It’s Foodie Penpals reveal day!
A few weeks ago I came home to a package at my door. I think I literally squealed with delight. As someone who mostly gets credit card offers and bills in the mail, this was a welcomed change!
Melissa, who doesn’t have a blog, was my Foodie Penpal this month and sent me a great box of goodies!
I immediately dropped everything to open to the box and then tore right into the 100 calorie dark chocolate bar. It was that kind of day. I practiced a massive amount of self control to not eat the second one that was also in the box.
Then I dipped a spoon into each of these jams. The cinnamon (!!!) pear jam tasted exactly like apple pie filling and a taste of the mango jam transported me me back to breakfasts in India. Every morning for breakfast we would have slices of toast that were served with this bright purple jam and something about the flavor of the mango spread really took me back there.
I just finished the cranberry health mix and am still working my way through the Asian trail mix. The cranberry mix was packed with nuts and seeds and some dried fruit. I took handfuls during the week when I needed a snack to hold me over between meals. The Asian trail mix was super crunchy and had lots of spicy bits in it like Wasabi peas. Mmmm.
Melissa also included a spice mix that I’ve been shaking on everything! I typically use Adobo as my go-to seasoning, but I find that it sometimes makes foods too salty – this mixture had just the right amount of salt. I also liked that it wasn’t ground into a fine powder and I can tell what the different ingredients are.
This was my first month participating and I can’t wait to do it again.
Want to get involved too? Read this!
And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.
-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 August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th!
*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!