I think Sandy started a trend.
Much as she combined tropical storm with nor’easter with hurricane with general sh*t storm, today’s post is a bit of a hybrid. Not only is it WIAW but today also happens to be October Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day. Oh yeah, and it’s Halloween to boot.
There is some crazy a** sh*t goin’ on. So, without further ado…
…meet Foodie Pen Pals.
Let’s hear if for What I Ate
Wednesday Foodie Pen Pals!
While it’s a little scary – though fitting – that this Frankenpost should occur on Halloween, the treats that I received from Jessie were anything but. Jessie is a super cute, self-described “fitness nut” who blogs over at jessielovestorun. She’s living in Kuwait right now with her husband which means that I lucked out in the Foodie Pen Pal department! Just look at all the fantastic goodies she sent me. 🙂
In her initial email to me, Jessie asked if I’d like to try some of the super spicy products ubiquitous to her local shops. Um…yes, please! And folks, I was SO not disappointed!
First to go – and to go so quickly that the bag didn’t even make the above photo – were these:
I served these delightfully spicy, “crispy-licious” bean chips with hummus at a get-together I had a couple of weekends ago. Well, it wasn’t long before the four adults at this get-together were fighting over the crumbs left in the bottom of the bag. In our gotta-get-more-Beanfields zeal, we may have even embarrassed ourselves in front of the 1-year-old that also attended our shin-dig. Hey, maturity goes out the window when delicious food is involved. Am I right or am I right? 🙂
I nearly peed my pants when I was opening Jessie’s package and discovered these lurking at the bottom:
OMG! How did she know?!?! I blow through about 10 packets of Justin’s peanut and almond butter every week. Following the Beanfields, these pouches were next to bite the proverbial bullet.
I sent the Hot & Spicy Pringles with The Man to his weekly Sunday-Guys-Watching-Football-Afternoon but not before sampling a few myself.
Whoa, boy! Them chips is spicy! But insanely delicious :).
I can’t wait to try the sesame rice cakes, curry sauce, and Very Hot Cajun Sauce – the latter of which I think would be amazing drizzled on a Roasted Vegetable Pizza that happens to be chillaxing in my freezer as we speak – tonight’s dinner, perhaps?
The foodie surprises that Jessie so kindly sent my way are all amazing but my favorite parts of her package were the cute little notes she put on each item:
Super thoughtful and adds that little something extra. I might be stealing this idea for future Foodie Pen Pal packages of my own. 🙂
Jessie, thank you so much for all of the wonderful goodies – they were the perfect subjects for this What I Ate
Wednesday Foodie Pen Pals Frankenpost!
Here’s the Foodie Pen Pal info if you want to jump on the bandwagon and be sure to check out WIAW too!
-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.
If you’re interested in participating for November, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by November 4th as pairings will be emailed on November 5th!