Foodie Penpals – April ’14

Oh, how the months just seem to fly by! It’s hard to believe we’re officially in to May…I have less than 30 days left of school 😀

This month’s Foodie Penpal exchange was with Sherry from Tennessee. She sent over quite the variety of items that go really well with some of my favorite tastes 🙂

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  • A hand-written note, with the recipe for “Mac & Cheese popcorn” – isn’t the card cute! Ahh, I love it!
  • Mrs. Campbell’s Chow Chow (the hot version) – I have heard of chow-chow before, but have never tried it. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet – it sounds fantastic for burgers & hot dogs – so I plan on bringing it along to a cookout we have this weekend.
  • Vigo Red Beans & Rice – I love these because they’re so quick and easy to make when you need a quick side dish. Yum!
  • Pirouline ‘cookies’ – These are delicious and great for a quick chocolate fix!
  • Chili Lemon peanuts – I think we all know how much I love chili and lemon/lime together 🙂
  • A bag of unpopped popcorn – Perfect!!!!
  • Popcorn Cheese Spice – To go with the popcorn (and part of the recipe that Sherry gave me)
  • Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans – I love my coffee in the morning…and I love chocolate…so obviously this is a great combination!

Thank you, Sherry, for the wonderful package! I have been enjoying everything…especially the popcorn 🙂

Want more information on Foodie Penpals? Here’s a few details for ya…

  • 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 & European residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. This is because things might get too slow and backed up when trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

**This post was shared with several other Foodie Penpals over at The Lean Green Bean!**

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Foodie Penpals – March ’14

And another month of 2014 has passed. We have finally reached April – and while there’s still snow on the ground, I’m seeing small glimmers of spring popping up. I saw a few flocks of wild turkeys yesterday…the sun is melting the snow…I’m hearing more birds every day…so maybe by June all will be well again 🙂

This post is a little late, as I took a very impromptu roadtrip to Memphis, TN with some friends from college to see the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team play in the NCAA Elite 8. It was a long trip but it was good to go with some of my very closest friends, and see others that I haven’t seen in years. What a wonderful, albeit exhausting, trip.

So without further ado ::cue drumroll::…March’s Foodie Penpal box! Our package this month comes from Colby in Connecticut. She put together a great package of lots of local items from her hometown, where she & her husband met, and more.

Thank you, Colby!

Thank you, Colby!

  • Her handwritten card has an old picture of her mainstreet from her hometown. It’s so pretty!
  • Ashlawn Farm coffee – This comes from a farm & roastery. So far my husband and I are really enjoying the blend that Colby sent us. Mmm…coffee..
  • Archie Moore’s wing sauce – We have not tore into this bottle just yet – but I absolutely cannot wait! Baseball season is upon us, as is the World Cup…so it will be used up quickly!
  • Sclafani Pasta – locally made in Norwalk, CT. She included some Pamieri Marinara Sauce to go with it; it comes from the neighborhood near where she used to live. We ate this for dinner last night and it was delicious!
  • Foxon Park soda – Colby sent us the Root Beer & Birch Beer flavors. They were great!

Thank you, Colby, for the great package that you sent us! We have been enjoying it greatly and appreciate how locally-based it is 🙂

Want more information on Foodie Penpals? Here’s a few details for ya…

  • 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 & European residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. This is because things might get too slow and backed up when trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Foodie Penpals – January ’14

Look what I started doing again? 😀

I decided to jump back on the Foodie Penpal train in November, but the person who I was paired with never sent me a box (lame!). This month, all was well as I was paired with an elementary special ed teacher, Janelle, who lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. And you know that teachers are awesome 🙂

Here’s what Janelle included in my package, along with a handwritten note (one of the ‘requirements’ of FP):

Thank you, Janelle!

Thank you, Janelle!

