Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

Read of my exploits in the kitchen! Salivate over the descriptions of fabulous desserts and savory meals I've concocted!

No, seriously...go ahead. It'll make my day.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Friendly Warning to the Postal Service

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Get ready; because bloggers from across the globe are about to ship out their Blogging by Mail packages!



(sign-ups are closed)

All Packages Have Been Shipped!!!

76 packages have arrived!!! 13 unaccounted for...




Below is a list of all the bloggers taking part in this round, followed by whatever customs information Matt and I could find. That said, there were a few countries we simply couldn't get a lock on, so if anyone can help out, feel free to leave a comment or link here!

I will be updating this as packages come and go, and you'll be able to keep track by clicking on the Blogging by Mail icon in the top right-hand corner.

Remember to let me know both when you ship, and receive, your packages!

Ok, here's our list:

2 Girls in the Kitchen Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

A Couple of Tarts Package has been sent! Package has arrived!!

A Few of My Favourite Things Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

A Gluten-Free Journey Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Aarikavination Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Alaska Cooks Package has shipped!! Package from Li Suan has arrived!!

All Things Jen(nifer) Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

ameth-gibberish Package has shipped!! Package from Linda has arrived!!

Attitudes Are Contagious. Mine Might Kill You Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Bake My Day Package has shipped! Package from Mariko has arrived!!!

bakingsheet Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Barbie2be Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Berry Simple Package has shipped!!!! Package has arrived!!

catching points Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Chocolate in Context Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Citronella Cookies Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Clivia´s Cuisine Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Confabulation Package has shipped!! Package from A Gluten-Free Journey has arrived!!

Cookin' With Cyndi Package has shipped (slowly...) Package has arrived!!

Cooking With The Headhunter Package has shipped!!

Couteau Bonswan Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Dispensing Happiness Package has shipped!! Package from Eva has arrived...yay!!

Don't Burn Down the Kitchen! Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Eating 4 One Package from Karen has arrived!! Package has shipped!!

el's kitchen Package has shipped!! Package from Berrysimple has arrived!!

Enjoy Package has shipped! Package has arrived!!

erin-go-blog! Package has shipped!! Pacakge from Music and Cats has arrived!!

Experimentation of Taste Package has shipped!

Fallen Souffle Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Feed Me! I'm Hungry! Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Food Art and Random Thoughts Package has shipped out!! Package has arrived!!

Food, Books, and FoodBooks Package has arrived!! Package has shipped!!

Food, in the Main Pacakge from Deb has arrived!! Package has shipped!!

From Our Kitchen Package has shipped!! Package from ME has arrived!!

Gastronomicon Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Gigha's thoughts on food and travel Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Gustoso Yay! Package from Kai Rui arrived!!!! Package has been sent!!

Habeas Brulee Package has shipped!! Package from Andy has arrived!!

Here and There Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

I Got 2 Shoes Package hsa shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Impossible Juxtapositions Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

In the Kitchen, I feel like a Guinea Pig with a Wok Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

in white, we shall stroll along together Package has shipped!!

Jumbo Empanadas Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Kitchen Wench Package has shipped!!

Küchenlatein Another package has shipped! Package has arrived!!

La Mia Cucina Lis's package from Morven has arrived!!! Package has shipped!!

Lady Lunchalot Package has shipped!!

Leena Lighthouse Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Lemon Soul Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Limes & Lycopene Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

m3rni3 Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Mademoiselle Différentielle Package has been sent! Package has arrived!!

Maireaine Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

mekuno cooking Package has shipped!! Package from Tummy Treasures has arrived!!

Melbourne Ramblings Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

mimimimi_word Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Mocktale Package has been sent!!

Music and Cats Package has shipped!! Package from Pam's Pantry has arrived!!

Our Full House Package has arrived!!! Package has shipped!!

Pam's Pantry Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Pie in the Sky Package has shipped!!

Posie's Place Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Restaurant Widow Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

rightee.com Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

She Bakes and She Cooks Package has shipped!!

She Loves Lavender She Loves Cupcakes Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Snapshots of Life Package has shipped!!

sour times

Stella Bites Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

stickysweetfun Package has arrived!! Package has shipped!!

SugarCocoon Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Super Eggplant Package has shipped!! Package from Maria has arrived!!

