Hi my loves!

Life is pure craziness right now! I picked up a huge graphic design job for Beckley Boutique and have been working like a madwoman recently. I’ve also been MOH (Maid of Honor) of the century organizing all sorts of fun things for the bride (my sister)! I’ve been so busy that I wasn’t able to work on my new batch of “Eat More Rabbit Food” shirts until last week. Ughhh I feel like such a slacker, but not haha. Yaknowwhatimean? I’m trying my hardest to get them completed this week so I can have them listed in the store and ready to ship before christmas!

Now for a recap of my trip to Yuma, Arizona for the Medjool Date Festival. Be sure to read all the way through for your chance to win some Natural Delights Medjool Dates!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-8Last month Natural Delights asked me if I would be a guest judge for the recipe contest at the Annual Yuma Medjool Date Festival! Me, a guest judge? WHATTT?! So cool! I love everyone at Natural Delights and I loveeee dates, so I was really excited to visit Yuma again for the festival. Brett (my lovely bunny model) also came along for the festival!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-11The trip started off with necessary bathroom mirror selfies (should I say us-ie?). We’re such girls.

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-5Then we boarded the plane and prepared for takeoff.

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-12Unfortunately our plane had different plans as our right engine started smoking! Sooooo we deplaned waited for a new aircraft.

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-18I don’t know if I have talked about my bad luck with planes before, but I am literally always delayed, cancelled, or end up with a broken plane!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-15After our new plane arrived we were off to Yuma, AZ!

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Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-10First cactus sighting at the airport!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-17The next morning, Brett and I woke up to a gorgeous Arizona sunrise and enjoyed coffee and breakfast at our hotel before heading to the festival.

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Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-3We got to meet Miss Medjool! SO FREAKING AWESOME!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-7Brett and I had some free time to roam around the festivals so for our first stop, we explored the gallery where they had gorgeous photos of the Medjool date growers from Natural Delights.

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-1They even had Medjool date art created by local kids! Seriously too cute for words!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-9Had to take a photo with the giant fork in downtown Yuma, because Im cool like that.

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-16Brett and I made our way to the Imperial booth for fresh date shakes. Imperial is part of the Bard Valley Growers Association and also grows for Natural Delights!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-19Our shakes were to die for! We downed them within minutes.

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Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-13Standing with the recipe contest sign! Eeeeeeek!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-25Then it was time for the main event; the recipe contest. Look at the excitement on my face, it just screams “DATESSSSSS!”

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-24We got to try so many incredible recipes submitted by local date enthusiasts.

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-22And the winner wasssssss: the most incredible salty sweet cheese loaf with date and nut coating. The judges and I couldn’t get enough!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-23All of the Judges and the winner of the 2013 Recipe Contest!

Yuma-Medjool-Date-Festival-21To end an already amazing day, I did an on camera interview speaking about using dates for natural healthy sweetener in lightened up recipes! Brett and I had so much fun sampling dates from all of the vendors and getting to hangout with the Natural Delights team. It’s always a tasty and fun time visiting Natural Delights!

READ BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SOME NATURAL DELIGHTS MEDJOOL DATES.

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In collaboration with Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates, I am hosting a giveaway!
One lucky RFFMBT winner will receive: Two 1 lb packages of Fresh Medjool Dates!

For your chance to win:
1. Comment on this post telling me your favorite way to eat Medjool dates.

2. Follow Natural Delights on Twitter.
- Leave a separate comment with the url to your tweet!

3. Like Natural Delights on Facebook.
- Leave a separate comment letting me know that you liked them!

This means you can earn up to 3 entries!
Contest ends on Thursday, December 12th at 11:59pm PST.
Winner will be announced on Friday, December 13th.
Must use a valid email address when entering. Open to U.S. residents only.

I have complied a list of some RFFMBT recipes that include Medjool Dates:

Cashew Cookie Larabars
Date & Olive Tapenade
Campfire Kisses
Medjool Date BBQ Sauce
Valentine’s Day Cookie Sandwiches

Chocomole 

Raw Bites
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies
Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip
Healthy Vegan Banana Bread
Black Bean and Spinach Brownies

Hail To the Kale Salad Dressing

For fun & fresh holiday recipes using Bard Valley Natural Delights™ Medjool Dates, be sure to download their free Holiday eZine!

