I first want to start by saying I'm feeling incredibly thankful that I am able to sit here and write this post today. Unlike so many others in the tri-state area, I woke up this morning to an apartment that is heated, powered and free of any real damage from the nightmare that was Hurricane Sandy. My iPhone is charged and I have complete access to Facebook and Twitter. More importantly, I know that none of these things matter. It is not lost on me that so many have not been as lucky as I have. People have lost their lives, their families and their homes. But one thing we can all count on is the resiliency and strength of our nation, our state and more particularly, our beloved New York City. Now more than ever, I'm so thankful and proud to be a New Yorker. My heart goes out to any and everyone affected by this disaster.
In addition to being Halloween, today is the last day of National Pasta Month. That doesn't mean we can't celebrate all year round with tasty & nutritious pasta recipes! Especially since we know that Pasta Fits into a healthy lifestyle! Also it's time to announce the winner of my Pasta Prize Pack giveaway!
Congratulations Tiffany! I'm so excited that you'll be receiving this awesome Pasta Fits prize pack, including Dreamfields® Spaghetti, Mueller's® Whole Grain Spaghetti, Heartland® Gluten Free Wheat Free Penne, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest® Spaghetti, Ronzoni Garden Delight® Rotini and an Ultragrain Pasta® Spaghetti Spoon!
Please send me your contact information and we'll get your prize sent out to you!
And finally...Today is the October Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day! :)
Here's what the program is all about...
-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 Penplas 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.
To get more info on Foodie Pen Pals or to join for October, visit The Lean Green Bean or click the icon below.
This month my Foodie Pen Pal package came from Lauren over at Lauren Living Locally. Thanks, Lauren! :) I really love the concept of her blog, which follows her adventures in cooking food from local farmers markets and CSAs.
Here's what she sent:
Kashi TLC bars
Sea's Gift Seasoned & Roasted Seaweed Snack
Lara Bar (love them)
The cutest baby Tabasco sauce! (I told her I liked spicy things)
Once again, big thanks to Lauren for my FPP package this month!
You can head over to The Lean Green Bean FPP link up to check out what other pen pals sent and received this month. And if you're digging this program, sign up by November 5th to participate!
Happy Eating, Happy Halloween and Stay Strong Everyone! :)