November Foodie Penpal

Hi! Today I finally get to share what my lovely foodie penpal Sophie sent me! This was my first penpal box that I’ve received and it did not disappoint.  The day I got my delivery I was super psyched…and had to write a post about it (even though I couldn’t reveal anything yet.) You can read that here.

I found foodie penpals by accident. I was on Instagram searching around and saw that one of the girls I follow had revealed her penpal box. I was kind of confused but totally intrigued so I clicked on the tag #foodiepenpal. Thats how I got my start. I logged on to Lindsay’s website and immediately got on the list for November.

I had the best time shopping for things to send to my penpal Hima. I wanted to send her things that I loved…and hoped that she would find a new favorite snack in my box of goodies. Both of my penpals were from California! I love that I sent a box of food to the west coast and received a box of food from the west coast. Yeah yeah Im a dork.

So here is what was in my glorious first box of goodies:

Organic sun dried tomatoes
Organic dried ancho peppers
Organic dried mangoes
Organic dried apples
Organic goji berry coconut chocolate energy snacks
French vanilla dark chocolate
Hot pepper Jam
…and a recipe for a gluten free pear almond tart! (Can’t wait to try it.)

Woah. I have obviously already started cutting into the huge hunk of chocolate…I can’t resist. And the goji berry coconut energy snacks are bizarre but fantastic.  They are bite size and they pack a punch. I haven’t opened the dried fruits yet, but I’m taking them to work with me to keep in my desk as mid-day energy boosters.

But my favorite thing in the box? The hot pepper jam.

Its sweet and really spicy and I love it. My dad and I spread it on crackers, I put it on a sandwich, tacos, etc. I want to mix it with cream cheese and turn in into a dip. Sophie, you’re awesome.

That’s it for me today… if you would like to see what I sent to my penpal, Hima, head to her blog All Four Burners.

Visit my sending penpal, Sophie, at If I Ever Owned a Bakery.

And join Foodie Penpals!!!

West coast mail

This week has been a crazy one. I worked constantly from 8am to 5:30pm almost every day. I barely remember sitting down for my 20 minute lunch breaks. It was go, go, go, but I like days like that. I also love the feeling of accomplishment and being tired at night from a long-days work. Tomorrow starts the insanity for us though…

When I got home on Saturday I had two packages waiting for me. Two! I knew they were coming, but I didn’t think I’d get them both on the same day! (I can’t believe its taken me this long to have an opportunity to write..aye.)

First thing I ripped open was my box of goodies from my Foodie Penpal, Sophie.

Yay! Sophie’s package came to me from California (which is where I had wished my first package would come from!) I can’t wait to tell you what she sent me. A couple more days and you’ll know. Come back on December 1st!  I had to hold on to my package that I was sending for a few days because my Penpal wasn’t ready for it yet.. so I recycled Sophie’s box and sent my package out yesterday…

I can’t wait to hear that my package made it to its new owner. (My package also got sent to California.. two penpals, both on the West Coast.)

The second box I opened was my November Conscious Box. My first of many!

Conscious Box is a monthly delivery of “green” products from companies that care about the Earth. It’s about 20$ a month to be a member, but its so worth it. For example, I was in the grocery store yesterday and saw one of the items that I received in my box. It cost 11$ alone! (The box had more than 10 items in it…)

In the box were organic peanut butter cups, dark chocolate chili covered peanuts (already ate those), gluten free pancakes, coffee flavored teas (what??), sweetener, Hawaiian honey, and so on. Hawaiian honey? When would I have EVER tried that? I’m really into this if you can’t tell. Conscious box also offers Vegan boxes. Im not a Vegan, but thats pretty cool.

So if you are into trying new things, and want to discover some eco-friendly, green products, you should definitely sign up. You can join on a month-to-month basis, three months, or 6 months. Or you can sign someone up and send it as a gift. Its totally worth it!!! This will definitely keep me happy through the boring/dreary winter months. Something to look forward to : ).

Now I have to go help cook some things for Thanksgiving. Have a happy little Holiday.

Click here to get a Conscious Box! 


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