so many of the members were also Foodie Pen Pals. I delayed joining for a little while but it seemed like fun to get some interesting food from different parts of the country. People were revealing food from Trader Joe's, World Market, and even Kroger. We don't have those around here in Townieville (wow I sound small town right now!) so I thought it would be cool. I was matched up with Katy from Thrifty Threads
and here is what she sent:
The first thing I dug into were the Somersault bag which is described as "crunchy nuggets baked with sunflower seeds and toasted grains" They tasted just as good as the bag suggests, lightly salted with sea salt and the great flavor of the sunflower seeds. I found another bag of cinnamon sugar flavor at the vitamin store and they were delicious too. Next up was the packet of Justin's Nut Butter. I've seen this all over the foodie blogs and it was good. The tea was from the World Market, pomegranate is one of my favorites and I've been reading the benefits of white tea. This tea is fabulous, plus it comes in a pyramid infuser which makes all tea taste better. I'm saving the hazelnut chocolate wafers to share with the hubs who is very excited about this new foodie pen pal thing. The most unique items was whole nutmeg which I've never ventured to use. Katy suggested in her hand written note to add it to coffee or even alfredo sauce. I will have to try that soon (and look up how to gate them). Thanks Katy for the great food and the sweet note. It was great being matched up with you!
There are over 600 people in the US and Canada participating in this monthly event. I was so surprised that the person I was to send a box to was actually only 20 minutes away in the city I work in every day. Talk about a small world. She doesn't have a blog so if she wants to share about the box I sent her I'll post it here.
If you are interested in checking out what Foodie Pen Pals are all about, check out Lindsay's blog The Lean Green Bean Here are the basics:
And now it's time for some details about Foodie Penpals. In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of 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.
If you’re interested in participating for May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on May 5th!