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This was my first time doing “Foodie Penpals” and it will not be my last!

It was easy to do and very exciting! I mean; who doesn’t like getting packages in the mail, right? This is a great way to try new foods, get new ideas, meet some great new people and find new blogs to follow!

Thank you Julie for the package. I was like a kid at Christmas (to the point my husband was giving me strange looks) as I ripped through the packaging to find my goodies.

I love using Balsamic in so many things and the Biscotti…YUMMY! I couldn’t wait to get out the strawberries, watermelon and other ingredients and go to town. This package was perfect because I was able to use both items the same day…for the same thing!! Photos will follow when I make it again today.

If  you would like to take part in Foodie Penpals; just click on the link below and get started!

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals and what the program is all about:

-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 November, please CLICK HERE ( to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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

*If you’re from Europe, please CLICK HERE ( to signup. ———————————–


Just opened my second Foodie Penpal Box! This one came from Utah and was packed with Utah goodness!

Mary-Jayne not only sent me things that originated from Utah; but also a note explaining things to me (PERFECT!).

First, “Fry Sauce” This is popular in Utah with fries and hamburgers and on chicken sandwiches.

Next up, Lays Potato Chips..Utah is where they originated.

Then, Raspberry Syrup from Bear Lake, Utah (I cannot wait to get into this!). She also sent me Pancake Mix!!

Utah is known as the “Beehive State”, you guessed it; I got Honey and I LOVE HONEY!

Mary-Jayne also sent a soup mix and some little “Utah” candies.

Thanks Mary-Jayne; this was perfect!


I receieved my Foodie Penpal Box today! Aimee from Virginia sent this to me and I cannot wait to try the goodies and the jam. I have an idea for the beer…since I don’t drink. I have a grill recipe for that one!

Thanks Aimee!!

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This box came from Sheree in Michigan.These are some amazing items! The Lavender Honey is not only smooth and aromatic, but its subtle hints of the lavender is enticing to say the least. I have big plans for the oil; braising some chicken breasts in the oil and then adding capers and a few other goodies and making a vinaigrette with it also.

The candies were awesome! They didn’t last long. The jam is a delightful pick-me-up in the morning when I smother it on a toasted muffin. I haven’t tried the semi-dried tomatoes yet; but I am thinking of a few ways to use them.

Thanks Sheree!



4 thoughts on “FOODIE PENPALS

  1. Sounds awesome. N.Y. has so much to offer in Wine, Cheese, Beer and Speedies. I’m sure there is much more. We used to be known for our Maple Syrup and Beer Hops. I like the foodie penpal idea.

  2. I have foodie penpal jealousy! I need to join again. Wow your balsamic strawberry toasts look delish! Did the person you sent to have a blog? I’d like to go check out their post if so!

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