What I miss about California…

Do you hear the angels singing?  Because they are!

It isn’t often that I really miss things about home.  I’m pretty good about adapting to new environments and “blooming where I’ve been planted.”  Coming to Colorado from Fayetteville was a big step in the right direction, since it has more resources [read: my favorite stores].  Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s hasn’t made it to Colorado yet, due to issues with suppliers and liquor laws.  I got used to not having a TJs when I lived in NC (the Raleigh one is a long drive), but trust me, it’s not by choice.

FIL forgot to stop by TJs the last time he was here in Arizona, so we made it a point to put it on this week’s to-dos.  This is the best time of year to pick up their goodies, since all of the holiday foods are out.  Of course, I called Trinnie ASAP to make sure she didn’t need anything, since she always stops at the Santa Fe one for me.  This picture came from my BB because, of course, I messaged her a photo from my cart.

When I live in proximity to a TJs, I do all of my shopping there, aside from a name brand item or two that DH requests.  The pricing is great, since they have house labels on most items.  Here’s some of my must-haves that I picked up tonight:
  • Spanish Olive Oil – This stuff has a better flavor than the Italian stuff to me.  Working at Williams-Sonoma, I got to sample a lot of premium olive oils.  I preferred Spanish because the flavor is more buttery and less grassy than the Italian varieties.
  • Basmati Rice – I think basmati has a much better taste than Jasmine rice.  I picked up two bags tonight.
  • Bar Soaps – I tend to prefer bar soaps over shower gels, and I like splurging on a nice soap.  I buy the TJs Tea Tree Oil, Oatmeal and Honey, Exfoliating Oatmeal, Green Tea, and Lavender soaps.  These will last me for a while, thankfully!  
  • Caramel Corn – TJs makes a fat free caramel corn that’s to die for!  Yummy snacking!
  • Stilton with Apricots – One of my favorite cheeses.  This is absolutely amazing on Wheat Thins.  I bought this even though I’ll have to finish it before I leave.
I also grabbed some holiday stuff – some new to me, some old favorites.
  • Advent calendar – Despite the fact that I can get these sorts of calendars at the commissary, I grew up on this calendar.  I used to pop the piece of chocolate in my mouth while I got ready for school in the morning.
  • Peppermint Joe’s Joes – Imagine an Oreo cookie with peppermint filling, as well as candy cane pieces in it.  Um, yum!
  • Peppermint hot chocolate – For FIL and I, since we enjoy a good cup of hot chocolate together!
  • Gingerbread men – These are on the harder side, so they’re awesome to break off a limb and just let it melt in your mouth.
  • Dark chocolate stars – Little star-shaped cookies dipped in chocolate and those little white nonpareils.  Please and thank you!
  • Peppermint Whoopie Pies – Seriously, if you don’t hear the angels singing now, you’re not listening hard enough.
What about you?  What holiday treats and goodies do you get excited about?


  • Adrie Kovicsaid

    Ahhhhh Peppermint Joe Joes!!! =D I always ask my mom to pick up some when she goes to Trader Joes…those are awesome with cold milk!

  • Ninasaid

    My favorite holiday treats are ginger bread (based on my grandma's old recipe from early 1900's), chocolate advent calendar and mulled wine. Yep, I grew up in Europe …. 🙂

  • Sespisaid

    Oh my gosh me too… I love the cinnamon cat crackers and their tomato soup. I'm planning to get a few containers to take back to Georgia with me 🙂 And I'll probably stock up on their Christmas stuff too!

  • Tarynsaid

    Seriously? Colorado needs to be able to sit at the cool table … even MAINE has a Trader Joes! (It just opened a few weeks ago in Portland).