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Welcome to the February Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day!

Fun Fact about  the Foodie Pen Pal Program: OVER 1000 bloggers and reader participate in the exchange…

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This month I received my box from: Meg at Meg Vs Chub. I also received my January box from Meghan. I don’t think that this happens very often, because there are so many participants in the Foodie Pen Pal Exchange, and since people are randomly paired together. I thought it was really cool and since I loved my January Foodie Pen Pal Box I looked at it as another opportunity to get to know Meghan that much more….If you read January’s post then you know that I love her tag line: Screw You Chub, Get Outta My Way. It’s just such a strong and bold tagline. She also makes the BEST card to send with the Foodie Box.

So this months card looks like this. This is the back of the card.

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The front of the card.  So cute and is truly how I feel about food.

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So on to the Revel. Check out my box of Awesomeness.  It has such a wonderful variety, and with new things I have never tried before, I really love that.

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She also sent my babies a treat. Boy did they love that. These are homemade treats and my “kids” went nutz for them. Stuart was licking the bag! Ginger was patiently waiting her turn.

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Meghan, my little “kids” LOVE you for thinking of them, and thank-you for the yummy treats. They felt really special getting a treat in the Foodie Box!

Now back to what I received.

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I am really excited to try the PB&J bar from Trader Joe’s. Plus this fun Greek Yogurt Granola Bar.

I just cannot get over how excited I am about breaking into all my goodies.

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Snapea Crisps, Yes Please….

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Thanks Meghan! I really enjoyed spending the last two months with you as my Foodie Pen Pal. You’re a real sweetheart and I love your choices in food and snacks. I also wanted to Congratulate Meg on her weight loss success. On her blog she posted a Progress Picture and her weight loss to date. Amazing Progress Meg. You really accomplished so much and I find it so inspiring how you changed your health and your life.

I sent February’s Foodie Box to Tracie who is a reader of  Foodie Blogs. I had a good time getting to know her via email. She has 2 little kids ages 11 and 6. She also has 6 dogs and 3 cats. She loves fitness and good food. Sounds like she is getting ready to start her own blog sometime this year, and I for one cannot wait until she does! I’m also hoping she will Guest Post for me and share her love of travel, food and her family.

Interested in the Foodie Pen Pal Program? Well here is the ALL the information about the Foodie Pen Pal Program.

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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.

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Today is October Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day, and I for one Love Reveal day. So let’s get right to it! 

This month I received my Foodie Box from Stacey. Stacy is a reader of Healthy Living Blogs and is currently thinking about starting up a blog, and I certainly hope she does. I’m also hoping that she will Guest Post here on 40 Fit in the Mitt. Come on Stacey what are you waiting for? 

Stacey lives in Western NY and is a Teacher. She loves to cook, bake and shop, and I have to say this Stacey sure does know how to put together one amazing Foodie Pen Pals Box! Thank-you so much Stacey, I am just so excited to try all my goodies.

Stacey also sent me a wonderfully written card and her secret recipe for Artichoke Dip with a special ingredients twist.. I am sure looking forward to trying this recipe out. So now to the box. It was boxed up so nice in tissue paper and was so much fun to unwrap.

So I grabbed all my goodies and took them outside for a little photo shoot. Check out my loot.

So the first item was this super cool Vanilla Infusion Kit. I am so excited to break this open and Make My Own. I had no idea something like this was even available. All you do to make your own is split the vanilla bean and fill with vodka. Then you store for 4 to 6 months, and BOOM you have your very own 7 year supply of Vanilla.  I just cannot express how EXCITED I am to make my own.

Crouching Tiger Mix. Love a crunchy snack mix.

These lovely little cookies, I dug right into these, and each bite of these cutie patootie cookies had a nice peppermint mocha flavor.

Sweet Potato Chips, Yummy. They had a nice flavor, super crunchy.

I loved all the items Stacey picked out, and just love the Foodie Pen Pal Program, I so look forward to it so much each month.

This month I was paired up with Renee. Renee is also a Healthy Living Blog reader and lives in Illinois. I’m also hoping Renee will Guest Post here as well. Renee loves to cook and bake. I think the one thing I love so much about the Foodie Pen Pal Program is how much fun it is to see where your Foodie Box is going and where yours is coming from. You sure do meet some amazing people all over the USA.

Hey Fellow Foodie Pen Pals, let’s help Lindsay spread the word on the Foodie Pen Pal Program and all Tweet about our Boxes! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #foodiepenpals.

Want to become a Foodie Pen Pal? 

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.

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Hello, Hooray, its Foodie Pen Pal Day!

