goofing off on Instagram with Yummers Potatoes by my side
A little while before VeganMoFo began, my excellent Instagram friend Claire offered to send me some Euro candy. It all started when I was oohing and aahing over some treats that were posted on Instagram (I think it was those Vivani White Chocolate bars), and she offered to send me some. How nice! But I can't just be a greedy grubber, so of course I offered to send her a package of goodies from California too. It's just so much more fun that way.
Then MoFo came along, and we were both busy with our daily posts. The fun thing was that I started following her excellent blog, Great Vegan Expectations, and I got to know so much more about her. That made the whole swap even more fun because now I feel like we are officially e-friends. Someday soon, hopefully we will also be IRL-friends. ha ha.
putting together Claire's package, thinking of her
Making care packages is as fun as receiving them
So, in a rush to take care of business before we left for our New York City vacation, I rustled up Claire's package and got it off in the mail. I don't remember everything I put in there - but I tried to include some healthy treats and some indulgent treats and lots of chocolate and some local California treats and some Trader Joes classics... hopefully I picked things that aren't easily found in the UK!
Look at all that exciting vegan loot!
And then, right after we got home from our trip, look what arrived for me!! Yippeeee! So many exciting treats. You can tell that Claire is a good person because she included lots of special chocolates for me. Plus, Goody Good Stuff gummies, which I LOVE. Plus little fun protein snacks (spacebar!), and some new nakd nuggets which I hadn't ever tried before. Plus, a few different kinds of super special euro cookies: little waffle syrup cookies, crazy decadent shortbread chocolate cookies, and a whole box of chocolate covered gingerbread cookies filled with jam. Those last ones were something I asked for, because I'd seen Euro friends post pictures of things like this (ahem, Jojo), and I have such fond memories of cookies like this. I really love these cookies and I am savoring them and also I am not sharing them. Mwahahaha.
racing inside from the mailbox!!
Plus, most of all, the whole package was just so sweet. There were little tags and explanations about the different goodies and a sweet little card inside. I love my swap package!
Isn't it wonderful that we can make friends with each other through these blogs of ours, and form real connections and do neat things like send each other care packages?! It's quite touching how much these online friendships mean to me, and how much they have enriched my life over all these years of blogging. Almost all of the people who were blogging when I started my blog over 9 years ago have long since stopped blogging... but along the way I just keep making lovely new friends, which is probably my most favorite thing about this whole blogging endeavor. Thanks again for a wonderful package, Claire!
ps. I used the random number generator to pick a comment number from my giveaway for a copy of Zsu Denver's new book "Vegan Bowls," and the winner was Courtney. Congratulations to her!