I don’t know about you but this whole “April showers brings May flowers” thing is totally out of whack this year. April snow brings May flowers? In addition to a lot of great goodies, Foodie Penpals forces me to reflect at the end of each month, what’s happened and where we’re headed. Normally by now I’d be in spring skirts and flip-flops, but the way things have been, I wonder if I’ll even make it there before the official start of summer. After a depressingly cold winter, we’ve yet to have more than a few days of relief. My first “spring” trip to the greenmarket showed signs of life with a few plants and seed sales, but mostly the cellared remains of last year’s harvest. Spring, where are you?
Another month and another fabulous foodie penpal package! This month I was paired with Becca of Two Places at Once. Becca’s blog follows her new live in Texas and journey to figure life out on her own. Her blog is half in the kitchen, half in the depths Texas as she discovers new things. Word to the wise, I think no matter how old you are, you’re still figuring things out on the fly. If you can fake it to you make it, you’re doing just fine.
Can you believe it’s practically March, yet here we are, still in another wave of deep freeze? My Foodie Penpal package was late this month, going out and coming in. Not due to anyone in particular’s fault but thanks to good old Mother Nature. For those of you not in the northeast, the day before Valentines Day we were greeted by yet another blizzard. The 4th? 5th? 20th? of the year? To any extend, shopping trips and shipping were delayed. Though as always, when the box arrives on my doorstep, it’s always worth the wait.
Generally I love writing my foodie penpal reveals, but this one’s a bit bittersweet. It’s a harsh reminder that August is over and summer’s coming to a close. This summer was far more stressful, yet productive, as compared to last year. Free time was limited and while I didn’t put up as much as I would have liked (yet…), it’s an improvement over last year’s “too much canning, what do I do with all of this?” panic. While I mourn summer’s close, I welcome fall’s beginnings. The air has been light with a slight crispness at night, signalling cooler weather is not far away.
Fall is my favorite season. It signals apple picking, soup worthy evenings, brilliantly colored leaves and of course, my birthday. Though as wonderful as it is, part of me always has a sour feeling in my gut, knowing that winter lurks nearby. Spring and fall. If I could design a climate with low humidity, convenient rainfalls, flurries, not blizzards and temperatures between 45-80 degrees year round, the world would be perfect. Oh well. Enough lamenting about the weather. You’re here for the reveal.
This month I was paired with the very sweet Lisa from Michigan. Right off the bat I knew I was getting a great Foodie Penpal box. In addition to the normal dietary restrictions “I don’t want to poison you” questions, Lisa asked if I was interested in receiving local Michigan goods. YES! We emailed back and forth a bit and a few weeks later a package showed up on my doorstep. It was awesome timing. I had a little accident that week. Clumsy me managed to walk into a stand pipe and cut my leg. I could show you pictures, but it’s best you just use your imagination. Seven stitches and a bit of a bruised ego later I was doing fine, but needed to stay off my feet for a few days. Lisa’s penpal package was like the get well gift she didn’t even realize she was sending!