Friday, August 31, 2012

Foodie Pen Pals - August!

      I can't believe that this is the last week of summer!  It just so happens that Fall is my favorite time of the year, but I'm not ready to say good-bye to summer yet.  I mean, I know that Fall doesn't actually start until September 22nd or something like that but I'm an RECE and summer is over when the children go back to school.
   On the flip side, being the end of August means that it's reveal day for us Foodie Pen Pals!  And that's definitely something to be excited about.  This month I was paired up with Erin who sent me a lovely package (which I will reveal in a moment) and also with Stephanie who I sent a package to.  If you'd like to see what I sent her you can check out her website (after this post, of course!) which I will link up as soon as I know which site she's posting on.  (She has about 4 different websites!) UPDATE:  Check out Stephanie's fab blog @ One More Bite
  For now, let's check out the goodies!
The Lean Green Bean
   Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a reminder of what Foodie Pen Pals is all about or visit Lindsay's website after you're done here.

Onto the Goodies...

 This package actually made it into my mailbox!

 The goodies, along with a kind note from Erin.

Lara Bars!  I rarely (if ever) buy these but I love them.  I ate the apple one almost immediately!

I love pretzels and have always been curious about these Gluten free ones.  I think Erin might be a mind reader.  Although I loved that these were gluten-free, I have to admit that I prefer the plain old pretzels to these.

This is something else I never buy but I'm so excited to use it!  Actually, most of my spices are 'Simply Organic' so I love that Erin chose this brand. Again, I think she is a mind reader.

I think it's hilarious that she edited the directions in the back!  She crossed out the word 'beef' and replaced it with the word 'veggies'.  Too funny!

 I'm not a huge Green Tea drinker so I'm going to figure out a creative way to use this.  I'm excited for the challenge!

This mix is super delicious!  My favorite thing about this is that it's totally nut-free.  Which is a bonus for me because that means that I can take it to work without having to worry!

And now for a recap about what Foodie Pen Pals 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.

Thanks again to Erin for sending me this fabulous package!
Oh, and TGIF!

Ves xx

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