So I was very excited and pleased to be sharing Michigan with my new friend, Jennifer of Inner Workings of the Female Mind. Jennifer lives in Washington State, loves soccer, high heels and reading. She is a newlywed with an adorable Goldendoodle. Jennifer's birthday is in August and she was married in August just a few years ago. My birthday is also in August and I love to read so we have those things in common.
Jennifer and I started sending emails to each other as well. It was nice to make a new friend out here in blogland.
I quickly found some wonderful things to share with Jennifer. These are things that I would love to receive which is one of the guidelines when joining the swap. I hoped and prayed that Jennifer would like them and I eagerly awaited my package from her.
I found some wonderful soap made from goat's milk locally as well as a cool mitten ornament that is made in a neighboring city. I put in some apple chips and blueberry preserves from Northern Michigan and a book about Michigan because I know Jennifer loves to read. I also threw in some of my homemade pear butter, grape jelly and spiced pickled beets because after all it is her birthday and anniversary month.
On Thursday, August 21, I received my package from Jennifer. I was very excited...this being my first swap and all and I couldn't wait to dig into it and see what I had gotten. I am the same way at Christmas and on my birthday. I love getting gifts and if I know someone has one for me it drives me crazy until I can convince them to give it to me.
Join me and see what wonderful goodies I got.
The first thing I did was remove and read the letter from Jennifer.
She told me all about Washington and her reasons for the items she sent.
She told me that she loved the ocean and felt blessed to live in a State on the ocean.
Jennifer told me many companies got their start in Washington, including Starbucks.
She said that this mug came from the "first" Starbucks store.
She said that Washingtonians (?) are huge sports fans.
Being from Michigan, I can relate to that!!
She said that one of Washington's main crops was apples.
And being a soccer player and a coach, she of course included Washington's Soccer team.
Another company that had it's beginnings in Washington was Microsoft.
This is where Jennifer currently works.
Isn't this the coolest Local Flavors package ever?!!!
Thanks Jennifer and Thank you Chaotic Goddesses for hosting.