Thursday, November 1, 2012

October Foodie Penpal

We had another fantastic experience with Foodie Pen Pals this month, and while yesterday was technically reveal day, with all the chaos of Halloween, I needed an extra day to focus because this month, my foodie penpal, Heather, sent an absolute treasure of items that deserve their own dedicated post! Heather, if you are seeing this, thank you so much! Our package went out to Rebecca of Rebecca Roams this month, who wrote up a wonderful post as well. Be sure and visit!

foodie penpal
As for our load of goodies, this is just ONE of the shipments. Heather sent a lentil soup mix, Zingerman's orange-almond brownie and peanut brittle, dill pickle peanuts, a whole roll of stickers for the kiddo, and Posole seasoning.

zingerman's brownie
First of all, let me tell you that the brownie didn't even make it through the first hour day. And the peanuts.. oh my! We love our local popcorn place's dill pickle popcorn, so these hit the spot. We got some great tips on using the Posole seasoning with a turkey breast in the crockpot, so that is where it is destined, but for us, it will be an experiment with chicken breasts. Looking forward to it because the seasonings in the pack sound fantastic. We did have a couple mishaps with the shipment, and when I let Heather know, not only was she fantastic about our notes on the issue, but she sent us ANOTHER box of goodies. I'd love to tell you that we felt bad about her sending anything else, which I did/do, but when we got that next box, I could only be grateful. What a wonderful, decadent surprise!

dorothy lane brownies
This box came full of goodies from Dorothy Lane Market in Ohio. We got a fantastic, insanely rich and delicious box of killer brownies. We also received a loaf of purple wheat raisin bread, which we used in a teaser lunch post a bit back. Everything we received was so unique, and so thoroughly enjoyed. The brownies? Oh my.. dense, chewy, loaded with chocolate and caramel.. just sinful!
The Lean Green Bean

Now for the fine print and details about Foodie Penpals... This is the edited version, but ALL the details can be found on their website, of course.
* On the 5th of every month, you receive your penpal via email. You contact your penpal to get their mailing address and any other information you might need to determine what to send.
* You have until the 15th of the month to get your goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month (reveal day), you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal.
* Boxes should be filled with fun foodie things like local food items, homemade treats, and favorites. The spending limit is $15 and must also include something written like a note or recipe. Shipping appropriately is up to you, of course.

dorothy lane raisin bread
dorothy lane brownie