We’re Back!

We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

We missed you! Did you miss us? You know, it would be nice if  you pretended you missed us just a little…

That’s better!

So, we’ve been on a little hiatus due to our big move to a brand new, lightning-fast server. The transition took a little longer than originally anticipated and Christian definitely deserves to be knighted or, at the very least, have a parade thrown in honor for the amount of time and energy he put into this little project. Oh, and for putting up with a certain someone’s lack of patience and frequent tantrums.

No, no, no – not me! I’m not prone to those tendencies! But you know Roosevelt is a bit of a drama queen and wants what he wants when he wants it…

"Is my blog fixed yet? What about now? No? How about now?"

Such a diva. Don’t worry – he’s working on being more patient and less demanding. I promise.

Anyway, things seem to officially be back up and running now. I’m sure there will be a few glitches here and there that might need to be worked out, but I think it’s safe to say all of the major technical issues are behind us.

And I am sooooooooo glad.  As absolutely corny as it sounds – and believe me, it’s super corny – I’ve felt a little lost being separated from my blog this past week or so. I started this little dog-and-pony show to track my running progress (um, not as much of this going on as I’d like), expand my cooking horizons (pretty decent showing), and basically just have my own space/creative outlet (which has basically boiled down to a dachshund photo gallery).

What I didn’t expect was to find such an amazing community of people. People who are way more funny, smart and creative than me. People whom I feel like I’ve really gotten to know, some of which I’ve even got to meet in person. People whom I’ve come to call friends. And while, like most bloggers I know, I blog for me; I’m grateful for each and every single person who stops by this blog and I adore those of you who have continued to come back for more, despite reoccurring error messages and failed page loads. Truly. You guys are awesome.

Okay, enough inappropiate gushing. You know you are awesome, you don’t need me to tell you. What I do need to tell you is how awesome Rachel @ My Naturally Frugally Family is. Rachel is a mother of three super cute kids and she works really hard at making healthy and delicious meals for her family. And – here’s the kicker – she makes it all look pretty easy and effortless. Lucky me, I got paired with Rachel for January’s Foodie Pen Pals. Here’s a quick look at the goodies she sent me:

Now, though we’ve never met, Rachel did a pretty amazing job at picking out snacks for me. So I’ve decided if she’s in the market for a fourth child and wants to adopt me, that would be okay. The really crazy thing is I’d not sampled any of these foodie goodies before -which is a rare occurence because, well, I get around. But thanks to Rachel I now have a bunch of new favorite snacks AND a super cute cookie cutter. If your birthday is in February you can pretty much count on getting cut-out stiletto cookies from me. You can thank Rachel.

Like a good mother, I should leave it at that and not pick favorites. But I can’t help myself so let me rave a little bit about my top two items from this box.

I was a little surprised at how much I liked this Uncle Sam’s cereal. While I do consider myself a reformed cereal addict, products such as this didn’t often make it into my cart. I was definitely missing out and am so happy Rachel has opened my eyes to this amazing cereal. Not only is it tasty, but it’s chock full of some pretty darn good things too: fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, whole grain, etc. Win-win.

My other new obsession are these chips from Food Should Taste Good:

That’s a particularly awful picture, even for me, so let me just apologize for that before I start to tell you about these highly addicting chips. I promise to learn how to take a decent picture by at least 2020, okay? Anyway, back to the chips. Buy them. Seriously. Drop what you are doing and go buy at  least three bags – one just isn’t going to cut it. I love these things. They are light and crispy – just like a chip should be – and aren’t the least bit bland. I’m a huge fan of olives so I love this flavor but I know the come in other varities, too.

A big thank you to Rachel for my box of goodies! If you want to check out what I sent to Christy @ Chocolate Covered Diamonds you can head over to her site today and read all about it.

In case you’re now super jealous and would like to join in the fun, here are a few details about 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 treats! The spending limit is $15. The 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.

**The BIG news this month is that we’re going to do a trial run in Canada.  Lindsay is still not exactly sure how it will work with shipping costs and stuff since she’s not sure you guys up North have flat rate shipping boxes, but if you’re willing to give it a try for a month and provide her with some feedback, that would be awesome!

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, Lindsay’s going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

Sound like fun? If you’re interested in participating for February, please send  an email to Lindsay at theleangreenbean@gmail.com and include the following information: -Your full name -Your email address -Your blog name/address -Your twitter handle (if applicable) -WHETHER YOU ARE A US RESIDENT OR CANADIAN RESIDENT. – this is SUPER important so Lindsay can get you on the right list!

So hurry up and send Lindsay an email so you can get in on the fun for February. Who knows, you might just get lucky and get paired up with Rachel. Or with me.

Happy Tuesday!


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13 Responses to We’re Back!

  1. love those chips! sweet potato is my fav :)

  2. So glad that you liked the box. Those chips come in so many great flavors!!!

  3. Hooray for blog friends! We need to plan another get together soon- actually I’m going to email you right now. :) FSTG chips are AMAZING. You should try their multigrain and lime flavors, too, they’re my favorite (skip the cheddar, though, it’s weird. And it says a lot if I’m saying that).

  4. alex says:

    I have got to try this Uncle Sam cereal!! It keeps popping up!

  5. STUFT Mama says:

    Of course we missed you!!!!!!!!!!!!! That penpal thing looks awesome! I may need to sign up! Love getting boxes of goodies! :) he he! Welcome back friend!

  6. When I first began blogging, I felt the same way–I never expected to find such an amazing community. It’s so weird to think that I didn’t even realize the blogosphere existed a year ago! Blogging has also encouraged me to push my limits and to challenge myself in a positive way.

  7. You got some great goodies!! I never realized how much fun I have blogging. I have met so many nice people too and I look so forward to meeting new. I haven’t met a fellow blogger in person yet, but I hope too!! Have a great night!!

  8. Nikki says:

    I am so glad you are back! Whew–I was checking the page so much! I’ve missed my Roosevelt fix!

  9. Julia says:

    Welcome back girly – I sure missed ya!! :)

    Hope your birthday was absolutely amazing (and filled with lots of yummy drinks and food of course haha).

    Thank you for introducing me to the penpal thingy..I’ve met some of my newest food obsessions haha

  10. Kiah says:

    Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) We missed ya.

  11. Kate says:

    I’ve never tried those olive chips but I bought the chocolate kind last year (same brand) and they were gone in a day. No, not even a day- like 30 minutes. SO GOOD.

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