Sweet Cocoa Curry Package has shipped!!

Sweetnicks Package has shipped!!

Sweets for My Sweet Tooth Package has shipped!!

Tac-Tac-Tac Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Tartelette Package has shipped!! Package from La Mia Cucina has arrived!!

Tasting Life… Package has shipped!!! Package from Madame Différentielle has arrived!!!

the food-whore next door Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

The Golden Shrimp Package has shipped!! Package from My Coffee has arrived!!

The Omnivorous Egg Package has shipped!!

The Perfect Pantry Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Tomato Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Tummy Treasure Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Tuna Toast Package has shipped!! Package from Fallen Souffle has arrived!!

Weekly Dish Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!

Wildflower in the Wind Received her package from Randi!!! Package has shipped!!

winosandfoodies Package has shipped!! Package has arrived!!




And here's what customs information we were able to find:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

US Customs

Austrailian Department of Agriculture

New Zealand Customs Service

Malaysian customs information

Singapore customs

German customs

Netherlands customs information


Sweden: both Lexi and Kristina let us know that if you mark a package to Sweden as 'gift', you won't have to pay taxes on it! Also, no real restrictions.

Swizerland: Mademoiselle Différentielle gave us this helpful bit: "There are no taxxes on gifts to private people living abroad to private people living in Switzerland as long as the value is not higher than 100 Swiss Francs (ca 75 Euros), but not more than max 0.5 kg butter, 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, orr 25 gramm tobacco, 1 litre of alcoholic drinks under 25 degrees, 0.25 Litre alcoholical drinks above 25 degrees"

Belgium: Eva says, "For Belgium it is about the same rules as for Sweden, so as long as it is marked "gift" you can send just about anything."

Cananda: Randi says, "If you mark a package to Canada, GIFT, the recipient wont have to pay any duty."

These countries are still a mystery...we can find pages about imports and taxes and duties, but nothing that really addresses whether or not you can send a box of cookies or a jar of marmalade, so if you can add your two cents? Feel free!


South Korea
UK
Japan


Now, get into the kitchen, and get those boxes together!

Over two weeks to ship your package out...I know we're all waiting to see what comes in the mail!



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49 Thoughts for food:

At 11:23 PM, Anonymous faith said...

Wow! This has taken a lot of work on your part! Thank you for hosting. This will be fun!

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger Abby said...

I don't have an email from you, but it could just be delayed, I think.

 
At 11:54 PM, Blogger Abby said...

Scratch that. Just got it! Yippee!

 
At 3:11 AM, Blogger Lexi said...

About Sweden, as long as it says gift on the package you don't have to pay any taxes...

 
At 3:41 AM, Anonymous ostwestwind said...

Girl, I am proud of you, you made the umlaut. Thanks to alt 0252 = ü :-)))

 
At 4:16 AM, Blogger Julia said...

Hi Stephanie,
Thank you so much for all your effort and hosting all this (!)
Just found out who my swap partner is...this will be fun! =)

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger Helene said...

Thanks Stephanie for this gigantic effort. I am so excited my brain is racing!

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Faith;

It did take some effort (mostly in the form of copy and paste, lather rinse repeat!), but I'm just happy it's happening!

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Yippee, indeed, Abby!

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Lexi; thank you!

That's very useful information.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Ulrike;

Thanks to 0252...and you!

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Julia;

I'm pretty excited, too...now, if only I can recover from this family cold/flu-thing, I can start working on my package!

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Helene...calm down! I can't have you having a heart attack before you package arrives!!!

(Yeah, I'm pretty excited, too)

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Mademoiselle Différentielle said...

hey, I've found a text for Switzerland on this page . Unfortunately, there are only versions in German, French and Italian. I tried to translate the idea of the important part:

"There are no taxxes on gifts to private people living abroad to private people living in Switzerland as long as the value is not higher than 100 Swiss Francs (ca 75 Euros), but not more than max 0.5 kg butter, 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, orr 25 gramm tobacco, 1 litre of alcoholic drinks under 25 degrees, 0.25 Litre alcoholical drinks above 25 degrees"

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

MD...thanks so much...that's a huge help!

