Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturdays: Joe-Joe's

For this week's installment, kiddo and I review the famous Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's...the chocolate creme variety. 

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There's no description on the box, but you probably get the idea.  They're a rendition of a certain well-known sandwich cookie.

A 20 ounce box sells for $2.99.

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My take: Trader Joe's has another hit with these little sandwich cookies.  Very similar in taste and texture to an Oreo.  The chocolate creme is good on its own...yes, I scraped my teeth along a couple of them to see (all in the name of research).  The cookies are crunchy, chocolatey, and not too sweet.
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kiddo's take: I would take these over Oreos any day. The cookie (once eaten, of course) is bursting with flavor, and the rich chocolate creme sandwiched inside is quite possibly the best I've ever tasted. More, please!
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's: just as good as their famous counterpart.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Dad's Greenhouse

*this blog post does not contain sugar.  you've been warned.*

When we visited my dad earlier this summer, we got a look at how his greenhouse is coming along.  I know this post is a departure from the usual...sugar and spice and everything fattening.  So many people were interested in the greenhouse when I posted a picture of it on Instagram, I thought I'd give a closer look here.

So, my dad is building a (giant) greenhouse made of vintage windows, doors, and reclaimed wood.  

Here it is:
upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
I really can't even comprehend how people build things.  It's so impressive to me.  Dad is good at this stuff.

Let's go in...
upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
I love this old door.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
This fan is one that I remember my dad having in the garage ever since I was a little girl.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
The back/side.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
Some of the glass he's had for ages...I remember my mom decorating with them.  Some were picked up at various places for this project.  Most of the wood is reclaimed.  Dad lives at a lake (yes, there's a lake in Amarillo!), so this is old dock wood.
I guess if we were hipsters, we'd call this an upcycled greenhouse.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
These windows will swing open.

upcycled greenhouse made from reclaimed wood, vintage windows and doors
The roof.

I love that my dad is so handy.  He always has been.   I told him that maybe at age 70, he needs to start a new business....kind of like those Treehouse guys on TV. ;)


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturdays: Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Wedges

Trader Joe's time!!! 

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These Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Wedges catch my eye every time I pass by the frozen treats.  Trader Joe's describes them as "an ice cream that thinks it's a cheesecake."  (And also, "enlarged to show texture" ...you'll see in a second.)

Each box contains 6 ice cream cheesecake pops and costs $2.99.  Side note: these are mini pops and each one has only 100 calories! 

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Let's see how they stack up, shall we?


trader joe's mini blueberry cheesecake ice cream wedges review #traderjoes
My take: I was first taken in by just how smooth and creamy the cheesecake ice cream is.  Then, I was so pleasantly surprised by the blueberry swirl.  It actually tastes like blueberry cheesecake topping that you'd make at home.  Full of flavor, the perfect addition to brighten up the ice cream itself.  I loved reading that the blueberry swirl color is enhanced by red cabbage.  Hey, you know I'm not afraid of a little food coloring, but I appreciate foods that don't have it when it isn't needed.  Bravo, Trader Joe's!  I know this will be on Mr. E's list of items we must buy each time we shop!
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kiddo's take: These taste exactly like cheesecake. Not cheesecake-flavored, but real. The addition of the graham cracker crumbs on the outside and blueberry in the middle make it a dessert you won't forget anytime soon. It might give me a brain freeze, but I definitely could eat the whole box - and maybe more!
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Trader Joe's Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Wedges: we think you'll dig 'em! 

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