Thank you all for your sweet comments on my Irresistable Carrot Pan-CAKES! They were absolutely scrumptious! Definitely make it your next pancake recipe!
As I told you guys yesterday, I met my friend Christine yesterday to do some shopping and to introduce her to the wonderful world that is the inside of a Trader Joe’s store! It’s hard to believe, but my very first trip wasn’t but about 6 months ago. I honestly don’t know how I lived before!
My snackage for the road included a
Green Gray Monster and a half slice of whole wheat naan with dark chocolate almond butter (leftover from the cookies).
- 1 cup plain low-fat kefir
- BIG handful fresh spinach
- 1/2 of banana (0h yeah, I ate the other half while making my smoothie)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
Before we headed to Nashville, we decided to stop in this store that Christine’s hubby had been telling her about. Anyone out there ever heard of an Essex? Well, it turns out there is actually one around where I live only much smaller than the one we visited yesterday. The best way to describe it is TJ Maxx meets Goodwill!
They have all sorts of merchandise ranging from clothing to housewares to TVs and mattresses! You have to do a bit of digging to find the good stuff (some items were damaged), but check out what all I found!
The prices weren’t marked on a lot of items and the sale signs were a bit confusing so I really wasn’t sure how much I would be spending until I got to the check-out. When the cashier told me that the place mats were only 50 cents a piece, I HAD to go back and grab more!
Christine seemed pretty impressed with the overall TJ’s experience, plus it helped that they were sampling something amazing:
I did pretty well this time. Since my cupboard are about to burst at the seams, I had to make sure I didn’t get the “TJ Fever” and go crazy!
Turkey chili, organic baked beans, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plantain chips, carrot ginger muffins (so I can finally see what Allie is talking about), white bean hummus, and a red pepper/eggplant/garlic spread (hello, yum!)
Christine also got some great foodie items including some peanut flour (Haha! I have converted another!), a 5 pound bag of cuties, and a pummelo the size of her head!
On the way out, we stopped by Whole Foods so I could grab something special!
To round out the evening, Christine introduced ME to something new…Mellow Mushroom, a local pizzeria offering just about anything you can think of to top a pie! Check out their specialty pizza menu here!
We split a 10 inch pie, Christine’s half was Hawaiian with pepperoni instead of ham and my half was the Mega Veggie. Wow, when they say mega they mean MEGA!
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Bell peppers
- Black olives
- Roma tomatoes
- Banana peppers
- Artichoke hearts
My two slices of pizza were the equivalent to FOUR with all those toppings. I was only able to finish one, but you know what that means…leftovers for dinner tonight! Well, that is if I can peel myself away from the white bean hummus! I am currently crunching away on some sweet mini peppers dipped in this creamy white bean goodness while I am typing this!
After a fun-filled evening of shopping and pizza lovin, we headed back to her place and watched the movie The Producers. This was my first time seeing it. A bit of a slow start, but after you get into it, it is such an entertaining and hilarious movie! If you like musicals, you should definitely see it!
So, I’ve asked you before what your favorite vegetable is. What about your LEAST favorite?
I would have to say radishes. To me, they seem absolutely pointless since they really have no taste, but there’s just something about them that I’ve never cared for.
Oh and just FYI, that white bean hummus tastes AHHHHHHHH-mazing on these: