April Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

This is my second month participating in the Foodie Pen Pal program, and I have had a great time with it! It’s fun to try to guess what your pen pal might like or guess what they haven’t tried yet. Then you wait with anticipation to see what you’ll get in the mailbox.

Jessica, my FPP, will reveal what I sent her in a later post. So first, here is what I got from Maddie in Arkansas!

(My apologies for the bad photos--I left my camera in Indiana, so I'm using just my IPhone right now.)

(My apologies for the bad photos–I left my camera in Indiana, so I’m using just my IPhone right now.)

Inside the package was a box of cake-in-a-mug mix! I attempted one recipe a while ago, and I was pretty happy with it. This isn’t something from scratch, but looks delicious (I love coffee cake), so I’m waiting for the right night for M and I to enjoy this.

Flax seed to go!

Flax seed to go!

Also, Maddie sent me some travel packets of flax seed for me to try = AWESOME! I’ve been wanting to incorporate flax seed in more baking, but I balk every time I see the price and don’t buy it. She’s great for sending me these packets! I can’t wait for my first smoothie or baking! Maybe this will be the kick in the butt I need to just start buying flax seed. (Any tips on good deals?)

There were two yummy flavors of LaraBar that I love: keylime and peanut butter cookie. I usually get the peanut butter cookie one to M, but I think this time I might keep this flavor for myself. ūüėČ Add in the Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt, and my sweet tooth is happy!

Huckleberry soda and pickled watermelon rind

Huckleberry soda and pickled watermelon rind

The two out-of-the-norm items were the pickled watermelon rind and the huckleberrry soda. I took the watermelon rind with me to a cookout on Friday, but I couldn’t convince anyone to try it with me. I’m waiting to find the right time for M and I to try it at the same time. The Flathead Lake Gourmet Soda is touted as “Montana’s Legendary Soda”. I had never heard of it before, but the flavor intrigues me. I haven’t crack it open yet because I don’t know if it’s caffeinated or not (it doesn’t take much caffeine to keep me up all night), but I think I’ll love it.

Maddie definitely did a great job introducing me to some new, adventurous things, food-wise! I’ll report back on the watermelon rind and the huckleberry soda when I give them a taste!

Does the idea of receiving adventurous food items intrigue you? Join in the FPP fun!

Here are a few details about Foodie Penpals. 

-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 Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents. ¬†Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. 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 from the US or Canada and are in participating for May, check out The Lean Green Bean to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

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

*If you’re from Europe, please¬†click here¬†to signup.


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