September Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

Today is a big day. For several reasons. First of all, it’s Foodie Penpals Reveal Day…which is always a big deal. Second of all, Foodie Penpals turns 1 today. I started the program last September so that means this is our 12th reveal day!! In honor of that, and thanks to the lovely Calee, we have a new Foodie Penpals logo and TWO new blog badges for you guys to choose from if you are a blogger that participates and wants to display one on your sidebar.


Isn’t it pretty? Here are the two blog badges you can choose from. Just copy the code in the box below the one you like and place it in your sidebar!

The Lean Green Bean
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The Lean Green Bean
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Hope you like them!

So now let’s move on to this month’s reveal! I received my package from Meg over at Veggie Girl Cooks. She’s a nursing student and has a great blog :) Check out what she sent me!

 I immediately dug into these:

Yummmm. Then I examined the rest of the box!

Let’s break it down:

Tomatoes that she canned herself! Meg actually has a group of friends who all do Foodie Penpals and they get together and go shopping for their packages! I LOVE IT! One of her friends runs a professional rent by the hour kitchen called Kitchen Thyme and they got together and canned some tomatoes! So awesome.

Next up, some local pb in her favorite flavor. Amazing!

She sent me some dates and a recipe for “Guitless Mini Snickers.” Right up my alley! Can’t wait to try!

That other recipe peeking out is The Smart Kitchen’s recipe for Lemon Miso hummus and she sent some sesame seaweed snacks to dip in it!

She also included some Kim Kim- a local Korean Hot Sauce that’s nice and spicy and a little bit sweet. Perfect for hubby.

Thank you so much Meg for the amazing package!!

Now, after reading that don’t you want a penpal of your own?! Here are the details!

-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 September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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


Current penpals…remember that you MUST sign up again each month to get back on the list!!!!!


Moving on to a couple more reasons why today is special. Today is the first day of the #LiveLeanEatGreen October Photo-A-Day challenge! If you’re participating, here’s the list of prompts again:

So today you should be eating an extra serving of veggies at lunch!! Take a pic. Put it on instagram, tweet it, post it to facebook. Don’t forget to tag me for a chance to be picked as the daily winner. All 31 daily winners will be entered to win a box of goodies from yours truly :) Let’s see what you’ve got!

And finally, last but not least…today is special because someone very special turns 28 today! This guy:

Happy birthday hubby :) I love you!!

Have a great day!


Whew! That’s all i think. Don’t forget to check out some of the other foodie penpals reveal day posts below!


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. Happy Birthday Foodie Pen Pals!
    The apples in peanut butter is so different. Very cool.
    I also love how simple the snickers recipe is. Did you try it?
    Farrah recently posted..September Foodie Pen Pals Reveal

  2. I’ve never tried dates! Love the recipes!
    Eating as a Path to Yoga recently posted..September Foodie Penpals

  3. Happy Birthday Foodie Pen Pals!! Lindsay – you’ve created an absolutely amazing program and do such a great job managing it. THANK YOU for all you do.
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Best.Foodie.Pen.Pal.Ever.

  4. I tried a date for the first time today! So delicious.

    Happy birthday Foodie Penpals!
    Elizabeth recently posted..Announcing Food ‘n Flix for October: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

  5. You got some cool stuff! Is there any apple PB left? 😉

    Thanks again for organizing! I love the new logo. Calee rocks.
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Markets, Foodies, and Fitness

  6. dang this is making me wish that i could do foodie penpals in college! i’ve just been really busy but maybe once i get the hang of things i can try to participate! that would be so awesome to get a package of snacks here haha :)
    Julianna @ Julianna Bananna recently posted..FRUIT.

  7. I LOVE that she has a group of friends who all get together to work on their packages! How awesome is that?! I also am excited to try those bars for myself! They are absolutely Paleo and look YUMMY! Looking forward to another fun month and seeing what everyone got!
    Elizabeth, The Young Retiree recently posted..A Box Of Food In The Mail :: My First Foodie Pen Pal!

  8. Happy birthday to Foodie Pen Pals and to your hubby! Looking forward to the October photo challenge. :-)

  9. Congrats on all your exciting milestones Lindsay :) Thanks for hosting such a fun program! this is my first time participating and I was thrilled with the outcome. Looking forward to enjoying many more foodie penpal reveals in the future…
    Heather @ In Her Chucks recently posted..September Foodie PenPal Reveal

  10. That alternative recipe for “mini snickers” sounds amazing! I may try it!

  11. Happy Birthday FFP…AND the Hubby! :)

    What a fantastic package! That peanut butter sounds amazing and how thoughtful to include a couple of recipes…I should totally do that next month!

    I had SO much fun this month and just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for all the hard work you put into this girl! We definitely appreciate it! 😀
    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli recently posted..Sprinkle, Drizzle, Dip, & Spread


    Miz recently posted..Brita kids water bottles: Tornado guest post.

  13. Yay! Happy 1st Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday to your hubby too! 2 birthdays to celebrate?? how lucky!! AND How sweet!! The guiltless snickers sound yummers,,and homemade canned tomatoes too?? impressive :] Looooove the new logos btw! So bright and colourful!

