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November Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

The Lean Green Bean
There is no better way to kick off the weekend or to say farewell to the month of thanks, than with a Foodie Pen Pal Reveal. Like I have mentioned before, I love nothing more than receiving a box full of yummy goodies from a new friend. It’s the highlight of my month and with each box I get, the treats get better and better.
This is my third month participating in the Foodie Pen Pal Program, and it is fun, fun, fun! If you want to learn more, check out my first Foodie Pen Pal Post. It will give you all the details you need to know to sign up :)
For the month of November, I received my package from Rene of Adventures in Running. I have loved all of my pen pals before, but Rene was by far the most thoughtful. Not only did she shower me with seasonal goodies, but she included special snacks and coloring pages for Harper. She also sent a cool magnet and postcard from her home state of Maryland which hang on our fridge as a reminder of the friendship that was formed and the delicious treats that were had.

When I opened up my box this month, it was obvious that my pen pal had done some major homework. Anyone who knows me, knows my love for all things s’mores. And these Russell Stover Giant S’mores Bar may just be the mother of all s’mores snacks. They’re huge! It was the first thing I ripped open and began to devour. And it was nothing short of pure heaven. My new favorite treat :)

Another sweet I can’t get enough of are those Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Tahitian Vanilla Caramels. I did my best to only eat one but before I knew it the entire package was gone. Oops…I guess you can say they are addictive :)

It goes without saying that I have been going a bit pumpkin crazy the past few months (Pumpkin Chili, Pumpkin Oatmeal, Pumpkin Bars). I just can’t help myself. And Rene was kind enough to indulge me even more. A can of Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin Puree, a box of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix and a recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes (funny enough our great minds obviously think alike because the recipe she sent me was the same Pumpkin Pancakes recipe that I posted earlier this month without even knowing it!). And even though I normally have a hard and fast rule about pumpkin after Thanksgiving, I can’t resist baking up one last loaf of this delicious pumpkin bread (with chocolate chips of course…).

And speaking of Thanksgiving, how cute is that chocolate turkey? Almost too pretty to eat…almost. Harper and I munched on it as we sang the Turkey Song (#18) and finished opening up the rest of our goodies.

From Thanksgiving to Christmas, I am loving this Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bar. I can’t believe I have never tried one before. They are the perfect holiday snack. And full of calcium, folic acid, and antioxidants! Not bad for something that tastes so good :) I am also head over heels for that Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar. Great to keep in the car for those important in-between-meal munching.

Another way I like to fight hunger between meals is with nut butter. I am a big fan of Justin’s Nut Butter. I love all the variety of flavors they offer. Rene hooked me up with two delicious packets of Maple Almond and Honey Peanut. Both taste great smeared on apples, bananas, toast, bagels, crackers or simply eaten strait from the package :) I apparently have no table manners…

Trail mix is always a healthy option when it comes to snacking. It is high in protein, filled with nuts, granola and dried fruit and will give you the energy you need to sustain you on long journeys. And even tough I didn’t backpack to Texas, it was still the perfect snack to munch on while flying to and fro.

And while I enjoyed my trail mix, Harper was loving her Snackanimals. Rene said her son (who is just a bit older than Harper) couldn’t get enough of them. You know you have a good thing on your hands when it is both mother (healthy) and child (yummy) approved.

Thanks Rene for an awesome box! You really outdid yourself this time. I hope your pen pal was as generous to you as we were to me :)

Interested in becoming a Foodie Pen Pal? CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. Who knows, I might be your next Foodie PenPal :)

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, December Foodie Pen Pal will be all about charity. Which means, there will be no sending or receiving of boxes. Instead, Lindsay is asking everyone to donate the money they would have spent on a Foodie Pen Pal box to the victims of Sandy. For more details, check out Lindsay’s post to see how you can make a difference.

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Guest Post: September Foodie PenPal Reveal

The Lean Green Bean

As I mentioned in my original September Foodie PenPal Reveal Post, the Foodie PenPal Program is open to blog readers as well as bloggers.  This month I was paired with a blog reader named Kristin Adams and was more than thrilled to pack up a box of goodies to send for her first Foodie PenPal experience.  Since Kristin doesn’t have a blog of her own to share her goodies on, she has offered to write a short guest post about what she received (and she even included some pics!).

So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Kristen Adams…

September is my first month participating in the Foodie Pen Pal program, and I’m already hooked.  I was very fortunate to get Heather from In Her Chucks as my pen pal.

I got an email from her within a day or so after the program started asking about my food preferences, dietary restrictions, allergies, etc.  We emailed a few times and then a couple of weeks later…..my box arrived!!  I was excited to open it and see what was in it.  My family gathered around the kitchen table, and we oooh’d and aaaah’d at what I got.
Heather’s theme was “Back to School”, so she sent Sour Apple Licorice.  I’m not a huge fan of really sour foods, but these were fantastic. They were coated in organic sugar which offset the slightly sour taste. I’ll be buying these!  She then sent a packet of Knorr Leek soup mix and a packet of Italian dressing mix, along with the recipe for a spinach dip. It makes quite a bit, so I’ll be making this when we have people over. I’m a big fan of dips so I can’t wait to try it.
She sent some quinoa pasta and a packet of cheese sauce mix to make macaroni and cheese.  I haven’t tried quinoa pasta before, and it was quite tasty.  The sauce mix was good and not overpowering.
In one of our emails, she asked if I drank tea or coffee.  I don’t drink coffee at all, but I do drink tea, so she sent me three packets of Teeccino, which is an organic herbal coffee. The drink is made like tea (bag and all), but smells more like coffee.  I was skeptical, but it was really yummy! It’s caffeine-free, which means I can drink it anytime, another bonus.
I got two packets of Justin’s Nut Butter, which I’ve always wanted to try.  I had the chocolate hazelnut flavor which tastes just like the filling in a Godiva chocolate. Amazing!  Another new food for me to buy.
She sent some Everything flavored pretzel chips, which are nice and crunchy.  The flavor is mild, so it’s great for satisfying the crunch craving I get.
The last item that even my husband was thrilled to see was the crepe mix.  He’s South African, and they used to make crepes when he was younger.  He says he hasn’t been able to find any mix here, so seeing this made him very happy.  He made them for breakfast on a weekend morning, and I’m not ashamed to admit, I ate way too many.  Thankfully, we have enough mix leftover for several more batches.
Thank you, Heather, for all my wonderful goodies!
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