June Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

It’s that time of the month again…Foodie Penpals reveal day!

The Lean Green Bean

This month I really lucked out and got to receive my package from on of my blogging besties Maddy. She totally spoiled me and was even sweet enough to make sure I received my package before I left on my trip!
Let’s check out what I got:

She wrapped everything up so nicely in pretty tissue paper.
i LOVED opening it :)

Inside, I found all sorts of goodies!

I loved that Maddy sent me some of her favorite things.
There was salsa that she likes to eat with her eggs,
apple butter that she likes on her toast,
fruit leathers and luna bars to stick in my purse for on the go snacks
and a few chocolate nut butter samples in a flavor I haven’t tried yet!
And since no package is complete without some treats,
she sent me some cookies and dark chocolate…YUM!
There was also some flavored sparkling water and spicy kale chips.
Even baby Em sent me one of her favorite cookies!

My favorite part was the red pepper pasta from her local farmer’s market!!
I used it that night to make a pasta salad and it was DELICIOUS!

Huge thanks to Maddy for all my delicious treats!!


I sent my box this month to Jenny, who doesn’t have a blog..but she wrote up a little guest post for me to share with you guys about what she received:

I considered myself pretty lucky when I found out I was paired with the blogger who was running this whole foodie trade.  And let me tell you, Lindsay delivered a great box! My box came and I was very excited to open it. When I picked it up, I noticed how heavy it was. The first thing I tried was the Love Grown Granola.  This granola was so delicious, crunchy, filling, and it was nice with a few roasted almonds.  I paired the granola all week on my Chobani yogurt for a quick work breakfast.  The next goodie I noticed was homemade gluten-free banana muffins. I thought it was a great idea that Lindsay added a home baked item. I will admit I was a little leery about the idea of gluten free and chick pea flour, but they were so flavorful and the texture was really great.  I really enjoyed them and it was nice to know they were healthy and I would never know they were made with chick pea flour.  The little packets of Justin’s butter was a great snack; I added the almond butter to the loose bag of dry ingredients to make granola bars.  They were so yummy.  I always thought that making granola bars would be difficult, but these were so easy and very filling.

Lindsay also gave me a few different LU Bars and a mint Cliff Bar. They were great snacks, and I really enjoyed the Banana Foster flavor.  The other snack that I brought all week to work was the Nature Peanut butter cookies.  Lindsay said that one of her past pen pals gave them to her and that she loved them, and I agree! The last two items was the Jar of Frog Grass Salsa made in Ohio and the bag of Glazed pecans.  The salsa was so chunky and had a great spice to it, and the pecans were so great just the right amount of salty and sweet. Lindsay also gave me 5 popular food magazines that I have been reading by the pool. :) This box was a great combo of sweet, salty, spicy, and healthy.  I cannot wait to participate again and continue to get to know more readers and bloggers.  Thanks again Lindsay for my box and creating this fun little trade.

I was so happy to hear she enjoyed everything!!!


And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of 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 Penplas 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.

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

You must submit your information by July 4th as pairings will be emailed on July 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!


If you participated in Foodie Penpals this month, link up your reveal day post below! I’m also in the process of making a Facebook album on The Bean facebook page with pictures of all the goodies people got so be sure to check that out! Hopefully I’ll have all the pictures posted by the end of the weekend! Click here to check out The Lean Green Bean on Facebook!



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. That pasta looks delicious! So does the dark chocolate. :)
    Farrah recently posted..June Foodie Pen Pals

  2. I love salsa on my eggs! YUM! Also, the peanut butter creme cookies you sent your pen pal look might tasty. So many new things to keep my eyes open for at the store. :)
    Karen G recently posted..Foodie Pen Pal Fun: Inbound from Florida

  3. Yum.. the pasta looks so good.
    Tania F. Walsh recently posted..Foodie Penpal – June Reveal

  4. Wow! What a huge box of goodies. Thank you Lindsay for putting so much time and effort in to organizing this fun. I love sharing things that I love with new foodie friends and I love getting to try new things. You are the best!! Even doing this while on vacation – impressive! I’m sure you had a great time, welcome home.
    Carrie@FamilyFitnessFood.com recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals – June Reveal Day

  5. I love kale chips. I have to buy some because I am not very good at making it.

    I need more magazines. I’m always hesitant to buy them.
    JulieGoesHealthy recently posted..June Foodie Penpal

  6. I love your goodies! This was my first month – Kudos to creating such a fabulous idea! Magazines…great touch.
    Miranda @ Mangoes and Chutney recently posted..Blue Cornmeal and Jalapeño Jam! My Foodie Penpal Sent Me A Box O’ Goodness.

  7. This was my first time participating and was not sure what to expect. But I must say it was a very nice experience. I will take a break from July but looking forward to being back in August. Thank you so much for putting this together.
    Shirley@motivatedmommyoftwo recently posted..June Foodie Pen Pals- Reveal Day

  8. LOVE all things Muir Glen! You definitely got a great box :)

    And so sweet that she made sure to get your box out to you before you headed off to paradise!
    Lena H. recently posted..June Foodie Penpals

  9. That chocolate hazelnut butter is SO good! Enjoy!!! 😉
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated recently posted..A house update, a recipe, and a dessert to make you jealous.

