I am happy to again be participating in Foodie Penpals this month. Foodie Penpals is a fun program started by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean to connect foodies (both bloggers and just plain foodies) to exchange yummy treats once a month. It gives you the opportunity to connect with some new folks, try some yummy things that you may not have ever seen before, and share a bit of yourself with others. If you want to learn more about the program and possibly join, see the information at the bottom of this post.
This month, I sent some goodies to Cheryl at Live Fit Daily, and was very excited to get this bounty from Alex at Happy Wife, Happy Life. Alex really made it personal, describing why she chose each item specifically for me (and The Bug). And she even sent me a little uplifting quote since she had seen my few blog posts where I was a little down. First was Once Again Organic Sunflower Butter, since she read about my love for peanut butter, and this is her favorite nut butter. It is something I have been wanting to try, so I was so happy to see it in the package. Then there were these Danielle Honey Banana Chips, which Alex included as a healthy snack for me and The Bug. Wow! Were these yummy!! I have to find more! Or maybe not, because they are super-addictive. The Bug and I both LOVE bananas. She also included a pack of Go-Go Squeez Applesauce On-the-Go, which I have been meaning to pick up for The Bug for when we are out and about, but keep forgetting. He hasn’t tried them yet, but they will be packed for our next road trip. The Madhava Vanilla-Flavored Agave Nectar was a fun surprise. I know there are mixed reviews on whether this is good or bad for you, but I like it in moderation. And the vanilla is yummy. I have been putting it in some overnight oats, and I have a yummy recipe I will share with you soon. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups! Alex’s words sum it up best – NO EXPLANATION NECESSARY! Now we come to the Sea Crunchy Seaweed Snacks with Green Tea, She said she hand;t tried them, but thought they looked interested. Alex, I will tell you, DON’T TRY THEM. I am so sorry! I love everything else you sent, but these were literally one of the worst things I have ever eaten. The Bug spit it out immediately. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. But everything else was awesome! Thanks Alex!! 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 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. 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 May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.