*This giveaway has ended. A Winner will be announced on Friday, December 13.
** Congratulations to the winner: Victoria F!
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  1. I’ve never tried them, but would love to! :)

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  2. Liked on Facebook!!

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  3. Might sound boring, but I love to put dates in my cereal or oatmeal, always livens it up!! :)

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  5. I love experimenting with dates in recipes and simply eating them raw =)

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  6. I love dates with a bit of almond butter and dark chocolate chips. Best dessert ever.

    Response from KMM
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  7. Medjool are the best straight out of the container-only brand of dates I will eat that way, but also love to make date balls!

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  8. Liked Natural Delights on Facebook.

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  9. Also liked on fb!

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  10. My favorite way to eat Medjool dates are by themselves, as a snack… :)

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  12. Liked on Facebook! :)

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  13. I chop them up and mix into my overnight oats-it’s just like caramel bits!

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  14. Liked on Facebook

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  15. I love making my own Larabars with dates!

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  16. I also liked on Twitter! (@clpatters)

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  17. I also liked on Facebook! (Christina Patterson)

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  18. I love making dates into a granola bar!

    Response from Abigail
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    • Followed on Twitter and liked on Facebook!

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  19. I love them sliced with some almond butter!

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  20. I follow on Twitter (@LBe_Hoff)

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  21. I love using dates to make a raw caramel dip for fruit, it’s amazing!

    Response from Ashley G.
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  22. I love them plain as a snack!

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  23. I love Medjool dates and never have them on hand when I need them! This would be great to win! I open them, take out the pit and put a spoonful of almond butter or cream cheese or whatever you want in the middle. Makes a great snack. I just love to eat them out of the package, too. Going to try some of these recipes!!

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  24. I “liked” Natural Delights on Facebook!

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  25. Date nut bars! And I just found a recipe for oatmeal date cookies (instead of raisins), which I am excited to try out

    Response from Christin
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  26. “Liked” Natural Delights on Facebook

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  27. I love them to make raw bites (thanks for the great recipe!), but my new favorite way to use dates is in a sweet/savory combination. This year for Thanksgiving I brought an appetizer of goat cheese stuffed dates and everyone loved them!

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  28. I love making raw energy bars or even desserts with medjools, they are so much softer and stickier than a lot of the other dates that I’ve tried! and sweeter too!

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  29. I like them on facebook as well

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  30. Also, liked them on facebook! :)

    Response from Valerie
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  31. I follow on twitter. @jmaribuchholz

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  32. I’ve never tried them but would love to! I’ve always been curious.

    Response from Clarice
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  33. I love dates. I bake with them ALL. THE. TIME. Looking good in those pictures, Catherine!

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  35. ‘Liked’ on Facebook (Donyel M)

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  36. It’s a tie between dates in my Banana smoothies and my superfood date balls that I
    Make! :)

    Response from Jasmine
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  37. Followed on Twitter!
    Twitter.com/_jgbriones

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  38. I don’t have a Facebook so I liked it with my brothers account! Cwbriones@gmail.com :)

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  39. I love them in raw energy bites!!

    Response from Kate S.
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  40. I love using them in banana bread instead of brown sugar!

    Response from Becki @ Bites 'n Brews
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  41. I make balls with dates all the time combined with nuts and coconut butter. :)

    Response from Shaunna
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  42. I have actually never had dates before!

    Response from Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
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  43. I like to eat dates, right out of the bag! :) They are sooooo good, I don’t like to mix their amazing flavor with anything else really. :) However, I do like having dates so I can make some recipes that call for them – such as homemade protein/lara bars. Also, one of my favorite bloggers uses them a lot in her recipes, so they are nice to have on hand. :)

    Dates are so amazing, they are a snack and dessert in one. Yum! :)
    I am so excited for this giveaway. Thank you soooo very much for a chance to win some of that amazingness! God bless you always!

