Yes. Of the hundreds of people that do Foodie Penpals each month through The Lean Green Bean, I was matched with another Wisconsin girl. Not only that, but I’ve estimated we probably live within 15 miles of each other. Pretty crazy.
I was paired with Hannah in Ohio. She doesn’t have a blog, so you can’t check out what I sent her. …and I didn’t hear from her after she received her package, so I hope that she got it…and didn’t hate it. *sigh*
Sarah, my fellow cheese head, did NOT disappoint. I was really curious to see what she would send. I think I would feel some pressure providing some goodies to someone who has an idea of what is “good” in the area. I have loved every single thing she included.
In the time since I received her box and am writing this post, I switched up my phone. I didn’t back up my old phone before I went, which means that I lost all of the pictures of Sarah’s goodies. I don’t have pictures of everything, but I think I can cover pretty much everything!
The first thing I dug into was the hummus and crackers. I love me some hummus. And I loved the convenience of it! A quick Google search of “individualized hummus” brought up what Sarah sent. SO good. I loved it on the Carmelized Onion Crackers from Brennan’s. I will say that the crackers without a “topping” of sorts are quite potent, but they’re great for dipping.
She also included a mini sausage and cheese. They’re from World Market, but surprisingly local products! If you know Wisconsin, you know cheese and sausage are staples!
The Raspberry Mustard piqued my curiosity immediately. SO DELISH. I love unusual flavor combinations and this didn’t disappoint. I haven’t gotten Craig to try it yet though – I’m still working on it!
Finally, she gave me two spices from Penzey’s. Penzey’s is a Wisco-based company. Surprisingly, I’ve never been into a store or tried any of their products. I’m a sorry excuse for a Wisco resident! What’s even better is that Sarah included recipes that include both of the spices! I thought this was a great idea and super thoughtful! I put the 4S onto a Shepherd’s Pie I made for Craig and it took it to a whole different level. Craig was happy with bland dish, but I needed a little extra oompf. A little goes a long way with this 4S and it’s amazing! No doubt it’s a now a staple in my pantry!
Topped off with a nice note explaining why she included each of the items. I really enjoyed this month. I mean, Sarah couldn’t have gone TOO wrong with any Wisconsin delicacies, but not only did she not disappoint, she exceeded my expectations.
We were also able to exchange a few emails about some local groups for food blogging and stuff. Life has been incredibly hectic lately, so I haven’t been able to really check them out, but I certainly plan to. Hopefully, Sarah and I can keep in touch!
Thanks so much Sarah, for a delicious, thoughtful box!
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 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!
***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at email@example.com to get involved!