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August Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day is here, and I am so happy to share with you what I received, but first I want to introduce you to my sender Anna. Anna has a blog called Little Bay Stampin’ and her tag line is:  a little blog about paper, food, and family. set in the charming Cape Cod town of Orleans. perpetually covered in cat fur. 

So now to the goods, Anna made this lovely card. She stamped the flower jar and tied a little burlap bow on it, and added all the paper elements to the card. I love it, she clearly is talented and creative. Plus the note she wrote was great, she described all the items in the box. She’s from Cape Cod and has relatives in Michigan. Turns out her grandmother lives in a town just a few miles away from where I grew up. Talk about a small world.

Here’s all the items from the box. I think I have an amazing box of goodies. Plus she was so thoughtful and sent me some dog biscuit’s she found at a local farmers market.

Killian and Stuart loved them. They were very happy that they got a treat out of mommy’s foodie box. Yep, they call me mommy!

Here’s Killian enjoying his Beach Dog Biscuit. On a side note, He’s one good-looking little red dog.

   

Now to Stuart enjoying his treat. Again, on a side note, He’s got a face I could kiss all day.

  

Killian and Stuart devoured those biscuits, they each got one large biscuit and some stashed away for another special occasion.

Anna sent some local Provincetown Taffy, she was worried that the heat would melt them, but rest assure Anna they made it in perfect shape and they were the first item I tried out of the box. Yummy. I love Taffy. I ate a few pieces, then, stashed the rest for a day I really need a candy fix. I have a feeling they will make a good snack during our next stay at home movie date. Confession: I stashed all the pink ones for me, they are my favorite. Shhh.

Cape Cod Crunch, where have you been all my life?  Oh yeah, in Cape Cod. See this proves my point about traveling to all the states, I need to find gems like this. I see a granola, fruit and yogurt parfait coming soon.

Now this really intrigues me, I cannot wait to give this a try. I always try to do a Meatless Monday Meal and this looks perfect for a flavorful Tofu dish. I need to spice up my tofu meals, I have making the same grilled and baked tofu dishes all summer, so I am needing and looking forward to a change. I’ll be sure to post about it.

Anna sent her favorite salsa, it’s Southwest Style Salsa, Mild Flavor and All Natural, which I love, plus it has black beans in it, bonus. I think this will be perfect for my Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos.

I love shortbread cookies and love getting them at Christmas Cookie Exchanges. So I was really excited to try this savory flavor. All’s I can say is it did not disappoint. Wow, it was terrific.  Salted Rosemary. Amazing combo. I found them on-line and cannot wait to place an order for these cookies and a few others that sounded too good not to try. They are made by  Lark Fine Food, so  if you’re looking for a wonderful adult cookie, they have several varieties to choose from.  I also think these are going to make great gifts for the holiday season.

Now to the Jams. Anna and her husband have a business and make and sell these at the Farm Market. She sent a Tomato Jam and A Cherry Jam. I have never tried Tomato Jam and Anna said to use it like you would ketchup. Their Company is Little Bay Jams. How cool is that?

 

As for the Cherry Jam, look out almond butter you’re gonna meet a jam that will blow your crust off! It was instant love, this Cherry Jam is darn tasty. I loved the sweetness of the cherries and it spread so nice.

 

Well Anna, thank-you so much for a great box of local food items, and for the homemade jams and card you made, you really did a great job of making this Foodie Pen Pal, One Happy Gal! Plus I just love your blog and all the creative cards ideas that you post, plus the bonus of having the opportunity of watching the craft unfold on YouTube is priceless. Thank-you my Cape Cod Friend.

I sent my August Foodie Box to Meghan over at A New Adventure. Go on over and visit her blog, she has some really great posts that I really enjoyed reading. One of her posts was on making Parsnip Fries. They look amazing.

Hey Fellow Foddie Pen Pals, let’s help Lindsay spread the word on the Foodie Pen Pal Program and all Tweet about our Boxes! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #foodiepenpals.

Want to become a Foodie Pen Pal? 

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.

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June Foodie Pen Pal Revel Day is here and I received my package just time. My Foodie Pen Pal Lindsey did not have an opportunity to mail out the package by the scheduled date, due to her busy schedule. The package went out this week and I just received it Thursday. So glad I got it in time to do my post. I understand things happen and people’s schedules get busy and sometimes overwhelming. No worries here, foodie box in hand = happy foodie girl. So here’s what was in my box.

