Foodie Pen Pals: April 2013

IMG_1242I’ve been hearing about Foodie Penpals over at the Lean Green Bean blog for quite a while now, so I decided I would sign up this month and see what it was all about.  There are some details about the logistics at the bottom of the post, but the basic gist is that everyone is assigned a “pen pal” to prepare & ship a box of foodie goodies to.

My FPP was Sarah from Santa Cruz, California.  She sent me quite a haul of goodies, as you can see from the picture above!  I took the entire box to work with me and restocked my snack drawer – nice!  I haven’t had a chance to try everything yet, but so far my two favorite things have been new-to-me healthy snacks — The Good Bean cinnamon roasted chickpeas and roasted, seasoned seaweed sheets.  I love chickpeas, but I was surprised that the cinnamon flavor was so good.  And I’ve heard of people snacking on seaweed, but apparently the kind I tried before was unseasoned (blech!), because this was way better — it tastes like its been roasted with sesame oil.  It makes a good afternoon snack for me because while I enjoy salty/savory snacks, I am satisfied with a small amount, as opposed to sweet snacks where I just can’t stop eating.  (See pomegranate rice cakes, pictured above.)  She also sent some homemade granola, which was great!  (So I hear…  my husband ate almost all of it!)

Here are some details about Foodie Penpals in case you’re interested in participating (click the link to sign up):

-FPP 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!

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. 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!

-FPP 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.


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