Each month, bloggers and non bloggers can be a Foodie Pen Pals and share some of their favorite local treats with others across the country. I love trying new foods and trying local flavors, so this was the perfect challenge for me.
For more on becoming a Foodie Pen Pal, please check it rules out here.
My very first Foodie Box came from Tasha in Iowa. When Tasha first emailed me, I was amazed at her efficiency. She knew exactly the right questions to ask to make my box exactly what I would enjoy. And enjoy I did.
I received the box on a Friday afternoon after a challenging day and my spirits perked up as soon as Ed walked through the door with it. I was overwhelmed with all the yummy treats inside.
I immediately was drawn to the baked goods. (Please note: You have the option to not request fresh baked goods if you are not comfortable with this. Tasha asked me if I felt comfortable with this and I told her I was.) When I opened the bag of Kringla, it smelled like soft pretzels. Not sure if this was the plan, but they only lasted a day or two later. They are popular around Tasha’s house and now quite popular here too. The Dutch Letter Tasha described as “heavenly” and I agreed. I split it between two morning breakfasts with coffee. Perfection.
Next, was the canned and bottled items. Tasha sent me some of her canned tomatoes and a story about her favorite childhood dish of mac and cheese and canned tomatoes. Add some salt and pepper and you’re good to go. Might just have to give that a try!
The Corn Cob Syrup has been calling my name since I opened the box. I haven’t had a chance to try it to it’s full potential yet, but yummy! I love unique items like these. I see pancakes smothered in this in my near future. I haven’t had a chance to try the Cranberry Jalapeno Jam yet. I’m finishing up my current jam before opening it. Should add a little spice to my morning 😉
This was my favorite item! Two bags of fresh popcorn kernels. Perfect for my bagged popcorn recipe. Tasha and her husband pop popcorn the old fashion way, just like me and my husband. Yum!
Finally, the sweet stuff! Well, the beef sticks weren’t really sweet, but they were a big ticket item in our pantry. They were the perfect afternoon snack. I remember eating beef sticks at the fair and haven’t had any in ages. The Oh! Chocolate Devine Cheesecake Mix sounds fantastic. I am debating to take it to a small potluck this Sunday or save it for our friends Thanksgiving meal…or make it and keep it all to myself. Decisions.
The Iowa State chocolate bar was her son’s addition to the box and I would like to personally thank them for my sweet after race treat from this past Sunday. Go Iowa State!
I had a great first experience with Foodie Pen Pal’s and I’m looking forward to participating more and getting creative with my boxes in the future. I most certainly enjoyed meeting two exceptionally lovely ladies in the process.
Andrea ~ I have enjoyed getting to know you through putting your box together and thrilled that you are enjoying your treats. Keep up that positive energy!
Tasha ~ I am without words. You’re box was pure joy to receive and I can’t wait to enjoy it even more. The thought you put into each item and your note made my day!
To sign up for November Foodie Pen Pals, click the link here. You do not have to have a blog. You have until November 4th to sign up!
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