back in THIS POST I explained how I shop at many different stores for different things. These day , most of us have options, and to make the most of your money by utilizing these options just makes plain ol’ sense. One of my favorite stores is none other than
none other than Trader Joe’s.. Now some of you may be thinking… really a post about Trader Joe’s?
because I happen to know that some of you who read this have the luxury of living not to far from one and still have not yet been.
in contrast, I know many of you who do not live near one and would give anything to be able to go.
so yes, folks… On Friday I went to Trader Joe’s… and this is my story ❤
~it all started one dreary Friday morning… Lol.. jut kidding * giggle*
Tj’s is not your typical grocery store. In fact it is hard to describe. For those of you who think it is a high-end store, such as Whole Foods, you would be wrong. Tj’s is not a big store, but what is packed into each location is soe wonderful things.
They have tons of cheeses… a food near and dear to my heart. I actually decided this past halloween that trick or treating would be MUCH more fun if it were trick or cheesing.
I’m serious. a different cheese at every house? how brilliant would that be?
but really.. it’s true. they have a whole wall of cheese and it is the best price that you will find around… They have cheeses for all over the world! and often times some seasonal specials…see what I mean? If you are lucky then you will go on a day that the cheese lady is making the rounds.. ( what a great job that must be 😉 This was a lucky day for me 🙂 cheese snack while shopping?
and again… you wont beat the prices.
They have a little counter where an employee is always cooking something to sample.. and a coffe urn for coffe samples. ( the free food samples is a great way to entice kids to go with you 😉
the frozen fruits and veggies are also a great deal here ( no pic… I’m sorry) You wont find any name brands in here.. it is all their own brand … but trust me, the quality is second to none. On the shelves above the frozen items are all sorts of snacks… from mini sugar cookies shaped like cats to Ryan’s favorite, chocolate covered orange candies, seasonal crackers, etc….
you will find the friendliest of employees here. .. They truly love their job… love to talk food and recipes. If you bring your own recyclable bag ( which y’all should be..) then you can enter a ticket into a drawing for a weekly Tj’s Gc!
let’s see.. have I forgotten anything….. probably… I’ll think of it at 3am…
so here’s my haul from Friday
* please forgive the carpy pics.. I’m currently having camera issues.. hopefully it will be fixed soon…*
I wont go over everything… but will talk a bit about what I bought.. The tube of tomato paste? 99 cents. In the regular grocery store it is around 4 bucks. I bought parsnips… beacause Ry and i had parsnip puree somewhere and it was soo good! I need to work on a solid recipe so that when he comes home for Christmas, we can have it again:)
The chocolate bar… to die for!
Dark coconut caramel! yum! and only 1 points plus per square for those who may be following weight watchers…
I bought 2 bags of the inner peas.. and I’m so glad that I did… they are a great snack!
Tjs almond butter is the best. I love this stuff. Banana and almond butter on toast? yuminess.
and B12.. just because 🙂
the rosemary raisin crisps are one of my favorite things here! so. dang. good. I think they are only available this time of year.. but I could be wrong.
pomegranate Kefir? yes. please.
the cheeses? both brie rounds and goat cheese rounds… each 2 pp and perfectly portioned. Cute little mushrooms to stuff… snow peas to steam right in the bag..
*do you see what I see?*
* the sugar, coffee bean and chocolate blend is amazing on hot chocolate! *
so there you have it… I hope that if you have not been to this store yet, you will find time in your future to do so. it really is like a little field trip;)
on lastly.. on my fb page ( like much of the free world) I have been posting what I am thankful for during this month of gratitude. Today, I am thankful not only fo the extra hour of sleep this morning, but also that my pup, Fenway, is thankful for it as well..