Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Paleo Pen Pals!

Let's face it, we Paleo folks eat some weird stuff. We use strange ingredients and we have to get creative. 

I just want you to know, you are not alone. 

Myself and Brittanie from Three Diets One Dinner have teamed up to introduce the great Paleo food blogger swap, Paleo Pen Pals. And now, Rachel from GrokGrub has joined the Paleo Pen Pals team to help bring together food lovin' folks, such as yourself!

If you choose to participate, we will pair you up with another paleo blogger or interested party (you don't have to have a blog to participate, just a love of cooking healthy, delicious food). You two will then exchange a unique, paleo-friendly ingredient/local item that your partner can use in his/her next post. We will have a round-up of recipes on GrokGrub, Three Diets One Dinner and What I Gather at the end of each month showcasing your culinary creation. You will also have the opportunity to post a link to your recipe on the Paleo Pen Pals Facebook Page.

If you are not a blogger, but would like to participate, Paleo Pen Pals is a great opportunity for guest posting. You can still showcase your creativity and Paleo cooking skills on the many platforms Paleo bloggers have to offer.

This all got started when Brittanie and I exchanged ingredients native to our part of the country. From Austin, Brittanie sent me a box of hatch chiles, which I used to create a delicious recipe for Hatch Green Chile Burgers. I sent Brittanie Maple Syrup from Indiana, which she used to make Maple Bacon Green Bean Bundles.

This is a great opportunity to share some Paleo blogger link love, get creative and interact with like-minded healthy cave people from all over the place.

You can learn more and join the adventure by signing up at the Paleo Pen Pals Facebook Page! Just visit the Facebook page, read the Terms and Conditions and click the Contact Form to signup. 

Don't forget to follow Paleo Pen Pals on Twitter!

You must visit the Facebook page to sign up, but here is a sneak peak at how it works...

Paleo Pen Pals Guidelines

  • To sign up for Paleo Pen Pals, visit our Facebook page and complete the signup form. To be included for the upcoming swap, you must submit your information before the 1st of the month. If you sign up after that time, you will be included in the following month’s swap.
  • Around the 1st day of the month, you will receive an email with your pen pal for that month. You will then send your pen pal an email with your mailing address and anything special they should know such as dietary restrictions, preferences or allergies.
  • You will have until the 10th of the month to mail your package. The package should include a Paleo item or items that your pen pal can sample and/or create a recipe with. There is a $10 spending limit (not including postage costs).
  • Think carefully about how you will package and ship your items so they stay fresh (if necessary) and remain intact on their journey.
  • You may want to include a little note with your item or items explaining what they are and why they were chosen.
  • Before the 25th of the month, you will publish a post to your blog with a recipe or review of the items you received and email the link to paleopenpals@gmail.com. To further promote your blog, you should post the link to our Facebook and Twitter pages. You and your pen pal can link back to each other’s blogs, as well.
  • By doing all of the above, your link will be seen on your pen pal’s blog (if applicable), the monthly roundups posted on What I Gather and Three Diets One Dinner, as well as the Paleo Pen Pals social media outlets. That is quite a bit of exposure! NOTE: Only posts submitted to paleopenpals@gmail.com will be featured in the round ups.
  • Paleo Pen Pals is not just for bloggers...all Paleo food lovers are welcome! Non-bloggers are encouraged to submit a guest post on their pen pal’s blog. If neither pen pal has a blog, you can submit your guest post to paleopenpals@gmail.com and we will post it to one of our blogs.
  • If you end up getting the cold shoulder from your assigned pen pal, we are so sorry. Here are some suggestions on resolving the “paleo pen pal ditch.”
Challenge yourself! Go out and buy an ingredient you have never used before. Make a recipe with it and "pretend" to have been challenged by a fellow pen pal. If you do this, we will happily include you in the round up, even though you technically didn't have a pen pal exchange.      

Find a new pen pal! Tweet to @paleopenpals with a cry for help. Tweet something like "Hey @paleopenpals, Does anyone need a new matchup? I'm available!" Then you can make the arrangements though Direct Messaging or however you want to do it.
  • To be a part of Paleo Pen Pals, you must sign up each month that you plan to participate. Don’t worry, we will send out a reminder so you don’t miss out on the fun.
  • At this time, Paleo Pen Pals is slowly building an international following. If two or more people from your country sign up, you will be matched up for that month.
  • Please contact us at paleopenpals@gmail.com if you do not receive a confirmation after signing up. You should receive a confirmation within 1-2 business days after signing up to confirm your participation.
Paleo Pen Pals Terms & Conditions By signing up as a Paleo Pen Pal, you are agreeing to abide by the following terms and conditions. Failure to comply will result in your removal from the Paleo Pen Pals program:

1: You will contact your pen pal within 72 hours of receiving their email address to swap mailing addresses and anything special they should know such as dietary restrictions, preferences or allergies.

2: You will mail your box by the 10th of the month so that it arrives in plenty of time for your pen pal to receive it and write their post. Purchasing delivery confirmation can ensure that your package is accounted for.

3: If you do not contact your pen pal or  your match does not receive a package from you for the month, you will be removed from the Paleo Pen Pals program.

4: Paleo Pen Pals, Tarah from What I Gather, and Brittanie from Three Diets One Dinner cannot be held responsible if you do not receive a package. Mail gets lost...things happen. We will do everything we can to ensure you receive a package from your pen pal and that participants who do not comply with the rules are removed.

5: Your pen pal’s email address and contact information is not to be used for any reason other than Paleo Pen Pals without their express permission.

When you join Paleo Pen Pals, show your pride by adding a badge to your sidebar!

For a 125x125 pixel badge, copy and paste the following HTML code into your widget sidebar:

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For a 200x200 pixel badge, copy and paste the following HTML code into your widget sidebar:

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