I almost thought I wouldn’t have anything to share with you today (and that would have been horrible), because there was a mix-up at my mail room. On the day my box was actually delivered, the postman didn’t leave a slip to let me know I had a box to pick up, and when I asked in the mail room, they originally couldn’t find it. Such chaos.
Thankfully, they eventually found it and I can share the wonderful things that Cassie (who happens to also live in the Philly area!), a reader, sent me.
What really stood out, was the note she included. She wrote it as a tour guide of my box. Here is what she wrote:
I’m Cassie and welcome to your FPP August box.
Be careful when entering, watch your head:
Inside, you will see wonder like you’ve never seen before.
On your right (ooh) is – no, not just some ugly vegetables, but a pile of veggies from Cassie’s garden! Next you will find teabags, labeled according to their flavor, and a bag of homemade trailmix/granola/whatever you want to do with it. (Contents: dried blueberries, cherries, strawberries, peaches, pecans, walnuts, chocolate chips).
Next up some miso soup and an edamame snack, for your Japanese side.
And last but not least, we conclude this tour with some lovely low-fat chocolate chip & oreo cookies.
Exit through the gift shop, please.
Love and cornbread,
- a greenish-red bell pepper (tasted wonderful on homemade pizza), the cutest carrot ever (ended up in a tuna salad wrap), and an onion from Cassie’s garden
- chocolate chip and oreo cookies (delicious, and gone the same day I got my box)
- homemade granola
- Edamame snacks
- Miso soup
- 3 different flavored teas: maple leaf, masala chai, and macha
So this is the third month in a row that I participated in the Foodie Penpals Program (are you intrigued yet?), and I still get excited about finding out who my penpals are, assembling a box to send, and receiving my own box. It’s kind of like waking up on Christmas Day when you were little (or some other thing you got really excited about, if that analogy doesn’t fit). If you’re interested in joining this league of food lovers who like to send food across the country, fill out this form (for U.S. and Canada).
Here’s a look at how the program works:
- 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.
- Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!