While Foodie Pen Pals rules state that you should post what you received on the last day of each month, Lindsay asked us all to post our September goodies on October 1 rather than September 30 since the blog world tends to be a little dead on weekends.
For those of you who haven’t heard, Foodie Pen Pals is a program set up by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean that matches bloggers and readers from around the country with one another to exchange boxes of foodie finds! Basically, it allows you to get presents every month and thus pretend like it’s always your birthday 😉
Erika is a much better foodie pen pal than I and sent me an e-mail with all sorts of prompting questions about my likes and dislikes (will totally be stealing that for my next round of foodie pen pals). She also asked if there was anything else she should know, so of course I told her it was my birthday in September because, as I think I’ve established, I’m obsessed with my birthday.
So I got a lovely card! Erika also knocked it out of the park on the card. She included descriptions of everything she sent me! A+ work.
I managed to keep my paws off the granola for a whopping 8 hours before diving in — mostly because I was sleeping during those eight hours 😉 . I’m not gluten free, so this is a purchase I never would have made for myself. It’s pretty tasty, though I’m still not sure how I feel about corn flakes in my granola. I currently have an only-slightly-used jar of blackberry preserves in my fridge, so I haven’t tried these peach preserves yet, but they look amazing and a jar that size will last forever. I’m pretty excited 🙂 . I tried one of the Dulces Mexicanos on my birthday, and it was an interesting experience. The outside of the candy is somewhat papery and unlike anything I had ever tried, but the caramel inside is delicious.
Erika also catered to my sweet tooth in this month’s package. I had never seen nor tried Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Toffee Popcorn before I got my package, but it’s awfully tasty. I think I ate about half the bag when I first opened it. Oops. It wasn’t nearly as crunchy or toffee-y as I expected, but I still enjoyed it. The Sesame Plus Chocolate package had two bars that made for two excellent afternoon snacks. I really don’t like hazelnut, so I was a little worried that these bars wouldn’t be up my alley, but the hazelnut was subtle enough to enhance the flavor without overpowering the chocolate. Each bar kept me full all afternoon, which was great. Erika also sent me more tea and honey than I can shake a stick at, which is great. I’m a big fan of both 🙂
Thanks for all the great food, Erika!
Interested in joining Foodie Pen Pals? Here’s all the info, courtesy of Lindsay:
-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 September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by September 4th as pairings will be emailed on September 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!