Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal time!

Hi friends! A month ago I signed up to be a part of a program called Foodie Pen Pals. I love trying new foods from all over the place and I love reading blogs so this program was a match made in heaven. Lindsay from the blog The Lean Green Bean started the program and after reading her blog for some time I decided to join in on all the foodie fun. Right before Valentine's day I received my foodie box from my pen pal for the month Candy, she blogs over at Healthy in Candyland.  I love all the detailed touches she added to the box!  Candy is from Tacoma, Washington and there tons of local finds in her box...what a treat!

How exciting! Let's dive right in!

I love that Candy put a picture of her town in the card.  Isn't Washington state beautiful?!

Candy left tags on each item.  What a great idea!  My kids and I looooved these apple chips and it's a crunchy snack I can feel good about giving them!

Yum! Starbucks (we keep them in business ya'll), and this Via was iced, perfect for this warm weather we've been having.

Can you say yum?  How unique and delicious!

Love this sticker that she included.  So simple and true.  Eat more kale, ya'll! (your body will thank you).

This popcorn was amazing.  The kids even loved it...I think they have expensive tastes if they like truffle oil ;)

How cool is this? Delicious soup from her local produce market!  This is actually on the menu for this week!

I made the mistake of letting Jason eat a bite of these.  They were gone in 2 seconds.

I have to tell you, this was my favorite item in the box.  Homemade granola and the recipe to make more for ourselves.  The kids and I have snacked on this since we got it.  It's the perfect mix of salty and sweet  and not all the added sugar that's in many store bought brands of granola.  Can't wait to make more.

Thank  you SO much Candy!!

Now if you want to be involved in Foodie Pen Pal's this month here is the info.  It is so much fun, so feel free to join in.

-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 March, please send  an email to Lindsay at and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 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!

Alright friends.  I'm off to get the day going wrangling two cute babies. Have a great day and if you want, check out who I sent MY Foodie Pen Pals box too at Luana ola (Enjoy life). Happy Wednesday!


  1. I totally forgot I included the apple chips in your box--I received the same exact ones in my Foodie Penpal box! Aren't they so yummy?! I made my own version of them at home and posted about it on my blog. So glad you enjoyed everything!