This month was my first experience and it's been amazing! Both bloggers that I have been paired up with are awesome and I have really enjoyed being in touch with them and following their blogs.
My Foodie Pen Pal was Beth at Its Good to be the Cook and she is awesome! She emailed me at the beginning and asked what my food intolerances were, and made sure everything in the box was 100% dairy free. My package came during a week that had been more than a little rough, so when it arrived on my doorstep really brightened my entire week.
Of course the minute it arrived I just had to tear into it to see what goodies I would find. I had help too- my daughters were just as excited to see what was in the box as I was!
She sent me a box was full of treats from my very favorite store-Trader Joes! Surprisingly though I hadn't yet tried some of the goodies Beth included in the box. The first thing I did was read through the little booklet she put together for me. She included a very sweet note, a detailed list of what was in the box, and some of her favorite recipes. I absolutely love it and the booklet now resides on the rack in my kitchen with all my special cookbooks.
In the box I found:
Balsamic vinegar: I haven't opened this yet, but I know it will get a lot of use since we love cooking with vinegar.
TJ's Garlic Infused Organic Olive Oil: This olive oil is my new favorite and will be a staple in my kitchen from now on. I've used it in Aglio Olio, on roasted green beans, and over plain pasta. It's so good!
Lemon Pepper Pappardelle: One of my favorite pastas. It makes a great aglio olio, or is good all on it's own.
Beth suggested using it in a marinade and that is something I cannot wait to try. It's a little tangy, a little sweet, and just a touch spicy- the perfect flavor combination in my opinion.
Crimson Blossom Green Tea: I am a huge tea lover and am always on the hunt for new teas to try, so of course this was one of my very favorite surprises in the box. It's a sweet, fruity light tea .
To me there is nothing better than a good cup of tea in my favorite mug, and a good book. Even though summer isn't really hot tea season, this one has that summery taste to it. Of course, it would make a delicious iced tea too!
Sugar, Chocolate, and Coffee Grinder: There are no words for this! It makes an average cup of coffee taste like it's from a coffee shop. Or you can grind it over top of toast.
Gummy Tummies: These are DANGEROUS ( and gone!)
I am a huge fan of gummy candy- it's really the only kind I like. I did manage to eat this bag slowly over the past couple of weeks, but I certainly didn't share with anyone;-)
Peanut Butter Pretzels: Already a family favorite-I've had to chase my husband away from them several times already!
Thank you so much Beth for my wonderful box of foodie goodies! It was wonderful and we are still enjoying all the goodies you sent.
If you would like to see what I sent my Foodie Pen Pal head on over to Edible Obsessions.
Are you interested in being a Foodie Pen Pal? It's open to all bloggers and readers. All you have to do is visit Lindsay's site, The Lean Green Bean, for sign up details. I hope you'll join us next month!