Hey all!  Sorry for the disappearance over the weekend.  I was up in Nebraska seeing my brother off to college!  It was really, really hard since my brother and I are very close, but it was fun helping to move him into his dorm and exploring the campus!  (I'm trying to maintain a positive attitude, but the truth is, I'm sad inside and out.  If your reading this big bwudda, I love you!)

Ready for some yummy food pictures??  Ready or not, here they come! ;)

These are the snacks I packed juuuust in case...
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Two packets of Justin's honey peanut butter, one packet each of Justin's honey almond butter and classic peanut butter, four packets of multi-grain flax oatmeal, one nuts over chocolate Luna bar, one peanut butter and chocolate chip Larabar, and a bag of my beloved peanut butter filled pretzels (can't go a day without them you know ;) .  

I didn't take a picture of all my foods, so here are some random meals:
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Some kind of herbal tea, two of my oatmeal packets, honey peanut butter packet, and banana (I like them greener, but this was the best I could find).
One afternoon, my mom and I split this hummus sampler from a Greek restaurant.  Now when I see hummus at Greek restaurants, I just think, "but hummus isn't Greek!"  Oh well, it's not like it stops me from ordering it... lol.  The sampler contained hummus in the varieties of dill, sun-dried tomato, roasted pepper, garden vegetable, and classic.  And of course it was served with pita bread.  It may not have been "real" Greek food, but it was still delicious!
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When we ate at the college, I didn't have my camera, so the following picture was taken with my dad's iPhone.  The quality's pretty descent, but it turned out upside down!  Oops.  Anyway, there's salad, whole grain bread roll, carrots, green beans, and a vegan pasta casserole.
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And then for dessert, I tried their cake (upside down again - ahhhh!!).  I didn't think I would like it because it wasn't chocolate, but I actually did like it!  It was lemony and not too sweet like some cakes.
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Breakfast at hotel = cute little whole wheat bagel + oatmeal with honey almond butter and apple.
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Lunch was at Panera one day, and, wanting to expand my salad horizon, I tried the fuji apple salad (sans chicken and with the whole grain baguette on the side) that Brittany recommended.  It was delicious!!  It was on the sweeter side, but seeing as I have a sweet tooth, it was fine by me!  With dried apples, pecans, blue cheese (I like it as long as it's not too strong which this one wasn't), and the sweet dressing, I was in candy apple heaven!  Next time, I'm going to try Panera's thai salad that Maris recommended.
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On the drive back home, there weren't a lot of food options, but I made do with a delicious dinner of these raw veggies (celery, radishes, broccoli, and carrots):
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These cheese and crackers (we bought it from the place where they actually made the cheese):
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Some dark chocolate covered almonds (sorry, I think this may be the worst pictures ever... note to self: taking pictures while bumping down the freeway results in very poor quality pictures):
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And some peanut butter filled pretzels because no day is complete without them (okay, this may be the worst picture ever!):
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Aaaaaand guess where I went!?!
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My haul:
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Dark chocolate covered almonds, cinnamon Puffins (for some reasons I can't find the cinnamon variety at home), multigrain oatmeal, creamy and unsalted peanut butter, Zico mango coconut water, almond butter with flaxseed, low-sodium minestrone, 70% Belgium dark chocolate bars (I loooove them so I had to stock up ;), roasted and unsalted cashews, dark chocolate bar, chocolate Pure bar, and green tea mints.

This week is going to be buuuusy!  School starts next week, but more importantly, I have a horse show this weekend to get ready for (oh yes, my horse is more important than school, haha :)

Questions:
What are your favorite foods from Trader Joe's?
What are you up to this week?

<3 
 


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08/16/2011 10:23

This week = work, school orientation and one last full day off before school starts.

I pretty much love everything at TJs hehe.

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08/16/2011 10:42

Aww that's so nice you are close with your brother, I am with mine as well and missed them so much when the left for school!
This week I am getting in as much baking and cooking time in before I have to return to school on Sunday (boo, hiss)
I love TJ brand almond butters and cereals!

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08/16/2011 16:38

I love love love Trader Joe's crunchy peanut butter! And their dark chocolate almonds too! Your pic makes me want to run out and get them!

I is cool that you are close to your brother. You'll still get to see him. Don't worry :D

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Gah I'm going to start a petition to have them build a TJ's down south. I see it all over people's blogs and cry every time :(

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08/17/2011 03:03

That's so great you're buds with your brother! Wishing him the best of luck :)
I love green bananas too! Until you, I've yet to find another green nanner lover :D
Awesome TJ's haul!! Man I wanna go to one so bad, I can't wait until they come to Texas.
And good luck at the horse show! Hope you have a blast and win some ribbons!

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08/25/2011 15:40

Ahh yum! your snacks look literally identical to the things I bring along on car and plane rides...great minds think alike! my brother just moved out to colorado for his job last week so I know exacccctly how you feel right now...I already miss him!! Just think though, being father away only brings you closer! and wow i can't believe you like greener bananas than the one you've got-I'm total opposite and love the brown gross looking super sweet ones...mmm! and wow that hummus sampler too looks GREAT! Actually, all your eats looks really good and so much like what I love...sweet tooths rock! hehe and TJs dark chocolate bars are bomb. SO GLAD you're back to blogging and that I kinda am too!

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