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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.

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.

July Foodie Penpal Box

July Foodie PenpalPictured above are the contents of my July Foodie Box.  The lovely Mrs. Cheryl hooked us up this month!  She really outdid herself, I must say!   Awesome!  She also sent recipes to go along with the contents.  My favorite and seriously NEW FAVORITE recipe was the Coconut Lime Chicken Soup.  You can click the link to enjoy the recipe!

The Lean Green Bean

Here are the contents of the box.

Florida Oranges:  Being from FL, she had asked me if there was anything local I would like…  My answer of course was fresh squeezed orange juice!  LOL.  We all know that wouldn’t work, so she sent me fresh Florida oranges! 

Coconut Milk:  I’d never had it before, so it was cool to try!  It has a very meaty flavor and was the base for the Coconut Lime Chicken Soup.  I loved it!!!  If you aren’t a fan of coconut, you should still give it a try, it doesn’t really taste like coconut does…  I always thought if I got stranded on an island I’d starve because I’m not a fan of seafood and I don’t like coconut, but now I can sleep peacefully knowing I will at least have coconut milk!  😀

Dry Rice Noodles:  This one is a staple in our cabinet.  If you haven’t tried them, I seriously suggest it!  They taste a lot different.  Just a little tip: they have to be soaked for half an hour before you cook them!!!  Learned that the hard way!  LOL

Homemade Kimchi:  Kimchi is a fermented Korean side dish made out of vegetables.  It has a strong smell and strong flavor!  Very interesting!

Squid Brand Fish Sauce:  Also a staple in our cabinet!  We use it in a LOT of Asian dishes.

Raw and Unfiltered Florida Honey (Orange Blossom):  Let’s see….  Florida oranges and honey….  Certainly makes me want to hook up some chicken and dig in!!!  LOVE IT!!!  Amazing flavor!

Besan (Chick Peas Flour):  Hadn’t ever tried before!  The lovely Mrs. Cheryl included a recipe to use it with so I’m pretty pleased!  😀

All in all, this box is gonna be hard to top!!!  So far I’ve participated three months in the Foodie Penpal program and am excited and loving new products every month!  If you are interested, you should check it out!  Don’t worry, if you have allergies or things you just hate, you can let your penpal know so they’ll steer clear of those things!

If you enjoy trying new things, I seriously suggest trying it out!!!  You get to share your local favorites with someone and they share theirs with you!  It’s a win on both sides!!!

update

The following recipes were from Mrs. Cheryl in the box I got from her.  They are awesome so be sure and check them out!  😀

CocoLimeCKCoconut Lime Soup

Dragon Noodles Recipe

Dragon Noodles

As a little side note, I am LOVING the Orange Honey and if you are from Florida and would like to, I’d gladly accept more!!!  LOL.  But seriously…

Originally posted 2013-07-31 08:00:10.

May Foodie Penpal Box

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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.