Thursday, October 4, 2012

Foodie Pen Pals September Reveal!

Oh friends. FPP is not doing well for me. The first month, my package got stuck in Pittsburgh and squished. The second month, it never arrived at all. 3rd time's a charm, right? I just got my match for my 3rd attempt. Please please please, keep your fingers crossed for me!

I want to join in the FPP reveal day, but I don't have a package to share. I don't even have a picture of what I sent because I was in a hurry to get to the post office! sigh.

So here's a picture of Pansy instead. Her winter coat is coming in, so she's especially marshmallowy. She's quite taken with our new clock.

 I can tell you what I sent. I was paired with Lynn of Southern with a Twist, and I could tell from her blog she would enjoy more of a variety of food than some food bloggers! (because to be honest, I'm all for healthy eating and all that, but it makes for a tough package of non-perishables. For example, nut butter is rather heavy!) I got some Boston Baked Beans from the candy store right near where I work (and they're open later than we are, so I can always stop there on my way home!). I wanted to get some New Englandy, since Lynn lives in the south. Actually I wanted maple sugar candy, but I wasn't happy with the selection at the candy store.

actually here's what I bought myself that day. Yeah, it was just as amazing as you'd expect.

At the winery, we sell various treats made by local confectioners. The ones that usually catch my eye are the chocolate covered pretzels, which are a package of 2 pretzel rod covered in some manner of chocolatey (or white chocolatey) goodness, and sell for a fortune ($8 for 2 pretzels? mayyybe not). We used to have truffles too, but not since I started working there. But we have popcorn. Chocolate covered popcorn, white chocolate oreo popcorn, turtle popcorn... it's very tempting, sitting at the register and staring at me. The people who've bought it say it's delicious, so I got a package for Lynn.

I also sent one of my favorite new Penzey's spice blends, Muskego St. It's a garlicky tasty blend of some sort of goodness, delicious on broccoli and other veggies (the jar says also on chicken, but I haven't gotten that far yet).

And I made biscotti from my Sweet Maria's cookbook, which is an Italian bakery in Waterbury, CT that my dad bought me at the Big E a few years ago.

I hope she liked her package! And I hope mine comes soon!

Interesting in joining the fun? Here are the details! 
-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. 

Go here to sign up!

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