  • Yuengling Light Mild Wing Sauce – Yuengling is a very ‘Pennsylvania’ thing; some of my favorite memories of my year out there included stopping by Smokey Bones after work to have a ‘lager’. Janelle couldn’t locate the hot version, but she sent me the mild, which will still be just as delicious. This is going to be perfect for Superbowl Sunday!
  • Urban Detox (Goji Berry flavor) – This stuff is great for hangover prevention & remedy. A must-have for mornings after having a few beers at trivia. Which, may I add, are on school nights.
  • Raspberry Lemonade Blistex – It’s wintertime and one of the things that I hate most about the cold weather is the chapped lips that come with it – especially since I’m a musician and need my lips to play all the instruments that I do at the drop of a hat. Janelle threw this in on a whim but figured I’d love it (ironically, I sent her some chapstick too). I do ! I used it during a gig the other night and it kept my lips smooth the entire night. Plus the flavor is pretty great (AKA it’s not cherry chapstick. I HATE cherry chapstick. It tastes like cough syrup!)
  • Bhuja Snack Mix – Yum! This is a really unique snack mix with a hint of heat and lots of flavor. It’s awesome 🙂
  • Cadbury Mini-Eggs – I love these at Easter! They’re one of the ‘treats’ that I put off eating until very last, because they’re one of the best.
  • Stacy’s Pretzel Bread Crisps – I only haven’t tried these yet because of Superbowl Sunday. But, it’s no secret that I love crunchy snacks, especially pretzels. Now I just have to figure out exactly what I’m making with them.

So, Janelle – thank you for one amazing box of goodies. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I’ve been enjoying mine! 🙂

Want more information on Foodie Penpals? Here’s a few details for ya…

  • 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 & European residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. This is because things might get too slow and backed up when trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Foodie Penpal – June ’13

This month went by so quickly! June’s Foodie Penpal experience was a very unique one – I mailed a package over to Giselle at My Healthy Happy Home – she had actually sent me a FPP package a few months ago, so it was neat to turn the tables. If you click on her blog link, you’ll fly over to her review of the goodies I sent her 🙂

I received a package from Tori in Mississippi:

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  • Sweet & Salty Mixed Nuts (Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter flavor) – yum!
  • Captain Rodney’s Private Reserve Temptation of Jezebel sauce – This looks like it would be perfect for grilling out. I’m hoping to try this in the next week or so. I’m thinking chicken kabobs on the grill.
  • LaraBar – My favorite flavor, peanut butter chocolate chip
  • Kind Bar – Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate. I have never tried this flavor before…I bet it’s awesome, and I need to make sure to eat this before my husband discovers it in the pantry.
  • Sweet Potato PopChips – They’re a little crushed from the shipping, but I love PopChips, so they’ll still be enjoyed.
  • Zico Coconut Water – This is one of those beverages out there that I’ve been very curious to try. It’s currently sitting in my fridge, getting nice and cold.
  • Cheddar Cheese Straws – made in Mississippi. This will be devoured – I’ve never had them before but I know they’ll be good!

Thank you, Tori, for the great package! I was able to open it right when I got back from vacation this week.

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Foodie Penpals – May ’13

This month’s edition of Foodie Penpals is a tad late – I was traveling all weekend to Ohio for my younger brother’s high school graduation so I had little time to write. School is winding down & I am finding myself with a bit more  free time to get things up here (it’s about time!So you will hopefully be hearing a bit more from me in the next few weeks blogging about food, cooking, our CSA (20 days!), and homebrewing. Yes, you read that one right… 😉

My packaged, mailed with love, came from Reba of Not So Perfect Life:

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Thank you, Reba!

  • Ginger Candy
  • Nut Mix – this was delicious and ended up getting devoured the rest of the way by my husband (he put it in his lunch one day and I never saw it again)
  • Cocoa Roast almonds & a Raw*Rev 100 cashew bar – The almonds were great in a pinch after work when I got stuck in traffic & found myself super hungry in the car. The cashew bar reminded me a lot of LaraBars and I was pleased with the energy it gave me when I ate it mid-day, before round two of classes.
  • African Bird Pepper – Holy moly. This stuff is hot! And awesome! Reba & I talked about some good ways to use it – I ended up using it in a soup that I had made and the pepper really gave it a nice kick. A little goes a long way, so it’s going to last me quite a while 🙂
  • Italian pretzels (chili pepper flavored) – Great pretzel flavor, but not too much chili pepper flavor at all (but that’s okay, because I love pretzels anyway, in any shape, form, or flavor)

I mailed a box over to Stephanie of Mr. & Meatless. Stephanie is a vegetarian & is dabbling with becoming vegan, so it was my job to mail her a few things that went along with her lifestyle preference. I’m looking forward to reading her blog more for recipe ideas, too 😉

Want more information on Foodie Penpals? Here’s a few details for ya…

  • 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 & European residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. This is because things might get too slow and backed up when trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Foodie Penpals: April ’13

This month’s round of Foodie Penpals was an absolute blast. I received a package all the way from Puerto Rico! Dimarie sent a great package that catered to many of my ‘tastes’…not to mention that she included a really neat recipe & added to my hot sauce collection. She asked some great questions in her email to me and she really put in some fantastic items – including a recipe!

