Foodie Pen Pals: February

What a week it’s been! From a jam-packed trip to Cincinnati (as in, out of the house from 830 a.m. – past midnight 4 days in a row) and ending with Sunday night spent in the ER with Alex, I’m finally getting my routine back and a chance to blog again!

Last month, I joined the Foodie Pen Pals group that Lindsay sets up – it’s a great way to ‘meet’ new friends on the internet and to get a fun care package!

This month, I was paired up with Ashley B. from Cincinnati, of all places. She was so sweet and offered to send me some local Cincinnati food that I may have been missing. And boy, did she deliver!

She checked out my blog and saw that I eat mostly paleo so she chose foods that fit into the paleo lifestyle. She sent:

  • Annie Chun’s Seaweed Snacks
  • Yogavive Apple Chips
  • Homemade (as in: Ashley made it) pickles from their cucumber garden this past summer
  • Mt. Carmel beer (local Cincinnati brand that Alex and I love!) 
  • Upcycled earrings
  • Coffee kozie

This was a great package to receive – very thoughtful and tasty!

I dug right into the seaweed snacks – they’re roasted with olive oil and sea salt.

I will definitely be buying these again. I bought 2 packages from Trader Joe’s when I was in Cincinnati last week for $0.99 each (Trader Joe’s brand). Hope I can find them as cheap out here!

I also gobbled up the Yogavive Apple Chips before I could snap a photo – oops!

These were a tasty, light and healthy treat that I’d definitely buy in the future. Each bag contains the equivalent of 5 full apples, air popped!

We haven’t tried the pickles yet – and even though pickles aren’t my thing, they are Alex’s favorite condiment. I’m also planning to give these a taste once we break into them – maybe it’s the pickle that changes my mind! (#twss?)

Now, these earrings that Ashley sent, she made. She works part-time at Starbucks while finishing up grad school and was seeing so many empty gift cards be thrown away when she had an idea – turn them into earrings!

They’re so cute! I wore them yesterday and got so many compliments – no one could tell they were old gift cards.

And lastly, this coffee kozie is so thoughtful. Since moving away from Ohio, I find myself wanting to buy everything Ohio when I see it. While in Cincinnati for Christmas last year, we stocked up on Ohio things – Christmas ornaments, fridge magnets, winter hats, etc. So this kozie was right up my ally.  

This has a set place in my purse already. Now, I just need to get myself to a coffee shop and take a drink to go!

While I was in Cincinnati last week, Ashley was so kind as to meet me for coffee at a local coffee shop. I love making new friends and the internet makes that so much easier – it was so coincidental that I was paired with a girl in Cincinnati and that I just happened to be traveling there last week. It was fun to put a face with a name/emails and learn about her, her garden, grad school and their hopeful plans to move to Denver.

For those of you who get paired with Ashley B in the future, you are one lucky duck! She’s a great foodie pen pal and a genuine, quality person to talk with!

Want to join? Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers.

If you’re interested in participating for March, just send  an email to and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
-If you are a US or Canadian resident.

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


Foodie Pen Pals: February — 7 Comments

  1. Your foodie penpal DID deliver. I mean, BEER? Hello, friend! And yeah- the other stuff was great too!
    What happened that you were in the ER with Alex? Is everyone okay?

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