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Foodie Pen Pals Quick Post

 

Some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

 

-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. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

 

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

 

You must submit your information by June 4th as pairings will be emailed on June 5th!

*If you’re from Europe, please CLICK HERE  to signup.

 

This month i was matched with Scott, who doesn’t have a blog, or i’d totally link to it.  It was a great package with fresh baked bread, fancy almonds, some balsamic vinegar and dried strawberries.  The bread got a little beat up during shipping, but it was quite good!  I opened it when i got home from work on Friday and had to snag a piece right away.  Duncan didn’t love it, but he’s less of a bread person than me.  I have the strawberries as part of lunch today, but i love dried fruit, so i’m sure they’ll disappear quickly.  With my CSA starting next week I’m sure the vinegar won’t last long, since it’s one of my favorite summertime flavors (oh, and while the weekend might of been in the 40’s, it’s now in the high 80’s and low 90’s here in CT… so it’s summer!).  I haven’t had a chance to check out the almonds yet, but i have a plan involving salad for them.

YAY another fun box!

 

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Foodie Pen Pals, February Edition

Having had such good luck last month, I participated in Foodie Pen Pals again!  I sent a package over to the lovely Joanna at the Midwestern Bite, but apparently did something wrong because her package hadn’t arrived!  I’ll be sending her a re-do if it doesn’t arrive soon.

Nicky at Our Little Family Adventure sent me a package with all kinds of goodies!

I wanted to open this to see what goodies were inside, but, i was on a conference call with my phone (aka camera) and had to wait TWO HOURS looking at the pretty sparkles before i could find out!

I wanted to open this to see what goodies were inside, but, i was on a conference call with my phone (aka camera) and had to wait TWO HOURS looking at the pretty sparkles before i could find out!

First i read the lovely card.  The photo doesn't do it justice.

First i read the lovely card. The photo doesn’t do it justice.

But once i got to open things, i found LOTS of goodies!!!

But once i got to open things, i found LOTS of goodies!!!

The Valentine’s chocolates didn’t last long!  I’d been awful sick on Valentine’s day, and none of my partners are really into it, so all i received was popsicles and ginger ale from Duncan.  When i was able to eat ‘real’ food again, i totally went for the candy!

These peanut butter pretzel nuggets were awesome.  Just salty enough and really satisfying.  I kept wanting just one more while i was studying!

These peanut butter pretzel nuggets were awesome. Just salty enough and really satisfying. I kept wanting just one more while i was studying!

She also included this soup mix.  It's been so cold and rainy here, it sounded delicious.  I decided to make some using the crock pot.

She also included this soup mix. It’s been so cold and rainy here, it sounded delicious. I decided to make some using the crock pot.

This is how it came out with some chicken, corn and peppers added.  YUM!

This is how it came out with some chicken, corn and peppers added. YUM!  I’m eating with with sour cream and multigrain tortilla chips as i write.  And likely going back for seconds!

I mentioned being on a ginger kick and Nicky delivered!  These cookies are wonderfully strong ginger snaps, nice and crisp and perfect for my lunches at work.

I mentioned being on a ginger kick and Nicky delivered! These cookies are wonderfully strong ginger snaps, nice and crisp and perfect for my lunches at work.

I haven't had the chance to try these teas or hot coco yet.  Maybe later tonight.  Have i mentioned cold and rainy?

I haven’t had the chance to try these teas or hot coco yet. Maybe later tonight. Have i mentioned cold and rainy?

Duncan was very excited about the spaetzle, but we haven’t made it yet.  I’m excited too.  The pocky is a nice lunch treat, and i’m hoping to try the dried fruit in my lunches soon.

Thank you so much Nicky, this really was a wonderful box!!!

 

Even lucky was excited to investigate

Even lucky was excited to investigate!

 

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-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. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for November, please CLICK HERE (www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/) to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th!

*If you’re from Europe, please CLICK HERE (www.thisisrocksalt.com/foodie-penpals/) to signup.

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Foodie Pen Pals!

Today i get to tell you all about my first month as a Foodie Pen Pal!

Since it was my first go, let me explain a little.  Each person is assigned a pen pal, and you send them up to $15 worth of goodies.  In exchange, someone else is assigned to you, and they send you a box of goodies.  I was assigned Accidently Delish (sounds like she was happy!), and got  a box from Divatastic Gladiatior.

Well, Month 1 was a definite success!

I managed to send out my box on time (excellent start) and got my box from Erin when i arrived home from Arisia on Monday.  She included an awesome bread from a local to her bakery in Colorado called Great Harvest Bread.  It was an artichoke & parmesean loaf, with these big chunks of cheese in the bread, like it was injected or something.   I’ve totally had to eat a few slices a day it so it doesn’t get stale 🙂

She also included a red pepper spread, that was awesome.  I can’t wait to try it on a sandwich!   It’s one of those products i’d never of bought for myself, but am so glad i got to try.

