Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Foodie Pen Pal Reveal-Ashley

It was a busy month for everyone, wasn't it! But it is time for another Foodie Pen Pal Reveal! This is a first for me, the lovely Ashley who was my Foodie Pen Pal is just about to embark on a blog but wanted to recap what she received from me. As you can read, she giving the world a great disservice by not writing every day, all day! Here is her sweet sweet review:

Hey y’all!  Darlynn has been kind enough to allow me to take over her blog for a minute so that I can share with you the awesome stuff she sent me for October’s Foodie Penpal!  I asked her to find only gluten free stuff, and boy did she deliver!  I thought I had the world of gluten free treats figured out.  But she had some awesome surprises wrapped up and mailed to my front door.


Let’s start with that big ol’ bag of Lundberg Jubilee Rice.  How pretty does that thing look?  I don’t even want to eat it.  I want to make crafts with it because I think it’s so pretty!  It’s meant to go with the packet of Simply Organic jambalaya seasoning, but I’m pretty sure I’ll also be using it to make a pilaf with cranberries.  Yum…

Next are the Liz Lovely Ginger Molasses cookies (gluten free and vegan).  Ok, first of all, those are ginormous!  So, that in and of itself is exciting.  But I don’t think I can put into words how tasty these are.  So soft and moist, not overly-sweet.  I’m pretty positive I’m going to have to start ordering these by the case.

I’m super excited to try the Almonds and Apricots in Yogurt Kind bar.  Not enough foods include apricots, I think.

The Cioccolatini Latte skim-milk chocolate covered peanuts were interesting.  I have never (knowingly) had chocolate sweetened with stevia before.  These would be a perfect little afternoon pick-me-up because they’re not too sweet, and they wouldn’t leave you in a sugar slump.

There *were* two packages of Artisana Raw Superfood Berry AntiOxidant nut butters.  But I immediately opened one because I’d never seen anything like it and just had to try it rightthisveryinstant.  Not what I expected.  It wasn’t sweet.  It would be perfectly at home paired up with some jam, like regular peanut butter.  But better for you!

Then there were the Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders.  Their tag line is “Fruitfully delicious.  Naturally good.”  These gummy treats do not have corn syrup in them.  And you’d never know it!  They were awesome.  And they kind of made me want to sip on a carton of Juicy Juice while sitting on a swing.  Plus, the back of the package directed me to ecomomalliance.org, which is a super cool place to visit.

Oh, Sun Cups.  My new best friend.  See, I actually really like sunflower seed butter and think it’s highly underutilized in our society.  But pairing it up with cups of dark chocolate?  Shut up!  I did a happy dance when I saw these.  I’m dead serious.  And then I did a happy dance when I ate them, because they were just as tasty as I hoped they would be!!

And lastly, Dr. Bronner’s super amazing do-everything soap.  Who doesn’t love this stuff?  What an exciting little ‘lifestyle’ addition!

I’m always a little worried when I tell people that I don’t eat gluten.  Especially when I’m asking those people to provide something I can eat.  Not only did Darlynn not freak out when I told her, but she said that shopping for me was neat!  And I can tell you, enjoying all of these gluten free treats has been pretty neat, too!!  Thanks.  :)

Thanks Ashley! To read what Laura from Laura's Plate sent me, click here

The Lean Green BeanThis blog should make you join the fun! Here are the Foodie Penpals 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.

-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. 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 interested in participating for November, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. You must submit your information by October 4th as pairings will be emailed on November 5th! You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours if you sign up. Pin It
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