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  44. Just Liked the Natural Delights Facebook page! :)

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  45. Oh- and how could I forget to mention… you look so beautiful in all of these pictures! And your friend, Brett, is so gorgeous! The desserts you tasted look incredible. I loved reading this post, so thanks for sharing your date date. LOL :)

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  46. Cashew Cookie LaraBars!

    Response from Jess
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  47. Birthday twin!! I love all your posts!!! Keep em’ coming!! <3

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  48. I liked them on Facebook! :)

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  49. I love to eat them plain or in DIY larabars. Sometimes I throw them in the oven for a couple minutes to warm them up and sprinkle a little sea salt on them. So delicious!

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  50. i love to use them as a sugar replacement in recipes!

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  51. i liked natural delights on facebook!

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  52. Straight for the package! :)

    Response from Helen
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  53. I used them to make a pecan pie bar that turned out amazing!

    Response from Rebecca Wright
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  54. Haha, oh my, I love Miss Medjool. That’s awesome! I love medjool dates used with nuts to make crusts. I also use them in smoothies to sweeten a healthy way. I love medjool date caramel. There’s so many fantastic uses!

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  55. I love to eat dates right out of the package! Great way to start your morning! I also cut up dates in my oatmeal, and of course I use dates as a sweetener in my smoothies. Dates are the only sweetener I use, no other sugars for me thanks! So dates are an integral part of my vegan life.

    Response from Virginia
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  56. So yummy! They are my new dessert. I have a sweet tooth and these help keep it in check!

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  58. Liked on facebook, now crossing fingers!

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  59. Honestly I just love eating Dates by themselves they are just so yummy! Everytime I see them anywhere I crave them!

    Response from Sarah Shelton
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  60. I liked Medjool Dates on Facebook as well!

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  61. I just love to eat dates on their own! They’re yummy

    Response from Kaylin
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  62. I just love to snack on them as they are (perfect) or dip in nut butter. Just a perfect food all around.

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  63. I love to blend 3-4 medjool dates with frozen banana, a handful of spinach, 1 C of almond breeze, 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder and a pinch of cinnamon for a healthy version of Chocolate Milk shake! Yum yum!

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  65. I’ve never even eaten dates before but now I’m wanting to make one of those milkshakes. It looks delicious!

    Response from Heather
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  66. I like them just as they are or with some peanut butter. So yummy!

    Response from Wendy
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  67. Liked on Facebook!

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  68. I love dipping dates straight into a jar of almond butter. So delicious!

    Response from Vanessa
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  69. I love medjool dates! MY favorite way to eat them is in a bar, a la Larabars :)

    Also I don’t know if you will see this because I don’t know if you read the comments, but I won one of your last giveaways months ago (vegan makeup bag) and I never received it.

    Response from Melanie Hook
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    • Melanie, I just sent you an email! I am so upset that you never received your prize from Love True Natural. I will fix this ASAP! xo

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  70. I love medjool dates so so much! I just eat them straight up :-)

    Courtney

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  71. I like Natural Delights!

    Courtney

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  72. I love dates on my salad! I also just like snacking on them :)

    Response from Ashley Smith
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  73. Like to eat dates best straight from the package!

    Response from Marie
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  74. I love them to make a date paste…use in cookie/baking recipes. soak with some water & blend. sometimes I just like them chopped up in my salad or yogurt!

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  75. I LOVE Medjool dates. I love to eat them just on their own, but I also like to use them to sweeten baked goods, like a deep dish chocolate chip cookie pie (from chocolatecoveredkatie.com) that I just made this weekend. Oh, and I love to sometimes eat them straight up with some crunchy peanut butter stuffed in there. Delicious.

    I also followed on Twitter and Facebook :-)

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  76. I make date paste and then use it in banana bread. Love it!

    Response from Jeanne
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  77. In my Aunt’s date balls! My fave Christmas treat!

    Response from Beth McCarthy
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  78. I like to use them in raw desserts :)

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  79. I also liked natural delights on facebook!

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  80. I like to eat them plain, or in homemade energy bars (with almonds, chocolate, cherries, coconut and almond butter).

