My First Foodie Pen Pal Adventure

Good morning everyone!  How was your Friday night?  Mine was spent with this:

Breaking Bad

We watched 5 episodes last night, and I’m sure we’ll watch more tonight.  Obviously, we’re living the crazy life :)  But it was fun to just relax and hang out and enjoy a new show.

Milo liked laying around and watching, too

Today, James and I are going golfing with Laura and Alejandro (who you may remember — especially Alejandro — from this post).  Later this evening, we are grabbing dinner with one (two maybe?) of James’s high school friends, so it should be a good Saturday.


But now, let’s focus on what this post is really about — Foodie Pen Pals!

Thanks to Lindsay at Lean Green Bean for hosting (see below for details on how to join).

I received my amazing package from Marisa at The College Cuisiner, and let’s just say, she really upped the ante for all future foodie pen pals.  Marisa is from Pennsylvania, so almost everything she sent was either homemade or a PA product, and I loved loved LOVED all of it!

When I got the package from my apartment’s office, I knew IMMEDIATELY that Marisa was my new favorite person.  Do you see the name on this package:

Milo! (I had to take a very close picture to not get the address in the pic

It was addressed to me AND Milo.  And obviously, as all of you know, I’m a little obsessed with my dog, so I was so happy she thought of him.

I wish someone was here to take a picture of me opening this box.  I got Milo all pumped up when I walked in the door by telling him there were treats for him in the box.  So while I stood at the dining room table to open the box, Milo stood beside me, with his front paws on the table, and waited patiently.  It was adorable.

When I opened the box, the first thing I saw was this:

Foodie Pen Pal Adventures!

You are supposed to include something written in the box, but this went above and beyond.  Look how creative and great Marisa is.

Drawing of PA and some of the items in the package


There were also so many amazing goodies in the box:

All my goodies!

Marisa sent me:

- Strawberry shortcake cookies with local strawberries from PA

- Pumpkin bread/muffin mix that Marisa recommended I use for waffles — umm, yes please!

- Quince jam, homemade by Marisa’s sister (<– this was a new to me product and I’m obsessed)

- Apple butter made with local PA apples

- A bag of baked goods for Milo from a PA bakery

- Homemade pita chips (and Marisa included the recipe — thankfully, because these lasted about an hour :) Love them!)

- Honey from a local from an orchard in PA

I immediately broke into the pita chips and quince jam, and had 3 of the strawberry cookies.  I can’t wait to try this recipe!

I’ve been having a little of everything else throughout the month.

Breakfast treats each morning

Pita chips with quince jam

Such a good combo!

Honey for my oatmeal (and James enjoyed it on toast). LOVE the bear :)

One of Milo's dog biscuits....

...which he gobbled right up! (Milo thanks you Marisa)

I also have been eating the apple butter on toast and snacking on the cookies, but I keep forgetting to take pictures.

I also can NOT wait to try this mix.

Pumpkin waffles are calling me!

Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors, so this is going to be awesome!

Everything Marisa sent to me was so amazing.  It absolutely made my entire month to receive this box.  Marisa — you are the best!  I know I already emailed you to tell you that, but seriously!  You are :)  (Milo and James think so too!)  Everyone, go read her blog, she is awesome!


I sent things to a non-blogger, so I thought I would highlight some of the things I sent her:

Caramel popcorn, wasabi peas, PB filled pretzels, and baked cheese puffs

Two of my fave flavors of tea

Here’s what Nancy had to say about the stuff I sent her:

“What a great assortment of items. My husband immediately eyed the caramel corn, which I shared with him, but I told him to keep his paws off the cheese puffs, stuffed pretzels, wasabi peas and the teas. I’m looking forward to have iced flavored tea today. The pomergranate is calling out to me.”

Glad you liked everything!


So are you interested in joining in?  You should be!

If you want to get involved in Foodie Pen Pals, click over to Lindsay’s blog The Lean Green Bean and fill out the short, simple form here.
Definitely get involved if you are interested!  I’m already excited for July’s swap!
Thanks again, Marisa, you have no idea how happy this all made me!!
Happy Saturday everyone!


  1. Yay! I’m so glad you liked it! Your welcome Milo and James!

    The strawberry cookies might not have survived the week in limbo…oops. Otherwise I hope you like everything! If you don’t have any pumpkin or pumpkin butter (they were out of it at the orchard) try the apple butter with the muffin mix for apple waffles. (But I can tell you have your heart set on pumpkin!) ;)

  2. First off, I want you as my foodie pen pal, You sent some great goodies. Yum. Your package is adorable though, even stuff for your dog. how sweet! I am obsessed with apple butter, I could down a jar in one day. Quince jam sounds interesting.

  3. Vesna says:

    Wow, you received some great goodies! I love that she included your dog too. :)

  4. That pumpkin bread mix looks like it could be a winner!

  5. I’d love to be a foodie pen pal! This sounds super fun. BTW, I love TJ’s tea that you sent her. good choice!

  6. WOW!! What an awesome foodie pen pal box!! I have never seen one quite like it! :)

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