Friday, March 30, 2012

March Foodie Penpal Reveal Day

The Lean Green Bean

This is my second post as today is the day that we reveal what we received from our Foodie Penpals for March.  This month I received a package from Christy Dean who blogs at Chocolate Covered Diamonds.

It was a wonderful package filled with all kinds of delicious goodies.


Just opening the box was a treat.  I was greeted with all this pretty tissue paper.  (Warning, I am a recycler, so this may show up in the box sent to my Foodie Penpal next month).


Christy sent her card and a little note detailing the contents of the box.  She said that many of the items were her “go to" sweet snacks.  Well, she has some mighty nice ones.


These are called “Heavenly Caramels”, and. believe me, they were.  I could actually taste the smoothness of the cream and butter in them.  So good.


A selection of candy and a Nugo Chocolate Bar that Christy says is her favorite.  I have been very good and am still working on these.


Some fortified water and Wild Blueberry Acai Tea.  I was a little unsure about the tea as I am not a fan of blueberries.  However, I was pleasantly surprised about how much I like it.  I would even purchase it myself.  Thanks, Christy, for opening me up to something I would not ordinarily drink.

More to drink.  Three flavors of cocoa: caramel, butterscotch and French Vanilla.  All wonderful.  I love a hot cup of good cocoa.


Two Bumble Bars.  These are sesame bars made right here in Washington State, yet I have never purchased them.  I will on the look out for them now.  Last month I also was sent something made here that I did not know about.  It is so interesting when that happens.


Last, but certainly not least, Christy sent this little Piggy personal fry pan and spatula.  I think these are beyond cute.  I so love looking at them that I must confess that I have not actually used them yet.  I keep them on my counter for decoration.  They fit right in with the chicken measuring spoons that I received last month.

Christy, thank you so much again for sending such a great box.

My package for March went to Caitlin Croswell at Cait Plus Ate.  She will be posting about what I sent her.

This is just like having Christmas every month.  You get to play Santa and get something from Santa.  If you are missing out on all the fun and want to join in, here is the info straight from Lindsay:

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 Penplas 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. So, I'm going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
If you’re interested in participating for April, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 
You must submit your information by April 4th as pairings will be emailed on April 5th!

For a link up party to see the contents of all the packages exchanged head on over to the Lean Green Bean.


  1. yay for new products! i've heard good things about those bumble bars!

  2. I am so glad you liked the package! I didn't even know the bumble bars were made there! How cool!

  3. You got such nice things! :) I love that NuGo Dark bar, it's delicious!

  4. I had no idea Land o Lakes made hot cocoa! Those pig kitchen tools are beyond adorable. I love new kitchen things!

  5. I just found your blog through Cait plus ate and I love it! Your package of goodies looks great!

  6. WOW WHEE!!! What awesome gifts - I would LOVE it all - especially the caramels and the cocoa mixes. NICE! This is a really fun thing to do, and I hope to join one day. Sure is fun to see how the gifts you give, and receive, are customized. You are a gifted gift giver. =)

  7. What awesome gifts! You have a great pal!


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