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This is my first month participating in Foodie Pen Pals and it was an AMAZING experience. Basically you get a name of another foodie pen pal and you exchange information. Any special diet restrictions? Any foods you love/hate? You have a $15 spending limit and you buy foods for your penpal you think they will enjoy.

My pen-pal this month was Ellie from Milwake her blog is Little Wonder and the Sun Machine. I let her know I am on GAPS and the restrictions having to do with that. She sent me some amazing local goodies that were delicious. I had to stop my self from digging in before I took pictures! (Please excuse the bad picture quality, I took these on my phone because my camera was MIA.)

Here is the letter she sent along with the package followed by my comments:

“Hi Amanda,

Here’s a gluten-free, GAPS-friendly package from Wisconsin!

  • Honey from my friends farm.  The honey is so sweet and delicious. Beautiful raw honey.
  • Dark Mexican chocolate from the burbs.I had to really hold my self off of this one until I took the picture. The chocolate was amazing! I need more so Ellie, if you are reading this, where did that come from and can I buy it in bulk?!?

    Delicious, rich chocolate with a little spice. Yum

  • Rishi tea from Milwaukee proper (though you can get it elsewhere, I think) Also very tasty and full of herbey goodness, you know how I am about herbs.
  • West Indies BBQ rub (or seasoning for ketchup!) from The Spice House, which is in Milwaukee too. This has all whole spices, no grains, no sugar. OMG YUM! This spice mix is amazing. I have used it on pork-chops and baked chicken and I LOVE it. Mike even commented at how tasty it was and asked me where I got it! Ill have to start some LF ketchup when we move into the new house.
  • And the most local of all, basil! I grew it in our veggie patch! It’s grown using organic practices, and is a combo of classic italian and spicy “cinnamon” basil, which is especially awesome in asian dishes. I LOVE basil! It smells amazing but, alas, I have not gotten a chance to cook with it yet, but I will!

Enjoy! Ellie

Thank you so much again Ellie! It was amazing! I will definitely be participating in Foodie Pen Pals again in September. What a fun experience.

Read more about what others got on the August Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day Blog hop! There are some amazing pals out there!

What local goodies would you give to your foodie pen pal if you had one? What did you get/give to your pen pal?


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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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8 Responses to August Foodie Pen Pal!

  1. Just added my #inlinkz link: here: via @inlinkz #Foodiepenpal

  2. Andrea says:

    Oh my gosh, how fun!! I’m going to sign up!

  3. I got some awesome stuff from my #foodiepenpal Check it out! #realfood

  4. Ellie says:

    Hi Amanda!
    So happy you liked everything. You CAN get the chocolate in bulk, I think. Go here:
    And you can get the spice mix here:
    Bon appetit!

  5. Caitlin Lane says:

    OK how awesome is this?

  6. What an awesome package! The chocolate looks so delish!

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