So. It’s December. (!!!)

With December comes a few fun things. Christmas is a given. My birthday is a second given. (the big 3-0 ahhhh)

But it also means it’s almost the new year.

That to me is mind blowing. I feel like 2013 just got here and now it’s already almost 2014.

But with the end of November and the beginning December comes one more fun time.

Foodie Pen Pal reveal day.

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The Lean Green Bean
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This month I was paired up with Shaylee who was a first time pen pal participant.

Here is a peek at what she sent me.

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The box was filled with a wide variety of items. Some items I have had before, some new to me items.

Included were: banana chips, wild rice, candy cane tea, stuffed grape leaves, Justin’s almond butter, and maple chipotle sweet potato chips.

I was defiantly intrigued my a few items.

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The banana chips went straight to Matt as he loves those, I’m not a huge tea fan, but I actually really like the candy cane tea, so that will be perfect for the chilly weather that is coming upon us. Almond butter = always a win and I’m sure I can find some fun recipes to include the rice in!

I’m not going to lie on first glance, the stuffed grape leaves kind of left me uneasy. I have never had them and for some reason I assumed there were olives involved since they were Greek and I am just not an olive fan.  But in looking more closely at the can and reading what was in them, I was pleasantly surprised to see it was stuffed with a quinoa mixture.  So I am actually really excited to try these!

The other thing I was real excited to try were the sweet potato chips.

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You better believe that bag got opened soon after arrival and I am happy to report they are as good as they sound.

Thank you for everything Shaylee, and I hope you enjoyed all I sent you and you had a great first time foodie pen pal experience!

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