Have you ever felt like it was too far away from your birthday, or Christmas and you really wish you could get a present now? Have you ever had a strong desire to meet someone who shares your passion for food?
Lindsay, the blogger behind the Lean Green Bean site, hosts a Foodie Penpal service every month. You sign up at the beginning of the month, get matched with someone that you then contact to exchange food preferences and mailing addresses.
This month, my match was Julie at Homegrown State of Mind
I opened the Terra chips almost immediately. Although I love, love, love chips, and have seen these in the stores, I had never tried them before. They were delicious. I finished the bag in about a day and a half. (good thing this exchange is just once a month since my willpower is low or nonexistent with chips.
The Larabars were chosen just for me. They are my favorite bars, bar none (pun intended)
Coconut butter, which I’ve never used before, is awesome! I grew up using coconut oil in Jamaica but then when we heard it wasn’t healthy, we all switched to canola oil and olive oil. Now that coconut oil has been declared healthy again, I am so excited to see all these coconut products on the shelves. This coconut butter smelled amazing, tastes even better. It’s made from the coconut flesh so it’s supposed to have all the nutrients in the coconut, not just an oil. According to the package, you can add it to fruit smoothies or sauces.
You can also use it to make homemade granola – which Julie had done and sent me a sample. She sent me this link with the recipe to make more granola. That was extremely thoughtful because the supply she sent only lasted a couple days since I started snacking on it by the handful whenever I remembered.
This box was the epitome of foodie penpal-ism. Julie even put the granola in a canister which will last forever as a little reminder of this wonderful box, long after the food is gone.
Julie was a model penpal. If you sign up for the exchange in August, you just might get her… or me. I like to think that I sent her a good box too. Head on over to her Homegrown State Of Mind blog to peep on what I sent her. and then go to Lean Green Bean to sign up to participate next month.
Or comment below if you’d like to join in a Fitness-themed Penpal program that I started this month called Running Mates – it’s a similar penpal exchange, just instead of food, you exchange fitness-related gifts.
Foodie Penpals start out as strangers but when you share your food with someone, when you cruise your local Whole Foods or farmers market or specialty store to shop with a specific person in mind, matching their tastes and their dietary restrictions, when you pack a care package and stand in line at the Post Office to ship them a box, that person is no longer a stranger but a friend.
Signing up for a Penpal is a surefire way to make a new friend every month.
This post is also part of the Treasure Tromp Treat Yourself link up because what better way to treat yourself than to make a new friend?