It’s officially the end of August which means two things: 1.) I’m crying inside because an entire summer passed and I’m still unemployed and 2.) It’s reveal day for Foodie Pen Pals!
But you’re asking, Foodie Pen Pals? Is that something you made up to make it seem like you have more friends, Molly? For once, no. It’s a real honest-to-God thing. It was started by Lindsey at The Lean Green Bean and you can find a more thorough explanation here. The basic premise is that you sign up, get assigned a person who also signed up, and you send them a box full of food goodies. Someone else gets assigned to you and sends you a box of food goodies. Then at the end of the month those people with blogs write posts about their delightful food goodies. SO MANY FOOD GOODIES. I’ve included the guidelines at the end of the post.
This was my first month participating and since I love all things food-related I obviously got way too excited. I sent a package to Anna in Boston filled with all sorts of semi-healthy snacks, since she requested things she could snack on at work or on-the-go. Assigned to me was Linda whose business bakeforyou.com ships made to order baked goods! I knew I was in for a treat.
I got weirdly excited opening my box, it was kind of like my birthday (which luckily will fall right before the September reveal day). ..which probably says something about me and my relationship with food: too close and needy. However the box most certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was about as great a set of foods as I could’ve asked for. I didn’t give Linda any instructions, and yet she gave me a bunch of things I loooved.
Linda sent the items in a cute little basket, and the Michael’s craft nerd in me just kept thinking why didn’t I thinking of that!?
She even included some words to live by, although I don’t think anyone would ever accuse me of not eating well. I’d say every other day Patrick and I text each other something related to food, usually bacon.
As for the actual contents of the basket?
- Cinnamon cranberry granola: I don’t eat a ton of granola because I always find it too sweet or too similar to rocks and twigs. This, however, was some damn tasty granola. I’ve been having a little in some almond milk with fruit in the morning and it’s pretty much the perfect breakfast.
- Salad Essentials – Roasted and Spiced Almonds: These I’ve only tried a couple times, once on some salad and the other time on some edamame, but they add a nice crunch to salad. I never think of things like this to add to salad, but I’m usually to broke/lazy to buy enough vegetables to make good salads this would be a good thing to keep around to spice up an otherwise boring pile of leaves and peppers.
- Cookies from Bake For You: Linda was awesome enough to include some of the cookies from her business,which me and my sweet tooth greatly appreciated.
- Zorba’s Natural Food sesame lemon rosemary crackers: One hyphenated word: crack-laced. These were so addictive they were gone in about a day. I’ve been eating “healthy” and tracking my food, so I kept having to go back into the app and add more crackers to my daily total, ’cause I’d eat them every few minutes. I know that you’re thinking hey it’s a cracker who cares? But this is not just a cracker, my friends, it’s a lifestyle. Or it’s just a cracker but it’s a damn good one.
- Torie & Howard candy: I don’t know how I’d never heard of this before, but these little candies quickly became a purse staple. I turned into your great-aunt Mildred who keeps hard candies in her pocket, and I’m not even a little ashamed. I decided they didn’t count as candy and instead were a filler for when I wanted to eat something bad for me and instead I popped a grapefruit sucker in my mouth. Dee-licious.
So if you couldn’t tell I kind of loved everything in my package. Needless to say there is nothing left after two weeks of having had this around (except the salad toppers ’cause, well, that’d be weird if I’d finished a whole bag of that by now). Thanks a million Linda!
Since it’s not only the very bittersweet end of August but also Labor Day Weekend, I’m headed off to Philly to visit some friends. Lucky for me that means another weekend of buses galore, and hopefully this time I’m not next to the seatmate from hell (4 hours of too-loud Mariachi music blasting from her headphones, despite THREE requests that she turn them down ’cause she’s ruining my audiobook experience please and thank you).
Anyway, now for some more details about Foodie Pen Pals. If it sounds like something you’re interested you should definitely get involved, I had a blast this month.*
-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 September 4th as pairings will be emailed on September 5th!
Have a good labor day weekend everyone!
*The fact that I just said “had a blast” indicates that I am slowly but surely turning into my mother and very much need to move out of my home. Immediately.