A couple of months ago, while searching for some new dinner recipes, I ran across a blog called The Lean Green Bean.
On the sidebar was this:
Not only do I love to run, I love food!! As a self proclaimed “foodie”, I knew I needed to check out this Foodie Pen pal thing, and see what it was all about. Turns out, Lindsay (TheLeanGreenBean) is a Registered Dietitian, and started Foodie Pen Pals in September 2011 as a “random idea” (in her words) for her blog. Today, her “random idea” has become very successful and now has over 1000 participants!
In a nutshell, the program works by agreeing to the terms and conditions (which is basically that you agree to follow the rules, send out your package on time, etc..). Next, Lindsay emails you your “match” on the 5th of the month (must fill out sign up form by 4th to participate, otherwise you’ll have to wait until the following month). Once you receive your “match” (foodie pen pal), you have until the 15th of the month to put your goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month you are to do a blog (if you have one) post about the box you received from your foodie pen pal. Oh, and the spending limit is set at $15.
My September foodie pen pal contacted me first (via email). Her name is Mary, and she lives in Wisconsin. While she is not a blogger, she stated that she is a “food enthusiast”, and heard about FPP when an area blogger took one of her chocolate classes. Turns out, Mary is a retired teacher, and happens to work at her area’s homemade chocolate shop. So cool!!!!! How great would it be to work at a chocolate shop! Just thinking about it, makes me more than a little jealous. I couldn’t wait until my box came in the mail. On a side note, the box I sent her included local BBQ marinades, peach jam, and my favorite kind of chocolate bar- coconut and dark chocolate.
Once Mary’s box arrived, I couldn’t wait to open it up and see what was inside.
Included in my box was 2 different jars of spices from a local spice store, recipe cards and catalogs from the spice store, cocoa (from local store) with 2 of her favorite cookie recipes, milk and white chocolate disks with pumpkin pop rocks to make homemade “fall bark”, a box of chocolate truffles and a dark chocolate bar (from the chocolate store she works at), and, her favorite “nostalgic candy” from her childhood- Charleston Chew bars and pumpkin seeds. Mary even took the time to type “letters” telling me of her memories of these goodies, and the meaning behind why she chose to include them.
Below is the hand written note Mary included in the box.
So there you have it… My first Foodie Pen Pal reveal post. I can’t thank Mary enough for being so thoughtful in what she sent me. Everything was wonderful and delicious! Thank you, Mary! 🙂
A new month is about to begin, so that means it’s time to sign up for October Foodie Pen Pal. I hope you’ll give it a try as well. Who knows.. Maybe you could be my next Foodie Pen Pal!
Interested in learning more about being a Foodie Pen Pal? Here’s a link to Lindsay’s blog and details on how to participate.
Do you consider yourself a “foodie”? Have you ever participated in a food exchange program? Ever been a Foodie Pen Pal before?
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