Today I have the chance to be Ivana Trump. No, it doesn’t involve timed out Jeopardy music, flying out to California, wearing a flashy outfit, or even brushing my hands through “The Donald’s” ginger hair. It is however, very similar to the anticipation leading up to the letter and final word reveal.
Before you “oooohhhh” and “ahhhh” with foodie glee over this post, I’d like to offer some background information. This is Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean Blog‘s brainchild. Beginning this exchange of goodies back in September between foodies, this mini modern day version of pen pals, has grown exponentially.
Here are the details if you’re interested in becoming a part of the magic:
-On the 5th of the 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 can choose 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.
**The BIG news this month is that we’re going to do a trial run in Canada. I’m still not exactly sure how it will work with shipping costs and stuff since I’m not sure you guys up North have flat rate shipping boxes, but if you’re willing to give it a try for a month and provide me with some feedback, that would be awesome!
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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
Sound like fun? If you’re interested in participating for February, please send an email to Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
–WHETHER YOU ARE A US RESIDENT OR CANADIAN RESIDENT. – this is SUPER important so I can get you on the right list!
Ok, now you can stop holding your breath, because the reveal is here!
For January, I was paired with Molly @ Hungry Hungry Runner. She had e-mailed me before hand asking if there was certain allergies or dietary restrictions she should take into account, but I assured her I was pretty much fair game for everything!
Here are the scrumptious goodies I received:
Now, the one daunting product in here that was making my palate cringe a little before tasting was the Chile Spiced Mango. A snack like this can be all wrong if you’re not in the proper mood. However, I am delighted to note that this Trader Joe’s snack was my favorite out of everything in the bunch! (Yes- even over the Pure chocolate bar)
The pita chips I paired with a garlic basil hummus I whipped up:
Oh, I lied…the Powerberries you see up there in the picture were also a favorite. Paired with Chobani yogurt and some peanut butter, these were simply divine!
I want to say thank you to Molly and if you guys are interested in becoming a part of next month’s foodie swap, let Lindsay know!
Peace, love, and foodie swaps!