Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Foodie Pen Pals

This month I tried the Foodie Pen Pal program. A couple of months ago, I stumbled across the program that Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean hosts. I thought it was a fun idea, but I was in the middle of moving and other life craziness so I didn't have the time. Now that I am settled, I figured I would give it a try.

Sarah at Yummo Eats was my pen pal. She is originally from New Zealand, but currently lives in Colorado. Sarah was super sweet, and she even sent me a cookie recipe I had been searching for. I still need to make them, but at least I have the recipe now.

My box was absolutely amazing. When my husband saw it, he commented that she must know us well. I gave her some general guidelines, mostly about things I don't like, but I think she somehow took a peak into our pantry before putting together the package. It was filled with peanut butter cups, dark chocolate, granola, and nut butters.

All of the things she included were good and I loved that they were all from companies close to her location in Colorado. I didn't realize that there were so many great companies there. The Nude Food bar was my least favorite, but for a raw, vegan, soy free and dairy free bar, it could have been worse. It actually worked well as a post run, pre-church snack to split with my husband.

My favorite item in the box was Sarah's homemade pumpkin spice almond butter. It was really delicious. She is starting a small online company called squirrel butters where she sells a variety of homemade nut butters. 

  First I would like to offer Sarah a huge thank you. I really appreciate everything you sent. I am super happy I participated in the foodie pen pals program this month and I am excited to see what next month holds.

If you are interested in the program, here is the scoop:

-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. 

You can also check out Lindsay's blog for more details.