Sometime during the end of March I stumbled upon The Lean Green Bean and blogger Lindsay's brainchild of Foodie Penpals. Yup, it's exactly what is sounds like. Submit your name, get the name of another blogger (or reader) and send them a foodie's delight! Your name goes to someone else and you get a box of goodies from that person.
Lindsay says "Foodie Penpals is a program I started in September 2011. It was born from a random idea and I wasn’t really sure how it would work out. Turns out, it’s amazing! We’ve grown from about 30 participants the first month to over 1,000 blogger & reader participants in the US, Canada and most recently, plus several hundred in the UK!"
It sounded like such a fun idea that I had to sign up right away!
On the 5th of April I received an email with the spreadsheet of names. I located mine and found Miss Aimee from Atlanta, Georgia! I was so glad when I emailed her and found out she had no food allergies and her food preferences were completely doable (Pro: Chocolate and candy. Anti: Oysters and Mayo). So I headed over to the Made in Oregon store and picked her up some iconic Oregon products (Tillamook cheese, hazelnuts, marionberry jam and Oregon rain water).
On the 5th I also received an email from the woman who received my name, Patti from Lynn MA. I answered her questions about likes, dislikes and allergies and then sat by my mailbox and waited (not really). But I was so excited when I received my (heavy) box of goodies from her on the 17th (hooray next day priority shipping). Here's what I got from Patti:
Marshmallow fluff from Lynn, MA (where Patti is from), amazing looking "Red Gravy" (marinara), delicious Belgium milk chocolate, lemon pepper, pasta for the gravy, her favorite granola, killer caramel sauce made with goats milk and an awesome Trader Joe's bag.
It was such a fun experience I've already signed up to participate again next month. If you want to participate too go check out The Lean Green Bean and sign up before the 1st of May.