Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!

Wow, can you believe July is over? Oh my gosh it went by so fast! It seems like we were just celebrating the 4th of July and now August is here! I love the summers in Minnie, and this has been our second hottest July on record, but you will not hear me complaining! I love the summer and the weather! I may have to do a July re-cap since it seems to have been a while since I have posted anything and we have been up to quite a bit!

Onto the July Foodie Pen Pal reveal! My pen pal came to us from the great Northeast! I love New England and all it has to have offer and really miss living out there. One of the things I actually miss the most is Stew Leonards, oh how I miss that place!

My pen pal, Aileen of 300 Threads which is a great blog about travel, food and lifestyle, check it out if you get a chance. There is a great story about why their blog is named 300 Threads, it really made me just laugh out loud!

In my package this month was red pepper jelly and salted rosemary shortbread!

I can't wait to try both of these. We have a long weekend up at the lake with two other couple friends of ours and they are both foodies so I am looking forward to bringing these items with us to try! It will be perfect timing. Thanks Aileen, I just loved everything!

The foodie pen pal that I sent to this month was Katherine, and while she doesn't have a blog, I had a really good time putting together a package and sending it off to her. The bummer part was that the package of wild rice that I sent to her exploded and didn't make it. Its too bad because that is one of my favorite things that I sent to her that is native to Minnie! She sent a note saying that she enjoyed everything else though!

And now it's time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of 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 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. 
If you’re interested in participating for August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 
You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th!

*If you're from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I'll see if we get enough interest this month!

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