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I Got Mail!

by Courtney on December 6, 2011

As soon as I got home from work today, I immediately went to check my mailbox. I had to see whether or not I had received any of my Food Blogger Cookie Swap cookies in the mail yet!

I was super excited to see that my first package finally arrived (I only say finally because I was actually on the ball for once and mailed mine out last weekend) and was filled with yummy treats from Hilary, who blogs at Baking Bad.


Reindeer Crunch cookies, huh? I was immediately intrigued so I had to try one right away. There’s definitely some Captain Crunch happenin’ up in there.


These little gems are delicious. Thanks, Hilary! Smile

Since I knew dinner was on the horizon, I refrained from scarfing down any more cookies and packaged them up for later.

Jay took care of most of dinner prep today since I had a few other things to take care of, but I soon joined him and decided to pour myself a glass of wine while I waited.


I mean, how can you turn down wine when it’s in a pretty Christmas tree glass, right?

Eventually, dinner was served!


I took a container of homemade sauce out of the freezer yesterday to thaw so we could incorporate it into a simple pasta dinner tonight. We also cooked up a whole bag of fresh spinach leaves and seasoned them with some Garlic Gold before adding them to the pasta. That pile of pasta under there is at least half the bag’s worth, if not a little more.


I was psyched to find that this particular container of sauce had quite an abundance of meat (it’s always a surprise), so I loaded up with a couple of meatballs and a piece of chicken sausage.


Gosh, I really, truly love homemade pasta sauce.

And as it turns out, I actually still have one more container left (I thought this one was my last) and have plans to make some more with mom in a couple of weeks. Mom always likes to make a fresh batch right before Christmas, since her sauce is always the star of our Christmas dinner. I cannot wait for that dinner.


You can be sure that the rest of the evening is sure to include watching New Girl and a couple of cookies for dessert. Now the only question is, which cookies do I have? My new cookies, or these?

Oh, one of each? Okay, twist my arm. Winking smile

Question for the Evening:

What’s the last fun package you received in the mail?

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1 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Ah. Pasta sauce makes me swoooon.


2 Kate December 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

ahh i cant wait for my cookies!!!


3 alyssa - fashion fitness foodie December 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I should’ve entered in that! I could use some cookies right about now :)
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4 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Not that it’s really “fun” for me, but I’ve been getting tons of Christmas gifts that I ordered for other people delivered the last few days!
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5 Kristen @ notsodomesticated December 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I’m still waiting on my cookies … I can’t wait!!! :)

But I did get a fun package of spices from a friend today. That made me quite happy!
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6 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Your pasta looks delicious! I agree, homemade pasta sauce is just so, so good!

Those Reindeer Crunch cookies look so yummy! I love Cap’n Crunch cereal, so I’m sure I’d be a fan of the cookies. I’m loving the cute name too!
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7 Lauren December 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

This is the third pasta dish I’ve seen tonight. Makes me think I should join the pasta party this week!
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8 Pamela December 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

The last fun package I received in the mail was a Shabby Apple necklace that I won in a giveaway! I also get really excited when the Christmas gifts that I ordered for my family are delivered! :)
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9 Jodi @ Southern Flavored Life December 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

What is better than cookies in the mail!? Cookies with Captain Crunch in them…in the mail.

That sauce (and wine) look delectable!
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10 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I received two of my cookie swap bags today and I am currently eating a cookie! They’re so so good.


11 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine December 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I bought myself a blue topaz ring for Christmas (I believe in buying myself gifts) and it came in the mail yesterday! I was so excited – its perfect!
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12 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill December 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I love getting things in the mail! The last item I received were my Christmas cards, which turned out great!
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13 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

How awesome! I’ve never had a cookie with Captain Crunch in them! Interesting! ….I wish I would have been more confident in my cookies and joined in the swap, it would have been fun! :) LOVE the wine in the Christmas tree glass!
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14 Lindsey December 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm

It was my Favorite Christmas Things blog swap package. I have (im)patiently waiting for my cookies from the swap, checking my mail box daily when usually I check it once every 10 days. Nothing yet, but soon I hope. I only sent mine out Friday.
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15 Shannon December 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

That pasta dinner looks yummy! I love pasta.

The last fun package I got in the mail was one of the T-Shirts from the Times Union souvenir t-shirt contest. I was so happy! :)


16 Faith December 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Fun! I got my first cookie package a week or so ago but am anxiously awaiting the other two!!
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17 Khushboo December 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Capt’n Crunch cookies sound like a deadly combo to me- genius!
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18 Rebecca December 7, 2011 at 2:06 am

Ah I need a homemade sauce recipe! That looks delicious and I am so sick of jarred sauce. Feel free to share yours ;) i just received my order from VS on black Friday, which was exciting. Gotta love free stuff, like a huge tote filled with goodies!
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19 Amanda December 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

I second this request for the recipe!


20 Courtney December 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

Haha, I don’t really have a written-down recipe, so to say, but the link in the post will bring you to the original post where I made the sauce, so you can get an idea of the ingredients used! :)


21 erica December 7, 2011 at 4:16 am

i’ve been getting a ton of my online orders lately…mostly christmas gifts, but still fun :)
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22 Laura @ LauraLikesDesign December 7, 2011 at 7:28 am

Homemade pasta sauce is definitely better than canned. Once I went to a restaurant that added a pinch of cinnamon to their sauce as it was cooking–sounds gross, but it really was the star of the show!


23 Hope December 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

That pasta dinner looks delicious! I’ve never made homemade pasta sauce before but I’ve always wanted to! :)

Those cookies look really yummy too! I haven’t received anything exciting in the mail lately. I’m boring.
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24 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Yum! I’m a sucker for pasta and that looks abslutely amazing!
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25 Nicole December 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I’m loving the Cookie Exchange thing! I’m doing one through a non-blogger website (I’m hoping to get my blog up on its feet in 2012) and I get so much joy coming home to a surprise of sweets in my mailbox! :) So far, I’ve received cookies from Utah and Texas (I live in CA).

I’m thinking of asking people if they want to continue this cookie exchange thing throughout the year….like every-other month. What do you think??


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