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April Foodie Pen Pals

This month was my first time participating in the Foodie Pen Pals program. I loved my first experience. It was so much fun. It was like having Christmas in April. And, I love presents, so I was supper giddy when I received my foodie package in the mail. I was like a little kid, jumping up and down saying “It’s here, it’s here. My foodie package has arrived.”

Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean came up with the Foodie Pen Pal program. It’s a program that pairs food bloggers and foodies together to send delicious packages to each other. It’s so much fun!

I really enjoyed shopping for my foodie, Laura. I created an Italian themed package for her. I loaded the box with whole wheat pasta, puttanesca sauce, roasted red pepper and eggplant spread, pesto, sweet and spicy mustard, and chocolate biscotti. I secretly wanted to keep the box for myself, but I stayed strong and mailed it to Laura. She emailed me after she received her package with lovely comments on how much she enjoyed all of the products.

Here’s what I received from my Foodie Pen Pal, Lee.

Lee lives in Atlanta, Georgia, so everything in the package was from the Atlanta area. Her friend owns The Little Tart Bakeshop in Atlanta. Everything was delicious. The puffy meringue in the front was so light and fluffy. Oh my, it just melted in my mouth. I started chowing down on it (as you can see from the large chunk missing) as soon I took it out of the box. In the package was also a really moist almond cake, and a lovely crumbly shortbread. I ate it all.

Then there was this. What? caramel popcorn, you say. Yes, but not just any old caramel popcorn. This caramel popcorn was made with bacon fat. It. Blew. My. Mind! I didn’t know popcorn could be that good. I ate the entire bag. Did you expect anything less?

She also gifted me some toffee dipped in chocolate and pecans. It was beyond good. And, yes, I ate it all. Thank you, Lee. I really enjoyed my Foodie Pen Pal package. I’ll be participating in the May Foodie Pen Pal program, and I’m super excited.

Love and sweet treats,


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11 Responses to “April Foodie Pen Pals”

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    juanitascocina — April 30, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I want bacon fat popcorn.


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    Cheryl — April 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Could have shared…. it all looks delicious!


    • themessybakerblog replied April 30th, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Yes, I suppose I could have, but what fun would that have been ;)


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    cookingactress — April 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I’m so jealous. Those treats look amazingggg


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    Food Stories — April 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Wow … look at all those goodies!


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    Kim @ Treats & Trinkets — April 30, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Yum. Color me jealous.

    I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger and Sunshine Awards. See them here:


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    2katjaskitchen — May 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing – I signed up too!


    • themessybakerblog replied May 2nd, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      You’re going to have so much fun. I’m so glad I joined.


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    kale — May 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Bacon fat caramel popcorn?? Wow!


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