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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day + WINNER!

First, I want to wish my wonderful husband Andy a very happy birthday today!!! Yes he was a Boo Baby (born on Halloween)! I am so thankful to have such an amazing man who loves me and my boys and takes such great care of us. I love you Babe!

I had another amazing month of Foodie Pen Pals!  First I'm going to tell you a little bit about Foodie Pen Pals and then I will reveal the goodies!

The Lean Green Bean

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.

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

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

This month I was lucky to get paired with Jacquie from Bee Morse Farm! And boy did she send me a box full of goodies!!! I'm sooo excited to share with all of you!

One thing I love about Foodie Pen Pals is the handwritten note that comes with it! Jacquie included a recipe and most of the ingredients were in the box! Most of the items she included were from her state of Maine which was really awesome!!!

Ok I know all you care about is what was actually IN the box! :-)

  • Annie's Bunny Grahams. My boys loved these! And yes...I will admit that I ate some too! Very yummy!
  • Peanut Butter Persuasion Cookie. Well this was the first thing to go! My husband and son Sawyer got a hold of it while I wasn't home...and ate the entire thing!!! So I didn't get to try it! :-( But I heard it was good!
  • Maine Salt Water Taffy. Oh my! This is sinful! So yummy! How did she know that I love taffy?
  • Glee Sugar-Free Gum. Yes between me and Sawyer gum doesn't last long around here! :-)
  • Raye's Mustard. Mustard from Maine! I'm not a big mustard fan but the hubby loves it!
  • NoNuttin Granola Bars. Chocolate Chip and Apple Cinnamon flavors! I loved that these were made from all natural ingredients, were peanut free, and tasted yummy!
  • Moose Bee Granola Bar. This was one of my favorite items! Sooo yummy! I am sad I can't get these where I live! 
  • Bee Morse Applesaucy. This was homemade by Jacquie at her farm. And it was the BEST applesauce I have ever tasted! My son Hayden LOVED it too! We just opened it didn't last long! :-)
  • Blue Potatoes from Aroostook County. These potatoes are local to Jacquie. An interesting fact she told me...almost 50% of the potatoes by McCain and Lays are from Aroostook County! And I tell you they make a fine potato salad! :-)
  • $10 bill. These were for Jacquie's favorite chips by Late July....Summertime Blues. She couldn't fit them inside the box so she sent money for sweet! So far I haven't been able to find them but I saw on their website that Fresh Market carries them. We have a Fresh Market being built right now so these will be my first purchase from there for sure! 
  • Ingredients for the Pumpkin Spice Muffins: Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix, Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding, Maine Pure Maple Syrup,  and Pure Maine Maple Sugar. And yes! I made the recipe! All of you who know me know that I am NOT a cook. But I tried these and they were a huge hit with my hubby who is a huge pumpkin fan! And yes...I will share the recipe with you below! ;-)
Ingredients all mixed together and waiting to be baked!

The finished product! They aren't pretty but they tasted amazing!!!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins (recipe from Bee Morse Farm)


1 box spice cake
30 oz. pumpkin
3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 T. maple syrup
1/2 c. canola oil
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cake mix, pumpkin, pudding, and vanilla.
  3. Add eggs, oil, spice, and maple syrup to dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Scoop into muffin pans. Sprinkle top with brown sugar. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
I hope you enjoy these as much as my family did! :-)

Thanks so much Jacquie for such an amazing box full of goodies!!!!

I also need to let you know who won the BIC Bands giveaway!!! 

Congrats! Please email me your mailing address at so I can get your new BIC Bands out to you! :-)

Happy Halloween everyone! Have a safe and fun time today!

QOTD: Do you have any yummy pumpkin recipes? Please share with me in the comments!!!



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