June 30, 2012

Foodie Pen Pals!

The Foodie Pen Pals package I received!I love participating in swaps.  Last month during my hunt for subscription boxes, I came across The Lean Green Bean’s Foodie Pen Pals – you sign up before the month, get assigned a partner on the 5th, make contact and send out a package of food related items worth $15+ on or before the 15th of the month.  The big reveal is done at the end of the month!  Fun, right?  Yes!!!

Another cool thing about the swap is that the person you send to is not the person you receive from!  My partner Diana is from Chicago and blogs at veggienextdoor.com – She really spoiled me with goodies and was super thoughtful by keeping my sons in mind!  I have never had any of the yummy products she sent so I was happy!  
The Foodie Pen Pals package I received!It was torture waiting to tear open the Ulker Cokonat candy bar from Turkey before I took pictures of everything.  It was worth the wait though, wafers with hazelnuts!  I was surprised it survived the Summer heat!    

The Foodie Pen Pals package I received!I mixed about 1/2 cup Nacho Mom’s Voodoo Queso with a can of refried beans and made burritos for myself and my 13 year old – it was so tasty!  I made more the next day for me and him cause it was muy delicioso.  I had never heard of Marks & Spencer because they are a UK company but I’ve been drooling at the online shop.  I plan on making a pie with the Blackcurrant & Cassis Mousse Base.  Mushroom Toastie Topper is exactly what it sounds like – a toast topper!  I’m really curious about it because I have only used sweet toppers on my toast.  Also in my package is Argyle Street Asian Blend seasoning from The Spice House.  I taste tested this with my finger and loved the flavor – this is going on some grilled veggies!  It smells so good!   Diana sent a few packets of Pukka Licorice & Cinnamon Tea – I think I’ll brew it and then drink it iced!  I did forget to include a package of Grist Mill Chocolate Brownie mix in my pictures.  D’oh at me!  (Sorry Diana!) What’s special about these are they are made with whole wheat pastry flour!  Exciting!  
The Foodie Pen Pals package I received!
I’ll say it again, Diana was really thoughtful with this package and I appreciate it – I love the little notes on everything, the dish scraper, magazines and how some items are local to Illinois where she lives.

I’m not sure when I participate next month I’ll be so lucky!  Thanks Diana!  

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