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My Surprise!

IMG_5537I was evaluating myself as to why I love Foodie Penpals and it occurred to me that it is my love of surprises that fills me with excitement each time my box of goodies arrive!  This month, my April Foodie Penpal was a fellow blogger, Maeve from Adventure with Maeve.  Let me just tell you her website has some really great recipes and I loved reading about her adventures!  I do believe Maeve is a Foodie in the best sense of the word!

Among other things, my box this month included a fabulous selection of homemade goodies!!!  There was caramel applesauce (did NOT last long), bread and butter zuchinni and strawberry rhubarb jam!  We are saving the other two for some upcoming special occasions but they scream my name every time I open the cabinet!  She also threw in some other goodies, Mojo marinade, Jack Daniel’s marinade (I am drooling over this one!  I use to LOVE Jack Daniel’s chicken from TGIFridays, then they closed the one close to us down.  My birthdays will never be the same!), Hanky Panky popcorn (the name made me giggle, because I’m ridiculous and perhaps a bit old), and strawberry salsa!  There were also some candies and a One of a Kind bar along with a Reese’s treat!

The Lean Green BeanA great big thank you to Maeve!  I loved the box so much!  If you have a second, check out her website!  It’s fun reading and her recipes aren’t the usual run of the mill stuff!  She will inspire you to get in the kitchen and create!


Originally posted 2014-04-30 10:02:48.

Yummy Dominican Treats

IMG_5328This month’s Foodie Penpal Box was super!  They came from Bermary at Tastearoo.  Bermary has an amazing website with yummy looking healthy recipes!  You should definitly go and check them out!

Bermary is Dominican and she chose to send me some of her favorite Dominican treats, her personal faves and some homemade granola mix.  I was super excited.  In the box were plantain and yucca chips, Quest nutrition bars. guava paste, water crackers and caramel nips.  Oh, what a box!  She included a lovely note telling why she sent each of the items and a little about her.  It was lovely, as I was kind of slacking and wasn’t able to send a good note this time.  The March box will have a note, promise!

Iguava certainly enjoyed getting a chance to try out some Dominican snacks, but one stood out.  Bermary suggested that I take the water crackers and top them with some sliced mozzarella and guava paste.  I decided she probably knew what she was talking about and tried it out.  This is my new favorite snack.  One bite and I had to put it away.  It was way too good to eat too much of!  First time that has ever happened to me!  LOL.  I very much suggest trying it.  You will not regret it!!!

If you haven’t ever considered signing up, you should definitely try it out!  I just love getting new boxes every month and trying things out!  You can even let them know if you have any dietary restrictions so you don’t have to worry about not being able to try your treats!  Give it a try, who knows, you may find your new favorite snack next month!

The Lean Green Bean

Originally posted 2014-02-27 23:34:52.

Become a Dining Daredevil in 2014!


Become a Dining Daredevil in 2014! releases their Hot Food Trends for the New Year 

Break free from the same-old dining routine in 2014 and try something new with the help of To help 
you start your own dining adventures, has compiled the 3 hottest trends to conquer at local restaurants 
near you. Resident trend-guru, President and Chief Marketing Officer Christopher Krohn provided his 
predictions that will grace our plate in 2014. With these trends, you're sure to have a spicy year, but only if you dare! 

1. Egg-cellent Adventures 

While it's hard to determine when this trend ignited, it's definitely picked up pace and could reach its peak of popularity 
in 2014. The breakfast for dinner craze and increasing popularity of regional specialties, like Korean Bibimbap and 
Mexican Huevos Rancheros, will only grow the trend of egg-y fusions. Plus, there's an emerging sense from the scientific 
crowd that eggs are healthier than perhaps you previously thought, which will feed consumer interest in this farm-fresh 
favorite. All in all, 2014 will be the year of the egg, so you might as well get cracking! 

We dare you: Next time you order a burger or stir fry, ask them to top it off with a fried egg or two. The added protein 
will help boost your metabolism and satisfy your hunger! 

2. Farm to Fork 

Diners' growing eco-awareness and their desire for the wholesome simplicity of home-style cooking and minimally-
processed foods is on the rise. Riding this wave, restaurants are returning to their predecessors' roots, sourcing fresh 
produce and natural ingredients and cooking them up in a style that more closely resembles the authentic recipes that 
graced Grandma's kitchen table rather than modern, industrial food products. 

