Archive | October 30, 2011

October Foodie Penpal

I’m so bad at keeping secrets. I was so excited to participate in my first Foodie Penpal exchange. This monthly event is organized by the fabulous Lindsay (it’s a good name… what can I say:) over at The Lean Green Bean.

I waited anxiously for my box to arrive and I did a little dance on my doorstep when I finally saw the package. It’s so fun to get wanted mail! A box of goodies beats junk mail and bills any day of the week.

This month I received my box from Alexis over at Fit-Possible. Alexis is a full-time teacher from Orlando who is into healthy cooking and working out. Definitely check out her blog for some delicious looking recipes and fun workout tips. I’ve bookmarked her pumpkin pancakes:)

Alexis outdid herself with a super fun assortment of foods.

20111030-111048.jpgI had only tried coconut water once or twice before. I was very intrigued by the Cranberry Grapefruit flavor. I downed this after my first Insanity workout… it was amazing! The flavor was perfect… not too sweet.

20111030-111028.jpgAlexis pretty much read my mind with this one. This is my favorite flavor of Lara Bar!


Apple Pie was a new flavor for me. I normally stick to the peanut and chocolate flavors, but this one surprised me. It honestly tasted like apple pie. I love the cinnamon flavor.

20111030-111041.jpgI don’t normally consider myself a chip girl. I would pick pretzels of chips if given the choice. But that was before I had these Sweet Potato Tortilla chips. They are so addicting. I’m glad I didn’t have a big bag… I would have eaten them all!

20111030-111007.jpgRyan and I loved these crackers. They were so crispy and salty. We finished them in two days. First we had them with freestyle tuna and then with hummus. They were definitely good enough to just much on plain too.

I wanted to save my favorite item for last… best for last or so the saying goes!

20111030-111014.jpgI think this is my favorite “butter” I have ever tasted. I always was a big fan of apple butter but had never tried pumpkin butter. Literally the week before Alexis sent me this, I had been debating buying some pumpkin butter from the grocery store. I’m so glad I didn’t! I’m sure it wouldn’t’ hold a candle to this baby. I want to plan a trip to Florida to visit the Yellow Dog Eats, a favorite of Alexis, just to stock up on this holiday pumpkin butter. It tastes like concentrated pumpkin pie.

20111030-111020.jpgIt is perfect mixed into my morning oats.

So you want to participate next month? Here are the 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. *US Residents only please at this time- hopefully we can expand soon!*

If you’re interested in participating for November, please send Lindsay an email at and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)

She will need to hear from you by November 4th as pairings will be emailed on November 5th!

I can’t wait to participate. And a shout out to Alexis for an awesome box! I will definitely be calling her when I run out of pumpkin butter!

Question: Have you ever participated in a food swap? This was my first… but not my last!