For those of you who followed me over at the FaveDiets blog, this is my second time participating as a Foodie Pen Pal. Every month, Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean runs the Foodie Penpal program. Everyone gets assigned some random to send a wonderful foodie gift basket. I enjoyed it so much last month that I jumped at the opportunity to participate again.
My pen pal, Kate, sent me a wonderful foodie package and even agreed to write about what she sent over:
Being foodie pen pals this month with Matthew was such a treat as well as slightly intimidating at first because the man knows his food! I opted to go as local as possible in my box this month (minus the Japanese candy, which is just too yummy to not include). Here is what I chose:
Eugene’s Tasty Tea is a small business started by a middle school student here in the town I live. I always try and buy at least one box of it because I think it is awesome that he comes to sell at our farmers markets and he has to take his bike because he is not even old enough to drive! (I was so happy that Kate sent me this great tea. I’m a huge tea drinker, so this gift was perfect for me. Just one whiff of this tea and I knew it was the good stuff!)
My second favorite thing I sent was the granola. I make this stuff weekly starting in college. I named it after my roommate whom I got the recipe from: â€œMolly’s Hippie Granolaâ€ It includes: local honey, oats, canola oil, golden raisins, pecans, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and sunshine 😉 The honey that I sent is what I use in the granola. It is minimally processed which makes it solidify at room temperature but also makes it taste that much more delicious so I find it worth warming up. Making your own granola is so easy and very inexpensive in comparison to buying it at the store. I hope Matthew enjoyed snacking on it as much as I do! (I did enjoy snacking on this granola! I can be a bit particular when it comes to granola, but this stuff had the right amount of crunch and sweetness. I gobbled the whole jar down in one afternoon because I just couldn’t put it down.)
Finally, I put in Hammond’s Caramel Marshmallow treat, my husbands favorite! Maybe not the healthiest, but it is made just down the road in Denver and is all natural! (This was so unbelievably good! It’s probably for the best that I can’t find these by me, as they are too tasty.)
If anyone else is thinking about signing up for foodie pen pals, I truly recommend it. You get to share foods you love as well as trying new foods you may never get the chance to otherwise! Plus, who doesn’t love getting mail?
Sparkles, Sweets, and Scrumptiousness,
Thanks again Kate!
If you’re curious as what I sent my Foodie Penpal, check out the blog Satisfy My Sweet Tooth.
Interested in being a Foodie Penpal? Send an email to Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org and include this information:
- Your full name
- Your email address
- Your blog name/address
- Your twitter handle (if applicable)
Your turn: What is the best food-related gift you’ve ever received?