I have been drowning in job applications for the past month. I never dreamed that finding a teaching job would be so time-consuming and overwhelming. I’ve applied to positions in Chicago and a few of the surrounding suburbs, but I have also been searching and applying for some non-teaching positions as a backup. I literally have not left my computer in almost 3 weeks! It’s rough, but I keep telling myself that one way or the other it will all be over soon and I will be back to work full-time.
In the meantime, I managed to participate in another round of Foodie Penpals! This month I was paired with Lucie from Georgia. Lucie was super on top of things. The deadline to mail packages is the 15th of the month and my package arrived on the 11th! She even included a description of each product along with the history behind it.
Honey coated pecans
I requested that the items be gluten-free and peanut-free, which meant that I could not receive any of Georgia’s famous peanuts. Lucie included some amazing honey coated pecans. Between my husband and I, these lasted approximately 15 seconds.
This was another winner with my husband. I think he is beginning to become more excited for my Foodie Penpal packages to arrive than I am. These had a very smokey flavor, which I liked a lot. Then, I saw this recipe from Paleo Girl’s Kitchen where she used pork rinds to bread chicken and my mind was totally blown. I am definitely going to have to give that one a test drive.
Southern condiment trio
I can’t comment personally about the above three items because I haven’t had a chance to try them yet. I am simply DYING to try the Georgia Peach Grilling Sauce, but the weather for the past few weeks has not been grill-friendly. We’ve had a lot of rain and even a few days in the 60’s. The 60’s?! In July? I don’t understand the Midwest. I plan on using it to cook up some chicken, but I am sure it would also be very tasty on shrimp or scallops.
I’d never heard of Mayhaw jelly before and it apparently gets it’s name because “May” is the month in which the “Haw”thorne berries are harvested. The description from Lucie’s note said that it Mayhaw’s are part of the apple family and that Mayhaw jelly has been toted as “the best jelly in the world.” I think I am going to save it for the fall because it sounds like something that would really perk up my taste buds when I am missing summer.
I plan on breaking into that jar of Hot Chow Chow this week. This is also something I had never heard of and when I Googled what to eat it with I realized that the possibilities are endless. Some of the things that I found were as an accompaniment to BBQ pork, mixed in with tuna, as a relish for shrimp tacos, and a topping on an omlete. I LOVE mixing salsas into my scrambled eggs so this is perfect!
To see what I sent to my Foodie Penpal, hop on over to Sharde’s page at http://shoedooo.com/.
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Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
– On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
– You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
– The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
– You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
– Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!