This month, it was my turn to do Foodie Penpals again! In case you missed our first two months:
Here is a recap of what the program is all about:
-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!
If you’re interested in participating for November, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. You must submit your information by November 4th as pairings will be emailed on November 5th!
My penpal this month was Deena. She sent the most amazing questionnaire, truly showing her desire to send a personalized package. We had a lot in common–she also spent time in Texas and is a former dancer. Deena and her husband recently moved to a small farm in Colorado, where they will focus on brambles (raspberries, blackberries, and boysenberries), as well as tending to a garden, chickens, and goats. You all know about my aspirations to be have an amazing garden one day, so I find Deena’s farm to be pretty much the coolest thing ever.
Deena also runs a sweet shop called Winkerdoodles, which sells gourmet marshmallows, tasty bars and breads, and amazing popcorns. I was lucky enough to get to try two of the amazing offerings: Blackberry Marshies and Almond Brickle Bars.
(The soy candle was made by a friend of Deena’s!)
My box was chock-full of goodies, some virtuous (tea and a Kind bar), some dangerous (oh those almond brickle bars…), and some just for fun (muppets band-aids!). The Lindt chocolate bar is dark chocolate orange–one of my all time favorites.
My box included “Halloween” candy and Biscoff cookies–so yummy! I made a random but tasty treat one night by spreading some peanut butter on a Biscoff cookie and topping it with a Blackberry marshmallow–sounds weird, but it was good.
Deena definitely had an orange theme going on, in honor of October. This tea is a delicious alternative to coffee in the morning.
I am so lucky to have met Deena this month. She is such a warm and friendly person, and her package absolutely made my day. Thank you, Deena, for the wonderful treats!