Yesterday I was delighted to sign for this…
…even if I had to face my poor mail carrier in my PJ pants and a wifebeater. At 1pm. No shame.
Jaime from Embracing Balance and I did a cross-border exchange (see what I sent her!) and I got some flippin’ awesome goodies all the way from Nova Scotia!
My loot was contained in this sweet tote bag (can I be inducted into the Lululemon club now that I own something with their logo?):
And here’s the awesomeness contained within…
- Smarties candy-coated chocolate…same concept as M&Ms, but oh so different
- Peppermint-spiked dark chocolate – I split this with my mom last night while we watched Meet the Fockers. The chocolate was amaaaazing. I love nibbling at dark chocolate, and the peppermintyness made it soooo good.
- Cute Canadian tissues! I’ve got a couple of packs of this brand from weddings and parties, but they’re so cute I don’t want to use them! I’m DEFINITELY not wiping my nose with these!
- Authentic, real deal, no tricks here, pure Nova Scotia maple syrup. I see some pancakes in my future.
- Some black tea I have yet to try; I’m definitely a fan of black tea, though, so I know I’ll like it!
- Ketchup potato chips. Holy crap these are awesome! They taste similar to salt and vinegar chips, but they’ve got a little extra tang to them. Unlike the chocolate, I’m able to pace myself with these, so I’ve got about 2/3 a bag left (and yes, I’m sharing!) [Sidenote – the bag popped in transit and spilled a few chip crumbs in my little bag, and I ate every last crumb. Germs and contamination be damned, they’re that good.]
- A sweet little calendar filled with lovely images from Nova Scotia!
Tonight I tried a pulled pork recipe that Mary Clare was so sweet to send me after reading my crock pot pulled chicken post. It would’ve been perfect had I paid 100% attention to the instructions, but my roast was like 50% bigger than the recipe called for, so it didn’t shred like I had hoped it would by dinnertime.
I used my Sticky Fingers Carolina Sweet BBQ sauce on top and had green beans and some fake cole slaw on the side (cabbage + dollop of mayo + dollop of sour cream + cider vinegar + squirt of mustard + Splenda + pepper). I thought I was only using a little bit of mayo and sour cream, but it turns out I would’ve been fine with 1/3 the amount I used. I had a recipe for the slaw in mind, but it would’ve taken longer than I had, so I threw this together at the last minute. After dinner, I kept the rest of the roast in the crockpot for a couple of hours, and it turned out PERFECTLY. I have a feeling I’ll be using this for several meals to come.
Alright, I’m waaaay past loopy with tiredness, and I’m dreading my weigh-in tomorrow morning. I haven’t been doing so hot lately. Oh, and that goal checkup I posted the other night? Not doing great in that regard either. Sigh. How can I be unemployed and still so busy as to let stuff like exercise slip? I’m such a headcase.
So, wrapping this up, if you were sending a care package to someone from another country or distant state, what local goodies would you put in it? Does your region have any weirdly unique items that make “foreigners” cringe?