So, miracle of miracles, yesterday I received a wonderful package from Helen at Tartelette. The wonderful part was what was inside, but the miracle was that it arrived in only six days from the U.S.!! I could scarcely believe it! As I mentioned in my post about The Januaries, there are some problems with the Italian postal system right now and several of my friends have been waiting for packages from abroad for more than a month.
So it is a miracle it arrived so quickly.
But this wasn’t just any package. This was the package from Tartelette’s Pay It Forward post in December – something that started with Fanny from Food Beam in France, then bounced up to Graeme at Blood Sugar in the UK, then down to Helen at Tartelette in South Carolina, and back here to Italy. Pay It Forward is making it around the world – I can’t wait to see where it goes next!
Inside her package were some old favorites I was desperately missing from home like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and joy-of-joys Heath bar bits that will either get eaten slowly directly or mixed into a painstakingly chosen recipe. Italy ain’t got nothin’ on toffee. She included so many things! Since I got it at work, my colleagues marveled at the Shrimp & Crab Boil spices (che cos’e’?) and I can’t wait to try it out. I also decided to share the Conversation hearts with them and we all got a laugh out of some of the sayings on the hearts – they don’t have them here in Italy but to me I couldn’t think about Valentine’s Day without them. There were some other comforts like Bath & Body Works soap and lotion, and I’m sure I’ll put the hot hot sauce to good use here!
Luckily I had my camera with me so I snapped a quick picture of the package, because immediately after it was being raided!
She also included a cute little handmade heart brooch that I really appreciated and is perfect for this upcoming week! Thanks so much, Helen!!
Now I’m going to send my Pay It Forward package out!
I promise there will be at least one thing in there handmade/homemade mixed with a few other goodies and favorites from Italy. Who wouldn’t want a package like that? The only understanding is that you then pay it forward yourself.
So, this is your chance to de-lurk if you haven’t before, or comment away if you’re a regular. Comment!! I’ll pick someone on Monday, so you have to comment by Sunday night.