You know what makes me happy? Joining in on swaps around the blog world, especially when one of my favorite bloggers and dear friends dreams it up, and even more so when it involves food! Rachel from Oh Simple Thoughts had the brilliant idea to host a "gift" swap that focused on our favorite treats in the kitchen--anything from spices to sauces to sweets! I naturally jumped on this idea, thrilled with getting some goodies from another blogger to add to my kitchen collection. And what a fun way to get to know someone a little better?
I was paired up with one of my daily reads and precious friends, Lauren from Sincerely Lo blog! It was so fun to shop for her and buy treats that totally fit her personality--I picked a bunch of Mississippi-made goods and products I've tried myself because I knew she'd love them too! She is a blessing in my life!
My package was filled with some delicious goods and I can honestly say I'm going to use every bit of them! Lauren picked out the best treats. She gave me Dark Chocolate Espresso trail mix (that I've already eaten all of,) apple butter, Caribbean jerk chicken spice (that reminds me of our honeymoon!) a fun mug with my initial on it, Dove chocolate, and banana bread mix. How fun is this, right?
I sent her a fun package with Mississippi Cheese Straws and Mississippi Mud Puppies, a fun French onion soup mix, Captain Rodney's Sweet Tea Jelly, a fun-patterned kitchen towel, and two of my favorite cookies in the world, Whimsy Cookies, made in Memphis! Check out Lauren's post to see a little glimpse into her basket.
I love the connection that food brings us--it's that common ground that we can all agree on and build from. I think sharing life around the table and in the kitchen is how the Lord wants us to cultivate the community around us. I love Rachel's idea for this swap and can't wait to participate in the next round. If you want to join in on the fun, check out all the details here! I'm off to eat some chocolate for breakfast now. Xoxo