Thursday, June 11, 2009
Some weeks back, I signed up for my very first swap with Shannon over at Welcome to the Nuthouse. The theme was Hometown Swap and gals (and I suppose guys) from all over the country were exchanging goodies that represent their area. I requested the Pacific Northwest and lucky for me, I got matched up with Eve of Tranquility and Turmoil, from the great state of Washington.
According to Eve, Washington is the state of cherries, berries and rodeo. Who knew that the rodeo was so big there? Not me. My fabulous package included a variety of local sweet treats, three postcards (including one featuring The Gorge amphitheater which looks absolutely amazing!), a map and guide book for Grant County (Grant County was founded on my birthday, February 24 in 1909, is that fate or what?) and a fun HOWDY! sign.
First off, I LOVE cherries. They are my all time favorite fruit. As a kid, I only ever ate cherry pie. If you even think about forgetting the cherry on top of my sundae, there might be bloodshed. A well mixed Shirley Temple? Yes, please! And don't even get me started on my summertime bing cherry habit. So when I opened up my package and saw not one but two cherry treats, I was over the moon.
I am a confirmed dried cherry addict. There is almost always a bag of the goodies in my pantry, so I was super excited to sample some of Washington's finest. There was also a bag of cherry taffy. It took me all of about four seconds to rip that bag open and start chowing down. It is so very tasty.
She also included a local treat, Aplets and Cotlets, a fruit confection made with apples or apricots and walnuts. I haven't dug into them yet, but they look delish!
Another treat was a huckleberry chocolate bar. Remember that line from Tombstone? "I'm your huckleberry." Well, it seems that the term huckleberry in olden slang meant the right guy for the job. Interestingly, huckleberries grow primarily in the Northwest. I haven't ever had one, so I am very interested to see how they are in a chocolate bar. I have to pace myself on the sweets, though. Don't want to undo all my hard work.
Thanks Eve for all of the wonderful goodies and thanks Shannon for getting this swap together!
To see what I sent to my partner, go here.