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  1. CheezyK

    What a fabulously exciting and timely box of surprises! Enjoy every single bite and nibble and get well soon.
    Unfortunately I’m not able to share any delicious coconut sugar recipes, I’m not even able to share any non-delicious coconut sugar recipes as I’ve never even heard of it before. I do however look forward to the recommendations that come from others.

  2. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    such a wonderful gift!! so many fantastic goodies :)

    Hope you are feeling better soon x

  3. Emma

    Ain’t never heard of no coconut sugar, it sounds yummy yum. I like to rag on Canada, but damn are they giving and generous people! Are those Roots mittens? I like to rag on Roots too, but damn it’s just cause I’m jealous of those mitts.

    That maple butter looks frickin awesome. Yeah, so Canada might produce 80% of the world’s maple syrup, to the U.S.’s 20%. But Vermont produces 40% of the U.S.’s 20. So there’s something.

    Perhaps your blurry photo was actually due to your spotting of some Arachides in the corner of your workspace. Don’t hold out on us:)

  4. Amey

    what a sweet post – and what and AMAZING care package. Ricki really is awesome. Also, guess what? You won one of my holiday cookbooklettes! Send me your mailing address to ameyfm (at) yahoo (dot) com Fun!

  5. theresa

    You’re so cute, and totally deserving of a parcel like that!

  6. K

    wow so generous!

    I wish I could help with coconut sugar ideas, the only thing I have done with mine is use it to coat raw chocolate pops!

  7. Ricki

    Whew–so glad it finally arrived!! And how adorable is that photo of you with the toque and mitts?! (which of course I realize you will never “have” to wear. . .but what the heck, they’re Canadian!). I’m so glad you like the goodies–I wanted a little selection of some of my fave Canadian-made vegan treats (and as I said, unfortunately bars of chocolate would have melted helplessly in your heat right now. . . but can’t believe I forgot to take the price tag off that granola–yikes–faux pas!!!). You just made my night, seriously–I am smiling ear to ear. (And btw, none of those fancypants movie stars ever thanked me, by the way–not a one. This is so much better.) :D xo

    1. Alisa

      Ricki, you are too amazing! What an awesome gift package … of course the amazing Hannah deserves all of that sweet and chocolate goodness!

      1. Ricki

        I couldn’t agree more! :)

  8. cathy

    “Oh. Arachides, not arachnids. False alarm. We’re cool, Jenni, we’re cool.”

    that is the funniest thing I have read ina long time! YEs the french on our labels can be a bit confusing to the uninitiated…

    most of all RICKI ROCKS!!!

    cathy of the simply bars

  9. Debi

    Ricki is a doll (and so are you in those last goodies you pulled out!) and she really outdid herself. I hope you love the coconut sugar! I absolutely love it and use it in my cooking and baking (if I’m not using raw local honey or 100% maple syrup). Although, here in the states, some companies call it palm sugar. :D Enjoy your goodies!

  10. Ricki

    Oh–forgot to comment on the “arachides” line–hilarious! (Yep, we’ve gotta have everything bilingual over here. . . don’t ask) ;-)

  11. Ashley

    Oh my goodness, maple butter?!?! Think my heart just stopped with excitement! Review? Please?! :D

  12. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    That is one incredible box! I want some of that granola – so chocolate-y and chunky!!!

  13. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    How cool! So many good things in that little parcel. What a nice friend you have. :)

  14. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Ahhh :) What a lovely package! And a lovely surprise – and now a lovely post. Thanks for transcribing your stream of thoughts, because I can attest that mine would have been similarly exhilerated and overwhelmed and possibly tangential at the end…those products are amazing :)

    I hope you’re feeling better Hannah (and sorry to hear your boss is leaving) xo

  15. Alisa
  16. Jess

    That is an absolutely awesome care package! I think about sending you some chocolate to review every time I open a new bar of fancy pants chocolate. Maybe we can swap addresses sometime and I can send you some fun, local Wisconsin foodie things! :) Would that be too weird?

  17. Lou

    ooooo so lucky! You so deserve to be spoilt though, you are a special little chicken :) Maple butter?! Swoooooon! I really want to try coconut sugar too – I’ll get some when I get back to Aussie and hopefully by then you will have some amazing vegan recipe for me to try? Yes!

    Hope you are feeling better too :)

  18. Johanna GGG

    what a generous package – ricki is just such a lovely member of the food blogging community! And coconut sugar is exciting – I use it where I might use brown sugar – maybe sprinkled on stone fruit and baked would be good – though I had to check my recipe and the one I think would be great to try with coconut sugar is one of ricki’s of course – http://www.dietdessertndogs.com/2011/02/09/sugar-free-dairy-free-gluten-free-grain-free-soy-free-chocolate-frosting-recipe/ and this is another that I think looks excellent http://dinewellco.blogspot.com/2011/10/caramel-sauce.html – can’t wait to hear how much you love it! Now you just need some snow for those woollies – and lots of rest so you can enjoy christmas

  19. Catherine

    Amazing! I WANT A VEGAN PROTEIN BAR!! You are so lucky and Ricki is one lovely lady.
    Now that you you have your Canada gear you can survive Italy in the cold!

