May Foodie Penpals

The Lean Green Bean

Its time for another penpal reveal. For May, I received a wonderful box of goodies from Alissa.

I got the box towards the end of the month, and since we have been traveling so much I haven’t had the chance to try everything yet.

First, she sent me this amazing card, and the photograph is HER OWN from Kauai, HI, gorgeous.

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We first tried the Biscotti, I actually brought it to my in-laws because my mother-in-law loves biscotti. It was tasty, I usually find biscotti too dry. This was perfect, I loved the chocolate chip flavor, this is one of the many local favorites Alissa sent me.

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This is the one I cannot wait to try. Asparagus soup, simple ingredients and it is easy to make. The next gross rainy day we are home, this will be on the stove. This item is a big local item where Alissa is from!

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Next up is the fig dip. I am saving this for a summer get together because I am afraid I will eat the whole thing if I have at home. Trust me I will report back, most likely it will make an appearance at B’s birthday party. (Another local hit)

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The Toffee Waffle was the last of the local favorite items. The idea is to put the cookie over a hot beverage and melt the center. It has been pretty hot out so I haven’t had a hot beverage recently. I tried the cookie not over a hot beverage, they were chewy and a little too buttery. I will keep you updated on how they taste when they are eaten the correct way.

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Trader Joes 70% dark chocolate with caramel and black sea salt. YUM YUM YUM. 70% dark chocolate is my favorite. These three together were perfection, so good. Do yourself a favor and get one of these right now.

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Sunshine lemon chamomile bar, Alissa sent this because the taste is similar to Cliff bars. This bar was great, it seriously tasted like a cup of tea, not too sweet with the right amount of lemon, plus it did not have an artificial taste.

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Check out what I hand delivered to Elizabeth this month!


And now its 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 Penpals 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.

You must submit your information by June 4th as pairings will be emailed on June 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

5 thoughts on “May Foodie Penpals

  1. The toffee waffle, fig jam mix, and asparagus soup all look great to me. Everything is packaged so cutely, you can tell it all comes from small companies, great to support them!

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