Everyday I am excited to get the mail.  I don’t even have to be expecting anything special.  There is just something about the daily surprise of what could be waiting for me.  So imagine my delight when I do receive something extra fun like a package!  Yes it’s like opening a Christmas present every time.  I am so easy to please and entertain!  Knowing my enthusiasm for mail, you can see why I was so excited to join a group that sends each other great packages of food-related gifts in the mail every month.  I could hardly stand it.

Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean has organized this wonderful way for foodies to find each other and share their favorite food products!  If you would like to get in on the Foodie Penpal action, it’s not too late to participate for December Foodie Penpals.  At the end of this post I will tell you how you can sign up to receive your very own package.

But first, let me share with you what I received from Hannah!  She is from Vermont so I guessed that I would receive some yummy maple treats and Hannah did not disappoint!

 look at these adorable little maple candies!

and these great herb blends; I used the dill herb mix on my salmon last night and it was great

maple sugar pepperspice ingredients:  pure granulated maple sugar, black pepper, onion, parsley and garlic-I can hardly wait to try this!

plus this cornbread pancake and muffin mix, a maple cookbook, two of her favorite recipes and a necklace she made!

If you would like to see what I sent to my Foodie Penpal head on over and check out Brittany’s stash!

And if you want give and receive your own foodie penpal gifts, here is what you need to know:

-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. *US Residents only please at this time- hopefully we can expand soon!*

If you’re interested in participating for December, please send  an email to Lindsay at theleangreenbean@gmail.com and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)

She will need to hear from you by December 4th as pairings will be emailed on December 5th!

What would you include in a box to a foodie penpal?

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11 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    those spice mixes sound amazing!!! you got some good stuff 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Dec 01, 2011 @ 11:32 am

      I know I did! I was really excited!


  2. alex
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    what a fun package! Isn’t it great seeing all the things people come up with?!?!


    • Mercedes
      Dec 01, 2011 @ 11:32 am

      It’s so much fun! And just as much fun to give a package!


  3. Diana @ VeggieNextDoor
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    Oooh – I’d love to see what’s inside of that Maple cookbook!

    And the Nitty Gritty Cornmeal pancakes sound amazing! What a great package.


    • Mercedes
      Dec 01, 2011 @ 11:33 am

      The cookbook has all kinds of great sweet and savory maple recipes! One that grabbed my attention was the Maple Bread Pudding! Yum!


  4. Sarah
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Hannah was my foodie penpal last month and that girl seriously puts together THE best goodie packs!! Looks like you got some fantastic stuff!!!


    • Mercedes
      Dec 01, 2011 @ 11:33 am

      Hannah does do an incredible job!


  5. Kimberly
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    I <3 maple and those little candies look cute and delish! 🙂


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