my october foodie pen pal

foodiepenpalThis was my second month of the Foodie Pen Pals program put together by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean.  I’ve been reading other people’s FPP posts for such a long time and finally decided to get in on the action. So far, it has been such a huge treat!

Quick summary: Each month, participants are matched with one another and spend about $15 putting together a box of their favorite snacks to send to one another. Then, on the last day of the month everyone reveals their pen pal goodies. 

Sidenote: YES! I’m late this month & probably slapping myself on the hand as you read.

I was paired with Mel over at Faulk Farmstead.  Mel lives and farms in Washington state. How cool is that? Not to mention, her blog is really adorable and you should probably check it out.

I love being paired with people from so far away. It really gives me a chance to try some tasty out of the ordinary (for Cambridge, MA) treats!

So, what delightful treats did Mel send?

Masala Pop: Okay really if a treat could be made for me it would be this one. I LOVE popcorn in a not so normal way and I feel just about as crazy about Spiced Chai. Lucky for me, my husband hates chai spice so I brought this to work to share (but not share too much) with a few of my food crazed friends and everyone raved about it!

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Peach Jalapeno Preserves: WOW! This had just the right amount of sweet and spicy to keep me really happy. It’s made in Washington state and I have to say I’m pretty bummed that I’m so far from the origin of this goodness! My husband and I snacked on this with a little manchego cheese and a glass of wine after work one night. It was the perfect snack to keep me super happy and satiated until dinner time.

Up next, I’d like to smother some tempeh slices in these preserves and cook them up. I’ll let you know how that goes.

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Theo Hazelnut Crunch Chocolate Bar: This was right up my alley. It tasted like a more wholesome Toblerone (and I have a love/guilt complex with Toblerone). I have my eye out for more of this brand when I’m out an about now for sure. One of the best features (that I didn’t get a picture of because I’m a pig…)  was that this bar broke into four nice big adult sized pieces. Not those little tiny squares like a Hershey bar (yuck). So saying “I ate a piece of chocolate” means you REALLY ate a piece of chocolate with this bar. I won’t discuss how quickly this was devoured. Let’s just say my husband is lucky he interfered in time to get a taste. 

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Snoqualmie Falls Lodge Pancake & Waffle Mix: Traditionally we do Thursday night breakfast for dinner in our house and this mix made for some awesome pancakes! Honestly, I stink at making pancakes but this mix worked like a charm!

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Thank You again Mel! Everything you included was absolutely delicious and so unique too!

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