September Foodie Penpal – this was AWESOME!


We interrupt this regularly scheduled Monday weekly updating program to bring you my Foodie Penpal post:
(no worries, my update will come up tomorrow!)

To briefly explain, I signed up to be a foodie penpal with someone randomly chosen for me from a quickly growing list of 1,300 people across the US, Canada, and the UK. I was assigned a girl in Atlanta to send a special box to, and was sent a box from a super AWESOME girl in Maine.

I was a little nervous about the sweet girl I was to mail a package to – she was a super strict vegan, and me, with my often occurring dozen-eggs-a-day cravings, am most certainly not. 🙂 But after some research, learning, and searching around, I was able to send her a big bag of grits from a local farm in Anderson, and some big jars of salsa from the Saturday Market downtown. Of course, the girls got involved and made her pictures of food (I think – that’s what they say the pictures were.) It ended up being a lot of fun figuring out what to send!

Now, my box was super awesome. Like, above super awesome. And during a particularly rough week – it made us all smile really big. 🙂

Goodness gracious – check out that loot!

So, my penpal asked if there was anything I had wanted to try from Maine. I asked for Maine lobster. But only if that was in the given $15 budget. Guess she wasn’t up for catching them. 🙂
So, my second choice was salt water taffy. And boy was it good. And gone. In like, 2 days.

But these things were my absolute favorites in the box – that whole bottle of maple syrup? I’ve been treating it like liquid gold! It’s sooo yummy! We’ve only made blueberry pancakes once with is, but boy are we gonna have fun making all sorts of yummy things and using that syrup on it! And those nuts? Wow – they were gone fast too. I probably shouldn’t have put them on my nightstand. And that homemade granola bar? That came right from her farm. 🙂

Another farm treat – purple potatoes! I can’t wait to use these! I’m making a potato soup tonight for dinner – this rainy day is perfect for it – and a few bits of purple among the white potatoes is gonna be just gorgeous, I think!

And, the girls loved their cookies! 🙂

So, thanks, Jacquie, for a super fun happy box! We all are loving every bit of it!
The Lean Green Bean

A few details about this super fun program (that started about a year ago with just 30 people – good grief, it’s growing faster than my 3 year old!)

* You sign up to be a foodie penpal by the 5th of the month

* On the 5th of the 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 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 (if you have a blog – if not, no worries – you don’t have to!) about the goodies you received from your penpal!

* The boxes are filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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!

Wanna join us? Check out a few more details and instructions here. You have until October 5th to sign up!


About Kim

I am a sinner, miraculously saved by grace, living by faith, and pressing toward the mark of being more like Christ. I absolutely love being a stay-at-home mom! I'm also a caterer for a few weddings throughout the year, a baker, and a party planner. And I love to play in other people's kitchens as well as my own! My husband, Chris, just finished his studies for his MA degree in Pastoral Studies. He's a wonderful (and super smart!) daddy - and the most loving and supportive husband. My two beautiful daughters, Chloe and Kami, are the joys of our lives! We pray that they both would be greatly used of the Lord. Throughout their short time here on earth, we have learned so much about ourselves, our God, and the gratefulness we have towards our own parents, who raised us in the ways of God's Word. Our third unborn child is a blessing as well - even after its recent pre-diagnosis of Trisomy 18, or Edwards Syndrome. This blog has kinda turned into a little journal of sorts of our dark journey down this rather uncommon road. I stay busy cooking, cleaning, gardening, and raising the plants I killed back to life, and homeschooling. I blog when get the chance. :) We are always happy to have visitors, so please stop by anytime! Although, if you do give us a call first, we'll make sure to have some fresh cookies and sweet tea available when you arrive!

3 responses »

  1. Thanks for being my penpal! I love what you sent. And you’re right – WOW, what a gift from your penpal! The 16oz container of maple syrup is worth $15 alone!! Not to mention the shipping cost for potatoes… 🙂

    • No kidding!!! I’m so happy you liked your things!! I was hoping the grits would be a big hit – I tried to find the biggest bag I could. 😉 there’s just something about the local farms up here – they know what to do!

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