The King of All Snacks!

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Howdy all – TGIFN (thank goodness it’s Friday night!) :D

Knock on wood, but I feel like my website issues are getting a little bit better. The site is loading faster and not serving errors anymore, so maybe we’re on the up and up?!?! Keep your fingers crossed! :D

In other news, today has been simply fab (other then dealing with my technology woes.) Since I wasn’t able to blog this morning, I got an early start on my to-do list – it WAS a mile long!

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My first planned stop was to get an oil change. I’m embarrassed to tell you how many miles my car is over the limit. Mortified, in fact! I guess I rarely look up at the sticker, then down at the gauge in one swoop?!

I got to the service station bright and early, but there was already a 2 hour wait at 8am. No way was I wasting 2 hours of my gloriously free Friday morning, so I hopped back in my car (I’ll try again tomorrow?) and headed to the promised land – Opening Day of Trader Joe’s!!

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I guess I’m not sure what I was expecting when I arrived. A busy store, of course, but nothing could have prepared me for the chaos inside – it was cart bumper to cart bumper traffic! You literally couldn’t move freely, so everybody just kind of formed a huge snake line and followed each other up and down the aisles. Organized chaos, I guess you could say?!

So maybe it’s just because it’s my new, fresh, LOCAL Trader Joe’s, but I have never seen such variety at a TJ’s in my LIFE! I legit could’ve spent $400 on all the goodies they had inside. There was cheap produce for days, goat cheese for miles, Greek yogurt to the ceiling, dinner ideas to last ’til 2050 – it was grocery shopping at it’s FINEST!!

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I was giddy with excitement (I seriously found myself standing and looking from side to side in wonder,) snagged a basket, and went to town. Up and down the aisles I went, grabbing the clear essentials before I got trampled!

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Extra firm, organic tofu (natch)

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frozen Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas (perfect for lunches or a night when Ben’s working late!)

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Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette (my FAVORITE marinade/sauce. Great for making Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles, Teriyaki Fried Rice and Asian Salmon!)

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Apricot Mango Greek Yogurt (right?!), Masala Simmer Sauce (perhaps to use with the tofu,)

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whole wheat pizza dough (going to try and toss it in the air,) frozen bay scallops (one of the most fun foods in world)

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and zee King of all snacks – Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels!!!!

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You didn’t think I’d leave without picking up a bag, did you!? ;) PLUS, since it was opening day I got a free re-usable bag – wheeee!!!!

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I also picked up some pre-made sushi to eat for lunch. A California Roll with Brown Rice.

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Sadly, I think this is the only thing I’ve ever gotten from Trader Joe’s that I didn’t like. Kind of pasty…I can look past it though…

I want to take Ben back this weekend so he can revel in all it’s brilliance. Plus, I really want to go back as soon as possible… Think I’m weird yet? K, I’ll stop. :)

After I barely made it out of TJ’s alive (there were some crazies with those carts!) I got my hair cut. It was getting SO long and feels good to be back at swinging length!

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Then somehow I made it to Walmart, the bank and the mall twice, (I got two pairs of shoes then went back and returned them later, I know, weird) all before 12pm! After that I threw in the towel. I needed relaxation. :)

I parked it on the couch and indulged in the episodes of Community, The Office and 30 Rock I missed last night, on Hulu. Ok – 30 Rock – laugh out loud funny. Here’s the link to last night’s episode in case you missed it. I will seriously shed a tear the day that show goes off the air!

Afterwards I did some cleaning (check out my freezer!)

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and before I knew it, it was time for dinner – pizza! I had a coupon for a free Freschetta California Style Pizza and decided to give it a whirl.

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The Freschetta California-style pizzas are thin crust pizzas with fresh toppings and fancy(er) cheeses – think asiago and provolone alongside mozzarella. I don’t normally do frozen pizzas but Ben does, it was free and Bacon, Spinach & Artichoke pizza with a white wine garlic sauce sounded irresistible, so we gave it a go.

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Pretty standard stats for a frozen pizza, and I’m sure the added bacon didn’t help, but sometimes you have to let your hair down.

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So I did, and it was tasty!

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The toppings were a little sparse, so next time I’d definitely add fresh spinach, a can of chopped artichoke hearts and maybe some fresh tomato, but overall, it had great flavor.

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The smell was incredible too!

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Well tonight’s agenda is WIDE open. I was supposed to wait and watch the previously mentioned tv shows with Ben tonight, since he missed them too, so…whoops? Any good movies out that we should rent?

Other than that it should be a pretty low-key evening in the IGE household! We also have ZERO plans this weekend, which I’m pretty excited about. The next 2 months are going to be pure madness – this is the much welcomed calm before the storm!

Have a great night!

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Do you like grocery shopping? What’s your favorite store?

If we ever get a Whole Foods here, I’d be beside myself!!


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