Foodie Penpal Reveal!

It’s my second month participating in the Foodie Penpals program, and it’s time to reveal the goodies!

I was lucky to be linked up with Laurie at Love, Laugh, Laurie and she found all sorts of goodies from Milwaukee, Wisconsin! So let’s peek in the box…

Laurie picked out so many of my favorite treats. First up, Wisconsin-made Cranberry Pepper Crisps.  I was curious about this flavor combination, but wow.  Sweet and salty with a kick of heat at the end…  crunchy delicious-ness!

Another all-time favorite snack of mine: popcorn! Also local to Wisconsin, we were so impressed with how perfectly it popped on the stove top, light and airy… and, sadly, is also gone already.

Laurie sent both vanilla and cocoa powders local to Milwaukee and suggested using them in coffee.  Mmm.  I have never used vanilla as a powder, and can’t wait to start experimenting more with it.  (Ironically, the penpal that I sent my box to, Kate is also from WI and works at the Spice House!)

More awesome snacking.  Chipotle Cheddar is the best flavor I’ve tried yet… these didn’t last long.

Of course, a box isn’t complete without a little (WI-made) chocolate!  FYI, melted chocolate-covered nuts are still delicious.

And to top it off, Laurie made beer bread with Spotted Cow beer, the most famous Wisconsin craft beer, which we devoured in a few days:

You seriously spoiled us, Laurie.  Thank you so much!!

If you’re interested in participating for August, please click here to for more information.


I’m doing double duty and linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons again, too!

Here’s a recap of yesterday in food:

This was a seriously snack-y day, partly due to subbing a spin class over the dinner hour.

[Breakfast: yogurt, kashi cereal, banana and chia; Snack: Several bites of L’s pb and carrot spread ww pita; Lunch: Spinach, avocado and tomato salad with an Eggplant-Lentil burger and watermelon; Snacks: PB-kashi bar from freezer; banana with almond butter; apple and jalepeno cheddar; Late dinner: Fish and veggies with Charmoula sauce; Snack: 1/2 Probar + handful pistacios (unpictured)]

Finally, thanks to everyone who signed up for the 5 or 10 mile Virtual run! I’m exited to hear all your stories… if you missed the announcement, check it out here!

Foodie Penpal Reveal

This was my first month participating in the Foodie Penpals through Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean.  I’m not sure why it took me so long to join the fun!  The last day of the month is the “penpal reveal” link up, so head over to Lindsay’s to see what everyone was sending and receiving.

My penpal was Pat from Ranting Chef.  He put together a fun selection of foods representative of Cleveland and the greater Ohio region…

  • Organic Sweet Corn Crunch Dried Snack
  • Amish egg noodles
  • Cleveland’s Little Italy Marinara sauce
  • Paisley’s Farm Dilled Brussel Sprouts
  • Espresso Anise Pizzelles

Yum! I love getting packages in general, but packages stuffed with food is about as good as it gets.  It didn’t take us long to plow through these goodies.  Lil and I loved the dried corn, and my husband devoured the pizelles (I think I got one?).  Dilled brussel sprouts were new to me, but really yummy!  And of course, you can’t go wrong with egg noodles and delicious tomato sauce.

Ironically, I grew up near Amish country in PA and used to love my mom’s buttered egg noodles.  Of course Pat had no idea, so it was a fun surprise to get them in this package.  Thanks so much for your thoughtful picks, Pat!

I would definitely recommend the program- each month, Lindsay matches up penpals to share a package in the mail, and it’s open to bloggers or non-bloggers.  If you’d like to participate, you can check out the details at the Lean Green Bean.

Are there certain foods from your hometown that take you back to childhood?