Foodie Penpals November Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

It’s time for another Foodie Penpals Reveal day!


This month, I got my package from Kristin at Diva Dog Bakery! She was super sweet and really took my responses to her questions to heart. I told her that I really try to watch the amount of sodium and sugar in the things I buy and she did a great job with my package!

Let’s break it down:

She found the Bean and Pea blend at Disney World! I told her I love soup but hate how high in sodium a lot of them are…so she sent me a dried mix so I can add my own broth and stuff. LOVE IT!

The granola is Pumpkin Spice Pecan from her farmer’s market and it is delicious!

The chocolate and fruit treat are from her local coffee shop. I devoured the chocolate and have the fruit leather in my bag!

She was also sweet enough to send some homemade dog treats for the boys. They were pumpkin flavored and the dogs ate them so fast that i forgot to take a picture 🙂 She’s their new fav penpal. They request more treats ASAP. And since Kristin runs a gourmet dog treat online bakery, i just may have to order some!

Finally, she sent some hot sauce for hubby after I told her he liked spicy stuff. She even inquired about the ingredients and found one that was low in sodium and sugar! She’s the best 🙂

Thanks so much Kristin for a great package!


So, this is the part where I normally give you all the details about joining FPP. But we’re doing things a little differently next month. For the month of December, Foodie Penpals will be for charity! Instead of matching people up to send packages, I’m encouraging participants to make a donation to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

If you’ve participated in the past, currently participate, or are thinking about participating in the future, I would LOVE for you to donate the $15-$25 you would have spent on sending a package.

I will have all the details and directions on how to donate up on my blog on MONDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 2012!!

The charity I’ve selected for us to donate to New York Cares. From their website:

New York Cares is on the frontlines of disaster relief, working around the clock to bring post-Hurricane Sandy aid where it is needed most. In the weeks following the storm, we have deployed thousands of volunteers to the hardest hit neighborhoods, distributing hot meals and warm coats, helping local social service agencies get back up and running, and mucking out homes that were ravaged by the storm.We were the first faces that many displaced New Yorkers saw- a reminder that in these especially tough times, New York Cares is here for them.

But our work didn’t start when the waters rose, and it won’t stop when the headlines have faded.

Every year, more than 400,000 New Yorkers depend upon New York Cares to build a better life. Day in and day out, we help high-risk students get into college, we provide job training  to unemployed adults; we teach kids the joy of reading- and so much more. And now, for as long as it takes- we bring hurricane relief and restoration to our suffering neighbors .


I researched a lot of charities and decided on this one because  they are focusing on both immediate and long-term restoration efforts. It’s only been about six weeks since Sandy but already it’s hardly mentioned in the news anymore. Please remember that just because it’s not being talked about in the media as much doesn’t mean there’s not still a need. THERE IS SO MUCH NEED for help still. Especially as we enter the holiday season.

So I encourage you to come back on Monday and give what you can.

Signups for January Foodie Penpals will open on December 18th. The form that is up on my blog right now is only for December FPP, essentially by signing up you are committing to donate next week! If you’d like to participate in January, you’ll need to come back and sign up after December 18th.



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