Foodie Penpals: June

Happy June 30th!

Today I am VERY happy (not just because it’s a Saturday and I’m on the beach right now) but because it is the June Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!
If you missed May’s Foodie Pen Pal Reveal, let me tell you a little bit about it:
It’s simple:  spend $15 on goodies for a fellow foodie, someone else will do the same for you!  It’s open for both bloggers AND readers, so if you’re interested, definitely read below!

This month, I received an awesome package of snacks and goodies from Emily @ In the Moment, a blog with some awesome recipes and stories about the adventures of her and her boyfriend.

Emily sent me a few snacks that are her and her boyfriend’s favorites, including Apple Chips, Almond Nut-Thins (wheat & gluten free!), Organic Capers, VitaCoco, & Chocolate Halvah!

YUM!

Vita-Coco happens to be one of my favorites too- Coconut Water is THE BEST way to hydrate.  Dave and I love to treat ourselves (they’re not cheap!) to a cold Vita-Coco after our long Saturday morning workouts.

I have been eating the Almond Nut-Things at work, they are a great snack.  The serving size is 17 crackers (only 3 points), and I top them with just a little smear of Laughing Cow Blue Cheese Wedge (1 point).

I’d also have to mention the fact that Halvah is the BEST.  It is smushed up sesame seeds sweetened… especially the chocolate kind.  It sounds weird but try it, it’s so rich and decadent.  I love it.  In Israel (which one of these days I’ll write about) we visited a Halvah vendor who had SLABS of it.  OMG.

I sent another Trader Joe’s Themed goody package to my Foodie Pen Pal Danielle @ All Things Yummy for Foodies.  Check out her blog to see what delicious treats I bought for her!  Danielle’s blog has some really amazing recipes, and she has been blogging since 2009!  I’m so impressed!  I’m dying to try her “Knock You Naked Brownies” … who wouldn’t?!  

Thank you to my wonderful Foodie Pen Pal Emily again, for sending me an awesome package!  

If you are interested in the Foodie Penpals program, see the info below and please join!

-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 July, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

The Lean Green Bean

Foodie Penpals: May

The day is here!  I get to reveal what I received from my Foodie Penpal!

Who doesn’t love getting a package in the mail?  This is the first month I participated in the Foodie Penpal program.  It’s simple:  spend $15 on goodies for a fellow foodie, someone else will do the same for you!  It’s open for both bloggers AND readers, so if you’re interested, definitely read below!

My fabulous Foodie Penpal in May was Kristi Baldwin.  I could not wait to receive my package once I heard from her… she warned me it was Mexican themed (YUM!)  and that she makes her own salsa.  I was super excited.

The package came to my house the day I was packing to leave for the beach for Memorial Day Weekend.  Perfect.  I ripped it open and here’s what I found:

My yummy package!

Tortilla Chips
Fajita Skillet Sauce
Salsa
Chile con Queso Dip
Somersaults
Dolfin Lavendar Chocolate

Dave wanted to pop open the jar of homemade salsa right away, but I made him wait until we got to the “shore”.  However, the Somersaults weren’t as lucky.  They were ripped open and devoured by myself and Dave almost immediately.

YUM! Love Somersaults!

I had never seen these babies before, but I’m glad Kristi introduced me to them!  They are a delicious perfect little snack.  I will have to buy some online ASAP!

Dave and I finished Kristi’s homemade salsa in one sitting.  It was so tasty.  I am dying to know what she used in it.  It had a great kick but wasn’t too spicy, and even some bites were a little sweet.  It tasted so fresh, I’d love to try to make one on my own.

Thank you, Kristi, for your awesome package!  It made my day, and I loved trying all of these new products 🙂

As for the package I sent, I got fellow blogger, Steph… who is a dairy-free Mommy of THREE adorable little girls.  She blogs @ Dairy-Free Omnivore, giving some awesome recipes, stories, and fun pictures of her and her family.  Check out her site! 

& Click HERE if you want to see what I got her!

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 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 June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

The Lean Green Bean