So I have a long standing love affair with the post office. It’s been tumultuous at times, but overall, I’ve had a positive experience with it. That’s how VeganFoodSwap was born, and why I started participating in FoodiePenpals.
Last month (the first month) I didn’t receive anything from the person I was paired with, and it sucked. Don’t be the guy that signs up for a swap and flakes out. While I enjoy the act of putting something special together for other people (probably way more than receiving anything) it still kinda hurts the old feelings when someone doesn’t put any effort into mailing something out. So don’t do it! (My sadness is not direct towards mail related issues, because stuff gets lost in the mail more often than I like.)
This month I was paired up with VeggieNook, which was great and awesome because she’s a sweetheart, and I had kind of gotten to “know” her a bit better from the month before through the VeganFoodSwap.
So what was in the package:
Seaweed sushi crack…ers. – We at the JorEl house have recently gotten very into nori based snack products. These crackers took that to the next level. Time to visit T & T or around the markets on Spadina/Dundas.
Rosewater – While I haven’t used it for cooking yet, I have mixed it with some face cream, making it even better face cream than it was before, with the added benefit of smelling like roses.
Tea – I love tea, and the matcha and orange spice teas accompanied me to work and were promptly gone in a few days.
Vegan chocolate covered raisins – Gone in days. I have nothing more to say. okay I do, they were tasty. I might have shared two or three with JC.
Sunflower Seeds – Also accompanied me to work and made for a perfect midday snack food.
Pack of Spelt Flour – I may have a love-hate relationship with glutenfree baking, but spelt and I get along just fine. I used it in two batches of vegan queso with happy success. I loved that it was from a local farm – Cherryvale
Betty Lou’s Smackers – Where do people get these? I want them. But I also don’t, because then I’d eat them regularly.
There was also a cookie that didn’t survive harsh postal treatment, but conveniently was in perfect little bite-sized pieces.
Thank you for the nice swap Gabby!
Here are the Foodie Penpals details from The Lean Green Bean‘s page:
-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 June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.