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Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's Slims Chocolate & Vanilla Creme Cookie

Just about a week left before Christmas y'all. If you were hoping to pick up some coveted Trader Joe's items for a Secret Santa exchange or stocking stuffers, I suggest you not delay. Popular items go fast. Alas at my store, stroopwafels (both the regular and the ice cream)were no more. So went the warm vanilla body butter and seasonally scented candles. But if you're looking for something in the cookie/biscuit department, there's still a great selection to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. As for me, I tend not to buy the seasonal cookies, partially because around this time of year is when a lot of people bake more cookies. I'll take a homemade cookie over a packaged one any day. But this here is a cookie I won't bother to make myself. 
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Trader Joe's Beet Chunks

For a long time, I categorized beets under "old people food," right alongside prunes, oatmeal, and cod liver oil. If you're "old," don't be offended - this category was conjured up by 8 year-old me. For the record, I think oatmeal is no longer relegated to older people especially now that people have figured out how to make it delicious and convenient [for millennials]. Except I still don't love it. I've tried the overnight thing in a hipster mason jar- bot or cold I'm still not a fan. 
Anyhoo, I've gotten to the age where I think "old" is cool. In fact, it's one of my life aspirations to be a grandma, the kind who enjoys a nice book with a cat on her lap while sipping some hot tea, gets away with saying just about anything because she's earned the right to speak her mind by virtue of age, and manages to walk laps in the mall faster than all the youngins. Maybe beets will help me get there. :P 

Trader Joe's Warm Vanilla Body Butter

Nostalgia sells. Isn't that what a lot of us chase especially during the holidays? It's creating coziness, seeking out new memories, and revisiting warm and familiar sights, sounds, tastes, feelings, and smells. Why else do we spend money on Anthropologie candles?? (Because they smell good. Yes they do. Can't deny that. It's burning up the oxygen in my house, but I don't care. But also I no longer own Anthro candles because TJ's makes some really nice ones that cost a fraction of the price. :P) 

Trader Joe's Black Truffle Alfredo Pasta Sauce

I don't usually buy white sauce. We all know it's not the healthiest. But man, the creaminess delivered with a nice starchy pasta is just a heavenly combo. It has everything our bodies crave when the temperatures dip - carbs, fat, and salt. And it's exactly the type of sauce that appeals to A. Take my money. 

Trader Joe's Gingerbread Spice Granola

Thanksgiving wiped me out y'all. I quite like the gatherings and festivities and delicious delights, but after days straight of eating eating and eating, I'm wiped out. I need a salad. Oh wait. It's safer to eat fries than salad at the moment, or so some people say (it's really not that dangerous as long as you can identify the origin of the lettuce!). In any event, I may or may not have eaten fries for post-work breakfast. Oh well...we'll go back to healthier things tomorrow, don't we all say that? Onto some granola. 

Trader Joe's Mini Stroopwafel Ice Cream Sandwiches

"OMG ARE THESE GOOD????" "I NEED TO HAVE THEM!!!" "TAKE MY MONEY NOWWWWW." These and a few others - Instagram comments and messages on the hottest little stroop in town.

Trader Joe's Pepita Salsa

This post serves to remind you that this product existed and was kinda hype at one point before the temperatures plummeted, and turkey and chocolates invaded the shelves. I picked this up and tried it out maybe a month ago and never got around to posting the review. Life happens and I get preoccupied with making birthday cakes and such.