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Friday Favorites: Trader Joe’s

13 Oct

Happy Friday! Fall is in the air this morning around here (the temperature when I went to the gym this morning was 36 degrees!) although it’s supposed to be warm again tomorrow. I’m really excited for fall this year and we will be attending Glastonbury’s Apple Harvest Festival tonight and possibly for a little while tomorrow which will be so much fun!

Today I’m sharing some new-to-me favorites from Trader Joe’s. I have definitely written about Trader Joe’s in the past but it has been quite a while since we have made the trek there to pick up some goodies. Trader Joe’s is great because their prices are phenomenal and they have such unique items, especially of the seasonal variety.

  • Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Blend 

Trader joes bagel seasoning

I have only used this stuff once so far but it is incredible. It is honestly all of the seasonings I use regularly mixed together. I would recommend putting it on everything, from chicken to fish to a bagel (obvious choice).

  • Frozen organic riced cauliflower 

Organic riced cauliflower

I haven’t tried this yet but I have made riced cauliflower in the past and I’m excited about how much easier this will be. I’m planning on making Skinnytaste’s skillet cauliflower arroz con pollo this coming week and I will be using this for that meal.

  • Fire roasted peppers and onions

Trader joes roasted peppers and onions

Another item that I haven’t tried just yet but I’m looking forward to the convenience factor of these as well. Chopping up veggies for fajitas takes an unnecessary amount of time and this will eliminate that.

  • Cookie Butter ice cream

trader joes cookie butter ice cream

So I probably just should have let Dan write about this one because it is probably one of his favorite foods in the entire world. I have been trying to limit my sugar intake so I have only stolen a few bites from him but this stuff is incredible and you need to go buy it ASAP.

  • Horseradish hummus

trader joes horseradish hummus

I have been on the search for years for a hummus that I actually enjoy. I think it must be the texture of the chickpeas all mashed up that I just can’t get on board with. I am a HUGE horseradish fan and this stuff is pretty darn good. In all honesty, I’m still not the biggest hummus fan even after trying this flavor but it definitely is improved with the addition of the horseradish.

  • New Zealand sharp cheddar cheese

trader joes cheese

Trader Joe’s has the most incredible cheese selection with prices that are really not too bad. I tend to pick up a different type of cheese each time we go just to try something new and this sharp cheddar is amazing. I’m not a huge dessert person so I will usually have a slice or two of a good cheese after dinner instead of sweets and this has hit the spot this week.

  • Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Bar

trader joes cold brew chocolate bar

After I just finished preaching about my anti-dessert beliefs, I’m ending with sweets 🙂 I am a huge cold brew coffee fan so I had to try this. The coffee flavor isn’t super overpowering but it goes so well with the dark chocolate and the caramel filling. I will definitely be stocking up on these!

I hope you guys have a Trader Joe’s nearby so you can try some of these treats too! Have a fun, Fall-filled weekend!

WIAW: Definition of Summer

12 Jul

Happy Wednesday! I feel like I say that at the beginning of every post but a day when I have some time to blog is a happy day 🙂 Today I’m sharing a smorgasbord of different meals and drinks that I have enjoyed so far this summer. Between our fantastic CSA (which I plan to cover in a future post) and farmers market trips, we have definitely been embracing summer foods.

Maggie mcflys tuna salad

Quite possibly one of my favorite salads ever, the Ahi Tuna salad from Maggie McFly’s 

Cheese plate bday

I had to show off my favorite lobster cutting board. This cheese plate is from my birthday celebration 🙂

birthday cake 2017

Alex made me this wonderful birthday cake too!

engagement party chipotle

Dan’s cousins engagement party was catered by Chipotle which is the best idea ever

Stony creek beer

We visited Stony Creek Brewery on my birthday and it was the perfect day!

birthday lobster

My birthday dinner request was a lobster roll so Dan bought a few lobsters and made them for us!

Apps brian and natasha

This past Friday we had Brian and Natasha over for dinner. We enjoyed fresh salsa from Fairweather Acres along with homemade guac and some cheese and crackers. I love me some apps!

Caprese salad

I also made a caprese salad with tomatoes from our CSA, fresh mozz, and basil from our garden

brian and natasha dinner

Our dinner included a little bit of everything: grilled chicken, steak, kielbasa, potatoes, squash, broccoli, and the caprese salad

buffalo chicken wrap

Dan had a prior commitment on Monday night so I was on my own for dinner. I made Brittany’s buffalo chicken wrap along with a salad consisting of tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh mozz, and basil.  

burrito bowl

Dan had another meeting last night so I made myself a burrito bowl with quinoa, chicken, black beans, corn, avocado, green onion, salsa, and plain greek yogurt. It was delish!

That’s all for today folks! I’m ready to tackle the rest of this week and relax as much as possible this weekend 🙂 Have a great rest of the week!

