Friday, March 9, 2012

The Wrap Up

Happy Friday to you all!

The weather here in North Carolina is beautiful and just makes me happy to here.

The flowers are blooming and the stinky Cleveland pears are blooming, I think they have the most awful odor and there are tons of them in front of my office building.

Anywho I want to give you sort of a wrap up for the week as I have several small things I have been wanting to share.

For starters the post man has been busy at my house...which is always a good thing.

He brought me these two wonderful books to add to my ever growing collection

I was very excited to get Dreena's next book and so glad to see that there were some color photos in it (sometimes I just like to see what the finished product looks like according to the author). 

I have to confess I haven't made anything yet, mainly because I just can't decide where to start.  I am drawn to the sweets, because I am better at preparing those...BUT I crave more savory stuff.  When I finally do make something (probably this weekend) I will share the outcome.

The second book I received

As soon as I opened Chloe's book her cinnamon rolls spoke to me.  I know they will be on my breakfast table very soon.

I have to confess I love cookbooks.  Reading through them is just the most wonderful thing and I could sit down with a cup of tea and just enjoy the books...kind of strange to regular folks, but my foodie friends know exactly what I am talking about.

The next piece of mail I got is one I have been waiting not so patiently for:

See it had to come from across the pond (England)

I received these delicious raw chocolate treats from Sharon of Bit of the Good Stuff (I won't comment as to how many are left):

She sent her Raw Chocolate Coconut Cups and they are fantastic topped with nuts and goji berries.

These are not too sweet and just the perfect size when you need a little dessert. 

And look how beautiful they are once you take the wrapping off:

Ooops I took a little bite out of this one.  I wish I could share these with you all but have no fear Sharon has provided her recipe here do yourself a favor and give these a go.

Lastly I have a winner to announce AND another giveaway to start (I know when will all the giving stop...hopefully never because I love to share awesome products with you all).

First the winner of my Conscious Box giveaway is:  Laura from Sprint 2 The Table.  I have a serious love of Laura's blog and her fitness ability.  Seriously check out this post here.  She has some great workout suggestions and some very tasty recipes.  Also, shameless plug here, if you get a chance vote for her over at Fitness Magazine for Best Healthy Eating Blog.

My next giveaway is for Larabars, and seriously we all know how AWESOME Larabars are.

If you have happen to watch The Biggest Loser to watch Bob Harper be inspired you may know that trainer Dolvett Quince noted that Larabars were a great snack (here is the video).

To keep the inspiration going Larabar is giving one of my lucky readers 4 bars:

2 Peanut Butter Cookie
2 Cherry Pie

So if you would like to throw your name in the hat for this giveaway just leave me a comment (if you want to profess your love for Bob that is ok by me).

For additional entries:

  1. Tweet the giveaway and mention @rachelkyle0402 and @larabar in the tweet (and then leave a comment)
  2. Follow my blog (and then leave a comment letting me know that you do)
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday I have to say I am SUPER charged with energy and just feeling really good today.  So hopefully you can have some of that joy as well.


  1. Rachel, you are so sweet. Thank you, thank you for the plug AND for the very cool box. I am so excited to get mine. :)

    You just motivated me to get to the gym at lunch.

  2. I am surfing through food blogs at the wrong time! is almost noon here which means its almost lunch time!! soooo hugryyyy, and those treats look soooo yummy!

    I am interested in those books!! i need vegan cook books.

  3. I also need some vegan cookbooks.... can you recommend a few 'standards?'

  4. Firstly, I love color photo cookbooks. I think that is how I chose meals 90% of the time-Those look great!
    Tweeted the giveaway...and thank you for the shout-outs. Have a great (warm?) weekend.

  5. YUM I love larabars! those little coconut cups look pretty darn good too...

  6. I love Larabars and would like to throw my name in the hat for this giveaway
    情 *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  7. I am sure the giveaway is very generous but I am not interested :)
    I just commented to say how delicious those lil coconut bites looked :D

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Tropical Caramelised Baked German Pancake

  8. I love cookbooks too, could read them all day. They give you so much inspiration and just get you even more excited to eat if that's possible.

  9. I am following and just tweeted. Would love to win! I love Larabars! Your coconut cups look yummy!

  10. I am probably the only food blogger who don't own too many cookbooks. =P These books look beautiful!

    I've seen these packages at stores, but never had them before. I'd love to take this chance to try them out! Count me in!

  11. I'm relieved to hear that the coconut cups arrived safely with you and weren't smashed to smithereens in their voyage across the pond! Your photos are brilliant! I'm so pleased that you like them! I've been wondering what to buy my mum and M's mum for Mother's Day (this Sunday) but now I know what to do... I'll make them a box of raw chocs, and include some of the hearts and coconut cups :)
    Like you, I love reading through cook books and looking at all the delicious photos. Your two recent purchases look really interesting. I'll have to add them to my ever-growing birthday 'wish list' ;)