Thursday, November 25, 2010

Not cooking this Thanksgiving!

Last year, I hosted Thanksgiving and did all the cooking. It's probably why I don't have one single photo from last Thanksgiving! Haha. I love hosting parties, so doing all the cooking was enjoyable. This year however, we are traveling to my husband's Aunt and Uncle's house in Albany for Thanksgiving. Since it's a 3 hour drive North, I decided not to cook anything but rather to bring some easy appetizers and dessert. We order a pecan pie from Mother Mousse bakery, and I'm doing a crudite platter.  Too bad we don't have any of our own vegetables growing in the garden to add to the crudite platter.   I also wanted to do a cheese and crackers platter so I headed to Trader Joe's, where they have an amazing selection of cheese for an amazing price.
Doesn't this look awesome?  I got brie, herb goat cheese, baby swiss cheese, smoked aged gouda, Rondele garlic and herb spread, dry salami, Rosemary crackers and Multigrain / Flaxseed crackers.  All this for under $20!  Nice!
While I was there, I saw that they had new eco-tote bags. Check out the cool design! There was a sign that said that there are different bags for every area. Oooh, I want to collect one from each city that Trader Joe's is in. My sister lives outside of Chicago and she has a Trader Joe's down the street. I'm going to harass her to buy me one with a Chicago motif on it. Now, if I can talk my California friends into doing the same. Haha.  I bought 2 bags and carried my goodies home in them.
When I was there, I also was on the lookout for either flowers or a flowering plant to bring to the hub's Uncle and Aunt.  My dad wanted me to get some flowers for them, since he wouldn't see them in person.  So I picked up this gorgeous Begonia plant.  I liked it so much, I also picked one up for myself too.  I can't resist!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


  1. Oh how I wish we had a TJ's!

    I had been in them in the past so I knew how great they were!

    We went to one during our trip to Eden Prairie MN - SIGH!

    Oh the trouble I could get into!

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. MMMM All my favorites! I love TJ's cheeses too, and luckily we have one that opened in our city last year, and it's only a mile down the street! Happy Thanksgiving and drive safely!

  3. Meemsync, our favorite appetizer: plate filled with wonderful kinds of cheese and fruits and some special salami.

    Safe journey to Albany. Happy Thanksgiving and may your day be filled with blessings.

  4. If you send me your address I'll send you a TJ bag from California, if you haven't already gotten one...

  5. I don't have one very close to me but I'll have to check one out the next one I'm in the nice part of the city, because I love me a good cheese platter.

    Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Hi Mimi,
    (That's your name, isn't it, or am I thinking of someone else?) We had a fun day at my sister and brother-in-laws' place. We took a lot of food, as always, but so did my parents, and my sister got some nice veggies at the Trader Joe's an hour from here. We had one open this month in our city. It's way across town, but I want to check it out when I get a chance. I can take photos of the bags if you want to pick one out. (I am in Nebraska.) Oh, and I fixed all but 2 of the last of my sweet potatoes from the garden for the meal.

    My brother-in-law asked how my blogging is going. I told him some of the places where I know people. I mentioned you, and how you had posted about the wild turkeys running around, and that I planned to tell you I saw them on CNN the other day. He said to tell you he grew up in Jersey City. He's lived a number of places, including San Diego and Las Vegas. He still owns a home in Las Vegas, where he lived when he met my sister on a dating site. He misses living in the city, and does not like having a big yard. I love my sister's house and huge yard with a pond put in by the previous owner. I told him if they decide to move, to let me know, because I would love to buy their house. My husband does not plan on moving out of his childhood home, though.

    Wow, I think my comment may be longer than your post! That begonia sure has pretty blooms, by the way!

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  7. nice! My sister and I are looking forward to the salted caramel chocolate covered butter cookies she got from TJ's last night. I'm happy they have the tofurky feast. I used to have to pay double for it at another market!


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