May Foodie Pen Pals

I’m so excited to finally share with you my first month with Foodie Pen Pals by Lindsay at Lean Green Bean. Foodie Pen Pals is a fun way to get to know new bloggers and experience new foods. It’s a really cool idea and this month was my first go at it.

Just for a little background here’s some info on Foodie Pen Pals taken from Lindsay herself:

-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.

The Lean Green Bean

My package came from the wonderful Kyria over at Travel Spot. That girl knows how to make a foodie package. She asked me all sorts of questions about what kinds of food I liked and disliked. We also discussed our similarities and love for running. I was definitely anticipating the arrival of the package.

I opened the box to find this sweet note.

How adorable are those notes with the lemons? Note to self: buy some nice note pads. I really got into the good stuff after I read that note.

The attention to detail was great. She gave me lemons from her lemon tree, homemade trail mix and a recipe for white bean chili. She included little peanut butter treats and chocolate since those are my absolute weaknesses.

The full list of goodies included:

-bag of fresh lemons
-Extra Dessert Delights Apple Pie gum
-Peanut butter Larabar
-Luna Bar
-Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
-Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bar
-Sport Beans (running fuel)
-Cherry Shot Bloks (running fuel)
-Luna Bar
-2 Emerald Almond packages
-Homemade trail mix
-Bag of Rice chips
-Overnight oats
-White Bean chili ingredients and recipe

Whoa! How awesome is she? She did a fantastic job. If you want to join for June, you have until the 4th to sign up. And go check out my package I sent to Barbara over here.

  1. I am so glad you liked everything! I hope the Chili comes out okay!

  2. What a cool idea! Love the bag of lemons. Your pen pal put so much effort into that! I’d sign up but I don’t think it’s in the budget. If it was a one time thing, sure. Looks like a lot of fun for everyone though! Know what else would be awesome? A literal foodie pen pal, where you just get paired up with someone, you each fill out a short questionnaire about food likes/dislikes, then mail each other a recipe or two written on recipe cards (seems like people don’t use recipe cards much anymore because of computers and the internet!), then you each make the recipe you receive and post it on your blog. I’d sign up for that in a heartbeat!

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