Monthly Archives: November 2012

November Foodie Penpals Reveal

WOD: 3 mile run, 31:23 (10:07 pace)

I was so excited to get this box in the mail this month it’s not even funny. I asked for a “Minnesota Thanksgiving” because my Idaho penpal asked for me to send her a “Florida Thanksgiving”. I also mentioned I loved peanut butter and tried to eat “healthy” (besides cupcakes).

Here’s what was in the box:

  • Assorted Minnesota magazines
  • Lunds & Byerly’s Roasted Wild Rice
  • Lunds & Byerly’s  Cranberry Nut Granola
  • Lunds & Byerly’s Amber Beer Mustard
  • Homemade canned tomato jam (so delicious!)
  • …and a really cute handwritten note from my Foodie Penpal telling me why she picked everything.




Lunds & Byerly’s is a Minneapolis grocery store.

I pretty much had the same idea and sent my penpal a bunch of Thanksgiving things from Publix, our local grocery store.

If you want to get involved here are the rules from The Lean Green Bean.


-On the 5th of the 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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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 can choose 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 & UK 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at to get involved!

Happy Turkey Day!

WOD: 3.11 miles 29:37 (9:32 pace)

Happy Turkey Day!


I started the morning off with my third annual turkey trot. The last two have been in the Gator Nation, my old home. This year’s was in downtown Orlando near beautiful Lake Eola. It was nice but SO much more crowded than Gainesville.

Last year’s race had more than 5,500 people and I’m sure this year’s topped that. In the usual spirit of “fun runs” this race wasn’t chip timed and there were plenty of walkers. I ended up running a 3.1 mile obstacle course of human bodies.


There were signs for pace groups but only for 6 and 7 minute miles and walkers with no gap for anyone in between.

I love starting my Thanksgiving Day with a run. I feel so much better after stuffing myself with turkey and other Thanksgiving goodies.

Here’s what my favorite part of our spread looked like.



Now it’s time for bed so I can shop until I drop tomorrow. I love Black Friday!

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Any traditions special to your family?