A Slice of Louisiana

I love new places, new things, new culture, new experiences. I often wonder about what it’s like to live somewhere else; what small or big things would be different? This is what I love the most about travel. I’m not one to tick off sights and move on; I like to take fully immerse myself in the experience of pretending to be a resident. Just me?
Which means that my favourite thing about the Great Pumpkin Swap is getting to know a new person, finding out the things they love and getting a little glimpse in to what life is like in their corner of the world.
I was delighted to be paired with Jen, who is from Louisiana, and is maybe the complete opposite of me… She runs, I am a couch potato. She’s a military wife, I’ve never been near barracks in my life. But our shared passion is key – sweet things! I had a lot of fun putting together a package for her, and I was super excited when her parcel arrived today.
Jen sent me such an exciting bundle of loot! She really packed a lot in to her package, and things just kept emerging from the spotty tissue paper. 
The first thing out of the box was this beautiful Essie polish, in the shade Mink Muffs. It’s the most gorgeous browny purpley taupe colour which sounds a bit questionable but honestly, it’s so pretty. The lighting in this photo does not do it justice at all. It will be perfect for this time of year and I can’t wait to get it on my nails.
Next out of the box was a super cool Louisiana keyring with a dice in the middle that spins! I do like having a location specific item that I can carry around with me, so that was a really nice touch.
Following on was a box of Godiva signature truffles, and I can’t see how you can possibly go wrong with chocolate truffles. These may not last long at all.
Then came an Apple Cinnamon Crisp candle, which smells absolutely delicious. I love candles, and keep one burning constantly when I work from home. The candle is already lit and my house smells like so much cosy!
Finally, a big bag of candy corn. Now, candy corn isn’t really a thing here in the UK and it’s not easy to get hold of. Yet I always hear about it, see cute candy corn themed Pinterest crafts, etc. And I just don’t understand what it is. Is it actual corn that’s been candied? Is it like a boiled sweet? Is it… something else? So I’m really excited to find out what on earth this stuff is that people rave about so much.
To top it all off Jen sent me a gumbo recipe postcard, which I think is maybe the coolest thing ever. I want more recipe postcards in my life! Now I’ve just got to find 2 pounds of fresh shrimp….
I’ve had so much fun participating in this link up, so I’d like to say thank you again to Jen for being a super partner and putting up with me being stupidly busy and unresponsive (sorry Jen!) and thank you to Kristin and Becky for hosting and organising this shindig.
Happy Weekends everyone!
Linking up with Kristin and Becky for the reveal link up

Apologies for the absolutely miserable quality of my photos. I could give you some excuses but ain’t nobody got time for that.


  1. 6th November 2015 / 22:16

    So much fun! That nail polish color is so pretty, and probably the best part about Louisiana is the food, so if you can find the shrimp you definitely need to make that gumbo!

    • 10th November 2015 / 10:42

      I know, I’ve heard good things about gumbo so I’m keen. I’m just not sure where I’m going to find that much fresh shrimp! We live nowhere near any kind of water so that may be a challenge. I can’t wait to paint my nails with that colour!

  2. Kristin
    7th November 2015 / 02:51

    It is pure sugar. And it is the best thing ever. That’s all you need to know.

    Thanks for joining in on the swap, Rachel!

    • 10th November 2015 / 10:42

      I’m sold already 🙂 thanks again for hosting!

  3. Becky Dougherty
    7th November 2015 / 03:00

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the swap!! Thanks for joining us! Hope you’re enjoying all of your goodies! 🙂

    • 10th November 2015 / 10:42

      I loved it! And I love the goodies. Thanks again for hosting!

  4. 7th November 2015 / 06:57

    What a fun swap idea, and you got some great things! I hope you enjoy teh candy corn!

    My sister and I have memories of it being brought over from America for us when we were young, and loving it! But last time we tried (not that long ago) it we found it too sweet! haha! So I’d be interested to hear what you think of it when you give it a try! I had the fondest childhood memories of it.

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    • 10th November 2015 / 10:43

      I love the candy corn already. I’m thinking I might need to find someone who I can enter into a regular shipping arrangement with… It is very sweet, but I have a super sweet tooth so I’m fine with that! It’s always nice to have something associated with childhood 🙂

      • 12th November 2015 / 12:45

        haha you could do a trade, you could send UK stuff, they could send American stuff! 🙂

        Glad you’re enjoying the candy corn!

  5. Jen
    8th November 2015 / 21:36

    I am so glad you liked everything!! 🙂 It was really fun to put together for you. I can’t wait to get back home from my trip and get my post together about your goodies! 🙂

    • 10th November 2015 / 10:44

      I absolutely loved it. Thank you so much for all the thought that went in to it, and I really hope you like the things I picked out for you!

  6. 9th November 2015 / 21:39

    haha i had candy corn for the first time the other day after seeing it all over the internet and stuff… seriously not what i was expecting. i’m interested to hear your thoughts! i was expecting it to be soft, but it was hard.

    • 10th November 2015 / 10:45

      Ha that’s hilarious because I was expecting it to be hard and crunchy, like a boiled sweet, but mine was soft! I mean, not soft like a Haribo but it reminded me a lot of roll on icing. Maybe the whole candy corn thing is a conspiracy by Americans to trick unsuspecting foreigners…?! Anyway, I loved it but you’re right, it’s nothing like I was expecting either!

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