I again participated in this month’s foodie pen pal program. My pen pal this month lives in California. I was hoping for some local items, and she did not disappoint. I was sent produce! I didn’t even think about sending real fruits when doing this program, but this lady did. I got a nectarine, avocado, and an orange. On top of that I got some dried snap peas, tomato pesto sauce, Tobasco, tea, popcorn, and a mixture of nutritional yeast and pepper. The note she sent said she puts the nooch on her popcorn. It’s funny as I do that already!!!! It’s like she already knew me.
The foodie pen pal that I sent to does not have a blog, so she asked if I wanted a write up from her end. I always want to hear what my pen pal thinks of my food, so I was HAPPY to oblige.Hi, I’m Geneva and I received the July Foodie PenPal Package from Jordyn. The first item I pulled out was a jar of homemade applesauce. I could only imagine the wonderful bread it would make and I was not disappointed. I served it at a brunch I had for 6 of my girlfriends. They all raved about it and wanted my recipe. I gave it to them, but explained that the star ingredient was a gift. Next I pulled out a jar of homemade coconut, almond cranberry granola. I eat a lot of yogurt and I love to add something crunchy. This was perfect. I am trying to make it last as long as I can, but I find myself dipping into the jar whenever I walk past. One of my favorite candies is taffy. I received two big boxes of taffy in the box. I will be treating myself for quite awhile. Next I opened a bag of Simple Balance multigrain salt & pepper crisps. These savory, crunchy chip-like snacks went into my snack drawer at work. Salt & Pepper snacks are my favorite. I am really amazed that you picked some of my favorite things. The last item in my package was a bottle of great tasting hot sauce. It has been used in several marinades already. I also used it on an omelette I made last Sunday for breakfast. Jordyn you really did a wonderful job on putting together a package of goodies I will enjoy for quite awhile.
Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
-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 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 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!