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.