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Cutest little pies of the year?

13 Nov

Cutest little pies … ever!

Mini pumpkin pies look good enough to eat

Mini me that

Trader Joe's bakes up the cutest little pumpkin pies in time for Thanksgiving

Pecan pies. Little ones.

Think it can’t get better than this? Try the warmed pumpkin pies with pumpkin ice cream and the heated pecan pies with pecan ice cream. You’re welcome.

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Happy Chocolate Cupcake Day!

18 Oct

Celebrating chocolate cupcakes around the world

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

30 Jul

Celebration suggestion: Buy Trader Joe’s New York-Style Cheesecake. Grab three forks and a couple of friends, and dig in.

Ed. note: I learned this through years of experience. It was hard, but I managed somehow. All for your benefit, dear readers.

You’re welcome.

A little cheesecake is the right thing to do

Over-the-top, creamy sweet goodness

How to survive the summer heat

18 Jul

I don’t tell many people about this, but I have Almostitis.

Almostitis is the condition where you want one thing, but you buy something almost like it to save on money, calories and fat content.

Almostitis is not a matter of simply deciding to buy something you like that’s healthier than something else you like. It causes you to buy something you don’t like as much, when you have a craving for something else. Yet, in the moment of purchase, you delude yourself that “this” is going to be just as good, and maybe even better!

Then these cheaper, less-caloric and lower-fat selections sit in our cabinets, refrigerators and freezers until they evaporate or mold.

What does this have to do with surviving summer heat?

A big part of my Almostitis has been about not buying the ice cream I really want. There are pints of fruity sorbet frost-bitten in my freezer. Bars of ice milk cushioning my frozen dumplings.

These cold symptoms boiled to a head a few weeks ago when I wanted to make a root beer float. Instead of buying some vanilla ice cream, I  brought home a container of vanilla frozen yogurt. The most unsatisfying result of so-called good intentions, and the pinnacle of wrong.

The only cure for Almostitis to go to the root of your desire and buy the seminal item. Delicious, refreshing and satisfying.

So, this is one way I’m beating the heat this week:

Trader Joe's Mint Chip ice cream

Pint of summer survival

It’s been a long time since a pint of real, creamy ice cream was walked through my door.

Welcome home.

What’s your favorite TJ way to survive the summer heat?

 

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Happy Chocolate Day!

7 Jul

Trader Joe's dark chocolate goodness

Happy Fourth of July!

4 Jul

Wearing a healthy dose of red, white and blue for the occasion. Have a wonderful July 4, wherever you are, whatever your homeland!

Patriotic display of fruit

Red, white and blueberries

Raspberry Tarte: Fresh from the box

18 Jun

Another tasting bar moment.

Raspberry tart from Trader Joe's

Delicious fruity pie

Truth: The tart being sliced into looked just a little tired; not as perky as the picture on the box. I still bit, and took the taste.

The tart might have looked a wee bit weary, but the flavor was alive and kicking! The raspberries tasted fresh and the crust was light and buttery.

The back of the box was nice looking, too:

Serving per container – 4 (you read that right!)

Calories per serving: 290

Fat content per slice: 90

It’s in the running to become my party go-to dessert.

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