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:
Her 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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