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August Foodie Penpals

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I was really excited to see the contents of this months foodie penpals package. My package was sent to me from the Domesticated Academic. In it there was some fig bars, papaya, energy bars, and two things of Justins nut butter. I love everything, but am still trying to figure out the papaya. I spend so much time trying to tear it with my teeth that I forget to taste it. I might have to cut it up before i eat it next.

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20120827-101453.jpgSome how she must have known that I LOVE Justins nut butters. I love them so much that I like to just squezze the packets straight into my mouth. I grew up hating peanut butter, but I have now found a new love for it. There is some sort of disconnect somewhere and my pictures are not staying in the correct orientation, hence this one being upside down and the next one being sideways. I almost think this is pretty standard in my life though.

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These energy bars are amazing. I really wish I could find something like this around here. You would think that in one of the healthiest places in the country it wouldn’t be hard. I have noticed that people are taking the healthy to a whole new level and what I think is healthy no longer is.

Interested in participating with us?  Here are some of the dirty details!

-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.

July Foodie Penpals

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I have been participating in the Foodie Penpals that the Lean Green Bean facilitates. This is my second month participating, but my first to receive a package. I have thoroughly enjoyed searching for food to send to my penpal. When my package arrived I was very excited to see what was inside. I didn’t even make it out of the post office before tearing into the package. Inside I found some very yummy looking items. 
I got a lovely card describing all the food items and ideas for how to eat some. The card was so perfect for me, you would think my penpal actually knew me and my love of camping. 
The first thing I pulled out and tried was some dried fruit. I love dried fruit so I was very excited to see this.I really liked  the dried fruit, but was not very impressed with the ingredients. I try to avoid artificial sweeteners. 

This package of tuna made me very excited for lunch. I ate it with a tortilla and it was good, but the Italian dressing was a little overwhelming. I will definitely be on the look out for a similar product for quick lunches. 

I was initially confused by this spaghetti, it looked like any old spaghetti. I took one more look at it and noticed in big letters “Veggie pasta.” A light bulb went off and I got excited for dinner. My penpal said that this was good with the antipasto artichoke sauce she sent (which disappeared from the fridge, so I was un-able to take a picture). The pasta was very good and we are looking forward to the rest of the box. Neither my husband nor I like artichokes in any form but the whole vegetable so we didn’t enjoy the sauce sadly. 
I was so excited for this sweet tea. I have been wanting to try it since I first saw it years ago. I loved the flavor, but it was a little too sweet for me. I will definitely be buying this again, but I think it will get mixed with some water to spread the sugar levels out. 
Sadly I am not a coffee drinker so this has not been put to use yet. I plan on brewing it around Christmas time to use in my cinnamon rolls. 
My husband and I love fajita’s so I am looking forward to using this seasoning. We are currently all out of meat proteins so it will have to wait until we got shopping on our return from Minnesota. 
The final item in my package was a magazine full of recipes. Most of them are new to me. I think we will be using a few in the coming months. 
I am looking forward to August’s foodie penpals. If any of you all are interested in joining following the link at the top of this post and fill out the form.