We dare you: When people hear 'farm to fork,' they immediately think of steamed vegetables, but this trend 
encompasses more than just radishes and such. Tender meat alternatives and locally produced cheeses are two items to 
look for on the menu. Don't be afraid to order something with a beet or two for an added super food bonus! 

3. Tea Time, All the Time 

Once confined primarily to Asian restaurants, tea is an increasingly popular beverage. In 2014, you'll find tea used for 
novel and surprising purposes. For example, ground teas like matcha and chai can be used as dry rubs and marinades 
for beef, chicken or veggies. Tea-smoked salmon and pork will both make headway in the new year, and English-style 
tea-time gatherings at local cafes will also be big. 

We dare you: To find these tea-fusion meals, take a trip to an Asian fusion restaurant near you and keep an eye out for 
tea-smoked pork, ribs, or stir fry. For an added bonus, try one of our other favorite food trends of 2014, a hot sauce like 

Feeling brave? Why not tackle the rest of our top food trend list on the blog: Your tummy will thank you! 

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Originally posted 2014-01-17 16:22:58.

October Foodie Penpal Box

Crafty Zoo's October Foodie Penpal


Hey everyone!  I seriously love having a Foodie Penpal send me a box every month!  Here is what I got this month!

Sour Lover’s Real Fruit Juice Candy

Dalmatian Fig Spread

Lucky Dog Mild Fire-roasted Pepper Sauce

Real Fruit Strips- Mango and Strawberry!

Honey Sticks of Various Flavors

Wolff’s Kasha Whole Grain Buckwheat

Every month a new surprise!  LOVE getting the boxes!  A special thank you to my new CA friend, Shanon!  She sent some great stuff!  Of what I got to try, Monkey called dibs pretty fast!  LOL.  If you wanna join in the fun, check out the link below.

The Lean Green Bean

Originally posted 2013-10-31 06:00:47.

September Foodie Penpal

IMG_4578I love the excitement when my foodie box arrives!  The mystery of what it contains makes me want to run into the house with my newly arrived surprise!  Of course…  I try very hard to walk normally to the door, slowly close it, then run to the kitchen to grab something to open my box!!!

Let me say before I get to the details, they ask that we always include something hand written.  My note was written on orange paper in the cutest hand writing!!!  I wish I could borrow her to write on some journaling sheets for my scrapbook!

This month’s box came from the lovely Mrs. Sheryl from Ohio!  I am super excited to try the wonderful snacks she sent!  Here’s a list:

Dry Roasted Edamame

Blueberry Blitz Organic Mashups

Almond Butter

Cranberry Almond Kind Bar

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Granola Bar

Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes (an Ohio specialty)

White Chocolate Macadamia Mojo Bar

Stretch Island Fruit Co Strawberry fruit strip

Clif Organic Strawberry fruit rope

If you’d like to join in the fun and get your own foodie penpal, go here and get signed up!  I am super glad I did!  It’s fun to get to try new stuff every month!

The Lean Green Bean
You can check out some of my past boxes too!
Sadly, I missed August’s sign up.  🙁

Originally posted 2013-09-30 00:39:12.

June Foodie Penpal: Thanks Paige!


Hello My Lovelies!  Okay, I have to admit, in my head that sounded very funny.  Hope it sounded somewhat funny to you…  Probably not….  I’m probably rambling…  I feel like I’m rambling….  Okay, I’m done.

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Originally posted 2013-06-29 00:01:03.

May Foodie Penpal Box


Hey everyone!  Don’t know if you caught my post on the Foodie Penpal last month, but we’ve got another one this month!  I am really loving this little penpal thing!  It’s a month to month thing, so if you just want to try it one month and try it out, you are golden!  There are new signups every month!  You don’t have to be a blogger, anyone can join in! Also, there are participants to multiple countries so there is a good chance that you’ll be able to join in.  I know for sure that there is US, Canada and the UK.  I’m not sure beyond that but the awesome lady that puts this together will answer any questions you have!  She has a great list of FAQs and rules to protect us from being ripped off.  😀  Be sure and check it out!  If nothing else, there are some great things on her site.  😀

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Originally posted 2013-05-31 00:19:38.

My April Box from #foodiepenpals

Originally posted 2013-04-30 05:00:00.