  • Turkey Perky Jerky
  • Snider Farms Jalapeno Peanuts
  • Tazo Tea Bags

I am pleased that I received my package. Thank-you Lindsey for sending me some fun foodie items. I am looking forward to trying the Turkey Perky Jerky. I love me some jerky. Me and my husband make our own Venison Jerky. This jerky packs 9 grams of protein in each serving. That’s awesome, tasty and healthy.

I am also a fan of spicy treats so I plan on digging into the Jalapeno Peanuts right away! Spicy……..

I am a big tea drinker so these Tazo tea bags will be perfect for my purse.

This month I sent a box to Martha from MLLrungirl. She is a runner with 2 small boys and I really enjoyed reading about all the races she has done and her upcoming races. Hope you go over to her site and check her out.

Want to become a Foodie Pen Pal? 

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.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite item in your Foodie Pen Pal Box? I’d have to say I am super happy about the Perky Turkey Jerky!

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When I saw this recipe over at The Lean Green Bean, I knew I had to make it. Plus Chobani just sent me a 12 pack of their Pineapple Yogurt, so I was all over this recipe. I am on a frozen fruit bar kick right now, so it only makes sense to try a frozen yogurt recipe next. I really love Chobani yogurt and I also love the company Chobani, I have so much respect for them after meeting them at the Blend Retreat. They are such a customer based company with healthy living as a priority.  So here’s how the pops came together.

Add your Chobani and Granola together and mix it up.

After mixing up the ingredients, you just spoon into an ice-cube tray.

I placed a toothpick into the center of each cube and placed them into the freezer to set-up. After they set-up it was time to dip them.

Dip them in what?

Chocolate, that’s what…

I tucked away this amazing chocolate disk I received from Alaina, at the Jogging Concierge. She sent me an amazing Foodie Pen Pal Box a few months ago and I have been waiting for the right time to break it out.

Well, the time is now.

So glad I placed in those tooth picks, they really helped me out when it was time to dip them in the chocolate, not so much help getting the pops out of the ice-cube tray, but they kept my fingers out of the chocolate.  Then I pulled out all the tooth picks, those little buggers are sharp.

Perfect treat for a warm day.

Here’s the Adapted Recipe from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean

Frozen Granola Yogurt Chunks Dipped in Chocolate

Makes 14 Chunks

Ingredients:

  • 12 Ounces of Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of your Favorite Granola
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Dark Chocolate

Instructions:

Mix the yogurt and granola together and spoon into ice-cube tray, place a tooth pick in the center, freeze until set. Remove from ice-cube tray and dip in melted chocolate. Place back into the freezer to let the chocolate set.

Then Snack Away.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite summer snack or treat? It’s between chips and salsa and frozen fruit bars for me right now.

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At the Blend Retreat I won a Nature Box one month shipment of healthy and delicious snacks from the closing ceremonies, and I received it a few weeks ago and thought I better blog about it. Talk about being excited.

I have seen other bloggers opening the monthly box, but nothing compares to actually opening the box. I love getting food in the mail. I participate in the monthly Foodie Pen Pal program and I can tell you that I look forward to the box all month-long, something about getting surprise snacks and food in the mail. Some girls like shoes, this girl likes Food Boxes.

What is NatureBox?

Glad you asked,

NatureBox focuses on sourcing delicious, healthy snacks and sends them to you monthly. Discover what our nutritionists recommend and start enjoying a better snack.

How It Works

NatureBox will send a package full of nutritious snacks to you every month. Pause or cancel anytime, and we’ll refund you 100% if you are not satisfied.

They include a what’s in the box diagram, along with some thoughts on staying active and getting energizing boosts from foods, plus they included a recipe featuring items in the box.

These are full size bags of goodies.

There are five bags included in this box.

Masa Crisps, Tropical Trail Mix, Cinnamon Spices almonds, Agave Citrus Granola and Honey Nut Medley.

This is a great idea for a gift or a nice way to treat yourself. Nature Box will give you 25% off your first months subscription by using this code: REFER25.

Question of the day: Do you send food as gifts?

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Happy Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day! I cannot even begin to express how much I love getting my Foodie Pen Pal Box. Having the opportunity to try snacks, treats and food item’s that other bloggers and readers enjoy, then share with you is so much darn fun. Looking back to my First box in March, and then my Second Box in April, I just can not get past the thoughtfulness of  the senders. You can tell they think about what they are sending.

So now to my May Foodie Pen Pal Box.

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This month I received my Foodie Box from Rachael at Passing Daisies. Rachael sure did pick out some taste treats, plus she sent some really awesome home-baked cookies. Rachael made Chocolate Chip, Almond & Peep Cookies. Yep, there are chopped Peeps in these cookies. Clever, right!

