while using my time productively...let's not go there. when i was a kid, i had a pen pal. the unknown stranger from across the country who would exchange letters with me. it didn't last long but it did leave an impression on me. so recently, when i happened upon a monthly event known as the foodie pen pals, not only was i reminded of my long lost "friend" i was compelled to sign up. it seemed like fun, send a box of edible goodies to a person and receive a box of goodies from a different person.
the whole idea was put together by lindsay of the lean green bean in september of 2011. it started with 30 participants and now has more than a thousand in the u.s., canada and the u.k.. the participants are paired by country; u.s. residents to u.s. residents, canadians to canadians and finally, u.k. residents to u.k. residents. we send/receive our boxes and then we post them.
the hardest part about sending a package of food to a stranger-because we are all strangers at first, is that you never know what they might like. we must be mindful of the obvious such as allergies, aversions or religious requirements and are required to ask that before we shop for goodies. luckily for me, theresa of a spoonful of sunshine, my partner who would be receiving the box had no issues and i was able to send here what ever i wanted.
this was such fun that i will do it again! join the fun, if you can.