Monthly Archives: January 2013

January Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!


This month, my Foodie Penpal Box came from Terri in Georgia.

I opened the box to find this lovely note:

Jan 2012 note

Of course, I opened to find some exciting breakfast treats!

Jan 2012 Contents

Vanilla Bean Scone Mix, English Breakfast Tea, S’mores Pankcake Mix, Maple Syrup, Sarabeth’s Peach Apricot Fruit Spread, Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix with a Snowflake Mug

I love breakfast! It’s been a really long time since I’ve had pancakes and I’ve never had S’mores ones! And wait a minute… I can make scones myself?! I guess the only times I’ve ever eaten scones were in coffee shops. When I think about someone making scones, I picture a woman slaving away in the kitchen with flour on her face… making them from scratch. I guess that’s one reason why I’ve never attempted them. With this box, I determined we had some yummy weekend breakfasts coming up!

Smores Pancakes

S’mores Pancakes with Maple Syrup – so good!

I sipped the hot cocoa one night when we had a bazillion-below-zero degree weather. It was the perfect warming treat. I do drink tea from time to time, but not often black tea. I experimented and found that I like black tea with a teaspoon of cream and a teaspoon of honey. As a side note, when I pulled my honey bear out of the cupboard, I couldn’t get any honey out of it. It was stuck in the bottom of the bottle! So I put a mug of water in the microwave for two or three minutes and gave my honey bear a bath to loosen it up a bit:


Bath time for Honey Bear!

We enjoyed some of tea the morning I made the scones. I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make! I just added whipping cream, kneaded the dough, flattened it into a circle, cut it into triangles and baked! The box said to bake for 15 to 20 minutes. I took them out at 15 and they were already a little overdone on the bottom. But, oh that vanilla bean flavor! The only scones I’ve ever had were made of some sort of berry or fruit. I can tell you that these vanilla bean ones rival those! And I wouldn’t be lying if I told you that vanilla bean scone dough is just as good as cookie dough. 😉


The Peach Apricot Jam was the perfect accompaniment to the Vanilla Bean Scones.

We thoroughly enjoyed our special winter breakfasts.

Thank you so much, Terri!

If you’d like to participate in Foodie Penpals, here’s the best part:

You don’t need to have a blog to participate!

Here’s how it works:

1. Sign up by the 4th of the month that you want to participate.

2. On the 5th of the month, you are assigned a Foodie Penpal.

3. You communicate with your penpal about any food allergies or preferences, as well as where to ship the package.

4. By the 15th of the month, send $15 worth of food to your penpal that may include homemade goodies, local treats or just some of your favorite discoveries that you want to share! The box must also contain something handwritten.

5. You’ll receive a package from another Foodie Penpal, who was assigned to you.

6. If you are like me, you squeal with delight when your package arrives.

7. You enjoy said goodies, which you may have never known about otherwise.

8. If you are a blogger, you post about the package you received on the last day of the month – Reveal Day! {If you are not a blogger, you do not need to do anything, but thank your Penpal, of course! However, if your Penpal does blog, you can choose to write a guest post, if you so wish.}


This month, my package went to Jillian in Connecticut. Because Jillian doesn’t have a blog, I invited her to write a post on her goodies, but only if she wanted to… So stay tuned tomorrow to find out what I sent and learn more about her!

What is your favorite breakfast and why?