Monday, April 30, 2012

Foodie Pen Pals in April

foodiepal stamp2 April Foodie Penpals Reveal Day 

Another tasty box of goodies arrived this month!  

I'm reflecting on having just returned from a super fun weekend getaway where my pen pal goodies traveled.  Our oldest had a basketball tournament in the Portland/Vancouver area. He had the good fortune to play weekend ball in a really beautiful gym at Battleground High School.  It was the kind of gym that shared their district, regional and state wins in sports ranging from basketball to bowling to track.  I always enjoy seeing the successes of youth so proudly displayed. 

Thank you to the Oregon Prep Academy for hosting at such a great venue and props to the referees. They were attentive, fair & professional.  At the conclusion of the tournament a referee went out of his way to give feedback and tips to our son.  Very cool!

Back to the goodies...

A big thanks to Lyndsay at Thinspiration. Check out her inspirational blog about healthy eating.

The Kettle Cooked Peanuts were salt and pepper coated and were the perfect road trip food.  I also enjoyed the pumpkin fun to try new food. The overall favorite was the World Market strawberry chocolate spread.  Kids said that it's similar to Nutella, just with different flavors.  We decided that eating spoonfuls out of the jar wasn't the best idea so we used it as frosting on cupcakes.  

Thanks a lot Lyndsay!

And now, in case you’re new and wondering what Foodie Penpals is all about:
Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
-On the 5th of the 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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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 can choose 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 Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
***If you’re in Europe, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at to get involved!

To participate, just click here and fill out the participation form. It must be completed by May 4th to participate this month.



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