You guys, I’m so excited. So excited. I really should have thought of this since supporting the Postal Service is a big deal to me, but I’m glad that someone else is on the ball. Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean started something called Foodie Penpals where participants are matched up to another participant each month (bloggers and non-bloggers alike are all welcome), and you mail out a box of goodies ($15 spending limit) to your match and receive one in return. BRILLIANT! This is like two of my greatest loves combined. Food + Mail = Veronica-gasm.
So this month I received my package from Sarah of And So I Give Thanks… (thought it was pretty cool that two thankful blogs were connected through Foodie Penpals!). Is there anything more exciting than getting a package in the mail? Especially when there’s a surprise inside? Especially when it’s a tasty edible surprise?!
Sarah sent me a box full of yummy snacks and a couple of products from her home-state of Minnesota.
Inside was Minnesota honey, & wild rice, Cinnamon Crunch Somersaults, Black & White Trail Mix, and Cheddar Cheese Nut Thins.
Dennis eats honey on bread every single day, so he was really excited to see the honey. It’s one of his favorite treats!
I feel like I found a pot of gold in my box! Wild rice is so expensive that it’s usually cut with other types of rice to make a blend that is less pricey. And I have a pound of pure wild rice! Sarah says this makes an excellent wild rice soup, and I intend to try it that way soon.
I’d never heard of these before. Have you?
Sounds good to me!
Ever since I watched this video on the effects genetically modified foods have had on us, I have been more aware of the food I eat and buy, and make more of an effort to make sure they are not GMO. So I was happy to see this label.
These Cinnamon Crunch Somersaults grew on me and I ended up eating the bag within a few days. At first I didn’t think I liked them, but the roasted sunflower seeds and the crispy, slightly sweet-cinnamon taste & texture became addictive. I particularly liked when I bit into one with an extra-roasted seed–so good!
This Black and White Trail Mix is a combination of peanuts and raisins, both with and without chocolate and yogurt coatings.
The chocolate slightly melted in the heat during shipping, but I was impressed the whole thing wasn’t stuck together in a big mass with the temps we were having during the time I received this. I take this to work with me in case of low blood sugar because it has both carbohydrates and protein.
I saved the best for last! These Cheddar Cheese Nut Thins are crackers made with almonds and rice. I’ve seen them in the gluten-free sections at supermarkets but never thought to try them since I don’t have a gluten allergy.
These were so crispy and delicious! We both loved them and gobbled them up so quickly I’m embarrassed to admit how long they didn’t last. One day. I would definitely not buy these, they are way too addictive! lol Thanks, Sarah, for all the goodies!
I really enjoyed participating in Foodie Penpals this month and am excited for next month! As much fun as it is to receive something in the mail, the best part is actually putting together your own box and feeling all warm and excited for the person about to receive all your tasty thought and effort. If you’d like to learn more, you can do so here. The more the merrier! And thank you for supporting the postal service!