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.