Stephanie, the Happy Sorceress of Dispensing Happiness put together this wonderfully small world event called Blogging by Mail where she took on the huge challenge of playing musical mailbox with a huge list of people all over the world, all sharing their favorite "small things" with each other. (Thanks, Stephanie!)
My Mail Blogging genie turned out to be Deborah of The Humble Housewife who lives and caters in Ireland. But get this: her husband is originally from my town--Springfield, Missouri. How freaking cool is that?
By her choices, Deborah shows that we have lots in common! Baileys? Yum! A good paring knife and a small pastry brush--YES! Tea? Boy, howdy. Marmalade? My FAVORITE!!!! Candles? Love 'em. Chocolate? Hiding it from Gene. Shamrock cookie cutters? Deborah must have ESP because I almost bought some this year and then decided to not be frivolous. Grumpily frugal. Now I can enjoy them next year and not feel one bit guilty--thanks Deborah! How did you know?
There is nothing like getting a present in the mail. It turns us all back into children with a pure joy of opening a surprise. As an adult, it's also the entryway into a special bonding among foodies. Isn't it nice to know there are "others" out there like us that share this passion?
Thank you so much Deborah for both your goodies and your kindness! I'm now an avid reader of yours and a cheerleader in your corner on your catering business--best of luck.
Who did I send my box of goodies to, you might be wondering...
Evelin at Bounteous Bites is an adorable young woman who is 17-years-old and already an accomplished cook. I was so grateful to Stephanie for sending me her name. Her blog is so fun and impressive. I don't mean to hound on her age but I was blown away when I realized just how much experience she has under her belt. In a way I related to her. I, too, was in the kitchen at a young age so by the time I went to college I was sort of the "Mom" in the kitchen to my roommates. I noticed also, that like me, Evelin loves to bake and all of her desserts are beautifully done. I thought she might enjoy a few of my favorite little things to cake decorate with so I put together a care package of Wilton pastry bags, couplers, tips, food colors, and then some fun candy jelly flowers and lollies. I can't wait to see what lovelies she makes with these new kitchen toys.