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Gigha said...

For Belgium it is about the same rules as for Sweden, so as long as it is marked "gift" you can send just about anything.

I am genuinely impressed by your ambitious work! Thank you for hosting! Looking for to sending and receiving, especially sending!!

eva

 
At 12:04 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Eva, thank you so much...especially for the tip!

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger lindsey starr said...

Wow Stephanie! What an undertaking....
Thank you for hosting. Now I am off to work on assembling my package :)
This is so much fun!
~Lindsey

 
At 3:01 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Lindsey;

It was more grunt work than anything else...and now? The fun begins!

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger the baker said...

geez steph! 89! kudos to you for taking this up. you're brave to host this edition! with each edition, the participants increase.. thanks to the beauty of 'word of mouth'. but seriously, thanks for hosting! will keep you updated... cheers!

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Cheryl;

I'm happy to do it...really! Just seeing how many signed up (and how many came after the deadline...oops!) proves how loved this event is. And now it's back!

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger Randi said...

Wow, I can't believe how many ppl are participating. PS: If you mark a package to Canada, GIFT, the recipient wont have to pay any duty.

 
At 8:02 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Randi...isn't it wonderful!

Thank you for the tip!

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger Ed Charles said...

Tomato shipped tooday which is probably yesterday your time.

 
At 7:54 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Ed;

Thank you for telling me! I've added Tomato to the list as 'shipped'.

 
At 6:58 PM, Blogger cin said...

Thanks for all the work that you've put into this, Stephanie. This is an event that I always look forward to participating in.

My package was shipped yesterday btw.

 
At 8:48 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks for letting me know, Cin!

 
At 8:05 PM, Blogger Abby said...

My package arrived today! It's from Dianne in England, but she didn't send me a blog link (if she has one.) I guess you know her link, however.

Thanks!

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Yay, Abby!

You can find her here.

Can't wait to see what you got!

 
At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Stefanie Noble said...

I just posted about my package arrival!

 
At 10:44 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

That's wonderful, Stefanie; thank you!

I've added it to the page.

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger M.A. said...

Hi Stephanie ... just wondering if you have an update on shipped packages? I have sent mine (and it's been received), but I haven't received mine yet!

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Mary Ann; your answer should be in your inbox!

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Luv2cook said...

Ahhh...I missed it..Are you gonna do this again?

 
At 2:39 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi!

I have no idea; it's entirely up to Nic.

As soon as I find out anything, I'll be sure to post it here.

 
At 7:03 PM, Anonymous margi said...

I forgot to tell you in my email, mine arrive too! It was chock full of Louisiana goodness from the Culinary Bookworm!!

Thank you for organizing this

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

That's great, Margi!

Thanks for letting me know.

 
At 4:49 AM, Anonymous Jacelyn said...

Aww...can't believe I miss out this. =( When will the next hosting be? How can I know bout this?

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous ostwestwind said...

It made it! Only the bread and pudding is missing! But my selfmade things did it, unbroken! Huh, I feel relieved.

Thanks for hosting this event!

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Jocelyn

Good news: I will, in fact, be hosting the next round!

Look for details (here) later this month...

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I know!

You must be so relieved.

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger m3rni3 said...

hi steph

good to learn dat u'll be organising dis again ..

will jus wait for the details to be out.

thanks.

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

You're welcome!

I should have all the information ready by the end of the month...I'm still waiting for about twenty+ packages to arrive from this round!

 
At 2:16 AM, Blogger Ed Charles said...

Mine arrived last week. Biscotti gone already.

 
At 8:53 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Ed!

I've noticed a trend...baked good often don't make it into the picture!

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger cin said...

mine arrived last week! I forgot to tell you...

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Cin; I've added it!

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Abby said...

I'm so terribly disappointed. I spent SO MUCH money on stuffing and sending mine, and I see it didn't arrive. But it never came back to me, either. What should I assume? Bummer.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Abby, I wish I knew what to tell you.

Once it's in the hands of the postal service, there's little any of us can do but hope, and/or pray to chosen deities.

I suppose there's a chance it could still show, but yes...it's been a while.

Sorry!

 

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