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It’s Reveal Day, Happy Foodie Pen Pal Day!

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So just a quick note about the Foodie Pen Pal Program. I just want to start by saying that ANYONE can join in the Foodie Pen Pal Program, it is open to readers and bloggers. It’s so much fun, you meet so many great people and get some really tasty food and snacks. For more information about the Foodie Pen Pal Program, please see the end of this post. Okay, now on to the Reveal.

I took a few months off from the Foodie Pen Pal Program over the holidays, I knew I just could not commit to adding one more thing to my to-do list, but as soon as my schedule returned to normal, I knew I had to sign back up. I am so happy to be back, I missed this program, it really is so much fun and I love meeting other bloggers and readers. So this month I received my box from Meg at Meg Vs Chub. I love her tag line: Screw You Chub, Get Outta My Way. 

Check out this box of goodies from Maine, major SCORE. Where to start…Well first off she made me the cutest card with my name on the front, and on the back it says:

“Foodie Pen Pals January 2013″     

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Now to the goodies: Herbal Pop Corn and some Imported Italian Pasta, I cannot wait to try the pasta with a homemade pasta sauce recipe I have been working on. I also see the popcorn going down with a Netflix Movie, a warm blanket, and a beer on a Saturday night.

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Some local Maine Crystallized Ginger, Dried Kiwi and Bay Leaves.

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and, this little jar of love. Pure Maple Syrup. I am planning a special french toast breakfast for this. I think it will be amazing warmed up and drizzled over some baked berry french toast on a cold Sunday morning. I plan on searching the internet for the perfect recipe. I love it when a food item inspires a great meal, plans and something to look forward to. Meg sure did supply me with a clear vision of what to do with my goodies.

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Now back to this little container. Dried Kiwi. How cool is that? Well they were as delicious as they look. I love dried fruit, it always makes a great snack, and I had never tried dried Kiwi so I was happy that it was in my box for me to try. My husband also enjoyed them.

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Thank-you Meg for a great box of goodies and inspiring some future meals. Between the pasta and the maple syrup and all the snacking YOU sure did make the January box a highlight to my New Year. Much appreciated Meg.

I sent a box over to Darlynn at The Little Blog Dress. Picking out items to send to a Foodie Pen Pal is just as much fun as receiving a box. Head over to her blog to see what was in her box! 

Hey Fellow Foodie Pen Pal’s, don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #foodiepenpals.

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Interested? Well here is the ALL the information about the Foodie Pen Pal Program.

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Here’s a detailed explanation of the 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.

It sure gives you something fun to look forward to each month. 

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Today is October Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day, and I for one Love Reveal day. So let’s get right to it! 

This month I received my Foodie Box from Stacey. Stacy is a reader of Healthy Living Blogs and is currently thinking about starting up a blog, and I certainly hope she does. I’m also hoping that she will Guest Post here on 40 Fit in the Mitt. Come on Stacey what are you waiting for? 

Stacey lives in Western NY and is a Teacher. She loves to cook, bake and shop, and I have to say this Stacey sure does know how to put together one amazing Foodie Pen Pals Box! Thank-you so much Stacey, I am just so excited to try all my goodies.

Stacey also sent me a wonderfully written card and her secret recipe for Artichoke Dip with a special ingredients twist.. I am sure looking forward to trying this recipe out. So now to the box. It was boxed up so nice in tissue paper and was so much fun to unwrap.

So I grabbed all my goodies and took them outside for a little photo shoot. Check out my loot.

So the first item was this super cool Vanilla Infusion Kit. I am so excited to break this open and Make My Own. I had no idea something like this was even available. All you do to make your own is split the vanilla bean and fill with vodka. Then you store for 4 to 6 months, and BOOM you have your very own 7 year supply of Vanilla.  I just cannot express how EXCITED I am to make my own.

Crouching Tiger Mix. Love a crunchy snack mix.

These lovely little cookies, I dug right into these, and each bite of these cutie patootie cookies had a nice peppermint mocha flavor.

Sweet Potato Chips, Yummy. They had a nice flavor, super crunchy.

I loved all the items Stacey picked out, and just love the Foodie Pen Pal Program, I so look forward to it so much each month.

This month I was paired up with Renee. Renee is also a Healthy Living Blog reader and lives in Illinois. I’m also hoping Renee will Guest Post here as well. Renee loves to cook and bake. I think the one thing I love so much about the Foodie Pen Pal Program is how much fun it is to see where your Foodie Box is going and where yours is coming from. You sure do meet some amazing people all over the USA.

