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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Trader Who?

Trader Joe's silly.

I had probably the best weekend I've had so far this summer.  Trust me, that isn't saying much.  I have some friends jet-setting all over the country, but I'm happy with a long car ride to Des Moines.

Not that I wouldn't take an "actual" vacation.  It's been 5 years people.  I think I deserve it.


Anyway, we headed to Des Moines this weekend to visit family and I made a few crutual stops - Trader Joe's, Des Moines Farmer's Market, Fong's Pizza and other hit and miss stops along the way.

2 Buck Chuck, yogurt covered almonds/raisins, raw almonds (for the hubs), popcorn and a TJ bag

I will say I was very impressed with Trader Joe's prices.  I was expecting it to be much more expensive.  On the many staples I purchase each week - yogurt, milk, cheese, meat, nuts, etc., all prices were cheaper than what I pay at Hy-Vee.

If only there was one closer...

I could have spent hours in there and purchased many more things, but I was limited, as I was traveling and didn't exactly have a freezer in the back in our already packed car.  There is a next time!

My brother and sister-in-law tagged along with me, sans kids, to the market Saturday morning and our first stop was breakfast.  Fong's Pizza is known for their unusal pizza creations.  Their most popular is probably their crab rangoon pizza - I know!  I didn't try it for breakfast, but I did try this heart attack on a plate.  Well, worth it.

The Godzilla.

Godzilla - scrambled eggs, potatoes, canadian bacon, alfredo, cheese, sausage gravy

Check out these crowds!  See the capitol building way back there?  Yeah, this market stretches for many blocks and is full of everything under the sun.  The temps were soaring, the dogs were panting, and by the end I was glad I didn't shower prior to going...

We also stopped at the Great Harvest Bread Company on our way home.  My brother's favorite food of ALL time are cinnamon rolls, so he needed that for his sweet tooth.  I picked up a cinnamon chip pecan scone.

And later that day, while the kids were napping, I treated myself to a pedicure.  If anyone knows me, I rarely, if ever, spend money on myself.  Trust me, I probably would if I had a money tree in my backyard!  Pedicures are one thing that I love getting.  I got all the kinks out of my back sitting in the massage chair (holding an almost 4 month old daily will do that to ya) and read my People magazine.

What else could a mom want?

I hope your weekend was as good as mine!

Would you like to comment?

  1. You forgot to mention you ran into a wonderful old friend at the farmers market :) It was good seeing you even if it was brief. Glad you had a good time in Des Moines. Let us Tama folks know the next time you will be here, then we can all go out somewhere and bring back the school years.

  2. YAY for Trader Joe's! I was just there myself. Luckily, I have one within a few miles. Glad you were able to finally check it out for yourself. :)

  3. That godzilla looks like heaven on a plate. I love disgustingly delicious, ooey, gooey, calorie laden pizza!!!!!

  4. Looks like a great weekend! I love Trader Joe's but haven't been there in a little while. I need to change that!

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