Foodie Pen Pal February 2014

If you didn’t see my previous post, I shared how this whole foodie pen pal idea works here: Sweet Treats for Foodie Pen Pal.

Kellie, my February Pen Pal, emailed me when everything arrived safe & sound.  She said she was very excited to dig into the treats she received.  Yah!

On that note, I 100% believe that “giving” is more rewarding than “receiving”.  That being said, I wish I was a better gift giver!  I think it comes down to the fact that I’m so thrifty and can be a procrastinator.  Not to worry, I’m definitely getting better at giving gifts.  I’ve learned to take a note when I think of a great or thoughtful idea.  For example, my mom and my future MIL are both beauty lovers.  For Christmas last year, I gave them each a Birch Box subscription and they are loving it!  Also, I have a few good ideas for my fiancé’s upcoming birthday…excited to see what he thinks.  I also love skipping the gift and giving an “experience”.  I ‘d much rather spend $$$ on a dinner/drinks/movie/outing with friends or family rather than giving something material that may not be appreciated.

I know I appreciate sweet surprises and mail.   😉

Oh my gosh! Turning the corner and seeing this box at my apartment door made my day.  I couldn’t wait to see what sweet Kellie had sent me!

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I’m kind of obsessive and picky about packaged foods so I emailed Kellie about some of my favorite things.    She did a fabulous job putting together the Foodie Pen Pal box for me.

Here’s what I received:


I told Kellie that I’m a fan of hot sauce.  I’ve been putting Sriracha or Tapatio on everything from eggs and burritos to avocado toast and pea soup.

She sent over some local Hot Sauce from Alabama.  I’m so excited to try these!  Kellie sent over two flavors, original and jalapeno green.  She said they have a “fabulous local hot sauce in her little town with a ton of varieties.”  It’s like I got a little trip to Alabama this month!


I told her that I like nuts and she saw on the blog that I like peanut flour so she sent some PB2!  This is awesome because I’ve actually never tried it.  I normally order this Byrd Mill Peanut Flour in larger quantities to save a little money.  I was super excited to try the PB2 that I’ve seen at Whole Foods and online.

PB2 has a little bit of added sugar and salt …..that must be why it is SOOOO good.  PB2 tastes more like peanut butter and a sweet treat compared to plain peanut flour.

So far, I’ve mixed it with water or almond milk and have enjoyed spooning it over my breakfasts of protein pancakes.  I’ve also eaten it as a snack with some apple slices.


What’s a goodie box without some chocolate? Kellie took my love of spicy and healthy and sent over two more treats.  I don’t think she saw my Friday Favorites #3 post….but she sent me my favorite flavor Kind bar!!  I swear sometimes great minds think alike.

I dug into the dark chocolate bar.  It’s amazing.  I can’t wait to share the rest with the fiancé…..which is why I taped it back up and put it out of sight….so that it will still be there to share. haha Open-mouthed smile


There you have it.

A sweet & spicy first experience as a Foodie Pen Pal!

FYI- If you’re interested in being a Foodie Pen Pal for a month, go ahead and sign up!  You don’t have to have your own blog to join the fun. 🙂

What’s the best gift you’ve given?  Any great “experience” gifts that you recommend?


sweet treats for “Foodie Pen Pal- February”

How cool is this idea?  Don’t you love mail and surprise treats picked out just for you?

If you haven’t heard about Foodie Pen Pals, check out this description from the lovely Lean Green Bean.

I had a great experience with my first pen pal!

After signing up, I was matched up with my foodie pen pal: a sweetheart, foodie, reference librarian, and mother of two living in Alabama.    Since my pen pal doesn’t have a blog up and running, I thought I’d describe the package I mailed. (Technically we’re supposed to wait until the last day of the month for the blog post….but on that day I’ll share what I received in the mail!)

Here’s what she had to say:

I’m Kellie, your Foodie Pen Pal match for February,  Nice to “meet” you!  A bit about me, I’m 36, a reference librarian in Alabama, and have 2 teenagers, a boy and a girl.  We live in a small town just north of Tuscaloosa, but thankfully have access to an amazing locally, mom-and-pop owned “health food store” as Whole Foods is 95 miles away from my house, and Trader Joe’s 300 miles away in Atlanta (ack!)….As for my diet, I’m primarily vegetarian, but have to dabble in pecatarianism occasionally because #1: my protein is abysmally low always, and #2: salmon is yummy.  I also have celiac disease (I am horrible to shop for, sorry!), but my children happily gobble up whatever I can’t eat, so, no worries.  These are a few of my favorite things (since I enjoyed reading your list on your blog!):  mint and chocolate together, caramel, peanut butter, coconut, peaches, tomatoes,  mustard and anything Asian (my undergrad is in Asian history, and I spent a summer in Taiwan doing research and eating)

Besides making sure every item was gluten free, it wasn’t too hard to find some goodies that I know Kellie would love.

I went shopping and found all of my goodies at Sprouts.  After writing a note about why I chose each item,  I headed to the post office to grab a box and ship it out.



Plenty of chocolate, mint/coconut/chocolate, peanut butter, peach, & Asian inspired goodies!

I also bordered the note with some super cute paperclips- perfect for a librarian and mom.


I can’t wait to describe my pen pal box!

Have you participated in Foodie Pen Pals?