3 Ways We Warm Up In Louisiana 14 comments


It doesn’t get very cold in Louisiana. Surprise, Surprise! We might see temps in the 40s during the winter, but it’s short-lived. Which is why most people in Louisiana dress like the images you see here when we think cold is coming. We’re confused! Because we know it’s just a matter of time before the temperature goes through the roof again.

Fireplaces. Many houses here have one, believe or not. Some houses even have multiple ones. People around here will start a fireplace up the minute they hear “cold front coming through”. We haven’t used ours the entire 4 years that we’ve had one. However, we didn’t use the one in our last house in Detroit–where we had temperatures below zero! On Wednesday, I talked about my daddy staying behind to oversee a remodeling project at his house while my momma came for a visit. Part of the project is making their fireplace over. They debated closing it up vs. modernizing it. I think the jury may still be out on that one.



Gumbo. It’s an ongoing debate in my neck of the woods about when to eat gumbo. Some think it should only be eaten when the weather is cold. Others say the temperature outside has nothing to do with it. Personally, I think it’s best during the fall and winter months. I have a great rigged recipe that I will be sharing at a later date for Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Gumbo. I make the roux in a large cast iron pot in the oven for 1 and 1/2 hours.

Wanna read more stories about Louisiana? Read my post, Super Bowl In The Bayou…Myth vs. Fact
What is the temperature like in your city most of the time?
Do you own a fireplace? If so, do you use it?

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This post is for BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo in August 2013: How do you like to warm up when you’re cold?

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14 thoughts on “3 Ways We Warm Up In Louisiana

    • BeingAWordsmith

      I'm from Baton Rouge! All of my family still lives there. I can see them in an hour and a half's drive. Yes, Louisiana will make you feel like you're melting.
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  • goodlooknout

    We have a fireplace in our Sacramento home and we haven't used it at all either. I'm determined to this year though. I can eat gumbo ANYDAY too. Try me… I dare you to make me some heheheh
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      It's a hot one today. And the humidity is always off the charts. But I would not trade it for long winters. I enjoyed the link party, Britton.
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  • rxfitnesslady

    I am going to have to stop reading your blog when I'm hungry! I just might come visit to eat my life away, geesh Kim! You are always spoiling me with the teasing of my taste buds!

    • BeingAWordsmith

      Well I'm glad you keep posting fitness clips. That's what I need to be inspired by every time I make or eat one of those dishes. It's funny how life evolves. When my mother was here this week, she told my husband, “Can you believe your wife is blogging about cooking? Who would have thought that would ever happen?”
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  • The Dose of Reality

    I can't stop laughing at the colder weather clothing. 😀 I'm in North Carolina where it's SUPPOSED to get at least a little cold (it really didn't last year) but I grew up in St. Louis where we know winter.

    The gumbo sounds fantastic! Anything done in a cast iron pot means business–delicious business! –Lisa

    • BeingAWordsmith

      I need to learn how you and Ashley get your heads on the images in your posts. I wanted to paste my head on one of them, so you could get the full effect. Ha!
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      What I love most about my gumbo recipe is that my grandmother gave it her seal of approval. That is the highest compliment for me. Her gumbo is legendary. A woodstove? I like that idea, Michelle.
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