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Twice Baked Potatoes & Foodie Penpal Reveal

It is seriously so nice outside that I considered playing hooky from work this morning! I wish!

I decided to skip out on training last night to have dinner with Torrance instead…we had kind of had a mellow dinner since neither of us were really that hungry. So salad and twice baked potatoes it was!

It has been forever since I made twice baked potatoes – but love them!

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For my twice baked potatoes I typically keep it pretty simple. I dont really know what qualifies a potato to be “twice baked” but this may be a mock version, either way, it is frickin’ delicious.

I buy the microwavable baked potatoes (that are in plastic, by the other potatoes in the produce section) because they are way faster. I popped 2 of them in the microwave (7 minutes per potato) and then when done cut them in half and scrape out the middles into a bowl.

I mix in some shredded cheddar cheese, a little Greek yogurt (for creaminess) and salt and pepper and mash it up really good.

Then I placed the 4 halves on a cookie sheet and sprinkled some more cheddar cheese and then turkey bacon bits on top  and put in a 450 degree F oven for about 6 minutes so the cheese melts and the bacon bits get crispy.


The time has come to share the Foodie Penpal boxes!

This was my first month participating and I must say, it was pretty fun –I think I had just as much fun picking stuff out to send as I did when I received my box (it was like Christmas!)

Since both the person I sent a box to and received a box from are not bloggers, I will be sharing both here.

First, the box I received from Miss Peggi in Texas:

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She sent me so much amazing stuff and even included dog treats for Kona, so Kona is now in love. She loves her almost as much as she loves Willow Smith

In the box was:

  • 4 different types of bars
  •  banana chips
  • sugar free gummy bears
  • Hershey’s Dark bar
  • Flatout sandwich wraps
  • salad seasoning (which I used on bread per her suggestion – SO GOOD!)
  • oatmeal
  • corn muffin mix
  • and Texas and boot shaped pretzels which were adorable!

Also, she included a few recipes on cards for me which was just awesome! I cant wait to try them, especially the veggie lasagna! Yum.

Can you guess what I ate up first? The sugar-free gummy bears duh. Gummy bears are my favorite candy. She was absolutely right that they don’t even taste sugar-free, at all! I must find some of these.

Huge success! She did an amazing job picking things out for me and most of the bars were new-to-me Smile


Thanks Peggi! You did an awesome job!!


Now the box I sent to Iris in Massachusetts:


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That mix included:

  • Cous cous – because most people havent tried it and it is delish!
  • mint water – so refreshing!
  • humus mix – just add a few ingredients
  • Vanilla cupcake goldfish
  • S’mores Luna bar – because they are my fav
  • skittles
  • Justin nut butter samples
  • a mini colander/strainer – perfect for rinsing fruits and veggies!

It was weirdly a little harder than I thought it would be to pick stuff out to go in the box to send! But I actually had a lot of fun putting it all together. I tried to include some things arent the regular, and apparently I did good because after she got the box she let me know that most of the stuff she had never tried which was part of my goal!

For my “something written” I did a few [colorful] index cards with some notes and ideas on how to use/serve some of the items!

If you are interested in participating for the month of March, make sure you email Lindsay ASAP to get in on the fun! Remember, you dont have to be a blogger to participate!

You can view the full details of the fun HERE.


I will be headed to training tonight – I need a good workout!

  • Is Foodie Penpals something you think you’d be interested in, even in the future?
  • Name an items from the box I sent and the box I received that you have never tried.
  • Random, but name one of your 2012 goals (resolutions…whatever) that you are proud to say you are doing well and staying on track with!
    I’ve been successfully drinking a ton of water daily and almost worked my way up to my goal of 120oz per day.
7 Comments Post a comment
  1. oh gosh..twice baked potatoes are so good and i like your healthified version, i will need to try it out ASAP!

    thanks to your post a couple weeks ago i ALSO signed up for foodie sounds like alot of fun, and now your post made me even more excited!

    i’ve never tried mint water before, it sounds interesting. and i’ve never tried the banana chocolate chip bars from kashi either, but it looks yum!!

    February 28, 2012
  2. I want to do this- It looks so fun!!

    In the box you got I have never tried to bars or sugar free gummy bears- but I want some NOW!!

    In the box you sent I have never tried the gold fish (yum!!) Or mint Water!!

    I am proud that I stuck with my goal of working out while traveling! On the other hand- i need to drink WAY more water!!! Going to fill up now!!

    February 28, 2012
  3. I loveeee baked potatoes! I constantly buy the plastic wrapped potatoes they are just So convenient! I’m doing pretty fantastic now on my weight loss goals – I cannot wait to weigh in tomorrow to see how well I’m doing (it’s the simple things).

    February 28, 2012
    • Im so jealous Lauren! haha I really am. Notice how im eating delicious potoatoes for dinner when i should be cutting back on starchy foods? WAH!

      February 28, 2012
  4. The banana chocolate chip bar looks amazing. I need to try more Kashi bars. And boot and Texas shaped pretzels – that is indeed unique.

    You also did good! Those colanders are pretty and colorful.

    February 28, 2012
  5. dang girl!!!! look at all those goodies. gummy bears are one of my fav candies!

    February 29, 2012
  6. those boxes always look so fun. i want to sign up, but i’m afraid i wouldn’t get my act together and i’d miss the deadline. lol. too much pressure!

    February 29, 2012

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