Thursday, February 28, 2013

Foodie Penpals, February 2013

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TAZO Iced Black Tea - I was so excited about this one. I love sweet tea, and this way I can make my own using organic raw sugar instead of the refined white that comes from McD's or the jugs (the ones that aren't sweetened with High Fructose (GMO) Corn Syrup, anyway!)

Coconut-covered dates - Dates are a wonderful sweet treat. Yes, they have, like, a Tablespoon of sugar in each one. But it's natural, unrefined sugar. So one or two in a lunch makes a nice dessert-y treat.

McTavish Lemon Shortbread - My package arrived pretty much the day after we decided to switch to a gluten-free diet. Doh! So I looked longingly at these for a few days before I found them a good home.

Muir Glen Organic Black Bean and Corn Salsa - Hubby had popped open a mango salsa right when I got this, and we don't go through salsa fast enough to justify having two opened jars. *sigh* So I haven't gotten to try this yet. I love that it has black beans. More protein!

Dark, milk, and white chocolate-covered caramel balls - I used some of these in an Easter lunch (as bunny droppings! Haha!) and I could have sworn I'd put them in another lunch too, but I can't remember. We snacked on them slowly, since I could let Z have one to get her off my back nagging for treats before dinner, without worrying about it ruining her appetite.

Late July Organic Sea Salt Multigrain Chips - I packed some in a snack for Z's afternoon preschool, and we pretty much hoovered the rest of the bag within a day or so after that!

I sent my Foodie Penpals package to Gina at Health, Love, and Chocolate!

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And now it's time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:
-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!
-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! 
-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. 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. 
If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for November, please CLICK HERE ( to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 
You must submit your information by February 4th as pairings will be emailed on February 5th!

*If you're from Europe, please CLICK HERE ( to signup. 

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