Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Foodie Pen Pals

The Lean Green Bean
Several months ago, I ran across a blog called "The Lean Green Bean".  She hosted something called Foodie Pen Pals and it sounded like so much fun that I signed right up!  This was my first month to receive a package and let me tell you, waiting for the package is like waiting for Christmas!  I was beyond excited when I got this fabulous box in the mail.
 This month I was matched up with Karen over at Skinny In Pink and she out did herself!  She even was so thoughtful to put the goodies in a box that made it difficult for my kids to get into :-)
What did she send?  Well, the very first thing I went to was the Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries.  I do believe that is my new favorite snack.  I've always enjoyed chocolate covered cherries but the blueberries have so much more flavor!!  Then, I really enjoyed the Chocolate Covered Pretzels.  Those were my evening snack for several nights in a row.  The container in the front holds Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, which I consider my secret stash of energy.  I mean, aren't Almonds a power food?? She also included two packages of popcorn - so yummy.  I will admit that I did "lose" one item to my husband . . see that fabulous bag of chocolate covered Raisins? Well, those are HIS favorite snack so those disappeared before I had a chance to blink!!

Karen really hit the nail on the head with these treats and I loved having my own stash of snacks in the house :-)

If you would like to see what I sent to the person I was assigned, check out Kids and Canning Jars.  I'm looking forward to seeing how she liked her box too!

So, after reading all of this, are you interested in joining up?  
! Here are the details! -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 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!
*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!