Thursday, 31 May 2012

Foodie Pen Pals May 2012


I haven't been blogging as much lately. I miss it, but we have so much packing to do that I feel guilty sitting at my laptop for long! Hopefully once we are in our new house from this weekend I will have more time to write again. I had to blog today though as today is Foodie Penpal reveal day! I'd heard about the foodie penpal swaps in the US, but it wasn't until last month that I read about the UK version on Jess' blog. You can read more details about the UK & Europe Foodie Penpals here.

This month I received my parcel from Lisa, who doesn't have a blog. Lisa was so generous and sent me some great treats:

It was all packed so neatly into the box, with even more goodies hiding underneath...

I let out an excited squeal when I saw the Urban Fruit dried cherries - my absolute favourite, and I can't buy them anywhere near me! I also adore 9Bars and Nakd bars, and have never tried the Dorset Cereal bars before but my Mum was with me when I opened the parcel and said she has had them before & loves them. Trail mix, hot chocolate powder and cashew butter too - yum! I let Izzy have the Bear yo yos and the mini muffins for her packed lunches, and she has already eaten all of those, but the rest of the treats are waiting for me at the new house. I never normally have such self-control but as I took a box of all my unopened foods round to the new house, I have had little choice but to wait to enjoy them...another thing I'm looking forward to once we're moved in!

Thanks so much Lisa, all your choices were perfect! :)

The person who I sent my parcel to, Sandra, also doesn't have a blog. I haven't heard from her since I sent the parcel a couple of weeks ago, so I hope she's received it ok! This is what I sent her:

Tea, chocolate and fudge babies...such a blogger stereotype! ;) Hope you liked everything Sandra!

And thanks to Carol Anne for organising the swap so well. If you are from the UK or Europe and want to join in you need to fill in this form before the 3rd of the month. You can also see the details of the US swap, and all of the foodie penpal reveal posts linked up at The Lean Green Bean.

Have you ever taken part in a food swap before? What type of things did/would you send? I always enjoy shopping for food swaps, but do tend to second guess myself over what things would be good to send. My swap partner doesn't like nuts and avoids added sugar (apart from her love of dark chocolate), and I was surprised by how many of the things I eat include one or both of those! It was also quite challenging to think of things that will post well - I was wary of sending things in glass jars/bottles both because of the weight and the likelihood of breakages. Although I received a glass of cashew butter and I noticed that Carol Anne received a bottle of wine all the way from the Netherlands, so maybe I need to be more adventurous next month!!!


  1. i have heard nothing bad about those naked bars! hope you enjoy :)

    1. Thanks! I'm sure I will, can't wait to start eating them on Sunday!! :)

  2. That parcel looks fan :) You know I signed up for the swap but never heard anything- not sure if there was an odd number or something, or if the form didn't send. I might try again in September!
    When I have sent things before for swaps I need to think more about the weight, because I just buy things and then get a shock when I get to the post office (especially sending things to America!).

    1. Oh that's a shame :( I did wonder why you weren't on the spreadsheet, but thought maybe you'd changed your mind. Maybe email Carol Anne as well as fill in the form if/when you're ready to try again.

      Yes, weight is something I was conscious of too. On the foodie penpal page it recommends keeping the weight below 1kg for UK and 750g for Europe as then the postage costs aren't too bad, although when buying lots of different things & then packaging it's hard to keep track!

    2. Aw I'm really sorry to hear this! I didn't get a form from you at all, or of course I would have got in touch and included you. I can only apologise and say that if you'd like to join in September, I'd be delighted to sign you up. If you don't get a reply from the form, please feel free to email me.

  3. I'm glad you're enjoying joining in with Foodie Penpals :) Because of the postage costs I've had to bow out for the time being, but I think it's a great scheme and it looks like you both received and sent some brilliant goodies!


  4. Both those parcels look awesome, I really like how neatly packed the one you got was! That says a lot about me... It's great that you have something to look forward to once you're settled in your new house, that will hopefully make up for some of the stress of moving :)

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