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I am a wife, mother, teacher, runner, baker, fund-raiser, reader, watcher of movies, dog-lover, writer, music-lover and foodie. So - I'm a woman of many moods! I write and share in order to teach and enrich. I currently have two blogs going: The Kitchen Refugee, and A Mile At A Time. The first is about time spent in the kitchen and the second about time spent on the road. Frequently the two roads intersect!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!!!!

On a rainy Monday in April, I came home to a mystery mail-bag.  I knew at once it had to be from my Foodie Penpal, Shana Hart, in Maryland!  I was so excited – even before I opened it.  It was such a day brightener to have a package in the mail.  You know how Mondays can be, and a surprise of any kind is just a glorious event.

I tore open the bag, and found this chocolatey loot:

I unwrapped the Endangered Species Chocolate bar IMMEDIATELY and had myself some chocolate therapy.  This chocolate is now on the endangered species list, as I made short work of ending its life.  Yum – it had a really yummy cocoa flavor and wasn’t overly sweet.  It was awesome.

The Choco-Walla Odwalla bar was something I knew I’d save for my coffee break the next morning.  I’ve seen Odwalla bars, but I’ve never tried one.  I was pretty excited.  After a morning of kindergarten kiddos, and elementary recess, I came in and paired that Choco-Walla with an excellent vintage of Starbucks coffee.  It was the perfect morning combo.  I will definitely buy myself some more of these little morsels!  I can’t remember the calorie count, but it was under 250 – so for a snack that has some staying power, this is a good little energy bar.  I may use these for packable snacks when I run.

The trail mix from Nature’s Promise was so chock full of walnuts it was amazing!  I couldn’t identify all of the types of dried fruits, but this was also really good.  It’s also a product I hadn’t tried before, and will definitely purchase in the future.  I love nibbly snacks!  I think I just like all kinds of snacks – but especially those that are sweet and go well with coffee.  These kept me from going straight for the Reese’s Easter Eggs that are filling the mark-down displays!

I have been saving the coffee for another rainy day!  Godiva Chocolate-Raspberry Coffee deserves a special occasion.  Maybe I'll share it with my work-friends on the last day of school.  Just smelling it through the wrapper is enough to make me want to chew open the bag.  I'm showing a lot of restraint!!!

I'm definitely going to keep participating.  Are you up for being/having a foodie penpal?  Each month you get paired with someone new.  The rules are the same: email arrives on the 5th of the month introducing you to the person to whom you'll send a package.  Treats in the mail on or before the 15th of the month, and reveal day is the 30th of the month.  This is on a month to month basis - it's free to join, and you can skip busy months or money-stretched months if need be.  Thanks to Lindsey at The Lean Green Bean - this is a really fun program!  Can't wait to see what May will bring.


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I sent a package to Van, in Chicago.  If you want to see what my box-o-loot looked like, here's a link to her blog: chieats.com

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