April 2012

I Have a Foodie Penpal!

by Sally on April 30, 2012

Did you have a childhood penpal? Mine was Jenny, and I met her in Niagra Falls on vacation. She was from Ohio, I was from Pennsylvania. We were both 11. We started writing letters back and forth–mailing each other stickers, gushing about our favorite bands (hers: Hall & Oates, mine: Duran Duran), and eventually, sharing tales of proms and college classes. I was always excited when her letters appeared in my mailbox.

So in the era of email and text messages, it’s so fun to have a penpal again. A different one every month, in fact. Who sends me food!

Last month I joined Foodie Penpals, a program started last year by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean. I packed up a box of goodies and sent them to Janis at Finding Frenchie. And I received this box of goodies from Emily at My Journey Through Thick and Thin:

I’m now hooked on Mary’s Gone Crackers. Emily also sent a jar of sunflower butter and a gluten-free energy bar made from seeds, dried fruit, and nut butter. It was all delicious. And such a treat to try some new foods.

If you’d like to join Foodie Penpals, here’s the skinny from Lindsay:

  • On the 5th of every 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 are 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.  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. 

If you’re interested in participating for May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. You must submit your information by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on May 5th!


4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

by Sally on April 23, 2012

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies from Real Mom Nutrition

The best part about making cookies is, in my opinion, eating the dough. I know it’s not right. Or safe for that matter. Yet I do it anyway.

That’s why I love these cookies: They taste like peanut butter cookie dough, even after they’re baked.

And they only contain four ingredients–all of which you probably have right now in your kitchen.

I modified this recipe from one I found in IBS-Free at Last! a book about following the FODMAP Elimination Diet (something I’m trying right now to ease some chronic woes). I reduced the sugar by half, and added oats.

4.5 from 2 reviews
4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls or drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Press the tops of the cookies with the back of a fork (dipped in sugar) to make a crisscross design.
  5. Bake about 10-12 minutes or just until the tops start to look dry.
  6. Cool 1-2 minutes, then remove from baking sheet and place on cooking rack.

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies from Real Mom Nutrition



For the Love of Cupcakes

April 19, 2012

I still remember the cupcakes my mother made for me on my 5th birthday. She arranged them on a tray and used frosting to write one letter on each cupcake, spelling out “HAPPY BIRTHDAY SALLY” ( if you look closely at the photo, you can see the little boy on the right has the “D”). […]

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A Soccer Snack Aha! Moment

April 19, 2012

What is with these parents? That’s what I keep coming back to, in my fight to bring healthier snacks to the sidelines of my community’s soccer and t-ball fields. Why are so many moms and dads not only disinterested in discussing a change in policy but also downright angry about it? Angry like I’m taking […]

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My Kid Likes Junk Food. And That’s Okay.

April 11, 2012

When Henry was two years old, we were out with another mom and her child when Henry pointed to a vending machine and squealed, “Pepsi!” I was horrified. I fell all over myself explaining that Henry had never tasted soda and we didn’t keep it in the house and he never saw commercials so I […]

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{Recipe} Yogurt & Flaxseed Waffles

April 5, 2012

In my ongoing quest to limit screen time around here, I handed down a pretty harsh ruling this week: No more cartoons in the morning during the school week. I figured the first morning might be rocky. So I made waffles. When I woke up my boys (bonus benefit of no a.m. screen time: they sleep in!), […]

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