Foodie Pen Pal – January

This is my third time participating in this program.  I love it because I get to buy for one person and another person buys for me.  It’s a challenge to buy for someone who I’ve never met.  Getting a box in the mail also makes me feel special and is exciting.  

This month I sent to Nicky.  My box was sent from Alex who lives in Iowa.  She did a great job because not only did I enjoy the goodies but so has my family.  

Here’s a picture of the goodies I received.

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My husband and I went away for a quick overnight trip the day I received the box.  We took the Popchips and yogurt raisins with us.  While we were at the zoo, we snacked on the yogurt raisins.  Oh my goodness, they were so good!!!:)  After we were finished walking around the zoo, we opened up the Popchips.  My husband loved them.  (He’s had some salt and vinegar Popchips before but not the plain flavor.)  I loved them also.

I’m saving the spaghetti sauce for a special meal.  We love spaghetti around here so it will be enjoyed by my whole family.

The Iowas honey was used in a salad dressing.  It was good and I love the bear shaped bottle!  

At night, I treat myself to a few pieces of dark chocolate.  I love letting them melt in my mouth.  I also love coffee so I couldn’t wait to try the candy bar.  It is delicious and something I normally wouldn’t have bought for myself.

The brown bag is ground coffee from a local coffee shop.  Before leaving for my overnight trip, I had planned to brew a cup of coffee to take with me.  I had woken up at 3:30 and fell in and out of sleep.  I knew I was going to be staying up and not able to get a real nap.  This coffee came at a great time.  

Thank you so much Alex!  You did a great job!

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 & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. 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 from the US or Canada and are in participating for November, please CLICK HERE (www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/) to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by February 4th as pairings will be emailed on February 5th!

*If you’re from Europe, please CLICK HERE (www.thisisrocksalt.com/foodie-penpals/) to signup.

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