April Foodie Pen Pals…Revealed!

[Don’t forget to see who won the Runa Tea giveaway–I announced the winner today!]

Have I mentioned lately how much I love bloggers? I. Love. Bloggers. It was like my Foodie Pen Pals match for April could read my mind…and I’ve been eating happily all month because of it!

The fabulous Courtney over at Little Food Court sent me a box of foodie love this month, and she made sure my chocolate and peanut butter cravings would be satisfied each and every day.

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PB Fingers Book Club: The Book Thief

We’re taking a brief hiatus from the foodie world today (although there’s still time to enter the Runa giveaway!!) to talk about my other loves: books, and getting lost in them. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately!

I’ve never been much of a historical fiction reader–except when it comes to World War II literature. Number the Stars was one of my favorite required reading books in elementary school, and I did several reports on the time period for other classes as well.

So when Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers picked The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, for this month’s book club discussion, I was beyond psyched. I happened to have just scored a copy through a World Book Night promotion I did with my real-life job, and its praises had already been sung by my roommate.

Healthy Quinoa Breakfast Cookies, and my First Giveaway! [closed]

Hey there, friends. I know I was MIA here on Chip Chip Hooray last week–sorry about that. Things in these parts have been crazy–Baby Chip turned sweet 16, bestest friends got engaged, the Hunger Games movie came out–but I have been writing! …just not here. Hah.

So to make it up from you, I’m giving you two wonderful things today: cookies that you can eat for breakfast (um, fabulous), and free stuff!

You love me again now, right? That’s what I thought.

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Sugarlicious: A Book Review and Giveaway!

Meaghan Mountford’s Sugarlicious: 50 Cute and Clever Treats for Every Occasion is bursting with whimsical baking and craft ideas, from Farm Animal Snack Cakes to Milk Shake Cake Pops.

As you might be able to guess just by looking at the cover, quirky fonts and mouth-watering photography adorn every page. And even though she’ll tell you how to cover petit fours with homemade fondant, this book is completely novice-baker-friendly. Believe it!

To read my full review and to enter a giveaway to WIN your very own copy of Sugarlicious, head on over to Big Girls Small Kitchen College!

Peanut Butter Raisin Oatmeal

Rise and shine, darlings!

Oh wait, you’re not morning people? Sorry. I am in possession of the often-unfortunate quality of being one of those people who functions best in the early hours. I say “often-unfortunate” because it’s my experience that the general population loathes morning people. They resent–perfectly understandably, in my opinion–bright, perky, caffeinated efficiency before their neurons have had a chance to get properly kickstarted.

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