April Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

Remember when I posted my first Foodie Pen Pal review?  I loved all the stuff that I received from Chrystal over at Yum Eating that I of course signed up for February eager to make another new “blog friend” and participate in the exchange.

Unfortunately, my February pen pal didn’t have a blog and there wasn’t much of a connection between us like my first month’s pen pal.  Regardless, I put together an adorable foodie package for my pen pal – coffee mug, creme brule coffee and some other items.  I never heard from her once I sent it and got a package from her about a month later with just a few items in it.

Needless to say, my experience wasn’t the best so I wasn’t going to sign up again.  I decided to try it again for April anyways because I wanted to give it another go and hope my next pen pal experience was better.

I was paired with a lady named Ronata and we emailed back and forth & then I put together her package.  In this one I included two Michigan made items – a delicious mustard that Bryan and I first got when we were up north and a berry jam.  Then some of my other favorites – a Mio, granola bar, drink mixes and my homemade Pad Thai recipe.  I was so sad to hear that the jam busted in transit 🙁  However, she did say she was able to salvage everything else luckily.

I love getting mail, especially packages so I was excited when Ronata’s pen pal box arrived. Below I pictured some of the stuff she sent me:

IMG_3994Her sons like to participate in the swap so she said one of them wanted to include the grape rope.  It was so good!  I love fruit snacks and this one was basically a healthier version of one.  In addition, I loved the purple sweet potato chips.  How clever and tasty too!  I am pretty sure I would eat an entire box of these in one  sitting if I allowed myself.

My favorite was of course her homemade hot salsa!  Like me, Ronata is a foodie and she loves to can her own stuff.  I told her in our correspondences that I love spicy food so she sent me her hot salsa.


Another interesting item in my package was a dessert decal.  I haven’t tried these out yet, but now I have an excuse to make a batch of cookies and use these.  Basically they are little edible designs that you place on top of frosted cookies or cakes etc.  I definitely will be taking a picture of these to share when I make them!

It’s not pictured above because I already used it, but she sent me a packet of Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter.  Sooooo good.  One of my go-to breakfast is a piece of toast with peanut butter, drizzled with honey.  This little sample was delicious and I most definitely will be buying myself a jar.

My experience this month was much better than the last and I am hoping to participate again next month.

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