Friday, November 30, 2012

Foodie Penpals - November 2012

This month I got a box of goodies from my Foodie Penpal Dawn, at Spatulas on Parade (LOVE that blog name!)

Nature's Path Mmmaple Pecan granola bars: You had me at "sweet and salty!"
I'm not known for my planning or time-management skills [at Disney on Ice (yes, we were late,) when the skaters came out for the ballroom scene, Z kept asking where Cinderella was. When she arrived, Z said "Oh. She's just late. Like us!"] so often my breakfast is just whatever chewy bar is within arm's reach as I bundle the kids out the door.

Home-made granola: Yum! A much healthier item to munch on at the computer than the box of Candy Cane Joe Joes. And tasty in some breakfast yogurt (the mornings I have time...)

Ak-Mak cracker bread: These taste really good with some herb cheese spread Hubby just got. Perfect timing!

Home-made taco seasoning: The juvenile in me keeps tittering over the bottle being labeled merely "TACO." But as luck would have it, Hubby just brought home some leftover taco shells from work, and I happened to buy some ground chicken for no particular reason...

Osem Israeli Couscous: Apart from my sheer enjoyment of any excuse to say the word "couscous" ("Hug hug couscous!") this will make a nice alternative to regular noodles or rice. And it's easy for Baby to eat. Win!

Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame: I had just used up the last of the dried edamame for my salads a few days before this arrived! It's like she's in my head!

Betty Crocker Simply Fruit roll-ups: These are the only thin fruit leathers I've seen. All the rest are thick and smallish, so only good for cutting small shapes from. Yes. I'm always thinking in terms of how any given food would work in a bento. It's a curse gift.

Cat Cora's Kitchen Green Olive Tapenade: Intriguing. A certain little someone looooooooves olives. I wonder if she'd eat broccoli if she could dip into some of this...

The Lean Green Bean
This is my first month sending to another blogger, so you can check out what I sent to Katie at Wish and Whimsy!

Here’s a detailed explanation of the Foodie Penpals 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.
December's Foodie Penpals will be for charity instead, to help make the season a little brighter for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Look for the link to donate at The Lean Green Bean on December 3-7!


  1. WOO HOO seems like you are enjoying the box. I was so not sure...but I also wanted to send things the kiddos could enjoy!
    Love your post!

  2. What you got such wonderful foodie treasures!


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