Better late than never: November Foodie Pen Pals

I’ve been completely irresponsible and forgot about November’s Foodie Penpal!

I sent my package to Deb over at Deb’s Daily Life. Check out the package I sent her here.

My penpal was Stephanie who doesn’t have a blog.

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The package I received was amazing!

Take 1: Hippie Chow granola which is actually good + chips + chocolate

Take 2: Famous Kansas City BBQ sauce + salsa + spices

Thanks Steph!

October Foodie Penpal

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This month’s Foodie Penpal package went to Carla. The post office was out of the square boxes so I ended up shoving everything into a long, rectangular box!

I was ecstatic to get Jenny as my October Foodie Penpal. She owns Sweet Six Candy and got me a fun package.

Right on top was one of her candies.

All the swag (yes, I just used that word):

  • Edamame – right up my uncle’s alley
  • Peeled dried fruit – (see below)
  • Pumpkin chips – I love pumpkin, but these were super salty. Yikes!
  • Cold blooded ice tray – (see below!)
  • Lychee candies – real lychee taste
  • Calming tea, green tea, and Egyptian Licorice tea – Hey Jenny, you probably didn’t know that Egyptian Licorice is my favorite tea ever!
  • Jelly Belly buttered popcorn jelly beans – So I always avoided this flavor in the mix bag. Hopefully my kids will eat them.
  • Sarasota honey – (see below)
  • Sweet Six Candy – (see below)

Brown sugar candy with crispy bacon! I love the vintage-y label.

Jenny didn’t know I’ve been craving figs and dates because of all these fig recipes floating around this season. I just didn’t want to commit to buying a lot of them. This baggie has dates, figs, and apricots – perfect!

Fun and informative card!

You have no idea how much I’ve needed honey. There are tons of recipes that require honey, which I never buy for myself.

I loved the vampire teeth ice cubes. So much fun! We made them immediately.


Have you tried anything in this box? 

What would you want to try?

Belated September Foodie Penpal

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I’m a little late, but I wanted to share my Foodie Penpal box from September.

Lots of great things, including kettle chips, dried fruit, a giant oatmeal raisin cookie…

Soup mix and oatmeal.

I share everything with my kids, or as always, my family gobbled them up.

My favorite was a couple of fruit strips. I haven’t had fruits strips in a long time, but they were a perfect compliment to my breakfast when there was no fresh fruit on hand.

Here’s what I sent my Foodie Penpal:

Inside the box I sent:

Want to join in? Here’s the info:
-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 October 4th as pairings will be emailed on October 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!