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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Foodie Penpals - May '12

This is my first month participating in Foodie Penpals...and I have SO been looking forward to reveal day!  I love receiving packages in the mail.  I especially love it when said packages contain fun foodie goodies!  My foodie penpal this month was Beth of The Fit Wife Life.  This was Beth's first month participating, as well - and I could tell she was just as excited as I was!  Just take a look at that photo to see all of the fabulous goodies that I saw when I opened my package; here they are...

     -Old Mill Kettle Corn w/ a hint of Cinnamon & Vanilla (ohemgee- addictive!)
     -Original Cheddar Cheese Straws (thick & cheesy and kissed with a bit of spice...)
     -Justin's Almond Butter, Honey Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Hazelnut (LOVE!)
     - LÄRABAR: Apple Pie and Pecan Pie (adore LÄRABARs)
     -Local Alabama Honey (honey-addict!)
     -Milo's Famous Sweet Tea (my very first time having real sweet tea)
     -Crispy Green Freeze Dried Pineapple & Apples (I will be hunting these down soon...if for nothing else than to make some of these)
     -Snackle Mouth Almond, Maple, Pecan Granola Nut Cluster (disappeared in no time flat!)
     -Natural Nectar Choco Dream Rice Sticks (oddly good...they totally grew on me)

So yeah, tell me it's not fun getting a package full of these amazing treats in the mail!  Thanks Beth for sending me such a delicious box!
foodiepal large reveal day

Not familiar with Foodie Penpals?  Here's a little explanation from its creator, Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean:
     -On the 5th of every 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 are 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. 
     -Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Things might get too slow and backed up if we're trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 
If you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.  
You must submit your information by June 4th as pairings will be emailed on June 5th!
*If you're from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send Lindsay an email and she'll see if she gets enough interest this month!

And because it IS DEFINITELY just as much fun to give than it is to receive, here's a little peek at what I sent to my foodie penpal, Calee who isn't a blogger...but she definitely is a foodie! It included Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express, Stevia packets, local blueberry blossom honey, golden flax seeds, chipotle moritas, and my groovy granola bars plus a couple of small goodies.
This was so much fun getting to meet new people and send and receive foodie gifts...I look forward to next month!  How much are you itching to join in?  You can check out TONS more foodie penpal posts by going over to the reveal day post at The Lean Green Bean and then sign up to play along next month, if you wish!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

the Summer of the Popsicle {2012}

So.  There is no denying that this year has been unseasonably hot.   I'm amazed daily that while it is technically still Spring, we've had numerous days in the 90°'s here in NW Indiana ...and I've been told that we're not the only ones.  I'm not sure what everybody else is doing to keep cool, but I've been turning to popsicles.  As a matter of fact, I may be just a teeny-tiny bit obsessed with them.

Over the years, I've amassed a pretty hefty folder-full of ripped out magazine pages laden with numerous varieties of popsicles that span all the colors of the rainbow.  And beyond.  I've bookmarked them, both literally and virtually.  I created a pinboard that starts me dreaming every time I take a peek.  And I don't see my current obsession with them cooling down (ha!) any time soon.

So that, my friends, is why I am declaring this the Summer of the Popsicle!  It's going to be popsiclepalooza all summer long in my house.  And what better way to have fun and be able to try all kinds of new popsicles than to invite you to join in my madness!?

I will be keeping this "event" open for the rest of the Spring and throughout the Summer.  I hope that you will add a link to any of your past, present, and future posts that celebrate the joy that is a posicle...a ice pop...a push pop!  I will add all links to my Popsicles & Paletas Pinterest board and tweet them, as well.  And once summer concludes, I will do one giant (hopefully) round-up post featuring all of the popsicle posts that helped me beat the heat!

So go ahead and start adding your links below!  Use of the logo is optional, but always appreciated.  I would love it if you'd link to this post (especially in current posts) or feel free to share it in your side bar...just so that others can join in finding and sharing their cold creations, as well.

The Summer of the Popsicle 2012 at

1. Carrot, Mango, & Raspberry Popsicles

2. Mango - Apple - Yoghurt

3. Strawberry Popsicles

4. Honey-Cherry Yogurt Popsicles

5. Choco-Coco Pops

6. Paletas de Coco con Bocadillo

7. Strawberries n Cream Pie Ice Pops

8. Southern Sweet Tea Pops

9. Peach Melba Pops

10. Sour Plum Pops

11. Mango-Ginger Pops

12. Buttermilk n Fruit Popsicles

13. Paletas de Mango con Chile

14. Hibiscus Popsicles w/ Mango

15. Paletas de Zarzamora

16. Paletas de Sandia

17. Invisible Cookie Dough Ice Pops

18. Paletas de Yogurt con Moras (Yogurt Ice Pops w/ Berries)

19. Creamy Earl Grey, Cardamom, & Pistachio Popsicles

20. Popsicle Recipes

21. Peoples Pops Review

22. Paletas de Aguacate y Coco (Avocado and Coconut Popsicles)

23. Paletas de Chabacano y Manzanilla (Apricot-Chamomile Popsicles)

24. Trio of Tropical Pops - Coconut, Spicy Pineapple, Roasted Banana & Cinnamon

25. Red, White & Blue Boozy Popsicles – Made With Dry Ice!

26. Fudgesicles

27. Strawberry Fruit Bars

28. Paletas de Pepino y Uva ~ Cucumber and Grape Pops!

29. Tropical Ice Pops

30. Blackberry Lavender Popsicles

31. Sour Cream, Cherry, & Tequila Ice Pops

32. Paletas de Jamaica y Limón (Hibiscus Flower & Lime Ice Pops)

33. Mango Juice Popsicle

34. Rooh Afza Popsicle

35. Paletas de Fruta: Raspberry & Blueberry

36. (Canary) Melon Paletas

37. Watermelon-Jalapeno-Pepper Pops

38. Mango-Creamsicle Dreamsicle Paleta

39. Green Tuna Paleta

40. Peanut Butter, Nutella and Banana Ice Cream Pops

41. Paletas de Piña y Limon (Pineapple and Lemon Ice Pops)

42. Paletas de Fresa-Frambuesa (Strawberry-Raspberry Popsicles)

43. Colombian-Style Coconut Popsicles (Paletas de Coco)

44. Paletas de Salpicón ( Fruit Popsicles)

45. Sauvignon-Peach-Vanilla Ice Pops

46. Paletas de Melon

47. Paletas de Pina y Arandano

48. Strawberry Paletas/ Paletas de Fresa

This linky list is now closed.