May Foodie Penpals Part II

This month I was paired up with a reader.  Since she doesn’t have a blog of her own to post on, Stephanie wrote up a guest post about the box I sent her.

So after telling Stina (her name is Kristina but is that not THE cutest nickname?!!)  that I try to eat healthy natural foods, with loves of but butters, granola, fruits, nuts, trail mixes, & chocolate- you can only imagine how PSYCHED I was when I opened my foodie penal box: A bag of CHOCOLATE  banana granola & a PUMPkIN granola, & various nut butters!

Ok. Those chocolate and pumpkin are 2 of my fave flavors. I had the package in the car with me and wa stuck in Boston traffic when I got the munchies and HAD to try the chocolate one. Oh. My. Gosh. Delicious!!!!!  After a few big handfuls I had to make myself stop!!!  I couldn’t get over how yummy it was!  And the cool thing about the granola is that it’s a Chicago based company, which is where she is from, so it was like she was sending me a little love from her! Later that night for dinner guess what I had?! Yup. More choc granola with almond milk. Holy moly. Yum. Soooo good!  I haven’t had a chance to try the pumpkin one yet bc I want to get thru a granola I already had opened, plus the chocolate one, but I know it’s gonna be amazing. I’m even going to look online and see if I can order these granola bc they are by far the best I’ve ever had!

If you can’t find it online and want more, Stephanie, I’d be happy to send it your way!

The nut butters were the perfect size for me to bring to work to eat with apples and pb. Love love love!!!

 

I can’t thank Stina enough for taking the time to think of something I would really enjoy!  She was an awesome foodie penal & I have enjoyed corresponding with her too!  I look forward to continuing our emails!!

 

Thanks Stina. Youre a foodie penal rockstar:)

If you want more details on participating in Foodie Penpals check out my May Reveal Post.

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May Foodie Penpals

It’s that time of the month again – Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!!!

This month I was paired up with Lauren the sweetheart behind LivingLocally.  One of my “requests” was for local NYC treats.  I spent about two days in New York before my cruise last August, but it hardly felt like enough time to experience all the tasty treats the city has to offer.

Lauren obliged me with some chocolate peanut clusters and a chocolate covered graham cracker from Li-Lac.  Let me tell you; the chocolate from Li-Lac lasted about 60 seconds after I opened the box.  I actually didn’t even get them in the picture…only the wrapper.

The second item to disappear quickly were the seaweed snacks.  Lauren told me lived in Japan for a while and these were her favor snacks while she was there.  I actually tried the Trader Joe’s seaweed snacks about a year ago.  I wasn’t sure I loved them, but I definitely didn’t hate them.  This time around, I’m definitely sold.

The other items in my box were ingredients for a recipe she included: soba noodles with walnuts and kale.  I was actually super excited to get the soba noodles.  I’ve actually never had soba noodles before, but last month, I was looking for soba noodles to send to my penpal and came up empty-handed.  Of course since I couldn’t find them, I immediately needed to try them!  I haven’t made them yet since I a) haven’t been cooking a ton lately, and b) I need to either find a different recipe or wait until I’m making a meal that Nik isn’t eating since he hates nuts.  I am extremely excited to use them though!

All in all it was another awesome month for me!  Are you interested in participating yourself? Check of the details below:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. Contact your penpal as soon as possible to get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies, dietary restrictions, and/ or preferences.
-Fill a box with $15 worth of fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box to a fun recipe.
-Get your box in the mail no later than the 15th of the month. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes when you go to ship your items!)
-On the last day of the month, you post about the package you received from your penpal!
-Foodie Penpals is open to bloggers and blog readers in the US & Canada. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you will write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received.

For even more information, or if you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by June 4th as pairings will be emailed on June 5th (my birthday!)!

April Foodie Penpals

After months of seeing Laura and other blog friends post the awesome treats they were getting and hearing them talk about the awesome people they met through Foodie Pen Pals, I decided to join up for the April round. I had considered participating a couple of months ago, but I missed the sign up deadline and it sort of fell off my radar for a bit. I am so glad I finally decided to go ahead and join!  I’m not sure which task I had more fun with: shopping for the box I sent to Elizabeth at Four and Twenty Blackberries or opening the box I received, tasting all my goodies and writing this post!

This month I was paired up with Leah, who doesn’t currently have a blog but is thinking of starting one soon with a friend. She asked me about my likes/ dislikes and what I’d like to receive. I told her I would really love desk friendly, healthy snacks, and oh boy, did the girl ever deliver!
My box o goodies contained granny smith Apple chips, dried fruit, ginger thins (swoon), cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds, roasted edamame, some dark chocolate covered passion fruit jelly, and some Power Bar Energy cheese which she included because they’re her favorite running fuel. (I mentioned I was still looking for a running fuel I love.)
I was so interested in the cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds I tore into the bag before even taking pictures. These little guys are SO.GOOD. They remind me of those cinnamon roasted almonds that they sell all over the place around the holidays. Surprisingly the bag did make it to my desk at work, but it didn’t survive very long.

I was also extremely excited by the Ginger Thins. I love ginger cookies, but Nik doesn’t so I rarely buy them. (Ya know, to avoid eating the whole package myself – like I did with this one.)
I was definitely a little leery of the passion fruit things, but I gave them a try, and they were pretty okay. I’m not sure I loved them enough to seek them out (like those pumpkin seeds…Leah, where did you get those anyway?!?) but I certainly didn’t spit them out.

Overall my first Foodie Pen Pals experience was an awesome one, and I am definitely looking forward to participating again next month. Are you interested in participating yourself? Check of the details below

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. Contact your penpal as soon as possible to get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies, dietary restrictions, and/ or preferences.
-Fill a box with $15 worth of fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats!  The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box to a fun recipe.
-Get your box in the mail no later than the 15th of the month.  (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes when you go to ship your items!)
-On the last day of the month, you post about the package you received from your penpal!
-Foodie Penpals is open to bloggers and blog readers in the US & Canada. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you will write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received.

For even more information, or if you’re interested in participating for May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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