Hey Fellow Foodie Pen Pals, let’s help Lindsay spread the word on the Foodie Pen Pal Program and all Tweet about our Boxes! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #foodiepenpals.

Want to become a Foodie Pen Pal? 

Here’s a detailed explanation of the 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.

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July Foodie Pen Pal Revel Day is here and I am super excited to share what I received this month. My July Pen Pal is Danielle over at Piggy Tummy. Cutest Blog Name EVER! She sent me some amazing stuff. Look at this spread of eats.

I’ll start with the jars:

  • Mild Giardiniera
  • Peperoncini & Feta Sandwich Spread
  • Hot Giardiniera

Yummy. I am very familiar with Giardiniera, but have not had it in a long time, so I am very happy to have received 2 jars of  it.  If you have never tried it, I highly recommend it. My grandmother use to make her own and we would have it topped on Italian Sausage Sandwiches, here’s the Skinny on Giardiniera:

Giardiniera   (noun)       jar-di-ne-ra

Italian meaning “from the garden”

  • a combination of pickled hot peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower, spices, steeped in a light vinaigrette.
  • used as a condiment on a variety of foods, sandwiches, pasta, omelettes, chili, soup
  • the #1 condiment served on the famous Chicago Beef Sandwich 

Along with the Giardiniera was this crazy fun sandwich spread. I have never seen it before, it’s made  by Mezzetta, and the flavor is Peperoncini & Feta. I immediately went online to the website and looked for recipes, and was really pleased to find several with my name on it. Check them out:

Macaroni and Cheese with Peperoncini and Feta Spread

Peperoncini, Kalamata and Tomato Crostini

Greek-Style Wrap with Peperoncini and Feta Spread

The website also suggests using the spread in or on any dish that you would use Mayo or Mustard on.  Here’s a few other ways to use the spread.

Other fun usage ideas:

• Egg or tuna salad
• Sausage sandwich
• Burgers

Now here’s a little treat I have never tried. Pina Colada Mallow Bites. They were amazing, I wanted to save some to top a sweet potato, but before I knew it, they were gone. My husband and I killed that bag like it was miniature sized.

Also received some BBQ seasoning. I love to BBQ and I am always looking for a new flavor. Really looking forward to trying this flavor out.

Some protein bars, which are both flavors I have never tried. They were a perfect snack on a long car ride I had to Upper Michigan to visit my parents, and they tasted great. I always like to pack easy foods I can eat on the road and the foodie box came just in time.

The card Danielle made was too cute, it was beautifully made, which I really loved. I’m a scrapbooker and I appreciate the work that goes into making your own cards. The last item I tried was the Unreal Chocolate Peanut Candies. They are the healthy version of the famous M&M candies. I have to tell you, I liked these better than M&M’s.

Wow, I really hit the jackpot this month. Danielle, thank-you so very much for a really fantasist foodie box, you did an amazing  job.

I sent a July Foodie Box to Christy over at Chocolate Covered Diamonds. Go on over and visit her, she is lovely and her blog is so much fun.

Want to become a Foodie Pen Pal? 

Here’s a detailed explanation of the 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.

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June Foodie Pen Pal Revel Day is here and I received my package just time. My Foodie Pen Pal Lindsey did not have an opportunity to mail out the package by the scheduled date, due to her busy schedule. The package went out this week and I just received it Thursday. So glad I got it in time to do my post. I understand things happen and people’s schedules get busy and sometimes overwhelming. No worries here, foodie box in hand = happy foodie girl. So here’s what was in my box.

  • Turkey Perky Jerky
  • Snider Farms Jalapeno Peanuts
  • Tazo Tea Bags

I am pleased that I received my package. Thank-you Lindsey for sending me some fun foodie items. I am looking forward to trying the Turkey Perky Jerky. I love me some jerky. Me and my husband make our own Venison Jerky. This jerky packs 9 grams of protein in each serving. That’s awesome, tasty and healthy.

I am also a fan of spicy treats so I plan on digging into the Jalapeno Peanuts right away! Spicy……..

I am a big tea drinker so these Tazo tea bags will be perfect for my purse.

This month I sent a box to Martha from MLLrungirl. She is a runner with 2 small boys and I really enjoyed reading about all the races she has done and her upcoming races. Hope you go over to her site and check her out.

Want to become a Foodie Pen Pal? 

