Oh, happy is the day there is a box waiting for me on the porch! It’s way better than getting bills in the mailbox! Especially happy is the day I know the box contains Foodie Pen Pals goodies!!!!!!!!!! Bonus points when it arrives just before the toddler’s nap!
My pen pal, Marisa knocked it out of the park with her box out Trader Joe’s goodies. I wasted no time tearing that box open and checking it out. Look at what she sent!!!
First, I took a picture of everything. Then I did what any stay-at-home-mom with a napping toddler would do. I went straight for the chocolate!!!
It was so creamy and delicious! I had to just break of two pieces and put the rest in the fridge so as not to eat the entire thing.
Next up I had to try the smoothie recipe she sent. I halved the recipe as I only had one banana on hand.
2 bananas, broken into chunks and frozen overnight
2 cups milk (rice milk)
1/8-1/4 cup cocoa or cocoa powder
3-4 heaping tbsp peanut butter
drizzle of honey
Blend until smooth.
Yum! It was a delicious treat! Definitely something I will make again (and again). She noted that the amounts were approximate so one could vary the amounts a little every time and it will taste a little different. Maybe next time I won’t actually measure everything out! That would be adventurous for me!
The Luna Bars came in handy for a quick snack. She even sent Kids Clif Bars. Cupcake approves!!!
The freeze dried mango, however, was her favorite. The resealable bag made it a great snack to throw in the diaper bag (is it still a diaper bag if she doesn’t wear diapers anymore?).
We both snacked on it while we were out shopping and she finished off the bag at Stroller Strength class. I’ll definitely pick some up the next time we make it over to Trader Joe’s!
What a fun package of goodies! It was fun to try some new stuff (rice milk, Luna Bars, freeze dried fruit). I’m not sure I would purchase Luna Bars for myself in the future, but I will definitely get rice milk since it’s great for smoothies (which I make a lot) and freeze dried fruit!
Are you interested in trying the Foodie Pen Pals program? Here’s more info!
-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 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 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!
Head over to The Lean Green Bean for more info or to sign up!
***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!