Foodie Penpal ~ February Post

I absolutely hate that I am posting this late, I fully intended to have the post ready by the 28th, but between work and practices with the kids for their various sports, I fell short. Then I was out of town all weekend for the Seaside Half Marathon (recap post coming soon!), so I was left with today to post it. Which I truly believed happened for a great reason...... to be explained!

The Lean Green Bean

This month, I started back participating in the Foodie Penpal monthly pairings, and I am so glad I did! I was matched up with Jenny Turknett, Food writer and restaurant critic with Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dining Team (Wow!)

Jenny sent me a nicely wrapped box, everything was in a great hat shaped box (great touch) and I was thrilled when I opened it, and so were my co-workers! Jenny so graciously sent me a box filled with some of her favorite items that are also locally made in Atlanta.

The first item I tried was the coffee. Thankfully my co-worker, Brandy took the coffee home and ground the beans. Because of that I was inclined to leave the coffee at work and share it with the Tax Department. They have a really sweet deal, I hook them up with all sorts of treats like this coffee, some Choice Organic Tea and my wonderful cupcakes. They have it made, lol!

The coffee is made by a company called Dancing Goats and is roasted in Atlanta. Jenny said it was her favorite and I can see why. It has a great flavor, this from a girl who really doesn't drink a lot of coffee. I like it, I just don't drink it often. But this coffee is good! There is a hint of chocolate and almonds in the flavors. It is delicious and a great mid-day indulgence while at work.

And then the cheese straws were opened and we all enjoyed those as well. I was stingy with those. I love cheese straws and these are superb! I love cheese and I love the after-bite or kick that these have. These are also gluten free, soy free and nut free. Again, these are made in Atlanta by a company called American Gra-Frutti! You need to try these, omg!

And on to the most obviously favorite item of mine. The brownies! Chocolate is a way to my heart and these are divine! These are also the reason I think I was meant to post this today. You see, with working late a lot, I haven't been home to bake. Then last Thursday I was going to bake them so I could do my post and I was out of eggs, what?!? 

The only thing I could do at that point was wait until I got back in town today. So on our way home we stopped and I picked up some eggs. After unpacking and showering, I baked some brownies. These were the perfect post-race snack!

This mix is made by an Atlanta based chef named Virginia Willis, who has cookbooks, a blog and writes for Southern Living! 

These are the best brownies I have ever made, ever! I was going to share them, but I umm... can't. Sometimes you just have to keep something and enjoy it all by yourself. And after my race today, and tasting these brownies, this is my "sometime" and this is something I don't want to share. Yikes, sorry!  Absolutely delicious!!

Yummo!!! So there you have it, I sincerely apologize to Jenny for posting this late. But I am so glad I waited on these brownies before I did post. They made my day! Thank you for your generosity and the perfect foodie penpal box! My pictures hardly do them justice.

If you think you would like to participate in the foodie penpal program, read below! You can also click on the foodie penpal button in the post, to get to the link!

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
-On the 5th of the 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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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 can choose 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 Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne fromThis Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!