    Thank you soooo much for doing this each and every month! Bringing us all together like this…you’re one incredible lady!! xo
    Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia recently posted..September Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

  14. Congrats on the 1 year anniversary! And thanks for my FPP package!!! :) So excited to spread the word and keep participating! Have a great day!
    Kim recently posted..September Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

  15. Thats it! I can’t take the jealously anymore! Signing up now :)
    Erica { } recently posted..Birthday wishes and ice cream dreams

  16. ahh happy 28 hub! still young and thriving. hehe. And awesome job Calee. So talented! Like you!! Enjoy those lucy cookies, i inhale those like mini chips ahoy!
    lindsay recently posted..Faithful Friday

  17. LOVE the new badge! Changed mine already! :) :) Also can’t wait to try out your October photo a day challenge! I have a leftover turkey sandwich for lunch, but because of your challenge I’m going to prepare a fresh little salad to get those extra veggies in! :) :)
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals: September

  18. LOVE this photo a day challenge. I’m joining. I also need to get back into the foodie pen pals. You always have such great ideas!
    HollieisFueledByLOLZ recently posted..Injured Training Week 3

  19. Happy One year anniversary to foodie pen pals! That is so awesome!!! Happy October too! Can’t wait to join in to the photo a day challenge!
    Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness recently posted..Marvelous in My Monday

  20. Happy Birthday, Foodie PenPals!
    Kristy recently posted..September Foodie Pen Pal

  21. Happy Birthday to Foodie PenPals! Thank you for all the work you put into this every month – it truly is your baby!
    Tianna recently posted..Foodie PenPal reveal day!!!

  22. Ok seriously, so much awesome in this post! I love the “stamp” design – too freakin’ cute. Also love the October challenge! I’m down. Here’s to eating some extra veggies at lunch today!
    Paige @ Your Trainer Paige recently posted..Move it Monday: Youtube Bodyweight Workout

  23. Good morning! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Here’s the link:
    Amber @ The Cook’s Sister recently posted..One Lovely Blog Award

  24. I guess any veggies at lunch today would be considered “extra”…there weren’t any on the menu. Oops! I guess I’m in! 😉
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..Rocked!

  25. Loved my box this month! Thank you for starting such an awesome program!
    Kayla recently posted..September Foodie Pen Pal!

  26. Thanks for the shoutout! I love that we ended up with two badges. So pretty. I’m rockin’ the apple one on my blog (and it totally matches … nice!).

    I have to jump back in. I missed FPP so much this month. Just don’t pair me up with another coastal person …soooo much shipping. 😉
    Calee (@chimes) — life + running recently posted..MIMM [18]: Converting from pin to IRL + Mittens

  27. i played along with the penpals this past time and it was fun to pick out goodies and receive them. thanks for coordinating! (also, i am not going to be posting about it today, i know, i am such a reveal day loser!)

  28. Happy B-Day Foodie Penpals! Thanks so much, Lindsay, for organizing this! 😀 It looks like you got an AWESOME loot last month. I can’t wait to scope out what everyone else got ;).
    Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Makes For A Very Marvelous Monday!

  29. I am loving the date snickers idea! Cannot wait to try. Thanks for organising FP!

  30. YUMMMM miso lemon humus! Why did I never think of that? Everything loos delicious, as always.
    Carol Anne @ Rock Salt recently posted..Foodie Penpals September 2012

  31. I am IN love with the new Foodie Pen Pal Logo and Blog Badge…It is so sharp and appealing. Nice Job Calee. I immediately changed my Blog badge to display the new one.
    Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt recently posted..September Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

  32. Happy birthday to your husband!

    And what a lovely parcel. Congratulations on such a successful program! :)
    Alex recently posted..September Foodie Penpals Reveal

  33. Happy birthday Foodie Penpals!!! Thanks for organizing this!

    Your package looks amazing!!
    Leia @ Dirty Girl Running recently posted..Foodie Penpals Reveal for October

  34. Homemade Canned Tomatoes? A Foodie-Pen-Pal-Shopping Party? Date-Snickers? Wow. Meg sounds INCREDIBLE. I am subscribing to her blog ASAP!
    Diana @ VeggieNextDoor recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals: Dare 2 Dream, Dare 2 Do

  35. This was my first month participating and I loved it! I will definitely be back every month from now on. Thanks for all your hard work and happy 1 year anniversary and happy birthday to your hubby!
    Laura @Booksnob recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day!

  36. Thanks so much for all your hard work Lindsay. I know doing this each month must be overwhelming.

    You got a great package. So much good stuff in there.

    Your guy looks a little like Josh Groban, especially the pic in the hat.
    Kim Bee recently posted..September Foodie Penpal

  37. It was my first time as a Foodie Penpal, and I had a blast! Loved meeting 2 great people out in BC, had fun picking out fun Alberta treats, and was blown away by the great little package I got (with a recipe made for me!). Happy 1 year anniversary FPP, and I’m looking forward to more fun with the next FPP packages :-)
    missmylin recently posted..September Foodie Penpal

  38. Thanks so much for much for doing all this work and Happy Birthday Foodie Penpal… What a great experience. I enjoyed going through my penpals blog to find her the right things to send her and equally enjoyed opening up my box… So nice to not get bills.
    Marlys @Thisand That recently posted..YOU got mail and it is not bills ~ September Foodie Penpal

  39. Happy birthday Foodie Penpals! I just had my first canning experience recently. Nothing like fresh tomato sauce with your own herbs! <3
    Maria @ Lil Mys Ninja recently posted..September Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

  40. Yay! Congrats on FPP turning 1! So exciting…you’ve done and are doing an amazing job with it! Thanks!
    Noelle at Noelle’s Notebook recently posted..September Foodie Penpals

  41. just registered for the November 1st reveal! excited!!
    Danica @ It’s Progression recently posted..Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil {giveaway!}

  42. Happy birthday Foodie Pen Pals! I was thrilled to get my first box this month!
    Nancy W recently posted..My Garden: Homemade Seed Tape Revisited

  43. I want to be a part of the foodie penpal!!

  44. I’m late, I know – huge fail! But I finally posted my match from last month :)
    Christina recently posted..My bad


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