I am embarrassed: 2012 has not been the year of the Blog. It is shameful how I have let this little nugget of my life just drop off... but I won't despair, because many of the reasons my writing has taken an almost non-existent spot in my life is that I have been pleasantly busy with concerts, visits to Pittsburgh, a little bit of a social life and actual REAL PAYING sewing work!
Often, I come up with paragraphs in my head - things that I want to devote posts to: The Michael Jackson Immortal Cirque du Soleil tour, the anniversary of my father's death, fun trips to children's museums in Pittsburgh and Rochester, Easter, the baby gorilla at the zoo, a fantastic wedding shower for my friends Erin and Rob, garden tilling with Gregory, sewing curtains, sewing cloth diapers, my funny children and their overall awesomeness. All of these posts are still potentially in my brain and I can only hope they make it into the blog.
But, tonight, as I get back into the swing of things, I will discuss a recent thrill: grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. Buffalo is still on the losing side of the 'Burgh vs. Buffalo pro's and con's because it lacks own of my most favorite stores in the world. Perhaps it is because Wegman's is a super-force to be reckoned with. I love shopping at Wegman's, but our bank account was much happier shopping at Trader Joe's.
They have such a unique collection of foods and many staples that I have missed in the last year, especially their potstickers. We have literally tried every other brand of frozen potstickers and they all taste, well, gross. (And yes, I can make delicious potstickers... but I will leave that kind of kitchen magic to someone who doesn't have three children fighting for scraps at the cutting board.)
Needless to say, I stocked up on frozen potstickers (which fit quite nicely in our big new freezer!) and other delicious items. These are two of my new Trader Joe's discoveries that bring me little tinges of happiness every day.
|Why have I never had this before? I never expected that I would like the flavors of lavender and calendula in my food, but now I don't think there's any turning back.|
|This makes Ayla laugh every time she looks at it. Thanks, tissue.|