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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal!!


At the end of every month, I always see a number of tweets from people exclaiming how excited they are for their #foodiepenpal package and what yummy treats they received. This month, I finally caved and joined in on the fun for the month of May.

I can't remember the last time that I received a care package - not something that I ordered online or something that I ordered for my kids but a package just for me. It reminded me of my days at boarding school when I would receive parcels from friends and family. I was so excited to receive my package from Karen. Poor Karen had to navigate my minefield of food allergies but she sent along some amazing treats from Trader Joe's - one of my favorite stores. 


I was impressed that Karen was able to fill up the box with goodies that I have yet to try from Trader Joe's. When I opened the box, it smelled so lovely from this Lemon Verbena soap. 



I also received Spicy Smoky Peach Salsa, Multigrain Pita Bite Crackers, Roasted Plantain Chips and Zico Mango Coconut Water. I LOVED the peach salsa. I don't typically like fruit salsa unless I make it myself because they can tend to be overly sweet. However, this salsa nicely balanced the sweetness of peaches with a smoky flavor and was great with fish. And then, there was this...


YUM. These were seriously delicious. And no, I didn't share. Thank you Karen! I seriously loved everything in my package. You can check out what I sent to Meg over at Moments Like This. If you haven't joined Foodie Pen Pals yet, I would encourage you to do it! It's such a fun way to get to know other bloggers and foodies.

The Lean Green Bean


And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  Here’s 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 Penplas 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 June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. You will also find contact information on that page for the UK branch of Foodie Penpals if you’re a blogger across the pond!

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


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29 Comments:

At May 31, 2012 at 1:28 AM , Blogger Karen Winter said...

I am so happy you liked everything!! Those smashing smores are my FAVORITE and whenever I treat myself to them, I have to hide them or my boys devour them before I get a chance to get any.

This is my first month doing the foodie pen pal and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Finding the things to put into your package really was an eye opening experience for me. I've always paid attention to labels when it came to fat, sodium and things like that but NEVER did I think to see where it is made and what could potentially be in it. I'm glad for the experience so your allergies were NOT a negative, they helped me so much. :-)

 
At May 31, 2012 at 1:37 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you so much Karen!! I know, I did feel badly emailing you my laundry list of food allergies :-) I'm so used to it now (and my two boys have numerous allergies) that I often don't think about it and reading labels is so automatic. I'm glad that we were able to connect through this too!

 
At May 31, 2012 at 6:19 AM , Anonymous MizFit said...

I just love these penpal posts.
I wanna join in.
I know me.
I SO NOT A FOODIE :)

 
At May 31, 2012 at 8:31 AM , Anonymous Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

yummmmm plantain chips! love!

 
At May 31, 2012 at 9:10 AM , Anonymous Kath @ The Nut Kase said...

Oh my gosh---those s'mores look to die for and I LOVE TJ's plantain chips!

 
At May 31, 2012 at 9:11 AM , Anonymous Lisa@RunWiki said...

Yum! it all looks so good.. I can almost smell the lemon verbena soap through the screen.

 
At May 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Cupcake Kelly said...

I need to get those smores now!

 
At May 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM , Anonymous Tamara (fitknitchick) said...

Foodie Pen Pals is such a brilliant idea!
I've participated twice and loved both months' gifts.
But I'm always so jealous of my American friends' hauls; groceries are SOOO expensive in Canada it's hard to stick within the $15 limit and feel like you've put much in your gift box...
Maybe I should suggest that we Canadian's get a higher limit!

 
At May 31, 2012 at 3:16 PM , Blogger Angela @ Happy Fit Mama said...

The plantain chips are addicting! I love Foodie PenPals! So fun!

 
At May 31, 2012 at 3:29 PM , Blogger All Things Yummy said...

Smashing Smores? I need to look for those. Yum!

 
At May 31, 2012 at 3:33 PM , Anonymous Alison said...

Those all look so fabulous! The plantain chips sound tasty. I agree with @Tamara (fitknitchick) - food is so much more expensive in Canada but I enjoy the challenge of finding awesome stuff for the $15 price.

 
At May 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM , Anonymous Kierston said...

Plantain chips are so tasty! Peach salsa sounds good! S'mores....you had me at marshmallow ;)

 
At May 31, 2012 at 11:39 PM , Blogger MCM Mama said...

I've not had those s'mores. I think I need to buy them next time I'm there. And I had to stop buying those plantains - I treated them like single serving bags. Oops.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM , Blogger Christine said...

They are so good!!

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:54 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Definitely look for the s'mores. They are pretty yummy. I think that I need to find cookie butter next time I'm at Trader Joe's. I pretty much treated that bag of plantain chips as a single serving until my husband literally pulled them away from me.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:55 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Pretty much the whole package rocked. I really did love the peach salsa. So good!

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:55 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It's such a fun thing to take part in. I'm so glad that I signed up and can't wait to do it again.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It's such a great scent! I actually really like lemon verbena tea too so it was a perfect thing to include in the package.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Yes you do.

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:58 PM , Blogger Christine said...

The posts are so fun and great to get to see what boxes of fun people put together for each other. We'll have to put together a special care package for you!

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:58 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Yum is right! Why hadn't I tried them before??

 
At June 2, 2012 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Karen did such a great job. Everything was SO good!

 
At June 2, 2012 at 11:01 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It is a brilliant idea, right? Sharing food and getting to meet new people. I didn't realize that there was a big difference in grocery prices between the U.S. and Canada. You should definitely suggest an increase!!

 
At June 2, 2012 at 11:02 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It is a bit of a fun challenge, isn't it? I was worried at first since I live in NYC and groceries also tend to be more expensive here too. But it was fun trying to dig up good treats at a reasonable price. Plus, I found some for myself too! :-)

 
At June 4, 2012 at 3:10 AM , Blogger Motivated Mommy of two said...

This sounds like a lot of fun, I will have to look into it. I love those roasted plantain from Trade Joes. They are my favorite.

 
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