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Thank you, Dimarie!

  • ‘Spicy Quesadilla’-flavored tortilla chips – You can tell I’ve been busy because these are still in my house.
  • Cornmeal, to use in her Corn Fritters recipe – which I have yet to make :-/ I’m hoping to do this on Sunday!
  • Guava paste – often enjoyed with sharp cheddar cheese. I haven’t been able to try it yet, but I’m really excited to do so. I already know I’m going to buy some locally made cheddar to try it at the end of this week, to celebrate the end of concert season 🙂
  • Mayo-Ketchup, with Garlic – She included this to go with the corn fritters. I am hoping to try it with french fries tonight.
  • Mi Madre Pique hot sauce – 🙂 This was wonderfully hot (habanero). Yum!
  • Tamarind sauce – I’ve never tried tamarind anything before – but I’m really excited to try 🙂

I’ve been pretty swamped with work and such, so thus my blog has been a bit quiet lately. I am hoping to remedy that in the coming week – I do have things lined up; I just have to post them. (Sorry, my lovely readers)

Meanwhile, my recipient, Gigi, lives in San Antonio. It’s such a cool place; I visited there with a friend & fell in love with the Riverwalk. Gigi does not have a blog, but wanted me to post for her so that she could share her box with you:

Anticipation, I love checking my mail box to see what my FPP has sent me! Jenny’s boys sent Bella some cute mice catnip toys. Bella was in Heaven when I opened my box.

  • I’m looking forward to making risotto for dinner next Sunday. I promised Jenny I would share my recipe with her.
  • Love the Jane’s Krazy Mix Up Salt. I added the mixed up salt to my steamed veggies last week. What great flavors!
    • Love my Plaid Cat Brownie Mix. I can’t wait to bake this weekend! I’m known for going to store openings and bringing brownies for the associates.
    • Ponzu Citrus sauce- Perfect sauce to add to my chicken tacos for Cinco de Mayo! Ole!!!!
    • I’m hooked on these Kellogg’s Fruit Crips. Great to munch on while sitting in traffic. Only 100 calories for this strawberry treat.

    Jenny, you are welcome to visit me anytime you want in San Antonio! Thanks again for all of the great treats. I’ll put the risotto recipe in the mail for you tomorrow.

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Thank you, Gigi, for the wonderful email and I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed everything – and I’m glad that Bella enjoyed her gifts from my ‘boys’ 🙂

Bella attacking her new toys, Three Blind Mice

Bella attacking her new toys, Three Blind Mice

Want more information on Foodie Penpals? Here’s a few details for ya…

  • 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 & European residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. This is because things might get too slow and backed up when trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Foodie Penpals: March ’13

For March’s edition of Foodie Penpals, I sent a package over to Melissa in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. I received a package from Giselle over at My Healthy Happy Home. It’s a really cute blog, especially for all of you moms out there (both working and SAH) that I know & adore 🙂

The package I received was simple & contained some great items that are/were right up my alley…

Foodie Penpals March '13. Thank you, Giselle!

Foodie Penpals March ’13. Thank you, Giselle!

  • Somersaults sunflower seed snacks – These were amazing! I don’t think that these were something that I’d normally grab off of the shelf – but I now know that if I find these in my local store, I’m going to buy some. They are chock full of great protein & fiber & take away that hangry feeling you get when it’s time to cook dinner. (Hangry = hungry + angry)
  • Boom-Chicka-Pop popcorn – ‘Twas delicious.
  • Raw Pecan Butter – Something I had never tried before, and was pretty good on my sandwich for a meatless (Lenten) Friday
  • Chimes ginger candies – I had never seen these before. Everyone has always said that ginger is spicy & I never believed them, until I tried these! What a sweet & spicy surprise.
  • The Good Bean dried chickpea snacks – These were neat…I really enjoyed them! She sent me the cracked pepper flavor.
  • Luna Bar – I haven’t had one of these in ages…and I like them 🙂 She sent me the Toasted Nut & Cranberry flavor.

I had told Giselle that I am a savory snacker through and through, and I felt that she did very well. So, thank you very much for the great package! (And PS…check out her blog!)

Want more information on Foodie Penpals? Here’s a few details for ya…

  • 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 & European residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. This is because things might get too slow and backed up when trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.