  10. Looks like you got a lot of awesome things!!! Thanks again for arranging all this!!!
    Toni Church recently posted..June Foodie Penpals Reveal plus A Guest Post from Maddie

  11. I just learned about Foodie Pen Pals from a post by Madeline @ Food, Fitness and Family. It’s crazy how exited I got. Learning about this seriously made my day :) Kudos to a great idea! I just signed up for July.
    Haley recently posted..happy half birthday

  12. Both of those packages look wonderful! I never would have thought of putting in a magazine but that’s a great idea! The kale chips look interesting! I will have to look for them at the grocery next time.
    Vicky recently posted..June Foodie Penpals – Reveal Day

  13. What a great package! I love those Lucy’s cookies.

    You are so smart sending magazines – I always feel guilty throwing them out, but you can’t keep everything (please tell this to my inner-hoarder). :)

    I want back in for July!!! Filling out the form now…
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Loving Friday + Zucchini Bread Smoothie

  14. Lyndsay, thanks again for hosting this fun group! I loved participating! It looks like Justin’s nut butters might have been the most “penned” item. That pasta does look amazing. What a great idea to “recycle” foodie mags too. (Hmmm—maybe that could be another whole side of FPP!—Just thinkin’.)
    Eliot recently posted..Foodie Pen Pal

  15. The magazine idea is really fun! Love that! Thanks again for another great month!!!
    Eating as a Path to Yoga recently posted..June Foodie Penpals

  16. Wow that is all great stuff! I seriously love this idea you have. I couldn’t be more excited I got to join in this month.
    Alex @ therunwithin recently posted..Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

  17. Thanks again for hosting, Lindsay! This was my first month- and I had a blast!
    Laura recently posted..Foodie Penpal Reveal

  18. I think you got the mother load of deliveries! That pasta sounds fantastic!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..June Foodie PenPals Reveal

  19. You were spoiled rotten this month! That’s the best part of this program. Oddly enough this is the second month I had wonky internet issues on reveal day.

    That was great of Jenny to write up a post for you – I love seeing both packages in one place.
    Joanna @ Midwestern Bite recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals – The Copy Cat Challenge

  20. YUM! That’s an awesome box of goodies. I’m totally craving apple butter now that you said it, haha. I had a blast this month, thanks for such a fun bloggy thing to do :)

    Lindsay {Designer Wife} recently posted..Foodie Penpals! {June}

  21. What a fantastic box of treats – I love the colours of your pasta salad! My first month in this, have enjoyed it tremendously, thanks for coming up with it!
    LinsFood recently posted..Foodie Penpals June 2012

  22. What a fun box! I seriously want everything here!
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious recently posted..Biscuit Lime Fish Tacos

  23. Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter = amazing.

  24. Thank you, Lindsay and thank you Rachel!

    xoxo susie
    Susieqtpies recently posted..South Dakota Foodie Penpal #foodiepenpals

  25. Those both look like such good boxes. I really cannot believe how big this has gotten! Have a great weekend! :)
    HollieisFueledByLOLZ recently posted..June Foodie Pen Pals

  26. Hey Lindsey! I just found your blog from a few others I regularly read, and this foodie pen pals thing sounds SO fun! I can’t believe you started this all yourself, truly epic 😀 I’d love to participate!
    Kate @ Work in Progress recently posted..DEFINITELY a better day.

  27. Thanks again for thinking up this great idea. I feel like I am having Christmas every month. I got another great package, and it looks like you sent and received great ones, too. Have a great holiday next week.
    Loy recently posted..June Foodie Penpals Reveal

  28. Looks like some fantastic treats there!
    Lorna recently posted..June Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

  29. What a lovely box of goodies!

  30. Wow, you got a lot of awesome goodies there. I’m totally drooling at those sugar cookies and the pasta is so beautifully packaged. I love what you did with the pasta too, looks so yummy.

    I recently completed my first foodie penpals month (from the UK) and am already totally digging it and addicted. What an awesome idea, you rock!
    Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} recently posted..Foodie PenPals #1 – June 2012

  31. The pasta dish looks so delicious!

  32. Wow! What a fantastic package!! Sooo many goodies, you’re a lucky gal!! Foodie Penpals is turning out to be my favorite “time of the month” lol :) Once again, Thank you soooo much for doing this! Have an awesome weekend! xo M
    Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia recently posted..June Foodie Penpals

  33. SO glad you liked everything :) I went a little overboard because I <3 you so much 😉 xoxo
    Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals: June

  34. Salsa, Justin’s, kale chips…these are a few of my faaaavorite things!
    Caitlin recently posted..June Foodie Pen Pals

  35. April V says:

    What a great month!! Thanks for such an amazing program!! :)

  36. Donna French Wylde says:

    My pen pal was so wonderful to me, and it was if she had known me forever. A lovely antique Spice grinder, an apron, 2 antique leaf plates, and so many goodies to cook with. Hope she gets me again next time.

  37. I totally want to do this foodie pen pal! However, I’m in Japan (I’m a Marine). Such a great idea though.


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