Melissa's Cuisine: Foodie Pen Pal

Monday, October 01, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal

Have I mentioned before how much I love getting mail?  It's so exciting for me, especially when I open a package full of delicious treats!
Every month I look forward to the Foodie Pen Pal program.  This program was created by Lindsay from the Lean Green Bean.  Each month she matches up bloggers and readers and sends out our matches.  Once we receive them, the fun begins.  We have a $15 spending limit and about 2 weeks to fill a box full of foodie items and ship them out to our pen pal.  I sent a box of goodies to Emily, and I received a fantastic box from Sheila, who blogs over at Breakfast Menu.
I was thrilled to receive a variety of teas from Sheila.  Now that the mornings are cooler, I love starting my day off with a hot cup of tea.  She also sent me a Chai chocolate bar--you can't go wrong with chocolate and tea!
Sheila included a few snack items for me.  I am keeping the granola in my desk drawer to sprinkle over my Greek yogurt at lunch--it's so yummy!  I have not yet tried the seaweed snacks, but I'm looking forward to trying a sweet seaweed snack.  The crunch dried fruit was awesome!  I loved every bite and I'm going to have to buy some to keep on hand for snacks!
Sheila loves breakfast foods--hopefully you guessed that from the name of her blog, so she included a few breakfast items for me too. I love pancakes and my goodie box arrived in time for me to make a batch of pancakes for breakfast the day before my half marathon!  I also received some local products--Avocado Honey and Lavender soap.  I believe the pancake mix is local as well.

Thank you, Sheila, for an awesome box of goodies!  You're awesome :)

The Lean Green Bean
Are you interested in participating in Foodie Pen Pals? Here's some important info 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 October, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by October 4th as pairings will be emailed on October 5th!
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