OK. Not only have I just got back from an amazingly good holiday visiting friends in Sweden and Finland (pics and stories to be posted tomorrow); and not only have I returned home to a newly decorated bathroom (thank you Mum and Dad!); and not only did aforementioned father find a big patch of chanterelles in the local forest and take me there on my way home to pick a bucket full; I also returned to Inverness to discover that my BBM package has arrived!
For those of you who haven’t heard of BBM, I’ll explain. Blogging By Mail is an event where bloggers send out parcels to another participant. This BBM was about our favourite things. I sent a package out to Mevrouw Cupcake earlier in the summer. And today I received my package from none-other than the organiser herself, the lovely Stephanie from Dispensing Happiness. I was very honoured!
And, my goodness, what a package it was. 🙂 The care she obviously took in selecting the items and making links with my own blog was really touching. Plus, Stephanie’s favourite things were explained in detail in a hand-written nine page letter on the coolest writing paper I’ve ever seen!
Without further ado, I’ll share my gifts with you all.
Lots of gorgeous chocolate, including Endangered Species chocolate which donates a portion of the profit to animal charities.
Delicious dried raspberries (which I didn’t even know existed) and pop rocks! Haven’t seen this sweet since I was a kid! According to Stephanie, if a dog licks this candy the results are hillarious!
One of Stephanie’s favourite recipes, Persian Rice with Pistachio and Dill, complete with the some pistachios to make it. Can’t wait to try this out. 🙂 Love both dill and pistachios!
A beautiful herbal tea (which I’m drinking right now and loving) and a bottle of Italian vanilla syrup for adding to coffees, sodas, even champagne!
Some very swish home-made jam made with Concord grapes and fresh thyme. Going to have this on my ryebread for supper tonight!
A mix CD which, though I only know one song on it, sounds great. It has music from Buffy the Vampire Slayer on it – it must be good! A book by Stephanie’s favourite author and a copy of Vegetarian Times, both of which I’m looking forward to getting stuck into.
These little pecan crackers are soooooo good. I’ve eaten them all already and I only opened the package a couple of hours ago! The Chipolte peppers are something I’m not familiar with at all. I can feel an experiment coming on!
A wee pampering kit from Burt’s Bees, a company I’ve heard of but never come across their products. Being an absolute sucker for anything that makes me soft, I love this!
And finally, my favourite….
A puppy of my own! Stephanie read how much I wanted a dog and how much I loved having Rosie here. She has four dogs and this little fella looks like one called Donegal. So Donegal he shall be too!