Manna Giveaway!

Thank you for all the congrats on finishing the 15k this weekend! You guys are the bestest of the bestest!

And because you are the bestest of the bestest and I just really like you guys in general, why not have a sweet giveaway?

Do you all remember when I got this in the mail from Manna Organics?

Four whole loves of the good stuff. ;)

I started out by trying the sunseed and the sourdough and just recently took down the whole wheat sprouted bread that was chillin’ in the freezer.It was my breakfast all last week.

The thing I really like about the sprouted bread is that it’s so soft and cake-like. It’s addicting stuff. This is a warning.

And it also goes extremely well with coffee. Which, with me, is a non-negotiable in the morning. Obviously.

Three loaves down. Only one more in my possession. Sadness.

But lucky for you, the folks at Manna Organics contacted me once again and thought it’d be fun to do a giveaway!

I agreed. Because free food is always a good thing.

So, if you want to receive the same package of goods I did, you have three different ways to enter:

1. Tell me something new you tried this weekend.
2. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment saying you did.
3. Go on facebook and “like” Manna Organics. Then comment and let me know you did.

You’ve got until I pick a winner next Monday morning. Aaaaannnnndddd GO!

PS- This giveaway is only open to US Residents. My apologies go out to our friendly neighbors to the north.

Oh and look at the flowers Miss Annie got for me last Tuesday- they’ve bloomed like craaaaazy!She had called after seeing my first picture and was rather upset with how they looked. I assured her the directions in the box said they’d start blooming in the first 24 hours of being in water, and they weren’t kidding!

Happy Monday!

Breakfast First-Timers

When friends come into town, the one thing I’m always set on is making at least one big breakfast.

Not only is it the  most important meal of the day, it’s my favorite and, as my friend, you have to deal with it.

As soon as Laura planned her trip for last weekend, I started planning meals. Yes. I’m a nerd. But it’s a characteristic I’ve embraced.

Not sure why, but frittatas always make me a little nervous. Maybe because there’s a lot of stuff that goes into it. And if I screw it up, there’s wasted time and a hungry houseguest to deal with.

No pressure.

Given that Laura is one of my best friends and has to love me no matter what, along with the fact that I’m a cereal hoarder (as backup), it was the perfect time to give the frittata a shot.

And also time to break out the heavy skillet that used to be my grandma’s.I like to think it helped the meal be a success- quite a few meals have gone through this pan. Lots of love. Patience. And lard.

Laura, conveniently sedated with coffee, gave me free reign on the mix-ins for the frittata. So onions, olives, ground sausage, spinach, and mushrooms were thrown in. My standards.Along with 6 eggs (instead of the instructed 5 from the recipe). Because I added A LOT of stuff.

Later on, decide to add a 7th one after you pour the egg mixture in and realize it’s still a little packed all up in the pan…See? Packed.

Cover the dish while on the stove top??? Oh crap! This pan was probably purchased during the Great Depression. Did they make lids back then???I’m so clever.

Another 20 minutes in the oven and I took this baby out to test.Or, in my case, cut a million times because I’m terrified of not having it bake all the way through.

Because the sausage had been heavily seasoned with taco seasoning (it was thawed from a previous use) and I salt and pepper were in the eggs, no other seasoning was required. And we were both pleased. The eggs were perfectly baked and fluffy.And the cheese was nice and melty. Breakfast of champions who are about to take down some serious shopping… ;)

That cake-like bread next to my frittata in that sad-looking picture is sprouted bread from Manna Organics. They were so kind to send some my way to try out.Who am I to pass down carbs?

I’m not. And last week there was a shipment at my door of 4 loaves of this stuff!

Anyway, the first day I had them coincided with a day where I was chillin’ with Mon, so we tried out the Sunny Sourdough with our turkey sandwiches:Yes, there’s turkey under that slice of provolone. I swear to it.

I really liked the pairing- mostly because I prefer dense breads with the whole grains and all the good stuff vs fluffy/airy. It crumbled a little easier than most, but it was a good change up.

So my opinion was already favorable when breaking into the sprouted bread during Laura’s stay.

The Sunseed was the first to be opened.The texture really is like cake and the poppy flavor is dominant and very evident in the first bite.

Even though it seems like cake, the ingredient list makes me feel about 10x less guilty about eating it for breakfast- no salt, oil or sweeteners. It’s also packed with fiber and protein. An all around win.Even if you spread a lil’ cream cheese on top… ;)

Or peanut butter.

Or just eat it plain.

I’m knowledgeable on all these options. Which is why the sunseed bread is no longer. :(

There are two more loaves of this stuff chillin’ (literally) in my freezer. Waiting to be had.

Move over oatmeal. I’m having an affair with Manna Organics for the next week or two…

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