Special Friday Post: Foodie Penpals
Guess what? We have an anniversary to celebrate.
Today marks my 100th post. 100 posts of recipes, pictures, life rants, guest posts, and the works. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of my blog and my incessant ramblings on all things about me. Just kidding. This blog isn’t really about me. It’s about chocolate.
So I did something a little wacky this month…
I participated in the Foodie Penpal exchange. I know, bold move.
Each month, Lindsay from the Lean Green Bean pairs both bloggers and blog readers together and asks each participant to send a box of goodies to a chosen penpal and to also post about the goodies you’ve received from yours.If you’re interested in participating in April, visit here to fill out a form. It sounds pretty good, right?
I mean… Free stuff? I was totally diggin’ this. I was matched up with a lovely little lady named Jenny. I sent her a cute little package, stuffed with nuts, vegan cookies, some delicious ethnic recipes, and a few other treats. I received something special as well from Bethany who contributes to Big Girl, Small Kitchen. Just look at what she sent me… Look, look, look!
A box of chocolate-covered pretzels, a chocolate cookies ‘n cream easter bunny, two chocolate chunk luna bars, cherry chocolate granola bars (I’m sensing a pattern here), an apple & blueberry fruit wrap, and sweet potato chips from a local farmer’s market.
Maybe you can guess the first thing I did after opening this package… Nope, not that.
… Aside from eating a cherry chocolate granola bar and a handful of sweet potato chips…
I baked. Obvy. I made ooey, gooey, sweet and salty, stick-to-your-fingers, chocolate peanut butter pretzel brownies. They. Were. Amazing. ‘Nuff said.
This is definitely a crowd pleaser… Let’s just say a bunch of college kids ransacked this brownie tray at, like… 8:30 in the morning. Believe me, nothing gets you nods and giggles from new acquaintances than bringing a whole sheet of brownies to your first ever “meet-n-greet”. Aside from my uncontrollable obsession with the Beatles and my ability to quote most of the Lord of the Rings triology, I haven’t got much more to offer.
Quick hint. Chocolate tastes best before breakfast. Or for breakfast. Whatever.
To view the recipe, click here and visit one of my girl crushes, Joy. I adapted the recipe a bit, cutting back on the sugar by a quarter cup, swapping in some whole wheat flour, and cutting back on the chocolate because I used the chocolate-covered pretzels I found in my little love box. I also used less powdered sugar for the peanut butter filling because, well… the thicker, the better.
Nom nom. Good thing Spring Break is over and I don’t need to worry about bikinis.
… Oh wait.
I hope to see you all next month participating in the Foodie Exchange. Remember, I like chocolate and Ryan Gosling movies.