One Kitchen, Many Hearts: Box 1

Six faces, six places.

From Left to Right, Top Row: Madelyn, Kirsten, Megan, Bottom Row: Jeanne, Allison et moi.

I’m still totally confused about how, exactly we managed to find one another (um, besides Mads) in the vast, mysterious expanse known as The Internet, but I am so very glad that we did.  Even though we live thousands of miles apart, each of these women has taught me so much over the past year about baking, cooking and selfless friendship.

Once upon a forever ago, we coined the term One Kitchen Many Hearts to describe the relationship that we have.  Because in a perfect world we would own a Big Love-style compound in which all of our kitchens opened up into one community yard.  Where we could lend one another a cup of sugar, two eggs and a stick of butter just because.

Not such a bad vision, is it?

Anyway, one day on The Twitter, we were discussing a food blogger pen pal program that another blogger was hosting.  And it occurred to us that instead of sending boxes to strangers, we could send things to one another.

So we set a schedule, wrote down our plan and started shipping away.

This month, I received a shipment from The Lone Star State,which was so perfectly fitting, considering the fact that I have been fixated with All Things Texas lately.  I want to call it a phase.  But I really don’t think it is.

The haul.

The Homesick Texan had arrived in our mailbox the day before and as I pulled things out of Jeanne’s carefully crafted package, I had to use all of my self-control to avoid screaming Oprah’s Favorite Things-style.

Yes, seriously.

The contents.

Are the cowgirl tags killing you dead?  Because I died.

What we have: Elderflower Honey, Homemade Red Plum Jam, Canned Rajas, Fire Roasted Mexican Salsa, Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous, Bayou Heat Hot Sauce, Belgian Chocolates, Dove Dark Chocolate with Almond Promises and Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Slick Slate.

In Marcus’ words: Jeanne really gets you doesn’t she?

Um, yes.  A thousand times yes.

And we have only just scratched the surface of the feasting that needs to take place between now and April.

Want to know what else got sent around the country?  The answer to that is YES!  Pop on over to check out Madelyn, Kirsten, Megan, Jeanne and Allison’s boxes!

Edited to add: To see what I sent Megan, click here!

14 responses to “One Kitchen, Many Hearts: Box 1

  1. Hooray! I’m so happy you loved your box of goodies. I’m wearing Slick Slate as we speak, as a sign of solidarity. Can’t wait to see what you do with some of this stuff – like the couscous. I’ll be watching for it to pop in a Friday Food Round-Up in the future. Love to you & Marcus! -jeanne

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  3. Super sweet. Care packages are the best. Along with real letters that exhibit actual handwriting (as opposed to a typed email message).

    I cannot believe you get up at 6:00 on a Sunday to run. Not sure to admire or to think you are crazy nuts off your rocker. I think a little of both. I, on the other hand, sleep in as long as Husband will allow…usually not past 8:00…then putz about for a bit at a very slow pace.

  4. I looked all over for cute tags and came up empty handed. These cowgirl tags are adorable!

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  6. Fact: the World needs more Cowgirl tags.

    What a cool haul! You literally have something for all occasions. Love that Jeanne catered to your mitts & paws habit. BTW–I have the SH Slate color. We scare me.

  7. Nothing better than getting a package in the mail, and with food, holy moly you hit the jackpot. Friends & food are the best, enjoy.

  8. How sweet. Care packages are so nice, and it looks like you got a lot of awesome swag.

  9. This is so cool! I love this idea. Those cowgirl tags are awesome. I love it! I am thinking we need to come up for an idea for a swap because this looks like a lot of fun.

  10. See, now I feel like a slacker – I just put what I sent in the card. I will do better next time. I’m sure someone sells cactus-y things around here.
    And yes, the Oprah Favorite Things Scream – nearly happened over here, too. I mean, come ON!

  11. What a great idea! I can’t wait to check out what the other ladies have received! You girls make my day!

    P.S. If you ever need an extra person for cake or pie week, let me know! I would love to be lucky #7!

  12. Kat, this is so great! What a fantastic idea. It’s so great you have set this up. I’ve really been enjoying the friendships created through commonalities in the blog sphere.

    I love all of the food you received. Lucky you. Take great care,


  13. Sounds delicious! And I love the cowgirls tags AND the owl stickers 🙂

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