April 2013 Foodie Penpals

I joined foodie pen pals recently because I love food and it’s fun to interact with fellow foodie/bloggers from around the country.  Was so excited since this is my very first foodie pen pal experience.

I was paired up with Ashley who sent me a box loaded with fun items from Trader Joe’s, one of my favorite stores. She also sent me a homemade treat!

Here are the goodies she sent :

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My favorite is the powerberries snack which is very addicting (she warned me in her letter) 😀  I love berries and chocolate so it was a perfect combination

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Loved the protein bar too! there was a time when I went to the gym and attended 3 classes but I didn’t have time for a decent breakfast so I had that. Gave me energy for 3 hours!

She made me a homemade peanut butter granola with flax seeds and sunflower seeds. So yummy!

I was hesitant to try this at first because it looked so spicy! Tried it anyway. I got hooked! love the spicy/sweet combination to it.

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The edamame crackers is also good for a light snack 😀

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Haven’t tried the farro yet. Any recipes you can suggest?

Thanks again Ashley for sending me a nice box.

This month I sent a box to Lauren of Hall Nesting, go check out the goodies she got too! She said that I’m the best Foodie Pen Pal to date 🙂 not bad for my first box sent!

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 & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. 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. 

Check out the Lean Green Bean website for more information on how to join.

I can not wait until next month for another foodie pen pal reveal 🙂

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