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July Foodie Penpals Reveal

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It’s that time of the month again! Where I actually surface from my organic chemistry books and take a moment to post about my Foodie Penpals reveal for July. This month, I was paired with Francine. I told her that I enjoy a mix of sweet and salty, and that is EXACTLY what I got!

When I opened up the package, I couldn’t believe how much she sent me! She really packed a lot into the package, and considering we had a budget of only $15, I was impressed!

Here’s what I got:

Firstly, I noticed that she sent me a very cool water bottle. I know it’s not food, but what a cool idea! It’s a BPA-free bottle that you can just stick in your purse and have whenever you need to fill up a bottle. Now to the food! I received a mix for cupcakes. Anything that says cream cheese frosting is an A in my book. Can’t wait to bake them! I also got some pepper jelly which looks like it’s homemade!

I mentioned to Francine that I like chocolate, and boy did she deliver! I got yummy wafers in both chocolate and vanilla, and 3 different chocolate bars! YUM! She also included a caramel popcorn in the shape of a corn on the cob. It is cute and delicious!

Finally, I got these little amazing salty/sweet peanuts. Who can resist butter toffee peanuts? I’ll admit they were the first thing I tore into, and they didn’t last very long 🙂

Thanks to Francine for an AMAZING July Foodie Penpals package. Be sure to check out what I sent to Maria this month over on her blog Real Fit Mama!

Organic Chem II is over in a couple of weeks, so hopefully I’ll be able to start to blog more regularly!


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April Foodie Penpals Reveal

The Lean Green Bean

I know…it’s been forever since I last posted! I’m in the middle of finals right now, but I wanted to make sure I posted about my April Foodie Penpal reveal.

This month, I was sent some AMAZING goodies from Lora aka the Crazy Running Girl! When she originally asked me what kind of food I like/dislike, she also wanted to know my favorite ethnic food, which is undoubtedly Italian. As I opened her package, I cannot tell you how excited I was to read in her note that she sent me a box full of food from Eataly!

Eataly is a magical place (in my opinion) where you can get any Italian you’ve ever dreamed of. It’s only location is in NYC (though there is talk of a location coming to DC, but nothing concrete). Want gelato? They have it. How about a big bowl of pasta? Yup! Here’s some photos from my trip to Eataly last summer.

They have over 10 restaurants packed into one spot, and they also have a HUGE market where Lora picked up the following goodies for me:

  • Pasta
  • Pomodoro sauce
  • Garlic
  • Apricot jam
  • Lemon candy
  • Honey

I cannot wait to make the pasta! It’s a good sign when the package is in only Italian, right? I just bought some fresh mozzarella and I have a basil plant growing on my patio, so I think it’s needless to say that I’m in for a real treat.

I’ve already enjoyed the apricot jam on some bread. It’s delicious! I love the little jars for the jam and honey. They’re so cute right? I just bought some greek yogurt and I bet the honey will be a great addition. The lemon candy is a sweet treat, and I love the packaging!

Lora really hit this foodie penpal package out of the park! I cannot thank her enough for the wonderful and delicious treats.

Want to see what I sent to my foodie penpal Rebecca this month? Head over to her blog and check out her reveal!

Interested in joining Foodie Penpals?  Here is some information describing what the program is all about:

-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 Penpals is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

If you’re interested in participating for April, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.


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My Trip to Smucker Farms

When I first heard about Smucker Farms of Lancaster Co. opening in DC, I thought, “How freakin cool!” Growing up in Baltimore, I used to frequently go up to Lancaster County, PA with my family and we’d buy lots of local produce and goodies from Amish and Mennonite Farmers. Smucker Farms was conceived by Eric Smucker as a way to bring his Lancaster heritage to us urban-dwellers in DC.

Although Smucker Farms has been open since December, and I literally live 7 minutes away, I still hadn’t paid a visit. However, I found the perfect excuse to shop! I’ll be writing about this later on in the month, but I joined a group called Foodie Penpals where we are matched once a month with a fellow foodie, and we send up to $15 worth of goodies to our new friend. I could have gone to Whole Foods or Trader Joes, but I figured I would find some really awesome, local food at Smucker Farms (and I was right!)

I’m not going to talk about anything I purchased for my foodie penpal because that’s still a surprise, but I wanted to share some of the great products they offer that I’ll definitely be returning for. When I entered, I noticed it was such a cute shop with a lot more products than I had expected!

I LOVED these jars that have the ingredients for making your own cookies. What a great gift idea!

I also really thought their selection of flours and grains was great. I recently bought some whole-wheat pastry flour from Whole Foods, but next time I need some more, I’m definitely going to try Daisy.

I was also excited to see Soupergirl products, which I’ve also been meaning to try! I decided to buy the whole-wheat peanut noodle salad, and it’s delicious! I’ll need to try out some of her soups next time.

They also have a wonderful selection of meats and dairy, including Trickling Springs Creamery, which I love and decided to buy one of their ice creams. 🙂 Smucker Farms also has lots of sweet treats and even some body products and candles for sale.

They even had a cute kids section with toys! What kid wouldn’t love?

What a nice trip to Smucker Farms! It totally lived up to my expectations and cannot wait to return. I had such a fun time selecting goodies for my foodie penpal (it was so hard to stop shopping, but I had to keep to $15!)

After shopping, I built up an appetite and remembered that Fast Gourmet was right around the corner. I’d been a few times with my husband, but it had been awhile since my last meal there. Fast Gourmet is located in a gas station. No joke.

But they have delicious food! What gas station do you know that offers cuban sandwiches, empanadas, lamp wraps, and lemongrass coleslaw? Yeah, I thought so.

All-in-all, I’d say I had a fun little afternoon full of yummy food finds!


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