January was my first month participating in Foodie Pen Pals and it was so much fun! What’s not to love about getting a fun package of food in the mail from a blog friend? I received my package in mid January and it was the perfect timing. Filled with fun snacks like Cliff Bars, Luna Bars, Peanut Butter and my favorite item, Flax Pizza Snacks.
My box came from Julie in Chicago and she writes Girls with a Stethoscope, all about her adventures of being a new nurse in the Chicago area. Thanks for all the fun snacks Julie. I loved them!
Want to join Foodie Pen Pals? Email email@example.com and get on the list for next month. Curious about how it works?
1) On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact each other and a mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
2) You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. This will ensure everyone receives their goodies in time to post about them. There is a $15 spending limit for the contents of the box.
3) As the end of the month you post about your goodies
I love getting food related packages in the mail, a chance to try someone’s favorite local item or their snack of choice. Yes please! Lindsey from The Lean Green Bean runs Foodie Penpals. Each month you are matched up with a person to send a $15 box full of goodies to as well as receiving a box. This was my first month and I received a box from Julia who writes A Girl With A Stethoscope, she details her life as a nurse, meals and workouts.
Newmas Own Alphabet Cookies
My favorite? The cookies. Very tasty, organic and they were the perfect snack in between trying on dresses a few weeks ago. Thanks for all the great snacks Julia! I loved them
How does it work?
-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
Want to join? Email Lindsey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plain boring chicken? No thanks. Give me something with a little flavor and that is easy to prepare on a weeknight. Enter pineapple salsa chicken, very easy! 3 steps. That’s it. 3 steps, 3 ingredients and you have one dish to clean.
Pineapple Salsa Chicken
- 4 Chicken Breasts
- 1 Jar Trader Joe's Pineapple Salsa
- 1½ cups frozen pineapple pieces
- Preheat oven to 350
- Place chicken in a baking dish, top with jar of salsa and pineapple pieces
- Cover with foil
- Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through
I am a Midwestern girl, from growing up in Wisconsin to moving to the land of 10,000 lakes for college; the Midwest is so much of who I am. One of the things that most Minnesotans and Wisconsinites do is snowmobile. Somehow I have managed to go 30+ years without sitting my behind on one.
That changed yesterday. I went on a vintage snowmobile (3 sleds from the 1970’s that have been restored) ride. Scott, his dad, a friend and myself. We headed out to drive around on a chain of lakes. Since this winter has had a teeny tiny amount of snow, we went to drastic measures to drive these snowmobiles.
At least the lakes has a few inches of snow and we could drive around for a few hours. A stop for beer and bloody marys and an afternoon spent driven around the lakes. I was bundled up as I possibly could be and even got turn at driving.
I can’t wait for more snow to take these out on an actual trail!