As I mentioned earlier, this month I took part in Foodie Pen Pals food exchange. It is such an awesome program, and I really recommend that you give it a try! It’s such a fun way to “meet” new people who have a love for food, from all different parts of the country. I got to try some great new treats, and send a fun package to someone else. The rules are simply; you sign up, the match up list is sent out on the 5th, you must contact your match within a couple of days, find out what they like/dislike or are allergic too, shop for fun foods, and mail your package out by the 15th. On the last day of the month there is a big link up of blogs (you don’t have to be a blogger to participate), and you can share what you received.
I was a little nervous as this was my first month; I didn’t know what to expect from my pen pal, and I wondered what my pen pal would think of her package. But in the end, everything turned out perfectly! Here is what I received from my pen pal in Ottawa:
My pen pal was Erin, from Ottawa. I was very excited when I learned this. I lived in Ottawa for a few years while I went to university. I miss that beautiful city, and couldn’t wait to see if any fun local items were sent my way. Erin didn’t disappoint! She sent me some locally made fair trade dark chocolate; it was delicious! Also in my package was some Mike and Ike Cotton candy, fuzzy peaches, blueberry jam, tea, somersault crunchy seed nuggets and butterscotch candies. Everything was fantastic, but here were my favourites:
And just like I predicted, my husband asked right away what he could eat. Even though he thinks the idea is a little silly, he sure doesn’t have a problem enjoying the treats!
I signed up again for September, and can’t wait to see who I get matched up with! Make sure you stop by The Lean Green Bean to check out all the other packages!
Another great aspect of the FPP exchange, is that if you aren’t a blogger, but get matched up with on, you can write a post yourself! Here is what Candice had to say about what I sent her:
So, in my box I received a bag of Salted Sweet Potato chips, a box of Pocky, maple leaf cookie cutters, Swiss Alps Dark Chocolate (extra yum!), Peach and citrus flavored iced tea mixes, quinoa and a recipe for “Cheesy Quinoa Bites.”
Thank you Maureen! I hope I am as lucky on my second go!