July Foodie Penpal Reveal #foodiepenpals

Wow, it’s that time of the month again – FOODIE PENPAL’s Reveal!

Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean is the super women behind “Foodie Penpals”.

Nicole from Nicole Israel Photography sent me this awesome package of British Columbia’s (Canada) finest foods! (PS – check out her website – she takes beautiful photographs).

 

I only got to taste the Santa Cruz Organic Raspberry Lemonade before going on vacation so the rest awaits us when we get home. (Guest posts coming tomorrow)

I sent a package to Ashley @ Nutrition Diaries.

I am taking a little break from being a Foodie Penpal – but I hope to join this again. It’s been a fun 6 months being a foodie penpal.

Foodie Penpal Post:

Febrauary

March

April

May

June

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Wanna Be A Foodie Penpal ?

CLICK HERE, if you want to sign up to be a FOODIE PENPAL – you don’t have to be a blogger to sign up.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the 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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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 can choose 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 & UK 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 in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

Cheers!

June Foodie Penpals !!!

Wow, hard to believe that June is almost over and tomorrow is Canada Day! Woohoo!

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This month, Jennie from Running Jennie had me as her Foodie Penpal. This little box arrived with tones of goodies for me to try out!

This little box had so much stuff in it, I thought the it was never going to end.

Honey Stinger Waffle *yet to be consumed*

COW TALES (3), one is missing and the brown one is half gone in this photo.

Apricot Jam – delicious!

Nunn – Strawberry Lemonade – I’ve never tired this flavour, so this was a great treat to have.

Drop it in, and watch it

Last but not least – chocolate cake. I am going to use this cake…

and turn it into this (tonight) for Canada Day (tomorrow July 1st)

Canada Day Blog Post to come (hopefully with this cake). Found on Pinterest.

Thanks Jenn for the awesome treats! Much appreciated 🙂

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I had Rocsan and this is what I sent her:

Old school note, Just Us Coffee, Kind Bar, Taste of Nature Bars and a Halo Bar.

Want to be a FOODIE PENPALS? See the details below – you don’t have to be a blogger to join in.

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

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

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

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Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Cheers, Anna

May Foodie Penpal Reveal

Another month down – May, where did you go?

Next month our little one will be 2!!!!! 2 already!

This month, Kyla from Kitchen of Ky had me as her Foodie Penpal, and she hooked me up!

My husband picked up the mail just before dinner time so I opened the package right away. I dug into Boulder Canyon “Red Wine Vinegar” Chips – they were quite tasty and to our surprise Lilly really liked them too! We don’t buy a lot of chips so when we do, we don’t mind if Lilly has a few. I have to admit, I was really taken back that she liked the flavor.

I also opened the Blue Sky Cheery Vanilla Pop – so yummy. I’ve had this before but it’s not something we have on hand too often. It was a nice treat.

Two days ago, I opened the Bite Cookies – they were great. I’d totally buy these to have on hand or as a snack on the road. Again, I let Lilly try the “cookie” and she wanted more.

I have still yet to try the Dragoba chocolate bar and the Havlah Pistachio Bar – but they sound delish.

Thanks Kyla – I loved the little note you sent too. Cheers!

This month, I sent a Foodie Penpals package to Allie over at True Tales of the Toronto Actor – you can check out her blog to see what I sent her.

Wanna participate as a READER or BLOGGER ? Check out The Lean Green Bean Blog and see some details below.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-On the 5th of the 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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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 can choose 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 & UK 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 in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

And here’s to the last day of May! Where did you go?

Piper’s Run (a.k.a Anna)

April Foodie Penpals

Last day of the month means an April Foodie Penpal post!

Miranda at Miranda’s Munchies had me for as her April Foodie Penpal. She managed to put together a great package while preparing to move from Alberta to Ontario! Hope the move went well!

This is what she sent me: Miranda’s Oatmeal Recipe (delish, by the way).

Ingredients provided:

  • Gold Top Organics Whole Brown Flax Seed (love flax seed)
  • Westpoint Naturals Large Oat Flakes
  • 2 packages of California Fruit and Nut Mix (Dried Bananas, coconut, raisins, pineapple, papaya etc
  • Organic MacaSure chocolate “Sinfully good for you” bar – 70% Cocoa by Sequel

Miranda’s Oatmeal Recipe:

1/4 cup Oats

2 tbsp ground flax

1/2 cup almond milk (my husbands new favourite)

Dried nuts

Dried fruit

Chocolate ( in pieces)

Almond butter (no necessary with dried nuts)

Directions: Combined the first 4 ingredients in a pot and cook for 10 minutes. Then serve with the toppings!

It was delicious – but I forgot to take a picture of the final product – whoops! I’ve always wanted to try over-night oats since I started blogging …. looks like you’ll be seeing another blog post about Oatmeal 🙂

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This month I had Sharana at Living the Sweet Life – check out her blog, especially if you love to bake! You can see also see what I sent her this month!

Are you interested in participating in Foodie Penpals – check out the details below for May!

The Lean Green Bean

More details:

-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 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!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

March Foodie Penpal

Remember when you were a kid and you sent a letter to a penpal (so far away) and then waited in anticipation for a letter to be returned? Ahhh, Penpals. So much fun, mystery, yet rewarding.

Last month I participated in Foodie Penpal for the first time, you can read about it here. I decided to do it again in March (and April).  Andrea at Vegvacious had me as her foodie penpal.

Vegvacious is a great blog about healthy eating, fitness and positive thinking. Andrea has some delicious recipe’s.

This is what Andrea sent me:

Lilly wanted the little carrot (surprising, as she doesn’t like to eat them)

I love chocolate, so we dove right into the PC Organics Dark Chocolate Bar:

And in recent news, a new study shows people who eat dark chocolate frequently tend to have a lower body mass index than those who don’t. Frequent consumption of dark chocolate is tied to a lower body mass index, researchers say.

Breakfast time I decided to try the Oat Clusters & Love (Love Grown) Granola:

Sweet Cranberry Coconut Pecan

I paired it with coconut yogurt and blueberries – delish!

I’ve pretty much eaten this every morning since then.

And, Lilly likes it too! Bonus.

Then I tired the Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion one morning.

My husband has had these before, but I’ve never tried it.

I have to admit, it was really good. Gave a little kick and flavour to my smoothie.

I like that it has a variety of protein; yellow pea, organic hemp, sprouted flax seeds, brown rice protein.

You can also use it as a topping on other foods or as a partial substitute for flour in baking.

And, yes Lilly liked the smoothie too!

The only think I have yet to try (take a picture of) was the Spice Rub (Wildly Delicious Fine Foods).

Spice blend for vegetables.

Andrea read on my blog in 12 in 2012, that I want to cook all vegan meals for one week as my husband is a vegan. I am not a vegan so this is going to be a challenge for me. These spices are going to be perfect for a few meals I have planned.

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 I sent Robin in Alberta a Foodie Penpal package; I sent her 3 different bags of Pop Chips, Almonds, Just Us Green Tea, and a few other things I cannot remember. I even forgot to take a picture – my bad.

To cute to use (for now).

Wanna know more about Foodie Penpal :

The Lean Green Bean

-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 April, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. You must submit your information by April 4th as pairings will be emailed on April 5th!

Don’t forget about the Booty Bun Cloth Diaper Giveaway – ends March 31st.

And, keep an eye out Sunday…I’ll be doing my second giveaway (review)…a little tasty Canadian treat.

Cheers!

Pipers’ Run (Anna).