UPS gifts

Two exciting packages arrived via UPS yesterday! Well, exciting might be a slight exaggeration, but both were items that I was in need of.

The first was from Byrd Mill, the makers of the peanut flour that I buy:

This is the second 5 lb. bag I have purchased, and I think that the first one lasted me about 5 months. Before that, I had purchased 2 1 lb. bags, but decided that it was definitely more cost-effective to get a larger bag! I can’t say enough good things about peanut flour. Not only are the nutritional stats awesome (per 1/4 cup: 100 cal., 3g fat, 12g protein, 3g fiber), but it is so versatile and tastes great! (It’s also only 2 WW pp for 1/3 of a cup.)

The 2 most common things that I use peanut flour for are for protein in smoothies (combined with a frozen banana, ice and almond milk- to die for…) and as “peanut flour spread,” in which I add enough almond milk to get the consistency that I want, and eat it just as I would any other nut butter. I also use it for baking sometimes – what little baking I do. I have yet to use the flour in a savory way, but think that it would be fantastic for a Thai peanut sauce (guess I’ll have to get on that one asap!).

The other package that came was from Mad Dogg Athletics, who my Spinning certification is through.

Not too much excitement here- it’s a tuning belt to hold the controller for the headset I wear when teaching group exercise classes. But, I like the little Spinning logo on it. 🙂

And this is not something that came via UPS, but rather in my email:

I get this same email in my spam folder every single day. It’s either advertisting Viagra or Penis enlargement- two things that I’m obviously interested in. I like that the sender’s name is “Christmas-is Coming.”


I’m leaving for NYC this afternoon! Greg did a lot of work on a huge project back in September, so his boss paid for us to take the train to the city and stay in a hotel near Central Park. Greg is an engineer for a huge worldwide company that is based in New York City, and their annual holiday party is tomorrow night, so we’ll be attending that as well. He will be working in the NY office tomorrow, so I have the whole day to myself to walk around- and I couldn’t be more excited! We’re coming back Saturday, so it will be a quick trip. I definitely love the perks he gets with is job- and have never gotten any kind of monetary bonus or gift from my supervisors! Good thing I can sponge off of him!

If you have any recommendations for things to see in NYC tomorrow- please let me know!

Do you use peanut flour? Any recipes to share?

12 Comments on “UPS gifts”

  1. I have never tried peanut flour… but after seeing the nutritional stats maybe I need to jump on the bandwagon. I love the idea of mixing it with almond milk for a lower fat peanut butter. Definitely make sure to check out the tree in Rockafellor center while you are there and look at the gorgeous window displays on fifth avenue.

  2. Is peanut butter flour like PB2? (I think that’s what it’s called.)

    My NYC recommendation is to check out Bryant Park. Like Rockefellar center, they also have a tree and ice skating but it’s much more low key. They also have a ton of little pop-up shops in tents so it’s great for buying little gifts or even just getting some hot cider. There’s also an outdoor bar with a firepit. It’s pretty cool. I personally prefer it over the Rock.

    The High Line is also something to check out, although I’m not sure about it in the winter, plus it’s not exactly near where you’re staying.

    Have fun!!

    • Lauren says:

      Yes- Peanut flour is like PB2. The place I order it from might be a darker roast though… from what I remember, PB2 is pretty light in color. It’s all made from “de-fatted” peanuts. 🙂

  3. I loooove peanut flour. I only have a tiny bit left from the last bag I got at Trader Joe’s, but I found a place to order it online so I’m going to reup!

    I’ve made a peanut sauce before and you are right – it is SO good. I used peanut flour (1/4 cup), water, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil (1 tsp). It made a huge amount for 4 pts+, so I made it into two portions for 2pts+ each. SO good!

    • Lauren says:

      I’m sad to say, I never tried TJ’s peanut flour, and haven’t been able to find it. If you know where to order that brand online, let me know- I’d like to try it!

      Thanks for the sauce recipe- I am ON it!

  4. I love peanut flour too! Its great. Trader Joe’s use to sell it. I hope y’all have a great time in NYC!

  5. VERY cool-have fun in NYC!!

    I don’t like peanuts so no, never tried the flour. Hah. pb makes me gag, sadly.

    I LOVE a good belt to hold the mic in–we need to upgrade ours at the gyms I teach at for sure….who knows if they’ve ever been washed?! EWW.

  6. Gil says:

    Give my love to NYC! The Macy’s holiday window in Herald Square is usually pretty festive. The last Christmas that I lived in NYC was the year of the big pre-Christmas blizzard–Catherine was up visiting us and she got snowed in, so I played hookie from work and spent a few days just walking around enjoying the city (And consuming steaming bowls of bun cha Hanoi–like pho but even more delicious.) Good times! I hope you dont get a blizzard though…
    Have fun!!

  7. Have tons of fun in New York. I’ve never been but hope to one day. I have never used peanut flour either, but peanut butter? We eat a ton of that here. I think I have about 7 different kinds in my cupboard right now.

  8. NYC? Damn girl, I’m jealous!!! I went last year around this time of year for my birthday and had an amazing time. I got to do a bunch of shopping and went on a walking foodie tour with one of the bloggers there who I’m friends with. Hope you have fun 🙂

  9. I love peanut flour though I haven’t had any in a couple of months. I always used it in smoothies, oatmeal (I think it blends better than regular PB), and baking.

    Have fun in NYC! I’ve always wanted to see Manhattan during Christmas. I hope you take lots of pictures 🙂

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