Hello all!

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I have some fun stuff to share with you today.

If you haven’t already heard of Lindsay’s Foodie Pen Pal program, you probably should.

The Lean Green Bean

It’s pretty neat. And pretty fun. And you usually end up with some pretty sweet treats.

I have had a great experience participating in it!

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Here’s a little bit of a low down of what the program is.

-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 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 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!
-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 can choose 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.

Simple enough right? It is.

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This month the lovely Xenia (don’t you just love that name) was who was sending to me.

She did not disappoint.

She had asked if I had a Trader Joe’s near me and even though I do I told her I was a Trader Joe’s addict.

(I mean seriously. I think I did a post for their ketchup. I’m obsessed)

So I told her to feel free to send me some of her favorite goodies from there because there were still 8932748324 things I wanted to try.

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Here is an overview of what she got me.

The girl hooked me up.

Let’s start with the Trader Joe’s goodies: Honey Apple Butter (omg one of my favorites and I’m out! perfect.), Banana Chips, Chili Spiced Mango, Roasted Seaweed Snack, and Cinnamon and Sugar Pita Chips.

Other goodies: Coconut Pudding, Tajin Cajun Seasoning, Korean Kim Chee seasoning.

I love that she gave me a mix of flavors.

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So of course per usual, I wanted to rip open every single package and taste them. You all will be proud of me. I restrained. Mainly because I was about to start cooking dinner.
So I decided to incorporate one of my goodies into my meal.

Ok, I seriously love that is says “this is not candy” on the lid.

(please ignore my thumb wound)

I added this stuff to my roasted broccoli I was making. I love spice. This was a nice kick. I can’t wait to add it to other things.

(i know you’re looking at my thumb wound because i told you not to)

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The next thing I was intrigued to try was the Chili Spiced Mango.

I like Chili. I like Spice. I like Mango.

These were interesting. I liked them. Didn’t love them.

Who did love them?


So still a win in my book because that kid has been devouring them. It’s such an interesting taste I still find myself nibbling on them.

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I wish I had a picture of me devouring the banana chips. Sadly those were the first things gone.

I love banana’s. I love banana chips. They were yummy.

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Another very yummy thing were the Pita Chips.

Oh my. I was soooo pleasantly surprised with these.

And I made an amazing combination.

Cinnamon Sugar pita chips dipped in PB Crave Cookie Nookie.


(try it. you’ll thank me later)

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The only things I haven’t tried yet is the coconut pudding and the Kim Chee seasoning. However, I have plans for the Kim Chee seasoning! I bought special noodles and stir fry veggies just for it and just have to not be lazy and make it. I am excited for it though!!

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So overall, I scored some great things this time around, thank you so much Xenia! You made my (and Matt’s) belly very happy!!

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I would ask the per usual question of have you joined Foodie Pen Pals. And then yell at you tell you to check it out if you haven’t. It’s really such a great program and so much fun.

So seriously. Check it out already.

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