Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January Foodie PenPal

I am excited to share with you my Foodie PenPal recap.  Let me thank Lindsay for getting all of us paired up and for hosting the link party.

I sent a box to Molly over at Hungry, Hungry Runner if you would like to see what I sent.

However today I want to talk about what I received, from Rachel (who is a reader not a blogger).

Rachel, like myself, is named Rachel and a vegetarian.

She graciously sent me a wonderful box filled with these delectable goodies:

I love getting Trader Joe goodies since I don't have one near me (always such interesting things to choose from there).  So the raisin rosemary crisps and mango slices were a nice surprise and very delectable.

She included one of my favorite post gym snacks, Larabar.  I didn't even get a nibble as my son Andrew made off with it.  Such is life with kids.

Rachel also included several single serve packets of peanut butter, which I love to put in my lunch for work.

The "piece de resistance" however was the salsa. 

I am a HUGE fan of things spicy and this hot salsa certainly hit the spot.

Thanks so much Rachel for your wonderful package.

Be sure to head over to The Lean Green Bean to see what everyone else received.

Do you think you would like to join the Foodie Penpal program?  If so here is an explanation and contact information for Lindsay.

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.

For February this fantastic program will be open to US AND Canadian residents.

If you would like to join be sure to e-mail Lindsay theleangreenbean@gmail.com by February 4th.


  1. love good salsa! i got some great salsa this round too!!

  2. I LOVE those mango slices! I had some sent to me from a blogger friend awhile ago and devoured them WAY too quickly. :)

    [I must say one of the best things about moving back to Virginia is that I'm that much closer to a Trader Joe's! An hour doesn't seem so bad when it used to be 600 miles...]

  3. OMG the raisin rosemary crisps- I die for! Must get a stockpile every time I go.

  4. Looks like a great package! I love those dried mango slices.

  5. Another amazing package! It must feel like Christmas every day at your place! You sure do keep the postman busy ;)

  6. What a cool idea! You're gonna love that chocolate peanut butter! I'm addicted.

  7. Oh boy! Those mango slices are amazing! Glad you got such great stuff!

  8. Wow, what a great penpal! I am definitely going to need to stalk out my TJ's for those Raisin Rosemary Crisps -- I'm intrigued!

  9. Yum! I dont have Traders by me either! LOVE the mango!

  10. I looove Trader Joes, but I live in Japan so I completely understand the excitement of getting goodies from there. I love the dried mango, but have never tried the raisin rosemary chips. They sound so intriguing! You definitely got a lot of goodies in your package....yum!!

  11. I bet that salsa was great! I'm always looking for small-batch food items like that.

  12. I am a huge fan of TJ's dried mango and PB&Co., I just bought a jar of the cinnamon raisin yesterday.

  13. What a fun idea! Are those raisin-rosemary crisps as good as they look?