    I am almost 7 months pregnant, and I’m trying to remember to eat at least six every single day. Why? — Because I read a study recently saying that it can dramatically improve your labor. This is my first kid…I’m slightly terrified. :) I live in Alaska, and they don’t have any here; I have been going to extensive trouble to get more. :) (So I hope I win!)

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280989

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  81. I liked them on fB.

    Some of these recipes look delicious!

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  82. I like using dates to make homemade bars!

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  83. My twitter is @ajavuu

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  84. I liked them on Facebook :)

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  85. I love blending them up and making caramel sauce out of them.

    Response from Becca F
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  86. homemade date bars!

    Response from Melissa
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  87. Following Natural Delights on twitter (@justtellmewhen)

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  88. I love eating them as desserts or snacks. I can never stop at just 1!

    Response from Jennifer
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  89. Love to eat them right out of the box. Plan on trying some of your receipes, they sound wonderful!
    Happy Holidays!

    Response from Karen P Dunn
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  90. Medjool dates stuffed with almond butter and topped with coconut is my weakness!!

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  92. I liked them on Facebook on my brothers account, as I don’t have an account (Christian Briones).

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  93. My favorite thing to do with dates is make pale Rx Bars. Normally, to buy these delicious little bars, they are $4 each! so I looked at the ingredients on the back and make them myself! Dates, Almonds, vanilla protein powder, dried cranberries and coconut. They are amazing and packed with protein!

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  94. ….And I liked them on FB. no twitter account though :(

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  95. Looks like a fun time and those shakes look SO good!

    My favorite way to eat dates is very simply. I shove a whole almond inside, then cap both ends with a dark chocolate chip. Nature’s candy bar! lol

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  96. I’m following NaturalDelightsDates on twitter. (@thefiveharts). I happily found their Pinterest, too. yummy looking recipes

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  97. I love dates on my salad, with walnuts!

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  98. My favorite ways to eat dates are to split them open and insert a pecan. Boom! Instant pecan pie! I also loooove making date shakes with almond milk, dates, vanilla extract, and a frozen banana. Tastes like ice cream! :-)

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  99. I liked Natural Delights on Facebook! :)

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  100. I followed them and tweeted about them on twitter! https://twitter.com/nicoletonesitup/status/410837732408033280

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  101. I absolutely love to mix dates, almond milk, cinnamon, half a banana, and a scoop of vanilla vega protein powder into a blender and enjoy in the afternoon! Make the banana a froze banana- even better!

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  102. I have never tried them but would love to!

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  103. I liked them on facebook

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  104. My favorite recipe using dates is a date nut roll, with pecans.

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  105. I follow Natural Delights on Twitter. @rusthawk

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  106. I follow Natural Delights on facebook as rust hawk. thank you!

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  107. Blended into smoothies and energy balls!!

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  108. Followed on Twitter

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  109. Love making homemade Lara bars with dates!!!

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  110. I love just eating them right out of the container! They are so delicious!

    Response from Shannon
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  111. Date rolls…dates with coconut! Yumm

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  112. Liked on fb!

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  113. I LOVE DATES!! I eat them plain, but I also make homemade Larabars weekly. Another fav is chocolate cream caramel bars from This Rawsome Vegan Life!!!

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  115. I liked Natural Delights on Facebook! Allison Litten

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  116. I make fruit bowls and add dates whenever I have them. I found some at Fresh Market recently and was so excited I posted on fb (complete with Indiana Jones reference) and instagram!

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  117. Liked on Facebook!

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  118. I follow on Twitter – @JeneeORama

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  119. I’ve never had dates before but have been curious to try them!

    Response from karina
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  120. I just love eating dates plain!! They’re so good!

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  121. I love dates straight out of the package, dipped in some peanut or coconut butter.

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  122. I love eating dates stuffed with an almond and wrapped in bacon! The sweet and salty are a perfect mix :)

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  123. I also like them on Facebook :)

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  124. I love to eat the dates plain or with a little bit of almond butter!

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  125. I liked on Facebook.

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