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June 2011


My Week in Groceries: June 27

June 30, 2011

Wow! I was blown away by your enthusiastic response to the Foodzie Giveaway. The winners are:

1. #27 Lisabella
2. #40 Jennifurla
3. #106 Lauren (who said an English muffin and almond butter)

Send me an e-mail ( with your name and address and I’ll get your prizes in the mail.

I got some great responses on my last grocery haul post, so I decided to do it again. A lot of you mentioned that you are nosy and secretly love to know what other people buy at the grocery store. We should be friends, because I’m nosy, too. It’s one of the many reasons I think working at Trader Joe’s would be fascinating.

Here’s what I picked up on Monday…

*Almond Milk (my new favorite milk beverage)
*Fage Greek Yogurt (4)
*Crumbled Feta Cheese with Mediterranean Herbs
*Unsalted Butter
*Trader Joe’s Tart Frozen Yogurt (My new favorite dessert! It’s tart, creamy and goes well with fresh berries, all for only 100 calories per 1/2 cup)

*Romaine Lettuce
*Pears (2)
*Orange Sweet Pepper (1)
*Frozen Blueberries
*Bananas (5)
*Yellow Onion (1)
*Zucchini (2)

*Trader Joe’s Fiberful Bars (great for light snacking that keeps you full)
*Fresh Raspberries
*Fresh Blackberries
*Heritage Organic Whole Grains Cereal 
*Kashi TLC Crackers 
*Trader Joe’s Original Hummus Dip
*Baby Potatoes
*Trader Joe’s Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette 
*Cliff Bars (for our half marathon this weekend!)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go run a half marathon this weekend. Joey and I have been training for the last twelve weeks, and although I’ve questioned my sanity at times for thinking it was a good idea to run my first half five days before our wedding, I’m so glad I decided to take the leap. Despite all the craziness and uncertainty swirling around us during this hectic time, our training plan has kept me grounded and motivated. Another major perk has been the massive amounts of fuel I’ve been eating completely guilt free. 

Bake Sale to Beat Cancer

June 29, 2011

The fabulous Lauren over at Keep It Sweet is hosting a bake sale to beat cancer.

I have two dozen of my Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies up for bid today and there are a bunch of other amazing goodies, too! Stop on over to her site and place a bid for a great cause! You can find the link here.

Winners of the Foodzie Giveaway will be announced tomorrow morning!



Foodzie Giveaway!

June 27, 2011
Because it’s Monday.
And because I have never before been more thankful for the amazing readers of Espresso and Cream.
And because I can’t get enough of all the tasty treats there are out there to try….
I’m giving away three Foodzie Tasting Boxes! Last month, as part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I had the opportunity to get a Foodzie box sent to me to sample. Honestly, I think it was one of the funnest things that happened to me that week. Maybe that sounds strange, but the box was filled with all sorts of unique and tasty samples of different food products I wouldn’t normally have gotten the chance to try had I not received the box. In my box, there were a couple packets of fancy sea salts, caramel-filled sandwich cookies, iced tea packets, and a whole bunch of other yummy goodies I scarfed down within the week. 
Foodzie offers a bunch of different products that make great gifts, from small snack-type items like crackers and artisan cheese to unique chocolates and mouth-watering candies. Personally, I’ve got my eye on the membership that sends you a tasting box every month for a year. 🙂  
Now, it’s your turn! To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favorite summer breakfast by Wednesday, June 29, at 10 p.m. If you’re anything like me, you pick a favorite breakfast and stick with it throughout the warm months. Last summer I ate a bowl of Greek yogurt with frozen mixed berries, cereal and peanut butter every. single. day. This summer, it’s been all about the thick, creamy smoothies with a piece of peanut butter toast. 
Winners will be announced on Thursday!

Berry-Cherry Soft Serve

June 27, 2011

Write this down.

Are you ready for it?

If you don’t currently own a food processor, put it down at the top of your list of kitchen items you absolutely need. I promise, it will be the best investment you make for your kitchen, and maybe your health, too.

You see, I love ice cream. And if I didn’t have a food processor that enabled me to make healthy, fruit-based soft-serve at home, I would probably eat a lot more of the regular stuff. I’m an absolute sucker for soft, creamy, frozen desserts, and although I’m pretty good at making thick smoothies in the morning, using a food processor and barely any additional liquid makes for a homemade soft serve ice cream that’s eerily similar to the real deal.

Berry-Cherry Soft Serve

*1/2 cup frozen raspberries
*1/2 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
*2 to 3 tablespoons almond milk or other type of milk
*1 tablespoon reduced-sugar chocolate milk powder
*2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (optional)

*Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add extra milk, if needed.

Happy cooking!



Family Wedding Shower Weekend

June 24, 2011

Joey and I spent last weekend back at home and my mom’s side of the family threw me an absolutely wonderful wedding shower. I’m so blessed to have such talented, creative aunts and cousins, who also happen to be great cooks! Here are a few pictures from the weekend. As usual, when exciting things are going on I’m not very good at remembering to take photos.