This was the first month that I have participated in the Foodie Pen Pals program from The Lean Green Bean. I stumbled across the Lean Green Bean website about a month ago and I saw her program. I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to meet new people and share local food and goodies (which I love) with others around the country!
For the box that I was to receive, I was paired with another blogger, which was great! I always love meeting new bloggers and reading their take on life and finding out what they specialty is. I was thrilled to be paired with Kelly from Running Blonde. As I waited for the package to arrive, I spent time reading Kelly’s site and learning about her. It sounds like Kelly’s life is getting exciting (and busy) as she packs up to head to California to do some hospital work. Go Kelly!
When Kelly’s package arrived, I was SO excited to get it! I don’t know the last time I’ve received something personal like this in the mail, so this was very exciting. That, or I am very easily amused.
The first thing I noticed was that she had recycled packing materials. Love that! I’m all about using what you have on hand and getting creative to make things work without buying new stuff. She also a nice, handwritten card.
I cracked open the box and the first thing I saw was the big bag of granola. YUM! Both my husband and I love granola! The Maple Walnut granola is from Nature’s Bakery Cooperative in Madison, WI. I’m pretty sure hubby will be eating most of that!
The second item was a jar of honey. Now, I love, love, love raw honey. You can even read the recent post that I wrote about raw honey here. You’ll notice in that article, I mention that I am turning into a honey collector of sorts. I love collecting different honeys from all over the country, and hopefully, the world! Turns out, this honey is about as personal as you can get — it comes from Kelly’s father’s bees! How awesome is that?
The next item was a box of gourmet chocolates from Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier… ahhhh … chocolates. YUM! Apparently, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier is quite famous outside of Wisconsin. I have never heard of the company, but now that I have had the opportunity to sample the chocolates, I must say they are AMAZING! Sadly, the heat was a little too powerful and the chocolates melted together into a pool. A pool of chewy, salty, sweet goodness. Melted or not, they tasted great! Thankfully there were only two chocolates in the box she sent, so I didn’t overindulge!
Lastly, we have booze! What care package wouldn’t be complete without beer? Heh, heh. I was sent a bottle of New Glarus Brewing Co.’s Spotted Cow beer. I have yet to crack it open, but I will be soon! Sounds like some burgers are in my near future?
How fun! I loved each and every gift that I received from Kelly. Thank you, Kelly, for putting together a fun package of fun goodies and for being my first foodie pen pal! I hope that we can stay in touch!
If you’re interested in participating in the Foodie Pen Pal program, you can learn more about it here: