October 31, 2012

October Foodie Penpals

It's October 31st! Happy Halloween!
Time for my October Foodie Penpal reveal!

The Lean Green Bean

This month's Foodie Penpals was such an adventure! I was paired up with the magnificent Miss Chelsie from Balance Not Scale. You'll never believe our luck! After contacting me and discovering that we both live in Ottawa (literally about 10 minutes away from each other), Chelsie suggested that we meet up.

Flash forward two weeks, Chelsie and I met at a local cafĂ© where we sat and gossiped about other bloggers talked about school/work, food,/blogging, family/friends, books, and sports.

Plus, she presented me an extravagant surprise bag full of sweet goodness:

Inside my surprise bag I found:
Chelsie's Homemade Pumpkin Butter
Chelsie's Homemade Healthy Rice Pudding (dairy free, sugar-free, gluten free)
Chelsie's Humongous Homemade Salad
A Beautiful Wooden Salad Bowl
Chelsie's Homemade Salad Dressing 

Um, did you notice I mentioned that everything (but the salad bowl) was homemade??
Chelsie was so sweet and caring in the way that she went so far and beyond anything I ever expected from anyone in this program.  She took all my dietary needs/restrictions into full consideration (no dairy, no soy, no gluten, no peanuts, no sugars, no processed foods, no meat, no eggs, no corn) and she came up with something so fabulous - it's beyond words.
I have no doubt in my mind that Chelsie prepared everything with the most loving kindness and her purest intentions, and for that, I am forever grateful!

I loved everything in my surprise bag, though I must say admit that I absolutely fell head over heels in love with my salad and homemade salad dressing.

I sent a package to a sweet little baker named Joh from Toronto. Visit her blog at Sweet Spell Bakeshop to see her big reveal.
If you’re interested in participating in Foodie Penpals for November, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. Open to residents of Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Remember, you must submit your information by November 4th as pairings will be emailed on November 5th!


  1. Wow! what a thoughtful gift, made possible because you two are in the same town. Definitely a lot of love in there too. I love that Foodie penpals bring people together - near and far.

    1. It was definitely so nice to meet the sweet Miss Chelsie. This would've never been made possible if it wasn't for Lindsay and the Foodie Penpals program. I am so grateful to be a part of this.

  2. I love that everything was homemade. How sweet & generous <3

    1. Sweetgoodness Jessie! This was so unexpected! Everything was perfect and made with nothing but love. Chelsie really oudid herself!

  3. Wow! Homemade pumkin butter? I definetly need to put this on my DIY list for this fall:)

    1. I couldn't believe it either! Pumpkin butter was on my must-have list of things to make too! Chelsie beat me to it and I'm so happy she did because this stuff is fan-freakin-tastic!!

      You should definitely make some :P YUM!

  4. Oh wow! So sweet of her to put so much time and effort into making these delightful treats for you to enjoy! I'm sure you savored every bite!