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August Foodie Penpals Reveal

on August 30, 2012
The Lean Green Bean

First off, I just have to say that if you haven’t participated in this program yet, you need to sign up, at least once. It’s so fun meeting another blogger or reader, buying your favorite foods for someone else to try, and then when your box of goodies arrives, it’s like Christmas!

I was paired up with a reader, Sara.  The theme of her box was “local”.  Everything she sent me was made within 10 miles of her home.  Now that is cool.  I love eating locally and I love supporting local businesses.  Good job, Sara!

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The salsa was interesting and not like any other salsa I’d ever eaten.  I think it was the roasted red pepper that gave it that distinct flavor.  I kept dipping chip after chip to confirm what I was tasting.  🙂

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That jam is dee-f’ing-licious!!  Serious yum factor there.  My husband made the comment that it was “thick”.  That’s how I like my jam – thick and full of flavor.

We didn’t get a chance to try the pizza sauce yet.  But it LOOKS awesome.  I’m hoping the hubby will agree to make me one of his famous homemade pizzas that we all love so much, and when he does, we will us that pizza sauce.  It will be perfect for that!

So thank you, Sara, for the lovely box of goodies!!

The person I sent food to was Amy Croan.  Click HERE to read her post about what I sent her.
She recently became a vegan, so it was a little extra challenging which foods to pick out for her.  Thankfully, Trader Joes makes it easy with their labels.

Here are the details on Foodie Penpals:

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.
– 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!

Click HERE to sign up.


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