August Foodie Penpals

It’s that time, Foodie Penpals reveal! Unfortunately both my sender and receiver do not have blogs, so I will just share the photos of what I received.

I got my box kinda late in the month so I have not had a chance to try everything.

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Yogi Stress Relief Tea

I usually don’t drink hot beverages, except tea when I am sick. This came just in time for me, I was coming down with a cold so I had one of these. It certainly hit the spot.

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Plantain Chips

I tried these, but turns out I am not a huge fan, I think it is similar to dried fruit and that is probably why.

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Ginger Soother

I haven’t tried this but I am looking forward to it then next time I have a stomach ache. I bet its great for morning sickness!

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Buttermilk Pancake Mix

I love a good pancake, I can’t wait to use this!

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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 they’re 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 September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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

July Foodie Penpals

Thank you to everyone for the texts, messages and comments on Sunday’s post. I didn’t get back to everyone but your comments and messages were very much appreciated.

Also, remember the Sparklysoul discount code is available for you to use until Monday, August 6!

Now onto this months foodie penpals! I received my box of goodies from Heather at Ohaya Bento!

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I always love a themed box and Heather did not disappoint! She picked out some fantastic items from a local German festival and market.

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Cranberry Mustard! I tried mine on turkey and chicken burgers. I will admit I was skeptical, but it was delicious.

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Spaetzle! I have been eating this since I was 15 and worked in a kitchen, I haven’t made this batch yet, but I plan on making it this week.

And s Heather said, you can’t have anything from German town without having a bag of Haribo gummies, and the little box is tart fizzy candies. I have to portion control this ;) and save it for long run days haha

Have you every had any of these items?

Check out what I sent to Melissa at Brooklyn Locavore (it is her first foodie penpals so show her some love)!

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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 August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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

June Foodie Penpals

I received my June foodie penpals box from Amy who blogs at Sweet Star Cakes!

The Lean Green Bean

I know I have said this before, but this has been the best box yet. Amy really catered to my baking sweet tooth and picked out some great summer items.

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I haven’t made these…yet, but lemonade is one of my favorite summer indulgences. I can’t wait to whip up these cookies. I have been staring at the box since it arrived, I just haven’t had a reason to make them yet.

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I love twizzlers! I will say I am more of a plain twirler gal, but these were a nice surprise. A little tart and sweet.

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Yum, peanut butter. Peanut Butter & Co is my favorite peanut butter brand, and Justin’s is a close second. You can bet that the PB&Co is already opened and the Justin’s is ready for my next trip to Connecticut.

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Amy’s sweet letter, an awesome tumbler and some homemade kale chips. Unfortunately they did get crushed in the shipment, but Amy was one step ahead and suggested that I put them on top of a salad. They were delicious!

I also have a problem when it comes to buying tumblers, just ask Nick, so thank you Amy for enabling my habit haha!

Check out what I sent to Jennifer at Peanut Butter and Peppers!

________________________________________________________________

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 July, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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

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!

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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!

April Foodie Penpals

The Lean Green Bean

Heather from Better With Veggies sent me this months box of goodies!

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When I first opened the box, I was so pumped to the coconut water. I also noticed that the box smelled nice and fruity. I picked up the coconut water and it was empty. There was no puncture hole in the container so I’m not sure what happened. The quest to try coconut water is still on.

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I am not a huge fan of jerky, meatless or otherwise, so this was just okay to me.

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I literally squealed with delight when I saw these. I have been dying to try the garlic gold nuggets, good news, it’s fantastic!

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Nori Bites – Raw almonds, raw sunflower seeds, distilled water, raw sesame seeds, fresh lemons, raw nori, fresh garlic, herbs, sea salt, cayenne

I loved the cracker base, but the nori taste was really salty and I didn’t love them together.

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Fuzzy Kisses – Raisins, raw almonds, dates, raw walnuts, coconut, distilled water

These were great, I wanted Nick to try them, but he missed out because I ate them all.

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Cheribundi – cacao cherry juice, this was okay. A little too tart for me, Nick on the other hand LOVED it.

I loved the box Heather sent me. It was packed with stuff I had never tried and I am glad I got to try lots of new and different things.

Check out what I sent to Lizzie at The Weekday Vegan!

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If you want to join Foodie Penpals, I have included all the information below. Remember you don’t need to have a blog to participate!

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 May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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

***PLEASE NOTE: if you send an email, you WILL GET A RESPONSE within 48 hours. If you don”t….please re-send your email or contact Lindsay via Twitter (@LeanGrnBeanBlog). Last month we had a few emails get lost as spam so we’re trying to avoid that!

March Foodie Penpals

This was my second month of Foodie Penpals and I got a great box from April. I apologize in advance for the iPhone photos.

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April sent me a sweet card, sometimes I think this is the best part of the boxes

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She also included little notes with each item. The first is Muscadine Jelly, a deep south staple, which is great with peanuts butter :)

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Dried peaches, I actually am not a huge fan of dried fruit, but I love these! A great low cal sweet snack.

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Well, I finally tried a nut butter, and I am a fan, and I loved the honey peanut butter. Hint: it goes great with the jelly.

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I haven’t used these yet, but I certainly plan on using them for easter. How cute are they?

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Veggie Chips, holy delicious, I loved these.

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Last but not least caramel popcorn. We actually got this in our Citrus Lime box a few months ago and Nick ate it. My turn for a serving. I haven’t eaten it yet, but I bet it will be delicious.

Thanks again April, I loved the box!

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If you want to join Foodie Penpals, I have included all the information below. Remember you don’t need to have a blog to participate!

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 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

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

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

***PLEASE NOTE: if you send an email, you WILL GET A RESPONSE within 48 hours. If you don”t….please re-send your email or contact Lindsay via Twitter (@LeanGrnBeanBlog). Last month we had a few emails get lost as spam so we’re trying to avoid that!