Hello all! This was my third month participating in the the Foodie Pen Pals program. If this is the first time you’ve heard of the Foodie Pen Pal program, I’ll catch you up: What’s a foodie pen pal? It’s this wonderful program hosted by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean blog wherein participants each receive and send a package of goodies each month.

The Lean Green Bean

This month, Lindsay matched me up with Marisa from Ohio.


Marisa sent me a selection of Ohio treats, including bagel thins, or “chips” as we called them where I grew up, Tony Packos Chili sauce and Buckeyes.

Thanks Marisa!!!

I grew up calling Buckeyes “peanut butter balls” and I will forever associate them with Christmas in Memphis. My grandfather used to make peanut butter balls and coconut balls every Christmas and, when we showed up the day after Christmas, there would always be large tins of the candy waiting to be found in the house. Or rather, the renovated garage. My grandfather had transformed the enormous attached garage into an extension of the house. The garage doors were still there and everything, but it was carpeted and had a workbench for him, tables for my grandmother’s puzzles, a couch and a tv and, best of all, a pole supporting the ceiling in the middle of the room. One of my favorite games as a kid was to climb the pole and touch the ceiling before climbing down again. So peanut butter balls always give me the warm fuzzies because they bring lovely memories with them.

But moving forward, since I’m treating the foodie penpal packages as a bit of a mystery box challenge, I had to make something using at least one of the items in the box. Using the chili sauce to make chili seemed a bit obvious, so I decided to use the bagel thins instead.

What did I make? Well, you’ll have to check back tomorrow to find out! But here’s a hint:


If you’re interested in seeing what other folks received in their Foodie Pen Pal packages, you can see what other folks posted here.