Buffalo Peanuts

Looking for a snack for your boyfriend who is flying to Vancouver?  Okay… how about… are you looking for a fun snack to make?!  Is that better?

This week, I wanted to make something small that I could give to Dave to take on the plane with him.  Okay… plane… peanuts.  It didn’t take too long to decide.  I came across a recipe I had saved from Bake Your Day, a really awesome blog with some really gorgeous pictures of food.

The original recipe is meant for mixed nuts… but I wanted to keep the airplane theme alive and use only peanuts.  This one’s a winner! … and don’t call me Shirley.

Buffalo Peanuts

Original recipe by:  Bake Your Day

Makes:  2 Cups


2 Cups Peanuts (i used salted)

1 Tablespoon Sunflower oil (or Olive Oil)

2 Tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, more or less depending on taste

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt


1.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with foil.

2.  Combine peanuts with oil, hot sauce, and seasonings.  Dump onto the baking sheet and spread out.

3.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until toasted.

Here they are pre-baked

Amazing. I could eat them all day… but I really shouldn’t.

Oh, they weren’t too spicy at all. Don’t be afraid!

PS don’t you love the PSU mug? Gotta represent!

Foodie Penpals: May

The day is here!  I get to reveal what I received from my Foodie Penpal!

Who doesn’t love getting a package in the mail?  This is the first month I participated in the Foodie Penpal program.  It’s simple:  spend $15 on goodies for a fellow foodie, someone else will do the same for you!  It’s open for both bloggers AND readers, so if you’re interested, definitely read below!

My fabulous Foodie Penpal in May was Kristi Baldwin.  I could not wait to receive my package once I heard from her… she warned me it was Mexican themed (YUM!)  and that she makes her own salsa.  I was super excited.

The package came to my house the day I was packing to leave for the beach for Memorial Day Weekend.  Perfect.  I ripped it open and here’s what I found:

My yummy package!

Tortilla Chips
Fajita Skillet Sauce
Chile con Queso Dip
Dolfin Lavendar Chocolate

Dave wanted to pop open the jar of homemade salsa right away, but I made him wait until we got to the “shore”.  However, the Somersaults weren’t as lucky.  They were ripped open and devoured by myself and Dave almost immediately.

YUM! Love Somersaults!

I had never seen these babies before, but I’m glad Kristi introduced me to them!  They are a delicious perfect little snack.  I will have to buy some online ASAP!

Dave and I finished Kristi’s homemade salsa in one sitting.  It was so tasty.  I am dying to know what she used in it.  It had a great kick but wasn’t too spicy, and even some bites were a little sweet.  It tasted so fresh, I’d love to try to make one on my own.

Thank you, Kristi, for your awesome package!  It made my day, and I loved trying all of these new products 🙂

As for the package I sent, I got fellow blogger, Steph… who is a dairy-free Mommy of THREE adorable little girls.  She blogs @ Dairy-Free Omnivore, giving some awesome recipes, stories, and fun pictures of her and her family.  Check out her site! 

& Click HERE if you want to see what I got her!

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

If you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

The Lean Green Bean