Wait, the holiday season ended nearly two months ago, so what is all this giving (and receiving!) about?
Once every month through email, she matches people up, they get in touch with each other to find out any dietary preferences and by the 15th of the month each person fills a box with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats, and drops the box into the mail, addressed to their penpal. The spending limit is $15 and the box must also include something written. Each person receives a box from someone different than they sent theirs to.
Doesn’t it sound like fun? Coming up with fun, local items you think they might like, and the mystery of wondering what you will receive–it’s like Christmas every month!
This was my first time participating and my Foodie Penpal was April at The Eternal Optimist Mama–you can check out her post to see what I sent her. I had so much fun shopping for her items, I could have easily filled an entire second box!
I received my goodie box from Rachel at Travel Challenge who is from Columbus, Ohio. She did an awesome job picking out things for me (gluten free and vegetarian are tall orders!), and I loved every single thing! I was so excited to tear into the box that I didn’t even take a photo of the box itself. But here is what was in the box:
There were some delicious Baked Apple Chips (that I talked about and recreated in yesterday’s post), raw trail mix (yum!), dried tropical fruit (yes, please!), two gluten free, vegan cookies from her local bakery (no words!), the current issue of Vegetarian Times magazine (yippee!), and a lovely handwritten note embellished with a fancy ribbon (what a nice touch!). It’s as if Rachel knew just what I would pick out for myself!
I have to say, my very favorite item was the heart-shaped cutout cookie. Yes I love healthy snacks and treats, but when a gluten-free, vegan cookie shows up on my doorstep, you better believe I am going to be excited!
I broke a piece off to taste it right away, planning on saving the rest of the cookie for the boys when they got home from school, but a few minutes later, that cookie was g-o-n-e, gone. It was so good! It is a very rare occasion that I visit a bakery and buy anything like this for myself, so this was a true treat for me. I swear I heard it screaming for me to eat it all and not share a single crumb.
So I did.
I want to live at this bakery:
And what do we have here? Oh, is that another cookie from the same bakery I see?
Why yes, yes it is.
Don’t mind if I do. (It was delicious too. At least I offered to share this one. It’s not my fault no one else likes ginger spice!)
Thank you again to Rachel for such a great first Foodie Penpal experience! I’m excited to participate again next month.
If you want to see all the other Penpal reveals be sure to visit Lindsay’s link-up post today.
You can sign up for a Foodie PenPals in March too! All you have to do is send an email to the awesome Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address (if you’ve got one)
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
Join in by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th.