Friday, May 31, 2013

Food Pen Pal Virgin

For a year, I watched people post about Foodie Pen Pals at The Lean Green Bean and I was intrigued. It was a cool concept; bloggers and non-bloggers are matched, emails are exchanged, and then packages of food related items are sent off by the 15th of the month. I love food. I love meeting people. I love getting packages in the mail. However, I didn't do it. I had previously tried another secret present thing via a blog, but I never received a gift. So, I started to get a nervous about this and put it off.

Finally, I  decided that I wanted to participate. On May 4, 2013, I signed up for my first Foodie Pen Pal experience. Immediately, the person (Mary at colleenshomecooking.com) that had me as a receiver contacted me for information on what I liked and disliked. I contacted my assigned person. I was excited and immediately got my package ready.


And then I got my package.

I devoured the Mini Peanut Butter and Mini Cheddar Crackers almost intantly.

Mary made me homemade mustard...yum!

And I got a little surprise added recipe. 
My package included:

  • Late July Mini Peanut Butter and Cheddar Cheese Crackers from Massachusetts are YUMMY!
  • Homemade Brown and Yellow Mustard is made from Vidal Blanc Wine. I absolutely love this mustard and mustard in general. As soon as she said, "I make homemade mustard," I was sold. 
  • Trappist Preserves made from Trappist Monks is such a great jelly for my PB&Js. I love their beer, so why not preserves.
  • Sunbutter Natural is sunflower seed butter. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to soon. 
  • Equally Exchange Organize Chocolate Espresso Bean bar was great, but compared to everything else in the box, it was not my favorite. And I love love LOVE chocolate. So, for me to pick other things over the chocolate means that those other things are THAT good. 
  • I can't go wrong with a recipe for roasting Cauliflower. I loved that touch.
I want to just say THANK YOU Mary at colleenshomecooking.com. You rock for my awesome foodie package. And go check out her blog.

For my first experience, I was impressed and can't wait to do it next month. Maybe you will be on my list.

11 comments:

  1. Preserves made FROM Trappist monks? Seems like the supply would be a bit limited...

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    1. No, they just keep churning it out...I mean what else do they have to do besides chanting.

      And was it the Virgin in the title that got you here?

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  2. You're so welcome. I'm really glad you enjoyed all the goodies. I sure had fun picking things out for you. I look forward to next month's foodie pen pal.

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    1. Too bad we can't get the same people, but I hope we keep in touch!

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    2. It is fun meeting new people each month. And I'm sure we'll keep in touch.

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  3. What a great box. I have been wanting to try sun butter, just haven't gotten around to it. Let me know what you think. And what a great touch including the recipe. I love reading other's posts and getting ideas for the next month.

    I have to ask- how do you survive running in Houston?! It was 84% humidity this morning in Austin and I limped through a 6 mile run.

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    1. I tried it finally and I loved it. I put it on a slice of bread before a run and then as a PB&J. So good. You should try it.

      Running in Houston is hard. It was hotter for us yesterday morning. I went to a park where I know has water along the way and lots of shade. I went out on Friday morning and I think I got heat exhaustion. There was no shade and full on sun at 8 a.m. Tips: Shade, sun block, and early morning or late evening. I typically go running around 8 p.m. Also, another tip is to eat popsicles or those icee sticks things before the run. It cools the inner body temp.

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  4. I'm glad you had a good experience. I was the same way wondering if I would actually receive anything. This was really fun and I'm sure I'll do it again as well.

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    1. Well, I did a thing called Secret Pumpkin and never got my package. So, I was worried about this one. But my person contacted me immediately and got my package soon thereafter. I'm signing up again.

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  5. This seems like a great idea. The package you received looks totally yummy.

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    1. It really is a great idea. They have one for UK and Europe, which means I think you can do it, too.

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