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The best grocery shopping day ever!

4 Aug

Hi friends, before you check out today’s post head on over to the following blogs and take a peek!

Caitlyn’s Operation Beautiful book just came out, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  Check out Mamma Pea’s blog to win a copy of Caitlyn’s book. Both these lovely ladies set a great example to women and girls everywhere with their promotion of healthy body image.  I strongly encourage you to check out their blogs and share in spreading inner beauty.

Now back to your regularly scheduled blog, 😉

I got to visit THREE of the best grocery stores ever yesterday! I told my mom that we HAD to plan a visit to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods while I was visiting them.  Not only did we go to the two aforementioned groceries, but we also went to a new place called Plum Market (which is apparently only in select cities in Michigan) as well!  I’ve got to go back to try the fro-yo place nearby after hearing so much about foodie addictions to the icy, creamy goodness!

It was so much fun, and I got to try so many samples that I was stuffed!  I guess I’m glad that all these stores are hours, or states, away from me because I would probably spend way too much money on gourmet groceries!

The trip would have been worth it just from this purchase alone…

( Found at Whole Foods, 2 jars for $8.00!! Unfortunately the only kind my local store carries is White Chocolate Wonderful) Oh, and does anyone know whether pb is considered a “liquid/gel” for airline carry-on baggage requirements?  I definitely don’t want it confiscated on my way back home!

And check out this aisle of nut butters at Plum Market!

(Known to be loved by many food bloggers like Diana, Brandi, Julie, as well as Sheila, Katie, and Heather.)

But I was super excited to eat these,

(as seen on Mamma Pea’s Blog)

this,

(can’t remember whose blog inspired me to buy Trader Joe’s muffins)

this,

and these as well!

I’ve been enjoying all of these goodies- can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

So for breakfast today I had a yogurt mess, although it was too pretty to be called a “mess!”

It contained half a TJ’s Carrot & Ginger muffin, some vanilla yogurt, and sliced strawberries! Yum! It tasted like a healthy strawberry shortcake!

Lunch was this creation, from more items bought on the shopping spree! Mozzarella balls with spinach and roasted red pepper and goat cheese salsa on wheat toast. nom nom! Open so you can see the yumminess, and with a bite missing, cause I couldn’t wait!

For dinner, which I made, we had boiled green beans, and spaghetti with meat & veggie marinara. I basically just add a bunch of chopped up sauteed veggies (tonight was yellow bell pepper, garlic, and tomatoes) and spinach, as well as ground beef to a jar of spaghetti sauce.  I piled it all up on top of each other, yum!

So, What is your favorite thing to buy from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?

Have you ever tried any of the products I bought, and if so, what was your opinion?

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A trip up north and pickle pops

30 Jul

“I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it!” I will be taking a trip to visit my parents in Michigan tomorrow! I’m so happy to finally be getting a real vacation from my  summer “vacation!”  It’ll be the first time this summer that I’ve traveled, which is sad since this is the only time of year I have the time to go places. I’ll be sure to be taking LOTS of photos of my trip so expect a picture-heavy post when I get back.

My sister, Katie, will be having her big art show this weekend, so that should be fun, and exciting for her as she had to apply and be selected to participate.  Check out a little of her creative spark here!  She is so artistic and makes jewelry out of just about anything you can think of: bottle caps, metal cookie tins, leather scraps, beads, vintage buttons, you name it, she uses it!  I hope the show goes well for her, the economy is tough on artsy-fartsy people like her!

How random is it that Anne is also traveling to Michigan, from Texas tomorrow?!  I wonder if we’ll have a blogger meet up on board one on our flights!

Here’s my random bit of the day! I saw this at my local grocery store and HAD to take a picture! Would you try these?!?!

Mmm, pickle pops! Ick! Really what is up with this? Who would pay money for pickle juice?