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   Feb 27 2012

Foodies Unite In The Spirit of Giving

Wait, the holiday season ended nearly two months ago, so what is all this giving (and receiving!) about?

Why, it’s Foodie Penpals, a fantastic idea Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean came up with and now coordinates for over 200 participants!

drcdu9 Foodie Penpals February Reveal

Once every month through email, she matches people up, they get in touch with each other to find out any dietary preferences and by the 15th of the month each person fills a box with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats, and drops the box into the mail, addressed to their penpal. The spending limit is $15 and the box must also include something written. Each person receives a box from someone different than they sent theirs to.

Doesn’t it sound like fun? Coming up with fun, local items you think they might like, and  the mystery of wondering what you will receive–it’s like Christmas every month!

This was my first time participating and my Foodie Penpal was April at The Eternal Optimist Mama–you can check out her post to see what I sent her. I had so much fun shopping for her items, I could have easily filled an entire second box!

I received my goodie box from Rachel at Travel Challenge who is from Columbus, Ohio. She did an awesome job picking out things for me (gluten free and vegetarian are tall orders!), and I loved every single thing! I was so excited to tear into the box that I didn’t even take a photo of the box itself.  But here is what was in the box:

There were some delicious Baked Apple Chips (that I talked about and recreated in yesterday’s post), raw trail mix (yum!), dried tropical fruit (yes, please!), two gluten free, vegan cookies from her local bakery (no words!), the current issue of Vegetarian Times magazine (yippee!), and a lovely handwritten note embellished with a fancy ribbon (what a nice touch!). It’s as if Rachel knew just what I would pick out for myself!

I have to say, my very favorite item was the heart-shaped cutout cookie. Yes I love healthy snacks and treats, but when a gluten-free, vegan cookie shows up on my doorstep, you better believe I am going to be excited!

I broke a piece off to taste it right away, planning on saving the rest of the cookie for the boys when they got home from school, but a few minutes later, that cookie was g-o-n-e, gone. It was so good! It is a very rare occasion that I visit a bakery and buy anything like this for myself, so this was a true treat for me. I swear I heard it screaming for me to eat it all and not share a single crumb.

So I did.

I want to live at this bakery:

And what do we have here? Oh, is that another cookie from the same bakery I see? 

Why yes, yes it is.

Don’t mind if I do. (It was delicious too. At least I offered to share this one. It’s not my fault no one else likes ginger spice!)

Thank you again to Rachel for such a great first Foodie Penpal experience!  I’m excited to participate again next month.

If you want to see all the other Penpal reveals be sure to visit Lindsay’s link-up post today.

You can sign up for a Foodie PenPals in March too! All you have to do is send an email to the awesome Lindsay at with the following details:

-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address (if you’ve got one)
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
-Whether you are a US resident or Canadian

Join in by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th.

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  1. Julie says:

    I never thought to send actual baked goods from a bakery. I love gluten-free vegan cookies and I’m neither!

    • Candy says:

      I’m not completely vegan either, but this cookie was amazing! I might have to check out bakeries more often now…but then, maybe I shouldn’t–that could become a problem!

  2. i’m from columbus too…pattycake is the freakin’ best!!

  3. Pattycakes sounds soooo good! i wish there was one near me.

  4. Rachel says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed everything! :) . I loved when I saw you replicated the apple chips – brilliant idea!! I always enjoy them, but only on occasion since they can be a bit pricey. I will definitely have to try your recipe instead.

    • Candy says:

      Thank you again–that was so much fun! And yes, I highly recommend the homemade apple chips–they were pretty close to the real thing. And super easy.

  5. Jeanette says:

    How fun!

  6. I think I would faint with happiness if cookies showed up at my door. Loved a peak at your goodies!

  7. Nicole says:

    Very nice package! I like when magazines are included – it’s something that lasts a little longer (typically) than the food does. :)

  8. What a lovely booty of thoughtful gifts you received! Those cookies look amazing!

    • Candy says:

      I know, right? The cookies were the best treat I’ve tasted in quite a long time! (Save for a few particular homemade raw chocolates!) ;)

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