Friday, August 31, 2012

Foodie Penpals - Month 1 :)

So August was a crazy month for me -- lots of changes and new things.  One of my favorite things I did this month was sign up for Foodie Penpals over at The Lean Green Bean -- here are the rules:

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
-On the 5th of the 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 can choose 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 & UK residents. 

Click HERE to join the fun :)

So now for my FUN part!!

This month I was paired to send to Lindsay -- you can find her at Cotter Crunch to see what I sent to her! I had Stacy from Creating Sweet Smiles who sent stuff to me!

When I opened my box -- here is what I saw :)

Ok - so look above. That is all my AWESOMENESS (yes, I am still using that word).  So she sent me an awesome note...
...which told me how I pushed her outside of the normal thinking for her by stating I was going Paleo :)  I loved the note! MADE my day!!  Part of it told me about these...
...those are totally DELICIOUS cookies that she did not send me the recipe for because she wasn't sure they were 100% paleo (ps I still want the recipe b/c they were AMAZING and I'm sure not a bad cheat treat).  The main thing to know is chocolate and almond flour = HEAVEN!! Let me we have green chile beef jerky..., if you know me, you know how I do with spicy; however, this is good! A little hot, but really good! Next up, chili powder...
...what was cool about this is Stacy sent me some recipes to try with the powder.  The eggs were fabulous!! I'll post that later today! I am also looking forward to trying this on some of my meat! There is still some stuff to go (amazing, right? And all of it was NEW to me)...
This is a first for me. I had not had roasted seaweed, but it was really good.  A nice option for a snack and major goodness in it to.  The next item...
was very exciting for me as I've been wanting to try coconut milk for a while now.  This gave me a open shot to trying it.  I am definitely hooked and looking forward to trying to drink this and put it in other things. Last, but not least (and I honestly haven't tried it yet...I'm too nervous for what to put it on)... fabulous is this?!? I have heard nothing but awesome stuff about this brand and about almond butter in general (hazelnut butter is new to me). 

Honestly, this whole process was way better and a lot more fun then I thought! It was like Christmas morning getting my box from Stacy and getting stuff together for Lindsay!

Can't wait for September :)



The Lean Green Bean


  1. Love reading your posts:) Living vicariously through your adventures! lol Love ya!

  2. I'm so glad you liked your package :) I'll try to remember the recipe for the cookies but I didn't write it down as I was making them so I'm not sure how accurate it'll be. And I'm so glad the jerky was okay for you.

    1. It was awesome Stacy! You showed me some great new stuff!!! And no worries -- they were SO good so we can always play till we get it:)

  3. oh good stuff! love all the coconut!

    1. Me too! I'm learning to LOVE coconut!

  4. I just signed up for a foodie pen pal! Looks like so much fun!
    Love your blog! I'm training for a half marathon, and have recently started a blog. I look forward to following you!

    1. Awesome Katie! I'll have to check your blog out - what half are you doing? You will LOVE Foodie Penpals! I'm looking forward to this month already!