Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day!

Can you believe it's the last day of July already? I don't want summer to be half over yet!!

That being said, the end of the month means foodie pen pal reveal day and I'm super excited for my first one!
foodiepal stamp2 Foodie Penpals
Don't know about foodie pen pals? I have included the info at the bottom of my post, or you can head over to Lindsay's blog The Lean Green Bean to learn more!

This month my pen pal was the lovely Vesna, who blogs over at Lipstick and Lemondrops. What an awesome  pen pal! Her emails were so sweet, and we discovered that we have quite a few things in common- we both work with kids, love mexican foods and avocados, and we both really want to travel to Ireland! Vesna had an awesome questionnaire that she sent me in her first email that allowed us to figure that all out.

I was so excited to receive my package in the mail, it was almost like Christmas!

Inside everything was wrapped in pretty paper and she included a sweet card explaining the contents of my package.
My first item was a package of Mexican spices. I'd never used a pre mixed spice like this so I was really excited to try it. I used it on some chicken and created a taco salad and holy smokes, it was unreal!

The second item was some organic salsa. It was the perfect amount of spicyness! I'd seen this brand before but never tried it and it's now going to be a staple for us!
The way to my heart? Definitely with chocolate! I don't know how Vesna knew it, but I currently have an obsession with salted chocolate. This was my favorite part of the package, and I am going to be on the lookout to see if I can find this same bar here in BC. I have been trying to eat it slowly, just a few squares a day to make it last, but I don't know how much longer I can hold out!!
Last, but most definitely not least, Vesna sent me some amazing homemade vegan cookies, and I was so excited to see that she included the recipe! They were amazing, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I his them from Will. I was not sharing these babies! They were the perfect size to bring to work for a snack or to munch on after dinner.

Thank you so much for the amazing package Vesna! Again if you haven't checked out her blog I suggest that you pop over and take a look!

The way foodie pen pals works is that you receive a package from one person, and send a package to a different person. I sent a package to Katy over at Fit in Heels. Katy is a fitness enthusiast and a mommy to be from Ontario. Her blog has me cracking up every time I read it, she is hilarious! She also has a ton of awesome workouts that I am looking forward to trying. Head over to her blog to check out the goods that I sent to her!
Interested in the foodie pen pal program? Here is some more info straight from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean:

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:
-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 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. 

If you’re interested in participating for August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 
You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th!

*If you're from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I'll see if we get enough interest this month!


  1. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. I really had a lot of fun trying to figure out what to put together for you!


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