Foodie Pen Pals – January’s Haul

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Foodie Pen Pals? What’s that?

I stumbled across this program reading a few blogs and spotting their “I’m a foodie pen pal” buttons back in Nov. I got in touch with the founder and signed right up. Check out the link and see if you’d like to be a part of it. General rules – you sign up to participate every month, so you’re not in it for life. You can’t spend more than $15 on the contents of your package. You are assigned pen pal on the 5th, must contact them within 3 days and then mail their box by the 15th. On the last day of the month, you write about what you received – if you have a blog. If not, you can offer to guest blog if the person who sent has one. That’s it! (Full official scoop is posted here for anyone who might like to join!)

Mid-month I received my thoughtful package from my Foodie Pen Pal. Her name is Samalee and she too is a busy mom. She writes about fitness, faith and food (among other things) on her blog:  Center of the Pie. She referenced in a prior email that she would be mailing from Montana (exciting!).

I was excited to unpack my package. Three really special items:

  • Huckleberry Pancake Mix
  • Huckleberry Syrup
  • Evening in Missoula tea


I received on a Friday and by Saturday morning, we were enjoying these special pancakes in a pajama pancake party as a family. I even broke the implied rules of an “evening” tea and enjoyed right along side by breakfast.

I wasn’t sure I knew exactly what Huckleberry would taste like. I knew they looked similar to blueberries, but they taste much brighter/fruitier. The flavors were fun and refreshing. I might actually seek out Huckleberries in the future – and I’ll think of my Foodie Pen Pal!

Hubster told me that in the movie Tombstone Val Kilmer’s character always says: “I’m your huckleberry”. Per Wikipedia, this is a way of saying that one is just the right person for a given job. Who knew – do you think I can work this into a convo at work next week? Or more like, “I’m NOT your huckleberry” to get out of being buried with work projects?

Our PJ Breakfast party was a hit. My mouth is watering for another cup of the evening in Missoula tea and I’m psyched that I’ve connected with such a fun monthly project from the Foodie Pen Pal Group.



  1. Thanks for the shout out, Allison! You reaped the benefits of my travel to Montana! I’m so happy your family could enjoy a huckleberry breakfast! I brought several tasty huckleberry food stuff back home to Nashville – Huckleberry Honey, Huckleberry Jam – to share with friends and family! However, I’m afraid you have my name mixed up with Semalee, also who participated in #foodiepenpals and, I think, #elf4health. My blog is With our names being similar it’s an easy mix-up! – “Sam”

    1. Ah! I did 🙂 late night spreadsheet referencing… Updating now!!

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