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May 2014 Foodie Box

I sit here staring at the clock…11:12 pm. Its literally 48 minutes until midnight. 48 minutes until Friday. 48 minutes until May 30, 2014! 48 minutes until this post has to be published! Leave it to me to be late! My foodie pal was even early sending his box. Of course I was a little late.

This month I was paired with Kyle from PA. I received a nice arrangement of yummies.  For a young buck he did quite well. I was super excited to try everything he had sent.  And believe me it was perfect and delish.

 

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I had to smile when I glanced over everything and saw the Speculoos Cookie stuff. First thought that came to my mind was Biscoff! Yes Biscoff, the pleasurable tasty treat I devoured a few months back.  I sent some to Kyle 🙂 Speculoos just wasnt the same. I was expecting a completely different taste. When I put the cookie in my mouth I was thinking about Biscoff. I was like ugg.. But then once I got the thought out of my head I was good. It was good. It tasted similar to graham crackers.

English Toffee…I have never had the chocolate kind. just the regular kind. I liked this just as well.

I took a once over the coconut chips and was like ah blah. I’m not a chip person. But thought I have to try it right? These are amazing. They aren’t chip chips. They are roasted coconut shavings. Love these. Used them in my homemade granola.

The cinnamon sugar pita chips were my daughters fav. We shared them till the bag was gone! How easy would it be to make those babies?!?!? In bulk…hum..might be a good project!

Earl grey tea. A mood relaxer! Love tea at night before bed. Especially with those Speculoos cookies. Dipped them right in there.

Thanks Kyle for you wonderful box of goods.

Readers don’t forget to check out Kyle’s blog!!! http://www.abbotthouseadventure.wordpress.com

If you are interested in the Foodie Penpal program check out the details below!

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

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-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 & European 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!

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Foodie PenPal January 2014 Reveal

It’s that time of the month again. Time to reveal my foodie penpal box. Leave it to me to be typing this post on the day of the reveal.

This month my box came from Sheila of Richmond Virginia. Sheila has her own small business called “Thinking of You Creations”. Selling a variety of granola, cookies and yum tarts. All natural Ingredients.

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I was very excited to try her granola. I eat granola with my yogurt every morning. Its nice to change it up between flavors. When I received Sheila’s package I was happy to see two different flavors of granola in the box. Blueberries & Cherries and Cranberries, Walnuts & Coconut. Both very yummy. Image

There were more goodies in Sheila’s box, including these Cheese Straws from Three Sisters 3. Also from Richmond VA. They too were yummy. They reminded me of Cheese It Crackers. But the straws were light and airy in texture. Defiantly satisfying. ImageAnd last but not least Norcino Mild Salame with Sangiovese Wine. This Salame had amazing flavor. My husband gobbled it all up!Image

Thank You so much Sheila for my wonderful foodie box.

Want to participate in next month’s Foodie Penpals? Here’s some more info

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-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. 

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. 

-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans.  

 

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November Foodie Penpals Reveal

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It has been a few months since I participated in the Foodie Swap.  In fact it has been awhile since I have posted anything. I apologize for that. Though it seems I keep apologizing for that.

Moving on….

This month I teamed up with Jessica from Texas. She sent me a great box of goodies.

The jar of pumpkin butter was my favorite. I’m a big fan of the butter mixtures.

My second favorite was the English Toffee.

My whole family enjoyed it.

My daughter especially loved the apple/banana fruit mush…

Thanks Jessica…

WANNA JOIN? HERES THE RUN DOWN

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-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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May 2013 Foodie Reveal

Oh, I got spoiled….

I received my box from Eleni from New Jersey this month. I was very excited to see how this box differed from last months. People taste in food fascinates me. I’ve come to realize that I eat so wrong compared to the rest of the world. But that’s a topic for a different day.

