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Happy Hanukkah!

13 Dec

Another example of TJ’s “One-Buck-Chuck” greeting cards for every occasion! We hope everyone celebrating this holiday of light had a bright Hanukkah!






Happy Thanksgiving!

28 Nov
Thank you for following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s! We’re thankful for you!
Thankful for good friends and family

Finding relatives in strange places

13 May

Charles was my mother’s older brother. Not Charlie, never Chuck – Charles.

Charles married Sara Bertha – Sara B. to all who knew her.

They were born in Mississippi, but ended up living and raising their family in Memphis, Tenn.

Charles was a joker from way back, my mom would say. He and mom had that red-cheeked smile that percolated quickly into a roaring laugh. Another family trait: Their eyes sparkled with mischief when they were happy, even if they had no intention of getting into trouble. Tears rolled down their faces when they laughed too hard, which was often.

Mom told many stories about teenaged Charles’ pet monkey Pete. The two would go for a car ride, and when Charles hit the gas too hard, Pete would bang on the seat until he slowed down.

Sara B. loved to cook. She wasn’t strict, but she maintained an air of disapproval to keep up with her husband’s teasing. I remember she wore flowing, long lounging dresses. Sara B. had that classic, indelible Southern hospitality gene. “I just made a pitcher of lemonade. Y’all come sit and I’ll pour you a cold glass.”

Just as Charles was ready with a joke or rib, Sara B. was ready to shake her head and roll her eyes. Smiling, eventually.

One of my last memories of Sara B. was after she passed away. Mom and I were going through the family home in Memphis with my cousin Rosebud, Sara B.’s daughter. She opened the medicine cabinet, and there was a barely used bottle of Estée Lauder perfume. “Beautiful.” Rosebud said, “That was Mom’s favorite.” Now, I think of “Beautiful” when I think of Sara B. And I think of Sara B. when I come across that perfume.

I was stopped in my tracks recently going through TJ’s, when I saw this:

Sara Bee wine at Trader Joe's

If my Aunt Sara B. had a wine named after her, it might look like this.

After seeing that, I turned and saw the pylon of Charles Shaw wine crates stacked across from the boxes of Sara Bee. Here’s a sample:

Charles Shaw wine at Trader Joe's

Three-buck Charles

And I realized – there’s my aunt and uncle memorialized in wine across the aisle from one another at Trader Joe’s. A light white wine and a hearty red.


Valentine’s Day begins tomorrow at Trader Joe’s

8 Feb

Across the country, Trader Joe’s is rolling out Valentine’s Day activities.

In Kansas City, there’s a card-making session planned at the Ward Parkway store tomorrow – Saturday, Feb. 9.

Roses arrive soon.

Trader Joe's activities include making Valentine's Day cards

I’ll be there!

Thanks for the invitation, Trader Joe’s.

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Happy Hanukkah! Blue and white from Trader Joe’s

7 Dec

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. While Christmas is identified with the traditional green-and-red combo, blue and white is the Hanukkah color scheme.

To celebrate Hanukkah (or Chanukah) in a healthy and appropriately hued way, combine one part blueberries to one part milk.


A tasty tribute to Hanukkah: Blueberries and milk.

L’chaim (to life) and shalom (peace)!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

Note: While researching for this post, I found mention that milk minimizes the anti-oxidant benefits of blueberries! Sadness. Skim is better than 2 percent or whole milk. I didn’t find anything conclusively for or against substituting a cow’s milk alternative, such as coconut, almond or soy milk.

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Fish Friday: Trader Joe’s Salmon Jerky

9 Nov

I’m a jerky fan from way back. It reminds me of my dad and cross-country road trips with the family when I was little.

I also love salmon. So, when I saw Wild Salmon Jerky on the shelf at TJ’s, I had to try it.

Wild Salmon Jerky from Trader Joe's

The Wild Salmon Jerky experience

I have to say, at first bite, I wasn’t sure it was blog worthy. Upon second bite, I still wasn’t sure. After the third and fourth bites, I still wondered. But, here’s the thing, there was a fifth and sixth bite, and I kept on biting.

It’s predictably and thankfully salty, but the salmon has a kind of funk to it – a little smoky with a fishy tang. Then, just when you think the flavor’s packed its punch, here comes the hint of maple syrup. One thing’s for sure: It’s not your daddy’s jerky.

I recommend it if you have adventurous taste buds and appreciate the stronger flavors.

Thank you for putting the Wild in the Salmon Jerky, TJ’s.

And thank you, too, for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Four Little Forks – apple with cinnamon and a little salmon jerky

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Ezekiel Bread: a religious experience

28 Sep

Today’s guest post from Sheila:

These days, we’re told to avoid “bad” carbs and embrace “good” carbs.  But how does one recognize food with good carbs? It doesn’t have a halo or angel wings.

Ezekiel Bread, one of the healthiest breads you can eat, doesn’t have angel wings, but it does have a dove of peace on the package.

Ezekiel Bread 4:9 – A slice of heaven from Trader Joe’s

The bread is named for a scripture verse, Ezekiel 4:9: “Take also unto these Wheat, and Barley, and Beans, and Lentils, and Milet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel and make bread of it …”

The bread is made with freshly sprouted live grains and contains no flour. Combining these six grains and legumes creates a complete protein that parallels the protein found in milk and eggs.  It is 84 percent as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids.

It tastes good, too. And … TJs sells it for a dollar less than most grocery stores.

Amen, brothers and sisters! Can you hear the cherubim singing?

Thanks, TJs.

Thank you, Sheila!

And thank you for reading and following these posts! If you’ve tried Ezekiel 4:9 Bread, what did you think?

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