We received TWO shipments of southern delights including shrimp, andouille, catfish, Louisiana strawberries, pepper jelly, homemade fudge, Pickapeppa sauce and roux in a jar. Yes, you read that right...roux in a jar. The secret is out. We have found a premade roux that is just as delicious and much, much easier than making it from scratch. But if you tell anyone, I will deny it! And, what is Pickapeppa sauce, you ask? Well, it is one of the most fantastically intriguing things you will ever taste. It's actually a Jamaican concoction of tomatoes, onions, garlic, cloves, mangoes, peppers and other tasty tidbits, and it is best known for being a quick and easy sauce to pour over cream cheese and serve with crackers. However, I'm told it is also great for a marinade. It is pure yum in a bottle!
And, if all that weren't enough, we also received two surprise goodies from our Nashville friends, Joe and Jane.....Dean Brody's first and newly released CD, and a Southern garlic spice blend. All of this down-south goodness delivered right to our door in the same week. Whatever did we do to deserve all these gifts?
And one final note about a personal gift I gave to myself...yesterday I spent a delightful 2 1/2 hours at a Mexican restaurant with Susie, my childhood friend whom I haven't seen in 15 years. Susie and I live about an hour away from each other and we've been trying to get together for a few months. Finally, today we succeeded. Catching up with her was such a joy. Susie is one of those people you can talk to for hours and never tire, and seeing her brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood, my home town, and the people who made huge impacts on my life. Being with her reminded me of one of the most important gifts you can give anyone you love...the gift of just being together. Thanks, Susie!