Melissa's Cuisine: Foodie Pen Pal

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal

One of my favorite things about the Foodie Pen Pal program is the chance to try foods that I would not have had a chance to otherwise.  Every month, I eagerly await the arrival of my package and it's always so exciting to see what I receive.  This month's package was from Lara who blogs at My Milk Glass Heart.  She lives in Virginia so she sent me an assortment of items from her area!
The Lean Green Bean

This Himalayan Pink Salt is so fun!  Who doesn't like to put pink salt on their food? :)
I have to admit, I have never had grits before!  It's rather surprising considering that my dad was raised in Kentucky and we visited there often growing up.  Lara gave me a few ideas for how to prepare the grits and I'm looking forward to trying them!  See those adorable whale napkins in the back?  I think they're so fun :)
I was so excited to receive these strawberry rhubarb preserves.  I love strawberry rhubarb pie and I just saw a recipe that calls for strawberry rhubarb preserves--now I have some so I can make it!
This coconut soap smells amazing! I love finding new scented soaps and I like that this one is natural.
Lara also send me some Virginia peanuts.  I didn't know Virginia was known for their peanuts, so I'm thrilled to get to try some!

Thank you, Lara, for an incredible package!

If you're interested in joining Foodie Pen Pals, here's some helpful information for you:
-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 Penpals 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 August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th!


  1. What a fun thing to get in the mail! I know you'll enjoy using these and Mike will enjoy eating them.

  2. What a nice package and a wonderful idea!


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