Foodie Penpal July 2012

Another month of FOODIE PENPAL and I am loving it! I was really excited to receive my box from Britt at Britt’s Blurbs! She sent me some really cool stuff from Michigan.

I immediately went for the Acai Coconut bites. They were all natural and came from a market near her. They were incredibly scrumptious and I had never had Acai before. Being a diabetic, I heard that Acai is good for me but I had never really tried anything that it was a part of. I guess the word just usually made me turn my nose up. Anyway, those little bites were awesome! So awesome that they lasted me a week because I didn’t want them to end!

Then I went for the sugar-free wild blueberry jam! Britt was great to send me stuff that as a diabetic, I could eat and I am so GRATEFUL for that! The blueberry jam is also from a farmer’s market in her area. It was delicious! We have been using it on pancakes and in oatmeal and on bagels! Love it!

Ray’s Polish Fire Hot sauce was something different for me. I am in south texas where salsa’s and hot sauces are AMAZING! This hot sauce was DIFFERENT because it wasn’t really spicy. It was more SMOKY. My palate welcomed and enjoyed this taste. I have been adding it to my eggs and tacos. It’s so good!

Last but not least, the Eden Organic Wildberry Mix. I opened it up and fell in love. It’s so natural and there’s no added sugar and one handful is a great snack and distraction til my next meal. I’m gonna have to see if I can find it locally. This trail mix was a lifesaver the other day. I was with my mom at the doctor for HOURS, from morning to past lunch and I was starving! I remembered that I had the trail mix in my purse (because it has the convenient little ziploc top) and my hunger was temporarily calmed.


Thank you soooo much for the great package!

Tomorrow I will have a guest post from Sarah, who I sent a foodie penpal package to. She doesn’t have a blog so I asked if she would write a guest post for “My Kitchen Is Open”.

Until then!

~Mrs Galvan~

For those wanting to participate in Foodie Penpal, here is some valuable information for you from

(Click here to get started—>) Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean:


Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-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.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK 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 in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at to get involved!

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