Monday, January 14, 2013

Have you been to Trader Joe's?

      I keep reading on different blogs about items purchased from Trader Joe's. I finally did some research and found a Trader Joe's about two hours from here. That would be like driving to Atlanta, not a bad trip, so we went this past weekend. It is a much smaller store than the Whole Foods store I've been to. I don't know if all the Trader Joe's is that small, but this one was. They probably are, since there were several within a few miles. I like the items that I've tried, the Trader Joe's brand. They are good quality, and reasonably priced, maybe even cheaper than Whole Foods. I'm hoping we can make a Whole Foods run this coming weekend while the experience is still fresh. Would I make that drive again, just to go to Trader Joe's? Probably not. Unless we want to eat at Johnny's New York style Pizza! And go to Best Buy and Michaels. We don't have any of those stores here. They are in Birmingham; except for the pizza place, so it would be much closer for us to drive there. But, it was a very nice trip!

      I had no comments on the recipe I posted in the previous post, so recipes may not be my thing. If I post one again, I'll just type it in. I was really bummed out about not being able to use Ziplist! That is such an easy way to save or print out recipes! I don't plan on ever changing from Blogger, but if I do, Ziplist will be the first thing I add!

      I had Layla this past week for a few days while her sister had her tonsils removed. Then, her Momma was so sick, she had to go to the doctor and found out she had bronchitis! So I kept Layla and Yasmine Friday night! They were both good, and even though Yasmine was in a sickly state, she acted well. After their Momma got a shot and some medicine, she felt a lot better and they went home Saturday evening. I also got to see Riley, the now two month old! They grow up too fast! She's still little, though. 

      We have received a lot of rain over the past few days, which has helped to get us out of the drought. The temps have gone from the seventies to the forties! That's a big change! Just when I would love to get in the dirt! I know better than to plant anything now! Maybe Valentine's Day! Hope ya'll have a nice week! Blessings from Bama!

Sausage gravy, but where's the biscuits?

I have to cook enough sausage every week so Skylar can eat a sausage biscuit every morning for breakfast. I now know how to make a decent biscuit.

Layla pushing her baby in the swing. Love that little smirk! Can you keep a house clean with children around?

First cinnamon-raisin bread. Very thick and crusty.

Look Aunt FeFe, I'm wearing your blogs! The dog dug up that little brown bottle.

We had tuna salad. I put apples in it and it was good!

The new cinnamon-raisin bread is light and not so crusty. It tastes delicious!

Don't let Rubi get us!

Daisey and Delilah are growing!

She smiled at the camera! She was trying to take it away from me!

Yasmine riding the Jeep.

Riley about to smile.

You can see the effects of the medicine on Yasmine.

I want my passy!

This is the actual size of the store.

A beautiful church in Marietta, Georgia.

Some of the items we purchased at Trader Joe's. They gave us that bag since it was our first time there.

I love this lentil soup!

Oatmeal bread to go with the soup.

Got to have some chocolate chip cookies to go with everything!


  1. You have certainly been busy in your kitchen. That cinnamon raisen bread looks so good. I have never made it. When we went to AZ for the winters I would go to Trader Joes. Love going there. We don't have one close enough to us here. Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy! I use my bread machine so it makes it way easy! It's a nice store!

  2. Hey Bama Girl!
    I'm with Nancy, you have certainly been busy in the kitchen.... though you've always got something good cooking there it seems!

    Our closest Trader Joe's is in Greenville, @45 minutes drive from here. It opened a few years ago with the biggest hoopla and such that Tom and I thought we simply HAD to try that store out, there was so much 'talk' about town. We were like you, in that it was much smaller than we anticipated and though a nice store, not one that we'd drive that distance to patron. Have a good day!

    1. Hi Lisa! Glad you've been to Trader Joe's! 45 minutes is not that bad a drive for me, so I would go again, on my way to Whole Foods, of course! Whole Foods is an hour and twenty? But we don't go that often. Thanks!

  3. I have not been to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods but I did see a Whole Foods store in Augusta and will make an attempt sometime to get there.
    Your cinnamon raisin bread looks wonderful(both of them). I am going to have to make some soon. I haven't made any in a long, long time.
    All the girls look beautiful and hope the one is better soon.
    Love seeing the goats again too, still hoping to have my own one day.

    1. Becky, you need to make some again! It's delicious! Thanks! The goats pretty much take care of themselves!

  4. Yessssss, chocolate chip cookies. Mmm, I'm getting hungry! I have been to Trader Joe's, but unfortunately, there isn't one close enough to be convenient for me, which is too bad.

    You have such a lovely family, and I love the photo of your goats! :D

    Bama Girl, I’d love to invite you to share this post, and two others of your choice at the Farm Girl Blog Fest at my blog. Here’s a link: Farm Girl Blog Fest
    Hope to see you there!
    ~Kristi @Let This Mind Be in You

  5. Hi Bama Girl!
    Little Jasmine looks a little rummy! Hope she recovers fully real soon...there are too many good things to eat at Auntie FeFe's house to sit around with a sore throat! Bless her heart! Love that you had both girls so Momma can get some meds and rest! Would love to have had you both for Auntie and Uncle for my kids when they were little! :)
    Please, don't stop sharing recipes...cuz' I'd like to get your oatmeal bread one! Yes? AND, your chocolate chip cookies! Yum!
    Would love to start gardening...soooo ready, but I haven't seen the ground...or roads in several weeks...and, it looks to be several weeks more before I do! Yikes! This is our first winter in "snow country" and while it was fun, I'm very ready for some sun! Right now it is 0 degrees! Seems like that should be illegal, don't you???
    Enjoyed catching up on your posts! Love your blog and all the wonderful homey activities you have going on! Can't believe Rubi has gotten so big! When did THAT happen! Hugs, Cheeryshirley

  6. Hi CheeryShirley! The oatmeal bread has butter and so do the chocolate chip cookies! Oh, that's too bad about the snow country! We've only seen a small amount of snow last week, but none stuck. We have been experiencing mild temps as well as some cooler temps.
    I am going to plant some brassicas soon!
    Thanks for all of your sweet comments!


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