Once I pulled out all my goodies, I could barely wait to try a cookie. So once I snapped a picture, I grabbed a plate and placed the cookies out.

Look at how beautiful they are. They are loaded with chocolate chips and almonds, then you have the colorful peeps peeking out at you.

Okay, these cookies are awesome, they have a great chewy texture, and really are unique and fun. My husband went a little overboard and ate 4  cookies, one right after the other. He said that they were so good and addictive, and I totally agree. Great job Rachel your cookies were a big hit over here!

Then I sorted all the snacks. I love snacks. Rachael sent Seasnax, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, Organic Fruit Snacks and Vega One Nutritional Shake Mix.

So right away I opened the Seasnax. I love roasted seaweed and could not wait to try this brand. Rachael sent me the Toasted Onion flavor. I really enjoyed eating this, perfect snack if you like salty snacks, I like to think of them as the Chip from the sea.

Yummy little snack.

Then my attention turned to the show stopper. Okay brace yourself, I might get a little dramatic here. I have tendency to get super excited over Nut butters. So here we go… Rachael sent me MaraNatha Caramel Almond Spread. After my husband Revived Me , I did a weird little dance; Picture a short, curly haired, super excited lady in your mind, then picture her popping up and down and side to side holding the jar pictured below, and that’s how excited I was. I will dance for Nut butters, I will flat-out Bust A Move for them.

The lid came off instantly, normally I need my Jar Opening Cloth to assist me, but apparently I gain strength with excitement. My husband and I taste tested it straight from the spoon, it was a special moment for both of us. AmazeBalls is all I can say, you get the caramel flavor and the almond flavor swirled together. Perfection in a jar.

Rachal also sent me a jar of Yoders Strawberry Rhubarb Jam. I am looking forward to trying this in my oatmeal. What a great flavor combination with the Strawberries and Rhubarb.

Also in my box was this baby! Love Grown Simply Oats Granola. I love this flavor and cannot wait to dig into a big old bowl of granola and yogurt.

See what I mean about Foodie Pen Pals putting together a thoughtful box. Thank-you so much Rachael for an amazing Foodie Box, you did a great job selecting items for me and I appreciate it very much.

This month I sent a Foodie Box to Kris over at From Sugar Cookies to Peterbilts. I’m excited to see how she likes what I sent.

If you are interested in joining, just review the information below and join in on the fun.

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!

Question of the Day: What Food Item Do You Dance For? Or if Singing is your thing, What Food Item Do You Sing For?

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This month I received my Foodie Box from the Alexis at the Pumped Pumpkin. I was Pumped when I opened the box, she had it full of healthy and fun snacks.

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Let’s take a look at all my goodies.

Super Pumped about the Nut Butter, I have never had this brand or flavor. Plus it’s No Stir and Raw! Big Score on that one.

Energy Power Mix from a Local Farm called Willey Farms.

It has all kinds of goodies in the mix, peanut butter chips (awesome right), chocolate chips, papaya, almonds, yogurt covered raisins, dried cherries, soy nuts, peanut butter covered raisins, dried pineapple and chocolate covered raisins. So many wonderful ingredients. I’m really digging all the peanut butter goodies in the mix.

I am a trail mix snob and this batch is a Big Winner.

Alexis also sent these Salted Corn Chips with Flax from Willey Farms.

They sound so yummy. Can not wait to give them a crunch.

Alexis sent me two Larabar’s bars both being flavors I have never tried. I love the fact that my box was made of up fun things I have never tried.

Some strawberry and banana freeze-dried crisps, which I am trying to save for a flight I have coming up soon. I hope I can hold out.

I wasted no time in testing out the Maple flavored Almond Butter.

Slathered it on an English muffin.

Topped with banana slices and sprinkled with chia seeds. This is raw and no stir, I mean really can life get any better. It was delicious, smooth and flavorful.

Alexis thank you for a wonderful box of healthy taste treats. You choose wonderful thoughtful items to include in the box and it has been so much fun meeting you and reading your blog.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the Foodie Pen Pal 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!

Question of the Day: Have you thought about joining the Foodie Pen Pal Program? What are you waiting for? 