Here’s a detailed explanation of the 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.

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite item in your Foodie Pen Pal Box? I’d have to say I am super happy about the Perky Turkey Jerky!

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This month I received my Foodie Box from the Alexis at the Pumped Pumpkin. I was Pumped when I opened the box, she had it full of healthy and fun snacks.

The Lean Green Bean

Let’s take a look at all my goodies.

Super Pumped about the Nut Butter, I have never had this brand or flavor. Plus it’s No Stir and Raw! Big Score on that one.

Energy Power Mix from a Local Farm called Willey Farms.

It has all kinds of goodies in the mix, peanut butter chips (awesome right), chocolate chips, papaya, almonds, yogurt covered raisins, dried cherries, soy nuts, peanut butter covered raisins, dried pineapple and chocolate covered raisins. So many wonderful ingredients. I’m really digging all the peanut butter goodies in the mix.

I am a trail mix snob and this batch is a Big Winner.

Alexis also sent these Salted Corn Chips with Flax from Willey Farms.

They sound so yummy. Can not wait to give them a crunch.

Alexis sent me two Larabar’s bars both being flavors I have never tried. I love the fact that my box was made of up fun things I have never tried.

Some strawberry and banana freeze-dried crisps, which I am trying to save for a flight I have coming up soon. I hope I can hold out.

I wasted no time in testing out the Maple flavored Almond Butter.

Slathered it on an English muffin.

Topped with banana slices and sprinkled with chia seeds. This is raw and no stir, I mean really can life get any better. It was delicious, smooth and flavorful.

Alexis thank you for a wonderful box of healthy taste treats. You choose wonderful thoughtful items to include in the box and it has been so much fun meeting you and reading your blog.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the Foodie Pen Pal 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.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

Question of the Day: Have you thought about joining the Foodie Pen Pal Program? What are you waiting for? 

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Today’s post is all about the Foodie Pen Pal Program, this is my first time sending and receiving a box. I am so glad I joined in on the fun!  Big shout out to Lindsey @ The Lean Green Bean for setting this all up, this is such a fun group to join. Thanks Lindsey. Now let’s get to What’s in the Box.

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I received my box from Alaina, the Jogging Concierge . She made her amazing Snickerdoodle Cookies. Let me start there because they did not last long. They were gigantic first off, they were soft, fluffy and sweet with a cinnamon sugar dusting on top. I was having a really hard time resisting them as I took pictures. I love home-baked treats, I really appreciate the effort that went into making them, they were delicious.

I think I have a new favorite cookie.

Other goodies in my box included:

  • Box of Passion flavored Tazo Tea
  • Taza Dark Chocolate Disc
  • Cranberry Healthy Trail Mix
  • Along with a Wonderful Hand Written Letter

I just have to show you the Snickerdoodles again! Gigantic right!

Then I went straight to the Cranberry Healthy Mix. This is from Cardullo’s gourmet shop in Harvard Square. Alaina you really got me on this one, cranberries are my all time favorite dried fruit, and this mix is so flavorful and fresh.

I just cannot get over how bright and plump the dried fruit is, it’s a thing of beauty.

I can see it going down handful by handful.

Then came the chocolate. Taza Chocolate from Alaina’s home town. How cool is that to have chocolate made in your own home town. It’s a dark 70% chocolate. It says its perfect for hot chocolate, so I am really looking forward to making a Hot Chocolate Smoothie. Oh yeah I said that “Hot Chocolate Smoothie”.

Alaina also sent this lovely box of  Tazo Passion Tea. I love tea and I cannot wait to try out this flavor.

Alaina really did a great job putting together a really fun and well though out box, I really appreciate it, not only did she send a great box, but more importantly I found an amazing blog to follow.

This was such a fun experience sending and receiving a Foodie Pen Pal Box. I also have to say that I loved getting the handwritten letter, it was on beautiful stationary and it just gave it that special touch. If your interested in joining the Pen Pal Foodie Program go to this Link and sign up.

I’d also like to say a Big Hello to Page. She sent me a lovely thank-you card for the box I sent her. I’m hoping she will do a guest post one day.

On another subject: Is anyone else having problems posting comments to others blogs? For the last few days I’ll type a comment and enter my information and hit the post comment button, and the comment never appears? Most of the sites I’m commenting on post without approval so I’m confused. Have you had any problems? Maybe it’s a hosting problem?

Question of the Day: Have you ever had a Pen Pal?

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