WIAW: Mother’s Day Weekend Eats

13 May

Happy hump day!! I went on a little blogging hiatus this past week because there was a lot going on and I simply just did not have time to write. I’m going to try to post once more this week but we shall see how that goes. (Side note: today is Dan and my 3 year anniversary! Yay!). I figured I would share some delicious eats from this past Mother’s Day weekend as well as a few fun photos too 🙂

Saturday was spent running around like crazy for most of the afternoon and then Dan drove me into Hartford to drop me off at the circus! I went with his sister, niece, grandparents, aunt, and cousin. It was a blast and actually it was my first time at the circus (except for the one at the Big E, for those of you who are local).

These guys were my favorite, so much character!

These guys were my favorite, so much character!

We didn’t really have dinner plans for Saturday evening so we reached out to Dan’s parents and they were definitely up for a nice evening out. Dan’s grandmother passed away last week so I think it was good for them to get out and have a little fun. We went to Market Grille and enjoyed a cheese plate to start. This was, hands down, the best and most visually pleasing cheese plate I have ever consumed. Since we filled up a little bit on the cheese plate, we all decided to go with salads as our entrees. I had the Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna salad and it was AMAZING!! This salad had the biggest chunks of melt in your mouth tuna that I have ever seen and tasted. Dan and his Dad had the Sliced Black Angus Steak salad and they were raving about the quality and size of the steak as well. It was a great meal.

Such perfection. I loved every single cheese on that plate.

Such perfection. I loved every single cheese on that plate.

Look at the size of those chunks of tuna! YUM

Look at the size of those chunks of tuna! YUM

Dan's steak salad... That is an entire steak!

Dan’s steak salad… That is an entire steak!

Mother’s Day itself was spent hopping around the state a little bit but would you expect anything less from us? We started the day at Dan’s cousin and her husband’s home for a lovely outdoor brunch. There was quite the spread of delicious brunch food from bacon egg cups to shrimp cocktail to all the carbs one could ask for!

Some brunch with a side of sangria, don't mind if I do!

Some brunch with a side of sangria, don’t mind if I do!

Dan and his mom.. so adorable!

Dan and his mom.. so adorable!

We spent a couple of hours there and then headed off to Cassidy Hill Vineyard to meet my parents to celebrate the day with them. We had quite an assortment of cheese, meats, and crackers and enjoyed some yummy wine while basking in the toasty sun. I went home with a little wine buzz and a whole lot of sunburn. It was a great end to a successful Mother’s Day weekend!

Wine and cheese. My two essentials in life.

Wine and cheese. My two essentials in life.

Five Things Friday!

8 Aug

Happy Friday once again! I don’t have too much time on my hands as it seems like I have a million things to do before work this morning but I’m excited to share my five things with you so lets go!

1. I have been enjoying the best summer meals this week. Monday night we had the pleasure of having Brian and Natasha over for a dinner of hot dogs, caprese salad, and pasta salad (made by Natasha). Everything was so delicious and I definitely went back for second helpings of both salads. It was my first time making caprese salad and I will definitely be making it again. On Wednesday night, Dan made his special Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. I have no idea how he makes them but boy were they AMAZING. We enjoyed those sandwiches with some homemade potato salad (again my first time making this) and a tomato and cucumber salad.

I see summer in this picture.

My fiancée is a keeper 😉

2. Tomorrow is going to be very busy but it will be filled with all the fun things. In the morning and early afternoon I will be at the Patrick Crovo Memorial golf tournament which is held in memory of my uncle Patrick who passed away from cancer in 2011. No, I will not be golfing (ha) but I am very happy to be able to spend time with my family 🙂 In the afternoon and evening I will be attending Natasha’s bachelorette! I am so blessed to be able to spend this day with her and I know it is going to be a blast.

3. My workouts lately have been extremely varied and that is just how I like them! I’m trying to not let my body get too used to one certain workout so I have been mixing it up as much as possible and I have found that seems to work because I’m still pretty sore on most days. For example, today I ran a mile on the treadmill, did about 10 minutes on the stairmaster, 15 minutes on the elliptical, and then finished up with about 5 minutes of quick weights. I don’t usually have that much variation but I woke up earlier today so I was able to do as much as possible.

Yes I’m still completely obsessed with this watch.

4. I have a new absurdly delicious foodie find, Lay’s Bacon Mac and Cheese potato chips. Now I am entirely aware that these sound disgusting and are completely unhealthy but I saw them in the store and had to try and I am SO glad I did. They taste almost exactly like Mac and Cheese with a nice hint of bacon. I try to limit myself to a handful every other day or so but that has definitely been very hard because they are crazy good.

I suggest you go out and buy these right now!

I suggest you go out and buy these right now!

5. I am apparently now completely obsessed with making a cheese plate for myself at least once a week. I have done this for the past few weeks or so on nights when Dan has fire department drills and I am loving it. I am usually able to make them at a low cost also since I go to the little basket at Whole Foods where they have the tiny little blocks of different kinds of cheese and each block is usually less then a dollar. This allows me to be able to try a few different kinds of cheese at less than five dollars total.

I was feeling artsy

It’s time for me to get ready for work! Have a great weekend!