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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Foodie Penpals

It's that fabulous time of the month again, where we reveal what was sent as part of the Foodie Penpals program.
I have to say, I totally love participating in this.  A box arrives on my doorstep after the 15th of the month, filled with goodies.  It's equally fun trying to pick out what to send to my penpal.  If you're not involved in the program currently, head over to The Lean Green Bean and check it out--this is my third month participating and it rocks.

My penpal this month was Rona from Berrymorin's Bits and Tips.  She sent me a gorgeous tea basket with a small teapot and six kinds of flowering tea, which is especially appropriate considering that it has suddenly become subzero in Alaska.  If it's going to be this cold, though, I really want snow!


My box went to Geneva in California, who was kind enough to supply this guest post in response to my "Baby, It's Cold Outside"-themed box.  Can we just say how envious I am that she got to attend a playoff game for the World Series?

I received a package from Krista all the way from Alaska. In the package were 2 biscottis. One was almond dipped in dark chocolate. The other was blueberry drizzled with white chocolate. They were so delicious with my coffee. I had them on 2 separate days even though I was tempted to scarf them both down the first morning.
 
Also in the box were 2 packages of hot cocoa mix. One was plain and one had picante spices added. I was lucky enough to get invited to attend one of the San Francisco Giants vs the St Louis Cardinals playoff game. I made the package of the plain hot cocoa mix, put it in my thermos and added some peppermint schnapps. Later that evening when it got chilly we drank the contents of my thermos and it warmed us up all the way down.
 
I'm saving the cocoa picante one for a special occassion.
 
There was a package of mulling spices in the box. I'm gonna use that to make mulled wine on New Years day when I have people over and make ollie bollen (a dutch donut). Making ollie bollen on New Years day is a tradition at my house that was started many years ago by my Mother-in-law whose family was from Holland.
 
There was a dark chocolate bar with spiced pumpkin seeds on top. I haven't tried it yet, but am sure when I do it will be excellent.
 
The last item in my package was a jar of maple cinnamon toast sprinkle. Sunday I made plain french toast, slathered it with butter and sprinkled on the contents of the jar. It was delicious. It took me back to when I was a little girl and my granny would make french toast and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar. The added maple sugar was a great touch.
 
I want to thank Krista for the package of unique goodies. October was one to remember.
Geneva, you are so welcome!  Now I have to plot a theme for next month's penpal...and make some French toast with cinnamon toast sprinkle.

25 comments:

  1. Love the theme of your box, sounds so fun.

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  2. Very clever of you to do the theme. I love those flowering teas, they never fail to elicit rapturous exclamations - and then some! x

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  3. What a delicious theme :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  4. Sounds cool, exciting and fun! Have a great weekend and enjoy the tea!

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  5. I participated for four months and loved it. I agree that is is so much fun to put together the boxes. I love your themed boxes. I quit participating b/c of time issues. Maybe after the holidays I can get back to it. Stay warm.

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  6. Lovely theme! Have a great weekend!

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  7. A perfect theme for this time of year. I am going to make myself some tea now. Wish I had some biscotti to go with it.
    Have a great weekend!
    Angie

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  8. Sounds like fun! I didn't know that one could send food produce by post. Wish u a lovely weekend ahead.

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  9. I love reading about all the Foodie Penpal packages! It looks like you both gave and received some fabulous treats! Subzero? Yikes...I'm traumatized by our subfreezing! Stay warm, my friend!

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  10. What a fun exchange! I'm loving the idea of a cinnamon toast sprinkle.

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  11. So cool! I went to a Chinese tea shop in DC last month and had a flowering tea. It was STUNNING! I hope you sip slowly and enjoy! Hugs!!! :D

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  12. I like the refreshing tea set. Fantastic idea of exchanging products.

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  13. Wow! What a fun idea. I'm heading on over to take a peek! I love flowering teas. They're so pretty when steeping in the cup.

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  14. What an absolutely cool idea! Your pen pal gifts were delightful.

    Velva

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  15. That's still the best idea ever!!!

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  16. How fun to receive goodies in the mail!!!All the stuff sounds so exciting and delicious :)Enjoy them my friend :)

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  17. Sounds like both of you made out well! Your tea-themed package sounds adorable, and all that stuff you sent your penpal sounds amazing! I'm especially intrigued by the pumpkin seed-topped chocolate bar.

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  18. I'm not in this fun group, yet I do enjoy reading about what bloggers are giving to each other. It's actually a lot of fun finding out goodies from local stores and interesting picks from the bloggers. :)

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  19. I love getting boxes in the mail. I might know whats in them but it still makes me happy :)

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  20. This sounds like such a fun program. I'm so pleased you're happy with your gift basket. Those teas would be handy with your sub-zero temperatures. Winter does come early in Alaska! xx

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  21. This is a fantastic game! You received so many beautiful things!

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  22. Flowering teas are such a special experience. The aesthetics and ritual of it really make you appreciate what you're doing and drinking. I hope you enjoy them immensely!

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  23. Hi! I sooo love your blog! The biscotti you received sounds really yummy! ;) BTW... I want to let you know we miss you at "The Cake Slice" and we are needing your vote for December's Cake! ;) We are voting in a post (just this month) because of some "Blogger glitch" with the poll widget... I look forward to see you there!

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  24. It is so exciting to receive food items in mail.

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