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Tales of the Traveling Tote Swap

Recently the ladies of The Traveling Tote decided it would be great fun to do a The  Taste of ___________Swap.  We were matched up with another member. The idea is to send our partner some local flavors from our area.
I was paired up with Jenna The Painted Apron who is from Alabama.
What a fun gift bag, Jenna made for me.  All things from Alabama. We didn't realize how much we had in common. We both grew up in Southern California and she went to college in Northern California where I reside now.

Sweet Home Alabama

Look at these goodies. From cotton to some yummy treats.  Of course my husband was anxious to open some and try them.
I am wanting to try the white barbecue sauce from Big Bob Gibson.  It is a white sauce, not your traditional red sauce.  I shall be trying the sauce  with some grilled chicken.
Big Momma's Butter scotch cookies were very good, especially with a cup of coffee.
Jenna even made a magazine with some of her creations, whether it's crafts or recipes. What a clever idea.  Jenna is so creative.....a foodie too.  She is always cooking up a storm or painting.

Thank you Jenna for my wonderful gifts from your lovely state of Alabama. Also many thanks to Patti, our founder organizing this very fun idea.
I haven't posted much this week, due to helping my Mom. I spent the night with her and drove her to have acupuncture.  She is suffering from nerve pain.  I have also been working in our gardens. We have two projects to work on.
In case you may want to visit the other gals participating in this swap, here are their links.
Patti at Pandora's Box and Emily at The French Hutch
Ricki Jill at The Sketchy Reader and Jackie at Purple Chocolat Home
Linda G at More Fun Less Laundry and Deb at Mountain Breaths
Linda P at Life and Linda and Jenna at The Painted Apron
Rita at Panoply and Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul

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  1. Great idea! It’s fun to share with others things that are distinct to your area/state. That barbecue sauce does look yummy!

  2. What a fun swap! Everything looks so sweet and charming. I love the dishtowel and those Jim and Nick Cheese biscuits are to die for. Ive never made them myself but they serve them as an appitizer when you eat there.

  3. Linda, what great gifts! The candle and towel are perfect, coming from AL! That white sauce for chicken sounds delish. You're right, Jenna's such a foodie, I bet every single thing in that package is delightfully tasty!
    I'll be very curious to know what your mom thinks of the acupuncture - it may be in my future. Have a good (restful) weekend.

  4. Fabulous gift basket! Can't wait to hear about that white sauce. So sorry your Mom isn't well.
    Hope she gets better soon. Have a wonderful weekend, dear Linda.

  5. Great idea! Is that real cotton? Be still my ♥:)

  6. I'm so glad you are enjoying your goodies Linda! There were so many things I wanted to send you it was hard to choose! I hope you enjoy the white BBQ sauce, it is one of our very favorites, and guess what, it's easy-peasy to make if you want to make your own! Best wishes to your mom, I hope she feels better soon...

  7. What a fun box full of goodies! I smiled to see the cotton! Jenna is so creative in all she does. I was in awe of the darling tablescape she made with the watermelon things from you. You two obviously had fun putting your swap boxes together. This has been a fun idea!

  8. Hi Linda, I love the gift basket Jenna assembled for you. It has some of my favorite treats. I think you and Paul are going to love the white BBQ sauce. I'm sorry to hear about your mom, hope she's better soon. My best to Paul and wishing you two a wonderful weekend........

  9. Good Afternoon Linda, How wonderful to receive such a fabulous gift box, filled with wonderful goodies.The only time I have seen cotton is when I visited my daughter in Atlanta, we had driven to Nashville and on the route back my son in law drove past some cotton fields so that I could see how cotton was grown. I was truly amazed. I had never seen anything like it.
    I do hope your mother feels better after having acupuncture.
    Have fun and enjoy all your treats.
    With warmest wishes

  10. What a fun swap and great way to get to know each other and the local items from where your person lives.
    You got some really sweet gifts. Happy Friday.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  11. What fun gifts from Jenna! She really spoiled you with some Sweet Home Alabama gifts, Linda.
    I hope your mom will feel better. I know that living with my son that has nerve pain, it can be just awful.

  12. Wow - what great gifts!! This was fun to do!! I didn't know Jenna lived and went to school in CA!! Hope your mom feels better!

  13. Your Traveling Tote group has so much fun. Patti is the perfect inspiration for the idea. I pray that your mom’s pain is under control quickly. Thanks for sharing your goodie bag with us. CherryKay

  14. Good Morning Dear Linda!
    This group of women is one of the sweetest around! I so enjoyed seeing what great gifts you received and the Traveling Tote Group is such an inspiration to me!
    So glad that you are joining in on the Garden Linky Party, can't wait to see what you have to share.
    Sending hugs to your Mom and you!

  15. Wow!! all fun gifts.. it's great idea..

  16. What a fun swap and looks like you got a nice sampling from Alabama. Sure hope your Mom gets the relief she needs. And, can't wait to see your garden pics!

  17. Alabama sure is popular! Such fun and tasty foods. You will love the biscuit mix! I am such a biscuit fan!
    Ahhh, I have so much gardening to do too! Mine aren't fun projects - just clean up for now!!
    Hope the acupuncture helps. Nerve pain is so awful!

  18. That sounds like a lot of fun and I love all of your goodies you received from Jenna. I'm off to visit the other bloggers to see what they recieved!
    Have a nice week.

  19. Looks like you received some great gifts. I am enjoying viewing all the posts.
    Hope your Mother improves. Sorry, she is not feeling well. You are a good daughter.
    Have a good week.

  20. Wow - what great gifts from Jenna and we had so much fun! Hope your sweet mom feels better soon and that acupuncture helps. Every time I see cotton for sale in the store, I think of our Southern bloggers. Please pass the white BBQ sauce!

  21. Hi Linda, I'm sorry to hear of your mom's pain. I'm in the same situation as you are right now with caring for my mom and as a result I've been very absent from blogland, but I enjoyed this swap so much! Jenna sent you a great collection of unique goodies from her area, from the cotton branches to the white sauce, and I'd love to browse through the magazine to soak in some southern style! Your package to Jenna was also wonderful and I know she'll make good use of the farm goodies and the apron. Hope your mom feels better soon and that you had a special birthday. Linda


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