foodie penpals

sorry to some of you who may have seen this post pop up in your google reader last weekend. i wrote it ahead of time since i received my package of treats 10 days ago! not sure what happened there – i scheduled it for today in windows live writer, but it published last weekend anyway… hmmm….

ok, so i think everyone knows that i adore lindsay. we can just add one more reason that she’s awesome to the list: she came up with the really great idea for foodie penpals!

what are foodie penpals, you ask?! well, any bloggers and readers that wanted to participate signed up, and then on the first of september, we were assigned someone to send a package of new, exciting, local foodie items to! there is a $15 spending limit on the goodies and we’re each responsible for shipping our packages. everyone who participated was supposed to send out the packages by september 15 and then we’re all posting about it today (the last day of the month!).

the lovely hannah got paired up with me and sent me a box of amazing goodies!

she’s from vermont, so i was hoping for some new-to-me local-to-vermont items…and hannah delivered! 🙂

i definitely squealed when i opened the box and saw these cute vermont postcards (each with a recipe on the back!) and the cow tipping sticker.

hannah,  how did you know i’m a country girl?! it’s perfect!

let’s look at this stuff a bit closer…

first up, i got this bbq sauce (which brad wanted to open immediately upon seeing!).

is that not the cutest label you have ever seen?! i’m a sucker for barnyard animals. Winking smile we have plans to make some slow cooker ribs very soon and i think we’ll use this for them!

hannah also send this vermont harvest apple rum walnut conserve.

just typing that flavor combination makes my mouth water.

also in the box were some crackers.

and some cookies.

apparently, hannah is also quite the talented jewelry-maker! she made this necklace & earrings and included them in my package.

they are so so beautiful, hannah! i love them! and they’re my favorite color – purple! Smile

i loved participating in foodie penpals this month. it actually made me discover new products local to my area since i was scoping out great finds to send to my partner, i got to try all of this awesome stuff from vermont, and i was introduced to some new blogs that i hadn’t followed before! win-win-win!


p.s. i sent a box of local madison foods to holly. go check out her blog to see what i sent!

p.p.s. if you’re interested in participating in foodie penpals, email lindsay ( with your full name, email address, and your blog name/url (if applicable).


imagine you’re putting together a box of your favorite local treats to send to a foodie penpal. what would you include?


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hi, i'm sarah. i'm a graduate student, dog lover, newlywed, blogger, aspiring baker/cook, and a veggie lover. :)
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5 Responses to foodie penpals

  1. Wow! Those local products look so yummy! Apple rum walnut? Yes, please!

    What a fun idea to include post cards, recipes, and jewelry. Looks like you had a pretty awesome pen pal!

  2. So glad you liked the necklace and earrings!

  3. Shannon says:

    I love getting packages! 🙂
    I would include local products that are typical where I live.

  4. sproutybuns says:

    that apple rum walnut conserve is making my mouth water! I love all the local goodies and the homemade jewelry is incredible – I need to get more creative with my next swamp 🙂

  5. Kimberly says:

    Great package! I love the cow tipping sticker- haha! Girl, that is so awesome you live in Madison! I was just there yesterday for the Badger game (Go Badgers!!)! I live in Platteville! We are super close! 🙂 Please contact me anytime if you would like to have a blogger meet up – I have discovered a few bloggers form the cheese state already – it is really neat! If you are not a member of healthy living blogs, you should check it out! – they list all of the bloggers in different states so you can search by your state and even your CITY! You pay $10 and get your name added to the list 🙂 Hope to see you around!

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