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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Foodie Penpal: My First Month’s Revelation

Hi there! I can tell this monthly Foodie Penpal event is the start of something new and enjoyable. Each month you get to meet two new people each with their own stories to tell and ideas to share. I’d like to thank Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean for putting this exciting foodie event together!

For my first Food Penpal, I was matched with Amy from The Mommy Rodeo. She is a lawyer who, as quoted from her website, “I wasn’t fired, I decidedly left my day job and applied for the job of mommy.” So she obviously has great values and I fully support this. Amy is a “four legger lover” and lives in the beautiful state of Florida. Check out her blog as she shares her experience as a busy mommy/wife and feel free to say hello!

Since I tend to despise most packaged products out there, I felt bad for sounding too snobby or picky, but I had to be honest! Luckily, Amy’s package of goodies was nothing less than stellar! Let’s see what she sent….

- Selby Select Loose-leaf tea blend of rooibos and oranges

- Yoder’s Fine Foods No Sugar Added Apple Butter

- Amish Wedding Foods Medium Egg Noodles

All of these are local to her in Sarasota, FL and not produced in global quantities in some manufacturing warehouse. All pluses to me!

No caffeine made this a wonderful way to end the day. And apparently rhyme too!

I’m an avid tea drinker and always willing to try a new one as long as there’s no added sugar or other crap stuff. The apple butter was a welcome surprise since it has been several years since I had the stuff. It’s so hard to find unsweetened anything nowadays! And not the “no sugar added” but plenty of artificial sweeteners added kind; I don’t want sucralose or aspartame in me. Ha ha, that sounds funny.

Apples and cinnamon?! That's like bananas and peanut butter....delicious!!

The egg noodles look fun and I’ve never cooked this kind before. Then again, I haven’t had noodles in a long time! Amy explained in the note she sent with the package that these noodles are extremely popular in her area and I “had to try” them. They aren’t something I would buy since I look for whole grain as the first ingredient, but the list is pretty low and they’re local made. I haven’t tried them yet, but plan on making something for Kelley and me to enjoy.

Out of the three items, I’m in love with the apple butter and had it opened the first day I received the package. My favorite thing is mixing it with low-fat cottage cheese and eating with a spoon or spreading on homemade peanut butter bread. Thank you for the sweet, unsweetened treats, Amy, feel free to send more apple butter any time!

To see what I sent to my Foodie Penpal, check out Susie’s blog that covers so many fun topics at Susie QT Pies Scraps of Life.

The Lean Green Bean

Is this the first time you’ve heard about Foodie Penpals? Would you like to join? Here’s the info right from Lindsay’s site; I highly recommend joining in on the fun!

-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.

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 comment:

  1. THank you again, for the foodie penpal package! Here is my link http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2012/08/july-texas-foodie-penpal-foodiepenpals.html

    ps...I added your cheez it recipe to my post. I didn't check to see if the dehydrated okra recipe was there but when I get a chance I"ll come back and check. I'd be happy to post that, too and link back to you.