Welcome to our Third Annual "Neck of the Woods” gift exchange! As in previous years, we’ll share food and / or drinks that are popular either where we live now OR are popular in places where we have lived.
A few suggestions to get your appetites whetted could be spices or rubs, salsas or sauces, sparkling cider or wine, pickles or relishes, honey or molasses, cheeses or breads, jams or jellies -- just to name a few. You’re welcome to make goodies if you’re handy in the kitchen, or alternatively shop locally or online for your Secret Buddy.
You're also welcome to share Spring and Summer blooming bulbs, divisions of Perennials you’re already growing, freshly harvested seeds, or other gardening items which fit within your budget. The bulk of your items, though, should be food-related.
Rules and Guidelines…
The value of our items should be $20, less the cost of Priority Mail with a Delivery Confirmation number. For privacy, tracking numbers should never be posted on our threads. Instead keep your receipt handy and / or D-mail the numbers you use to me. Carefully wrap your items for transit, and better yet insure packages that contain breakables.
Since our deadline for new participants has passed, each of us now have the same of our Secret Buddy. Reveal your goodies, along with your sender's name, when you receive your package, and also post a photo if at all possible. All packages need be mailed please no later than the week of August 27th.
We have a super group of participants this year. Here we are, along with a few likes / dislikes...
ahoogstra / Alicia (Michigan) -- XXL T-Shirt; love hot & spicy foods. I love wine too and Chocolate
RECEIVED FROM taters55
careyana / Carey (Texas) -- I will eat or drink just about anything. Shoes sz 8, shirt sz Small.
RECEIVED FROM deejay9
Chicory31 / Kerrie (North Carolina) -- alcohol is OK; like chocolate and... really there is not much I don't like, except black licorice. Hot and spicy is fine.
RECEIVED FROM happgarden
ClanCampbell / Chris (Iowa) Likes: BBQ sauce (hey, I was born and raised in TX-gotta love BBQ as much as you love Chili!), spicy foods, salty foods, would enjoy pasta noodles that are locally made, margaritas (Let's see someone send THAT through the mail!),
Dislikes: not much of anything, just no chocolate - I love dark choc, but think it might get a little nasty being sent through the mail right now.
RECEIVED FROM GardenQuail
Cris316 / Cris (New Jersey) -- Allergic to bananas, grapes & turkey. Don't like hot stuff or heavy spices.
Love chocolate, home-made stuff (crafts & baking).
RECEIVED FROM lizrainey
deejay9 / Susie (Michigan) -- alcohol is OK
RECEIVED FROM rouxcrew
GardenQuail / Michelle (California) -- Large T-Shirt.
A few dislikes: Please, no alcoholic beverages, hot spices, or olives.
A good smokey bbq sauce without hot spices sounds delicious
RECEIVED FROM Tina_A
lizrainey / Liz (California) -- XL T-Shirt; alcohol is OK
RECEIVED FROM FruitOfTheVine
Mandy97 / Mandy (Michigan) -- I'm not allergic to any foods. I am into milder stuff (slightly spicy is okay, but not anything considered medium or hot). I like pickles, jams, chocolates, and homemade stuff. Different kinds of seasonings are fun too.
RECEIVED FROM FruitOfTheVine
rouxcrew / Joy (Texas) -- Medium T-Shirt; alcohol is OK
RECEIVED FROM ahoogstra
taters55 / Linda Kay (Texas) --
RECEIVED FROM Chicory31
Tina_A / Tina (Texas) -- I happen to love all foods, but I'm allergic to bananas and avocados. I'm not much of a beer drinker, although dh is. My shirt size is 3X.
RECEIVED FROM Cris316