This is what came in my package this month.
My penpal was Lindsay herself, and she sent me an awesome package: four different magazines (two Cooking Light, one Whole Living, and one Food & Wine), some wheat berries which I’m excited to experiment with (sadly their ziptop bag came open in shipment and about half spilled out into the box, but there are still lots left!), some homemade trail mix, whole wheat bunnies (Inara will be particularly excited with these, I don’t buy bunnies too often), sample packs of both almond butter and The Bee’s Knees (peanut butter blended with honey – yumm!), chia seeds, apple walnut delight granola, an earnest eats cram lemon zest bar, whole wheat pearl couscous, and a jocalat lärabar (which I ate right away).
This box totally blows the one I sent out of the water (sorry to my penpal Brittany for the lameness) but gave me some GREAT ideas for future boxes, because I’ll totally be doing this again.
A couple product reviews:
One of the first things I tried was the Easy Squeezy pack of The Bee’s Knees Peanut Butter
Photo from ilovepeanutbutter.com
It was as awesome as I imagined. I told Lindsay when she asked that I was trying to lose weight and she totally delivered. The entire 1.15 oz squeeze pack of the peanut butter was 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus. so I split it in half (Inara ate the other half and also loved it) spread my half open face on a slice of bread, then thinly sliced a whole banana on top and ate it open faced. Awesome breakfast and only 5 Pts+. The honey in the peanut butter melded awesome with the banana! I will totally be buying more of this stuff!
Lindsay also sent a squeeze pack of Justin’s Classic Almond Butter, which I haven’t tried yet, but having my attention drawn to this product, I did find a squeeze pack of Justin’s Chocolate Peanut Butter while wandering around Whole Foods and picked it up. Had it for breakfast as well – yummy, but needed something with more than just the peanut butter and bread I had. I do need to try the almond butter though, haven’t had that before.
Oh, and the Annie’s Homegrown Totally Natural Whole Wheat Bunnies Crackers um, yeah! I was right, Inara loves them, but I was surprised at just how good they are. I’d bought other kinds before and did so because they were a better choice to Goldfish – especially because I didn’t like them and therefore wouldn’t sit and eat a Costco size box in one sitting. These are 4 Pts + for a serving, and it’s a BIG serving, and they just taste like good crackers. I’ll be buying these again too if I can find them at our HEB, I did see them at Central Market, but I’m not driving clear across town just for some snacks lol.
It’s been lots of fun exploring new foods, and have liked almost everything I’ve tried so far. Like I said, now that I’ve done it once, I’ve got LOTS of great ideas on how to build better boxes for future penpals!
And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals, here’s 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 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 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 somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send Lindsay an email and she’ll see if there is enough interest this month.