When I was a child, I had pen pals all over the world. England, Scotland, California and even Australia. I loved keeping in touch with them and nothing made me happier than coming home from school and finding a long-awaited letter or package from one of my friends (we used to trade stationery and stickers!).
With the advent of email and smart phones and social media, we no longer have to wait more than a few hours to hear back from friends and family. Despite the convenience of modern communications, I sometimes miss the feeling of anticipation that comes with handwritten letters and thoughtfully assembled care packages.
Enter ‘Foodie Pen Pals’!
Foodie Pen Pals is the brain child of Lindsay (of The Lean Green Bean fame). Each month, she collects the names of bloggers and blog readers who are interested in exchanging food-themed care packages. Each participant is given the name and email address of their pen pal; the person that they’ll be preparing a foodie package for. Participants are encouraged to contact their pen pal in advance to ask questions about food allergies and preferences. The spending limit is $15 and each participant must cover the cost of shipping their package.
On the last day of the month, bloggers are asked to write about the care package they received, swooning over the contents and thanking their pen pal for their generosity.
So that’s what I’m going to do!
I received a decadent, treat-filled package from my new blogger friend Jennie (she blogs about fitness and running and life here). She’s clearly read my blog, as she knows what my weaknesses are!
She chose a pretty, polka-dotted box to wrap my treats up in and included a lovely, handwritten note (you know how much I love handwritten notes!).
“Welcome to your desert island survival kit! This could very well be MY survival kit with the inclusion of the jelly beans! The coffee is from a local roasting coffee shop which I frequent. I hope you enjoy it (and that the smell doesn’t cause any problems at the post office…).
I tried to think of a broccoli recipe for you [you’ll remember that I’m working on liking broccoli…]… but I haven’t actually cooked broccoli since I moved in with my broccoli-hating spouse [Jennie, have you tried the recipe that changed it all for me?].
I hope you enjoy the treats!”
Enjoy? Absolutely! I love chocolate, the darker the better. My husband ‘helped’ sample that one and it disappeared in a flash. The coffee is a wonderful, medium to dark roast. I could smell it through the wrapped package and have been enjoying it as my after-lunch cuppa. My boys and I took the jelly beans with us bowling last week and had a fabulous time guessing what the flavors were as we ate them (‘no looking at the package Mom’). Luna bars top my list of after-workout treats (love the caramel nut brownie). She also managed to find a Lara bar flavor that I haven’t tried. Very yummy!
Thanks so much Jennie! You made my first Foodie Pen Pal experience a great one! I’ve already signed up for April and am looking forward to finding out who I’m shopping for!
Wanna know who I got to shop for? Hop on over to Amy’s blog; she’ll be revealing the contents of her package today!
If you’re interested in participating for April, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by April 4th as pairings will be emailed on April 5th!
Who knows? Maybe we’ll get to be pen pals!
Have you ever had a pen pal?
Are you signing up for April’s Foodie Pen Pals?