Rambling About Food Today!

Today’s post is basically all about food but I found myself rambling more than usual as I was writing it up!

First of all, I’m done purchasing the bags of fresh green beans from Trader Joe’s. You know, the green beans that they sell already washed in the refrigerated produce section? Don’t buy them. From my experience, almost every time, the green beans smell. Either the green beans in the bags are close to bad or already bad which means I end up bringing them back to the store.  The Trader Joe’s people are always really nice about it and give me a credit, yet still, I’m over it.

For now I’m back to buying their giant bag of frozen green beans. They are easy to heat up so it’s fine. I roast the frozen green beans the oven or add them to a cast iron pan no problem.

Second, as soon as I love something new at Trader Joe’s, it disappears. Those colorful carrot coins that I talked about for so many weeks? Adding them to salads, power bowls, and random dinner plates? Gone from the frozen section.

I give up. I’m still not over Trader Joe’s taking away their frozen onion rings!

A food highlight however was enjoying this salad which came together on a whim from so many remaining odds and ends left in the refrigerator and freezer.


I do not even know what was in here! I see broccoli, carrot spirals, chick peas, and most likely, the veggies & greens salad mix. Possibly with avocado and a salad dressing. Maybe parmesan cheese too. I was not expecting to enjoy this salad as much as I did! I think I added the everything but the bagel seasoning too. That seasoning is great on everything!

So the other night my son really wanted to go out to eat but I was already going food shopping for a few things at Stew Leonard’s so I picked up a container of their fresh stir fry vegetables and easily made this dinner at home. While I paid a bit more for this container of vegetables than I would normally like to pay (I think it was $5.99 for the container), I still spent a lot less than if we would have gone out for dinner. My son didn’t eat this but he settled on homemade pizza.

Sometimes I need to be tough and not give in to eating out all of the time when I can make good dinners at home!

I added Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki sauce with chick peas, avocado and some quinoa to this stir fry. It was really good, and quick.

stir fry

My recipe for cold s’mores has been a top search lately. Do you remember it? It’s SO SIMPLE and the recipe makes a bunch of cold s’mores at a time which is great because you store them in the freezer, always having a good dessert on hand. The ingredients list is minimal, just graham crackers, cool whip (or alternate whipped topping), marshmallows, and chocolate chips.

Cold Smores

I first learned this recipe at this little kiddie cooking class that my son was enrolled in before he was even three years old! I remember it well. They made the easiest, cutest recipes and this one just stuck with me. We both liked it at the time so I would make it with him often at home back in the day AND I also made it with the cooking classes I taught at his preschool and elementary school in the years to follow.

You didn’t know I taught little kid cooking classes did you? I think I mentioned it on the blog in the past but honestly, I forget too! It was short-lived, maybe two school years of preschool and then one session when he was in first grade. Both were after school activities that kids needed to sign up for. I also taught his preschool art class! Nope, I am not a teacher, just a girl who always loved art projects and cooking. 

Oh wait! Today is Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day!

I went to Chocolate Works to make my son a box of chocolate (like chocolate covered pretzels, Oreos, and heart-shaped nonpareils) which I will give him this morning. It’s been hiding in the trunk of my car since Monday so he couldn’t find it and eat it.

Meanwhile, I went to share the only picture I have from my baby’s first Valentine’s Day (because back then in 2004 you didn’t have camera phones!) and can’t believe I never shared this picture on the blog before!

Totally bought him the Valentine’s Day Conversation “Hug Me” onesie from the Gap  (he’s 4 months old here) and his diaper totally destroyed it within a few hours. 🙂

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Are there any foods you wouldn’t continue to buy at Trader Joe’s? Please tell us so we know not to buy them either!

Anyone else ever teach a kids cooking class or art class?

What type of chocolate do you plan to have today?

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  1. says

    I’ve learned that the bags of green beans don’t last regardless of where I buy them. I think it has to do with moisture just sitting in the bag so they go bad faster.

    The cold s’mores look delicious! Now I want to go make them for tonight.

  2. says

    I buy my green beans out of the bag at the grocery store because the bagged ones seem to hold onto moisture and not be as good for as long. I’ve started using reusable produce bags and those help the vegetables stay fresher longer also! That’s so cool that you taught cooking classes!
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  3. says

    The last few prewashed lettuce mixes I’ve bought have gone bad within a matter of days. It makes me so frustrated. So now I’ve been buying the super small boxes and going to the store two to three times a week. Sigh.

    I like when you ramble. I never knew you taught cooking classes to preschoolers. I hope I get to do something similar with Ave one day.
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