As I unwrapped my package this month I noticed a theme….Spreads…

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This month I received…

1. Biscoff Spread – OMGoodness….It’s amazing!
It’s cookies in a jar. I have never heard of this before. This is why I love Foodie PenPals! I enjoyed this so much I didn’t want to put it down. If you saw my recent Facebook post. This is what I couldn’t stop eating.
I looked this up and realized it’s sold in local stores in my area! Who knew. I will continue to purchase this!

2. Larabar  – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
I wasn’t too impressed with this one. It was good but tasted more like a protein bar. Not my favorite. This is more like something i’d carry in my purse for an on the go thing.

3. Obel – 1. Chocolate Peanut Butter  2. Chocolate
These were very good. Light and crispy. Perfect midday snack.

4. Lion Bar – Made by Nestle
This was good also. I am very partial to peanut butter when it comes to candy bars. But this was almost like a rice crispity, chocolatety, funky kit kat.

5. Nutella On The Go – Who doesn’t love nutella!

6. Justin’s Almond Maple Butter and  Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
Here it is again. Justin must be a special guy. These are everywhere in the foodie penpal world! Very good!

7. Cocoa Almond Spread
I couldn’t stop dipping my pretzels in this stuff. I also enjoyed it on rice cakes. Puts some yum onto dry, bland, health crap!

8. Dark Chocolate Almonds
Another perfect midday snack. Love ’em!

A big thanks to Eleni for getting my addicted to Biscoff spread! And for the wonderful well thought out box of goodies!

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Interested? Here are the Guidelines

-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 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 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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April 2013 Reveal

This is my first month for the “Foodie PenPal” project. It all started with one random idea from a girl named Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean. When I was a little girl I wrote all the time. I kept up with several pen pals at a time. One from Germany, California, and Ohio. I loved it.

One day while surfing Pinterest I stumbled upon a blog that participated in Lindsay’s project. So I thought I would sign up. I did so just in time too. For it was the 4th of the month and I had till the 5th to do so. I am very happy I did.

When Lindsay contacted me to tell me she received my application I thought she was emailing to tell me the name of my foodie pal. I got all excited and practically jumped up and down. I received that information the next day.

I sent my box of goodies to New Hampshire. While I was receiving my goodie box from Leah of Minnesota. Leah has a blog of her own called “MacKenzie Memories”.

Well I received my box today. I could barely hold my silence! So exciting for me. I get excited at the smallest things it seems. This is what Leah sent me.

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DSC_01591. Cranberry Walnut Granola

Apparently having healthy food in my house forces me to eat it. Because I tried this on my yogurt as Leah suggested. Loved it. And ate it everyday of the this week so far. Skipping my standard cereal. She also suggested to use it in pancakes. Must try that later.

 

 

 

DSC_01582. Barsy’s Sweet Almonds

I was a little sceptical to try these because I don’t like hot foods. The package says, Barsy’s Almonds Sweeties, A sweet treat with a hint of chai spices. I have never had chai foods. When I read it I instantly thought spicy. But I stood corrected when my Grandma popped some in her mouth. They were absolutely divine. I Loved them. A perfect simple treat!

 

 

DSC_01623. B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, Prairie Dog Chocolate Bar

Chocolate…Enough said!

 

 

 

DSC_01604. Frontier Jalapeno Jerky Rub

I’m not sure what I am going to do with this. I think I might save it for deer jerky. I guess I’ll have to break out the de-humidifier.

 

 

 

DSC_01635. Justin’s Chocolate and Classic Almond Butter

This stuff is to die for. I have never had it before Leah sent it to me. She suggested putting it on crackers or on toast. However while I was looking at the reveal page on Lindsay’s site I noticed a lot of people sent Justin’s Butter in their foodie boxes.

 

DSC_01566. Chocolate, Peanut Putter and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These definitely didn’t last long! They were very good. Especially the peanut butter one. My weakness. These were purchased from “3 Tiers Bakery Bistro” in Minneapolis, MN. Their website is www.3tierscakes.com

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Interested? Here are the Guidelines

-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 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 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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