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So today I have a fun and refreshing Guest Post from Casey. I met Casey through the Foodie Pen Pal Program. This month I will be sending Casey her Foodie Pen Pal Box, and I thought it would be fun to ask her to do a Guest Post. The Foodie Pen Pal Program is open to bloggers and readers, Casey is a reader of Healthy Living Blogs and possibly a future blogger. I love this post because it happens to us all at one time or another. So with that, please Meet Casey and enjoy her post.
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Hey Y’all,
My name is Casey. I’m from a small town in South Carolina but recently moved to Georgia after I married my husband. Since we’ve bought a house I’ve really gotten into cooking. You can usually find me scribbling down a recipe or searching the Internet for one. I try to find easy and quick things because we both work in a nuclear power plant, which calls for long, busy days.
My husbands’ grandmothers’ birthday recently passed and I was asked to bring a dessert. Let me just say, I am NOT a baking type of person. So, not knowing what to bake I frantically searched Pinterest for something. All I really found was plain chocolate cakes or cookies but I wanted something a little more advanced. BIG MISTAKE! Ha! I can’t help but laugh thinking back on it now. After a few times of looking through Pinterest I had finally found THE cake I was going to make. I can’t really remember the name of it now but it was something along the lines of a chocolate cake with a raspberry butter cream frosting..just not that simple. Here’s a picture of it on Pinterest…
dark chocolate and raspberry buttercream cake
 And here’s a picture of what mine looked like…
My version looks way better, right!?!? HA! Okay so this cake was a total disaster! An epic failure, if you will! Long story short, over the two-day period I attempted to cook this cake: the cake overflowed into the oven, my icing would not set up to save my life and after taking it out of the freezer multiple times to ice it the cake got soft and crumbled under the icing! At first I told myself I was NEVER baking a cake or any dessert again! Then I finally realized I’m going to have failures and problems and a very messy kitchen but all I can do is try and try and hopefully one day I’ll be halfway decent at it!
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Thanks for a great Guest Post Casey, I think it makes us all better cooks and bakers to have a few fails in the kitchen, and who doesn’t like to make a mess once in a while, plus I bet that cake tasted amazing, I mean chocolate cake is chocolate cake. I sure do hope Casey comes back for another Guest Post someday soon.
The Lean Green Bean
Also if your interested in joining the Foodie Pen Pal Program,  go check it out!
Question of the Day: What dish or baked treat do you get asked to bring to parties?
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Today’s post is all about the Foodie Pen Pal Program, this is my first time sending and receiving a box. I am so glad I joined in on the fun!  Big shout out to Lindsey @ The Lean Green Bean for setting this all up, this is such a fun group to join. Thanks Lindsey. Now let’s get to What’s in the Box.

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I received my box from Alaina, the Jogging Concierge . She made her amazing Snickerdoodle Cookies. Let me start there because they did not last long. They were gigantic first off, they were soft, fluffy and sweet with a cinnamon sugar dusting on top. I was having a really hard time resisting them as I took pictures. I love home-baked treats, I really appreciate the effort that went into making them, they were delicious.

I think I have a new favorite cookie.

Other goodies in my box included:

  • Box of Passion flavored Tazo Tea
  • Taza Dark Chocolate Disc
  • Cranberry Healthy Trail Mix
  • Along with a Wonderful Hand Written Letter

I just have to show you the Snickerdoodles again! Gigantic right!

Then I went straight to the Cranberry Healthy Mix. This is from Cardullo’s gourmet shop in Harvard Square. Alaina you really got me on this one, cranberries are my all time favorite dried fruit, and this mix is so flavorful and fresh.

I just cannot get over how bright and plump the dried fruit is, it’s a thing of beauty.

I can see it going down handful by handful.

Then came the chocolate. Taza Chocolate from Alaina’s home town. How cool is that to have chocolate made in your own home town. It’s a dark 70% chocolate. It says its perfect for hot chocolate, so I am really looking forward to making a Hot Chocolate Smoothie. Oh yeah I said that “Hot Chocolate Smoothie”.

Alaina also sent this lovely box of  Tazo Passion Tea. I love tea and I cannot wait to try out this flavor.

Alaina really did a great job putting together a really fun and well though out box, I really appreciate it, not only did she send a great box, but more importantly I found an amazing blog to follow.

This was such a fun experience sending and receiving a Foodie Pen Pal Box. I also have to say that I loved getting the handwritten letter, it was on beautiful stationary and it just gave it that special touch. If your interested in joining the Pen Pal Foodie Program go to this Link and sign up.

I’d also like to say a Big Hello to Page. She sent me a lovely thank-you card for the box I sent her. I’m hoping she will do a guest post one day.

On another subject: Is anyone else having problems posting comments to others blogs? For the last few days I’ll type a comment and enter my information and hit the post comment button, and the comment never appears? Most of the sites I’m commenting on post without approval so I’m confused. Have you had any problems? Maybe it’s a hosting problem?

Question of the Day: Have you ever had a Pen Pal?

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