Erin also included a sugar scrub.  I’m a huge fan of Lush’s sugar scrub, especially after i shave my legs, but it’s a luxury item.  This was a simple combo (for which i must get the recipe) of sugar, brown sugar and coconut oil.  After using it, my skin felt incredibly soft and i smelled yummy, total win!  It’s going to live next to the shower.

So thank you SO MUCH!  I really enjoyed my first Foodie Pen Pal package and can’t wait for March’s adventure!

The Lean Green Bean
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Weekend

Saturday i didn’t want to wake up, hearing the rain and snow melt, still feeling off and uncomfortable from last night’s hard discussions.  I did my morning routine and took the time to do some volunteer work, but my heart wasn’t in it, and i couldn’t focus well.

Then it was time to go fetch a desk with my sister.  The two of us met up with friends of hers and we got the desk – a 100 year old wooden desk and chair.  Her friend’s grandfather used it in his office when he was a doctor.  It’s a beauty, though well loved.  She and i had a nice lunch after, mostly commiserating about the challenges of long term relationships (i mean with all the love, it’s just hard!) and aimed to get the desk into her wife’s home office.

This failed.  We got it upstairs, no worries.  Even right outside the door.  But alas, the door jamb was too narrow, by several inches.  Instead the desk will live at her work office, and go later on.

I bought my materials for the PE Exam.  Bleck, but something i needed to do.

Unfortunately, by late afternoon another headache had snuck up on me, and most of the rest of the day was spent on the couch.  This time of year i seem to be more prone to them.

Sunday, I started the day with high hopes, moving through my routine effortlessly.  I cleaned out the fridge and freezer (and made a note to do it every 2 weeks), then i headed off on an adventure for goodies for my Foodie Pen Pal, Accidently Delish.  I went to 3 different stops  and was able to get a fun selection for $15.

I made some gluten free chocolate chip cookies from a Cherrybrook Kitchen mix, and enjoyed some rye-toast from a local bakery.  The cookies were OK, a bit dry, and definitely in need of more chocolate chips.  Still, for a quick box mix my sister can actually enjoy, it was worth the effort.  I also made my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow, because i knew if i waited until later, i wouldn’t.

Later meant post-game, or in my case, post-time-with-the-sister.  She and i went shopping and had a nice dinner out, then took care of the munchkin while the rest of the family worked on their Dresden Files game.  It was good to plan out our trip together and relax.

I don’t say it enough, how much i appreciate the Sister.  Our relationship could easily be awkward, for many it is.  The reality is her friend (me) started dating her boyfriend (the Mister).  And we still haven’t totally figured out what we want our dynamic to be, other than emotionally intimate.  Since she’s the Keeper of the Schedule, it would be easy for her to make things difficult, and she chooses not to, allowing he and i dedicated time.  I love her as if she was my sister, and am so very grateful to have her in my life.

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Early morning

Seymour the Sourdough Starter

Seymour the Sourdough Starter

This morning, around 5AM, i woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. I got out of bed at 6, deciding that was a more reasonable hour, and started the day. Doing my sun breaths in the dark was interesting, but since work often has me up so early, it’s something I should grow accustomed to.

I fed Seymour, my sourdough starter, so he’s currently digesting on the kitchen radiator (ok, fermenting, but i like to pretend he’s a pet, not a bunch of gross bacteria). I made some yummy coffee and spent some time with a new variety puzzle book.

When i unplugged the Christmas lights last night, i apparently knocked a wire loose. I tried to solve the issue myself, hoping it was just a strangely configured breaker, but ended up calling my electrician (AKA Dad). He’ll come by tomorrow to take a look. It’s probably a loose wire.

It’s the fifth of the month, which means i got my first Foodie Pen Pal! I sent out my email, as well as heard from the person assigned to me. I’m really excited about it, and already trying to think of ideas.

The after and evening was devoted to Downton Abbey, Season 2.  I drove up to see the family-of-choice and after a little planning out the next quarter or so, we started in on watching.  Gosh, i hate so many of the characters at times!  We had some cheese & crackers & wine and lots of laughing and discussing clothes and service and such.  I even got to sneak a few minutes of time with the Mister when we went out to get dinner!  That was nice.

Although somehow i ended up being in charge of salad and fetching drinks… Well played family, well played.  The nephew was having a tough time, his Mama suspects he’s cutting some molars, so there was that distraction.  Really though, it was a lovely day/night. Enough i added it to my gratitude jar.  Ok, vase, but same idea!

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