Hi. I’m so so so so sorry for almost month-long delay in posting. I don’t really have a good excuse, just that I got caught up in life. Lame, I know. I owe a huge apology to the wonderful Elaine over at Hungry Brownie, she was my Foodie Penpal for the month of July and I am so late in posting about her lovely package. If you haven’t visited her blog before, I strongly recommend that you hop on over. She posts awesome recipes and it’s really cool.
Honestly, I didn’t even realize what day it was. I’m on summer time – I thought yesterday was Friday, and I thought it was still July. But, it is in fact August third, and I should’ve posted this four days ago.
Elaine sent me an awesome package of delicious goodies. I’m not sure how, but it’s like she read my mind. Seriously. On everything. All I told her was that I love cherries and sweets, am trying to eat healthier, and I don’t like mushrooms or olives.
What did I get? First, a gorgeous card.
And behind the card, you can see these!!
I immediately tried the cherry chocolate one, and I wasn’t sure what to think at first. The cherries were very tart and it was fantastic chocolate, but since it was so dark, it was a bit bitter. The combination took me off guard and I had a hard time deciding if I liked it. I ate the half the bar before I finished opening the box, so I’m going to say that it was yummy!
Well, it contained this.
Puget Sounds (made in Washington, where Elaine is from!!) Strawberry Jam. Toast with butter and jam is pretty much one of my most favorite treats, so I’m really excited for this! Also, the ingredient list is strawberries, pure cane sugar, pectin, and lemon juice. It doesn’t get much more natural than that.
The other thing is, since I moved out and no longer had to eat the “strawberry spread” my parents bought, I’ve been on the search for a great jam. Many of the store-bought varieties are too sweet with little flavor. This jam is definitely not that! It is sooooo yummy.
Fun fact. Ever wondered the difference between jam, jelly and preserves? Well, I learned here that jelly is made with fruit juice, jam is made with the actual fruit, crushed, and preserves are chunks of the fruit. Interesting, huh? I also learned that I kind of hate jelly (doesn’t spread) and I haven’t decided if I like jam or preserves better.
The other weird (but awesome!) thing about Elaine’s box. The night before I got the box in the mail, I had a huge brownie craving. Can you guess what else was in her box?
And, last, but certainly not least, oatmeal!
Yay for quick and easy breakfasts! That’s what I’m looking for!
If you’d like to see what I sent out, check out Sandra’s blog, Hearty Appletite
And, if you’d like to get an awesome box in the mail from your very own Foodie Penpal, visit Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean.
Here’s the details, I strongly encourage you to join! It’s great fun!
-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 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 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!