Monday, April 30, 2012

Foodie Penpal Reveal

The day is finally here!  It’s time to check out the goodness I received as a result of being part of the Foodie Penpal program.  I was one lucky lady, if I do say so myself!

The Lean Green Bean

While I sent a box of goodies to Gerry at Foodness Gracious, my penpal was a fellow blogger named Dany over at Dany Gets Fit.  She is such a doll and really listened to my requests.  Actually, I didn’t really even have to make requests because Dany was so on top of everything. She asked me all sorts of questions and was incredibly enthusiastic.  A real joy, I tell you.  Anyways, I received my package in mid April and I was so pumped.


I sliced open the top and look at the peanut and fruit extravaganza I encountered!


I first pulled out two boxes of fruit leathers: blueberry and pomegranate.  These will be awesome for quick snacks at school, so much so that I’m actually thinking about stashing these above my desk for later afternoon tummy rumbles.


I next grabbed the peanutty bar from Annie’s and again, I’m thinking these may go to school with me for those long medical report writing sessions that need a boost.  Next up and perhaps the most exciting was the huge tub of peanut butter with flax seed.  After I took the flax seed plunge earlier this month, I was incredibly happy to see this in the box.  I rarely buy “specialty” nut butters because they’re more expensive than regular/natural JIF so it’s a lovely treat to have something different.


Ironically I had just opened another big jar of my normal peanut butter the day before my box came.  With that open alongside jars of cookie butter, Nutella, and walnut butter I decided to make myself wait for a bit before cracking this flax delight open.  It’s going to take some willpower!

I wasn’t done yet though!  There were two other nut butter packets hiding in the pink and orange Easter grass.  I have heard stellar things about Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter (even that it has Nutella beat!) so I cannot wait to get that in my belly!  You can’t go wrong with honey peanut butter either.  It’s delightfully rich.


In short, this was a jackpot box.  I’m so glad I participated.  I will say it was a bit on the expensive side what with buying all the food and then mailing it so I’m not sure that I can do it every month but it’s a cool thing to do maybe three or four times a year.  I think it’s a neat way to get some fun stuff I would not otherwise buy.  Plus, who doesn’t love getting a big box of food?  It’s like a random present for no reason at all!

So if the above was enough to whet your appetite, let me tell you a bit about the Foodie Penpals program put on by Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean so you can see if it is something you want to do.  Here we go: It is open to both bloggers and readers.  People get matched up with another participant at the beginning of the month (the 5th) and then are responsible for getting in touch with their penpal and figuring out what they like.  Then comes the shopping.  There is $15 limit on goodies and they can be store bought or homemade.  Each box that you send must include something written like a note, a recipe, etc.  Everyone agrees to send their boxes by the middle of the month, the 15th to be exact, and then you write a reveal blog post to be put up on the 30th of the month.  It’s that simple.

Questions: What was your favorite part of my box?
Does Foodie Penpals sound like something you would want to be a part of?

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