Hey everyone! Recently Stephanie, over at The Enchanting Rose, hosted a teacup/mug and gift exchange, and Hannah and I decided to join! I was a little nervous about doing it and thought it would be very hard and complicated, but it was so simple and easy to do and I had so much fun participating!
Hannah did the mug exchange, and I did both. Looking back, maybe I should have stuck with just one, since it was a little bit of a challenge doing both while moving from one farm to another, but I couldn’t decide which to do and am so glad I was able to make two new friends!
I’ll start with my teacup! I was having a bit of a rough day when this came in the mail, so getting this sweet package was very special! Ashley (my partner) is actually my age and it was neat to find out that we have a lot in common!
The tape she used was so cute!
Isn’t this such a pretty cup???! I really like the bright blue and yellow! Oh, and the blue notebook it is sitting on was actually made by her!
She also sent me a cookbook that is authored by a Jewish woman in Israel … I can hardly wait to try some of the recipes! And the tea she sent is an all-time favorite around here … it’s so good! I was touched to see the muffin mix … in the allergy section I put down “gluten” – my reason for it was so that someone wouldn’t spend their money on something I couldn’t eat, but she actually went out of her way to get something I could! And another thing … the pens! I laughed when I saw “lefty preferred” on the front, since I’m actually a lefty and trying to write with smearing pens can be very frustrating (I didn’t tell her I was a lefty!) In all, I’m so grateful for all the care and love she put into her package … “thank you, Ashley!”
And now to the mug … it came from a young lady named Joy, and wow, she was so generous!
She actually sent two mugs since she didn’t know if I’d like the dog face one … I actually think it’s really cute but I haven’t tried drinking from it … I’m not sure if I could handle going to take a sip with it staring straight at me! 🙂 The other mug though … to say I like it would be an understatement! The light blue/aqua color is so lovely and I really like how simple and elegant it is!
I was very excited about the German chocolate! When serving in Israel last year we met quite a few German and Swiss men, so needless to say we enjoyed some good chocolate 🙂
(Confession: the chocolate box there is actually quite empty in these photos … we couldn’t wait until I got the pictures!)
Also, the bag, lotion, candy, tea and candles were all special treats! And the pretty flower pens … aren’t they so darling??? The wrapping paper she used was so cute and there were paper hearts tucked here and there … it was so sweet!
Her gifts were so thoughtful and sweet … “thank you, Joy!”
By the way, I forgot to get pictures of the things I sent my exchange partners but they should be shown on Stephanie’s post … their names are Erin and Emily!
And now Hannah can tell about what she received …
Hey everyone! My partner was Lora, a lady from Arkansas and I was so happy to receive her box! She sent this large glass mug, since she said that tea cups are lovely but don’t hold enough! She also said that she tries to avoid items made in China, which I can appreciate. With that in mind, I’m going to pause this a minute and go fix myself a mug of chai!
Okay, I’m back! I used three tea bags for this mug, since I like the strong spicy tea flavor. I also like to drink chai with milk and honey … I usually use goat’s milk but I don’t have any thawed out right now so I added some vanilla almond milk to the mug that I’m enjoying right now. Very tasty!
I had put on my form that my favorite tea is chai and Lora sent me three different varieties of it! I’ve tried all three and I’m not sure if I have a favorite – they’re all good. She also sent me chocolate pur-eh, which I had not tried before but it is also tasty. It’s kind of like a spice tea with a chocolate flavor.
The other thing that was in my package was a homemade linen cloth for boiled puddings, along with a page of recipes. I have never made boiled puddings before but I’m definitely looking forward to it. Lora mentioned that they often make them in the wintertime because they keep a pot of water on the woodstove to humidify the air. We also heat with wood and always have water on the stove, so I look forward to trying some of these recipes as soon as it gets cool enough for a fire (which hopefully won’t happen before my father has time to get the woodstove installed here in our new house!)
Participating in this exchange was a lot of fun and I am happy to have made some new friends! I didn’t take pictures of the package that I sent out but Lauren has just posted about it on her blog, so you can visit there to see what I sent her 🙂
As you can see, we are back home from camping for Sukkot and, YHWH willing, will be blogging regularly again!