If you are a foodie, I have two things you’re going to love:
First: Foodie Pen Pals!
Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean (theleangreenbean.com) started a Foodie Pen Pal program a few years ago that has really taken off. There are now upwards of 1000 participants each month. I decided to do it last month and was pleasantly surprised. Briefly, what happens is 1) you sign up at the beginning of each month on her website (even if you’ve done it in the past), 2) you are then assigned a person that you have to make a Gift Box for, the ingredients of which cannot exceed $15, and include a recipe of your choice, 3) this is mailed by mid month to your pen pal, 4) SOMEONE ELSE is assigned to do the same for you, so you get a package from a different person than the one you are sending to, and finally 5) you blog about what you got in the mail and what you made with it on the last day of the month. Pretty awesome, huh? That way, each month you meet two new Foodie friends. Definitely check this out. It’s really fun, very inexpensive, and a cool way to meet people who are interested in FOOD.
So the person assigned to me was Lindsey (a different Lindsey) and she lives in Guam. How cool is that??? My kids and I had a great time looking up Guam, reading about the local culture and food, and of course enjoying her gift box. So Lindsey sent me a bunch of awesome treats from her island…
Coco Jo’s local chocolate chip cookies
Nori, for treats or for making small sushi rolls
Guguria, another hard cookie made by the locals
Yan Yan, an on-the-go sweet treat with chocolate and strawberry dipping sauce
Ginger Peach tea
So I didn’t really make a recipe with these items, but instead had a dessert party with my kids… They dug all of the great sweets and we pretended that we were on an island in the middle of the Pacific! Thanks Lindsey!
Second: Goodies Company!
You’ve probably seen the side bar ads for this on Facebook. I decided to sign up and this month was their first shipment. Similar set up in that you pay a set fee each month and then get a box of stuff. It’s like Christmas every month. So this first month had a Halloween theme (in that everything is sweet), and I received:
Dang – Toasted Coconut chips
Nutella & Go – Breadsticks and nutella…
Smartfood Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Crisps
Mayesa Chocolate Beverage
Brownie Brittle Chocolate Chips treats
So a fun selection for the Halloween month. The box is presented very nicely with a descriptive insert regarding all of the products. Check it out at Goodies Company or on Facebook.
So if you are a Foodie and/or like pen pals and/or like getting surprises in the mail every month, you should absolutely check out these two great sites.
The Grilled Atheist