  20. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    Oh bless Ricki, such a lovely thing to do! I love the bloggers’ community because you “meet” so many great people like this that you wouldn’t otherwise have done… and what a great way to cheer you up when you’re feeling meh.
    I bought some coconut sugar but have been so determined not to waste it, I’ve hardly used it so I look forward to hearing any recipes you come up with for it!
    Hope you feel better soon :-)

  21. Kath Lockett

    What an amazingly generous woman your Canadian goddess is! I hope you get well soon – those gloves and hat are surely going to help :)

  22. Three-Cookies

    Really nice Xmas present. I understand now how this fixed the sickness

  23. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    What a lovely package to receive on a mopey day! :D Instant happy!

  24. whisperinggums

    It was indeed a wonderful box Ricki …

    … and Hannah, I can’t believe you wear to work that Gatlinberg sweater I bought in 1984 when I was caught out there in a cold snap with no warm clothes, the sweater you dressed up many years later in when you were three.

  25. whisperinggums

    PS I love those teatowels.

  26. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    isn’t she awesome? i love ricki! she inspires me in my fight for anti-candida! what a treat receiving all those goodies in the mail :). hope you feel better soon hannah!

  27. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    You never cease to amaze me with how effortlessly you cultivate close friendships!

    Ricki’s product-selecting skills are out of this world. I’ll take the protein bar, the bag of raw chocolate granola, and the jar of maple butter pls…

    I’ve got a few coconut sugar recipes ;)

  28. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    The towels are really cute!

  29. Cindy

    Hey I just caught up with your post, lucky lady!

    I think K’s onto a good thing with the idea of rolling truffle thingies in coconut sugar. You already saw me candying nuts with it, and I reckon the other winner would be a streusel/crumble kinda topping on baked goods or fruit.

    Also, I want to pick that maple butter off the screen and smear it on a waffle. :-)

  30. Kate

    Aw, I’m sorry to hear you’re sick too! Speaking of Pringles… I was so broke the first time I went to Europe that the only thing I had to eat all day when I was sitting in a train station was a can of Pringles. I can’t even look at them anymore- blech!

  31. penny aka jeroxie

    Oh wow! What a lovely package. And coconut sugar. Me want too

  32. sophia

    Where can I get my own Ricki? That is one awesome person! But of course you deserve it all, Hannah! I hope you feel better soon. I’m sick too, but in more of a “I ate 10434387 cookies last night at a cookie exchange party” kind of sick. ;-)

  33. Richa@HobbyandMore

    awesome!.. those are some amazing goodies.. and a super fun post and ricki is awesome!.. hope you feel better soon! its kinda freezing here.. so we need some mittens too!.. psst.. hint to ricki… psst.
    Take care.. and yeah roll them balls in the sugar , maybe add some ginger bread spices to the sugar before rolling! more spices the merrier!

  34. Louise

    I love your whirly picture of the toque and mittens. Maple butter has me intrigued. I think it deserves it’s very own guest post when you get to eating it. The chocolate granola (you know I want to call it muesli!) looks good, but I could never cope with something like that for breakfast. I’d need to snack on it later on I think. Hope you’re on the mend by now. I’m sure that maple butter is full of health giving anti-oxidants.

  35. msihua

    Yayy for Ricky! Three cheers!! Hip Hip! HOORAY!!! Yayy to good blogger friends from yonder! Now.. who would like to send me gifts? ( I have no shame!)

  36. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    I’m so jealous in a good way! I’ve heard of coconut sugar but have never been able to find it in Melbourne or Hong Kong!!!

    You’re going to have a great time with these new ingredients :) Enjoy!

  37. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah

    With a beautiful care package like that, I might just be tempted to be ill for a little while longer :) I received one of these boxes when I had chicken pox years ago and to this date, I count it as one of the most memorable gifts that I have ever received. Needless to say, I can never forget to beautiful girl that gave it to me.

    Get well soon.

  38. hungryandfrozen

    Coconut sugar! Maple Butter! CANADIA MITTS! I’m so happy for you. I’ve been hit by a case of the sicks recently but I think I’m managing to fight it, and while I haven’t been to conferences or anything I suspect it’s that similar end of year weariness thing.

    Reading this post made me remember I had a jar of cocoa nibs on my shelf, but rather than get off the bed and walk over, I leaned precariously across, nearly losing my laptop and nearly smashing a glass and actually getting wacky cramp in my hip, but I managed to bat it towards myself. And now I have a mouthful of cocoa nibs and I didn’t even get out of bed! And I’m reading your blog too, so really life is good.

  39. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    You write so hilariously about being unwell, that first paragraph is gold. I hope you’re jazzy and better now! What an incredibly gorgeous gift, and it just kept going! The maple butter and coconut sugar sound divine. I don’t have any recipes, unfortunately, but no doubt you’ll come up with something brilliant. What a sweet way to be cheered up. Perfect timing. Oh & MITTENS!
    Heidi xo

  40. Live Food Bar Toronto

    WOW
    Thank you so much Hannah for the great review of our Chocolate Granola. We LOVE your blog and all the amazing ppl who follow you- great comments.

    We make this granola for breakfast but many use it as an energy snack during the day. I love it in the morning with raspberries, freshly made nut mylk flavored w/ vanilla & coconut sugar. It keeps me going until lunch time.

    My Dad used to say my tail wagged when I got near food. I love trying new foods.
    Happy Holidays!
    xoTara Chris & Jenn from
    Live Organic Food Products Ltd. Toronto.
    PS. Also if we can get the costs down we will be shipping our products Internationally soon.
    PSS —Hope you are all warm over there —we are not! bbbbrrr.

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