October 14, 2009

Surprise box

It was a gray and gloomy day. There was wind. There was rain. It was damp and chilly. "Bleh. Is this what I have to look forward to?," was the thought in my mind as I arrived home. Five more months of weather forecasts that predict, "rain at times, chance of showers, rain and then showers, rain with sun breaks." Sun breaks? Might as well check the mail, I thought, a bunch of junk mail will make the day complete. But in addition to the junk mail, sitting on the landing was a box addressed to me from Lindsay from Cooking for a Vegan Lover. My mystery box had arrived, and suddenly the day seemed a lot better. (Not sunnier or drier, mind you, but better.) Lindsay had held a giveaway contest a few weeks ago and I was the lucky winner. I love surprises almost as much as I love sunshine.

Here's what was in the box: There was a one pound bag of crunchy veggie chips, and

And a pine-y bar of shea butter soap that smelled just like the North Woods (of Wisconsin, even though it was made in N.Y.).

There was a bottle of vegan Worcestershire sauce.

There was a spicy jar of peanut butter with several kinds of hot peppers.

The box also contained two gnu bars, rosemary and sea salt flatbread, parma, hummus, Heart Thrive energy bars and green tea. Thank you so much Lindsay for all these special vegan treats.

Lindsay is doing a care-package swap. Click here for more information on how to participate.


  1. What fun! I love those heart thrive bars--soooo good! I am glad that the package made your day better :-)


  2. That is such a great box of goodies! Have fun!

  3. That looks fantastic! I love gift baskets, in case you couldn't tell :)

    What brand of veggie chips are those? They look great.

    Gnu's are one of my new fav's and those Cranberry Orange ones are surprisingly fragrant and tasty.


  4. I'm so jealous of your vegan bake sales and vegan stores and vegan gift boxes! And that peanut butter with hot peppers is quite possibly the best idea ever!

  5. Wow, what a great selection she sent you! You must have been well chuffed :)

  6. Yay! My new laptop likes your blog. It didn't have a hissy fit when I left. Yipee! Now we know where the fault came from *ahem*.

  7. How nice! Receiving a care package like that would cheer me up too on a rainy day.

  8. Alisa,
    The veggie chips didn't have a brand name. The gnu bar was the first thing I ate - not too sweet which I really appreciated.

    I'm jealous of your chiles! We once got some wonderful Chimayo chili powder and assorted dried chiles when we were in New Mexico. BTW, Lindsay is organizing a gift box exchange. There's a link on this post.

    I had to look up a definition of "chuffed" but, yes, I am! And I'm so glad your new laptop is behaving well. It's sad when the old computer dies but so nice to be rid of its quirks and problems.

  9. Andrea- I hope you enjoy your box of goodies!

    The veggie chips are from Oh!Nuts http://www.ohnuts.com/

    Also everyone feel free to check my blog out for the Vegan Care Package Exchange and other giveaways!

  10. What an awesome bundle of vegan goodies!!!! Enjoy!

  11. Yay! Awesome goodie box!!! I'm SO jealous of the veggie chips and the peanut butter! YUM!!

  12. Lindsay,
    It was really great to recieve the box. There's a link in the post to your blog and to the exchange - hope lots of people sign up.

  13. Now THAT'S a great surprise!


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