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Friday, November 30, 2012

November Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day!

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 Penpals 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.

Things are changing for December. Instead of sending boxes out this month, Lindsay is asking everyone to use the $15-$25 you would normally use to buy your box items and mail them to donate to victims of Hurricane Sandy. There are so many people who participate in Foodie Pen Pals that we can make a difference! To learn more about this and to sign up visit HERE.

Donations will be accepted December 3rd-7th so get on over there and sign up!!!
This month I was paired up with Janna from Try It You Might Like It! She sent me an awesome box of goodies!
It was packaged all nice and pretty!
Janna told me in her note that she had been visiting Burlington, Vermont with her best friend and so she chose fun foodie items from Vermont for me! She even sent items for my boys and for my cat Cullen!!! So sweet!
Here is a run down of all my goodies!
  • Organic Spelt Fusilli by Grand Isle Pasta- This was so yummy! I should have taken a picture of the dish I made with it but I forgot. Bad me! I made something we call "Tuna and Noodles" around my house. We use noodles, canned tuna, a little bit of mayo, and mustard and mix it all together for a quick and easy meal. It's the prefect carbing up meal for me before a long run!
  • Distiler's Maple Pretzels- Oh these were soooo good! If you like a mixture of sweet and salty then these are perfect for you! Pretzels with maple syrup on them...sounds like food for those Christmas elves lol!

  • Green Mountain Goodness Maple Rub- This was so good! I put the rub on chicken and it gave it a slight sweet flavor. It was awesome!
  • CinnaMint VerMints- These were amazing! They tasted just like an altoid but were all natural!
  • Recipe for brownies- Yum! I love brownies! Janna said this was her "go-to recipe for brownies adapted from Martha Stewart." I can't wait to make these!
  • Recipe Cards- She sent me my own so I could write down my favorite recipes!
  • Dan's Chocolates- Yes these were the first thing to go...and my hubby ate them all! I didn't get to try even one! But he assured me they were very good!
  • Stash Tea White Christmas and Merry Mint- I'm not a big tea fan (unless it's Southern sweet tea) so I gave these to my sister-in-law who loves tea! She was super excited! Janna did inform me that this was her favorite maybe I can get the sister-in-law to at least let me taste it! ;-)
  • Toy balls for Cullen- And he loves them! He chases them all over the house!
  • Stickers for the boys- They were so excited to get mail lol! They decorated tons of pictures for me with their new stickers!!!
Thanks so much Janna for such an awesome box of fun food items!!!

QOTD: Are you a tea or coffee person?



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