Friday, November 30, 2012

November Foodie Penpal Reveal!

It's the end of the month and you know what that means, Foodie Pen Pals reveal!  What is Foodie Pen Pals, well just read below!

-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. 

This month my box came from Gail in Chicago.  In her email to me she asked what I liked and didn't like and I asked her to send me things she gets locally that she loves!  I love local foodie finds so I was excited to see what Gail loves!

I was greeted with this note as I was opening the box.

When I opened it up I saw the bounty!  All cleaverly marked with notes on what she uses these items for or what she loves about them!  Nice touch!

I had had these before, but not in years.  She said that her kids eat these after X-country.  PERFECT!  I need a good snack for after my runs.  BONUS!

How did she know I LOVE pumpkin!  I'd seen these before but never got them.  They go brilliantly with coffee!

This one intrigued me the most, I'd never had chai in my life and I hear it being ordered at coffeehouses all the time.  So I'm really excited that I get to try it and make it myself!

Gnocchi!!  My favorite to cook with, I have a fabulous "stoup" that I use it in that is perfect for this time of year!  I can't wait to make it this week!

Lastly, was this beauty!  Cranberry Walnut loaf which sounded so delectable that I wanted to just tear right into it and make some toast.  Unfortunately with the cold damp weather we've been having, it molded during shipping.  Bummer!  Now I have to keep a look out for it at my local TJ's, it really sounded amazing!

Thank you Gail for sending me these awesome goodies!  They will be consumed with great appreciation and pleasure!

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