desserts ever!!!!

  31. I can’t remember the last thing I mailed so sad lol :( Love the vegan mac and cheese. Those little balls must taste like heaven yum :D

  32. I LOVE getting and mailng packages! My mom used to send me the BEST care packages when I was in college- and always put the biggest smile on my face.

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  34. I think the last thing I mailed was a stack of bills. No fun! Pretty much the only thing I mail is bills or Netflix though.

    It is ALMOST 60, that’s the closest to Spring so far!

  35. Sweet package, I’ve gotta try Twilight bars. Lots of running around for you, wow! Probably not fun with gas prices, eh?

    1. Absentee voter ballot.
    2. Good questions, magazines I guess.
    3. Yeah, the weather is actually pretty decent here – in the 60s, but sunny and nice.

  36. Mmmm, thanks for the reminder about the mac and cheese!!! I love that dish!

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