It's been a few months since I participated in Lindsay, the Lean Green Bean's Foodie Penpals. Basically you sign up and get matched up with another foodie in the US. Then you have until the 15th of the month to pack up a yummy $15 yummy package to them.
This month's Foodie Penpal is Shelby from Illinois. Chicago is my hometown, though it hasn't been my home in 13 years. My parents don't even live there anymore so I don't really have a reason to visit but one of these days, I want totake my husband and the kids there to see the sights. Chicago has amazing museums, food, and atomic cakes! Anyway, getting matched up with a fellow Illinois-an (?) was a bit nostalgic to me.
The day my package arrived, I waited until the kids were asleep to open it. I didn't want Mr A to see the contents and ask to eat what was inside. Even though I always request for peanut free, I don't usually mention egg free or nut free, though I'll probably need to start mentioning nut free too. It was like Christmas in July. I received...
- coconut chips (Delish- I crushed them up and sprinkled them on my cookies n cream ice cream. So good!)
- wasabi peas (a fave of hubby's, Shelby also suggested using these in trail mixes as a substitute for nuts)
- chickpea blondies (homemade from Shelby's kitchen + recipe)
- chocolate covered butterscotch caramels with sea salt (that's a mouthful! These are my favorites!)
Thank you Shelby for a wonderful package!
And now it's time for some details about Foodie Penpals. In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:
-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 & European residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. 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 from the US or Canada and are in participating for August, please CLICK HERE (www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/) to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.