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A Weekend of Letting Go + Party Food, New Books & Trader Joe’s Haul

I think I ate my weight in spinach and artichoke dip over the course of this last weekend so it’s safe to say it’s a good one. Especially since dip usually means get togethers! 🙂

We had a wild start to the weekend. Tanner suggested going out to dinner on Friday night but we ended up staying in, cooking dinner and playing Scrabble. (He beat me…badly!) We went upstairs to head to bed and found Sullie like this. She had taken over my spot! I finished Before We Were Yours. Such a wonderful book.

Namastay Kitchen Beet Burger

I met up with a few ladies from my online group to run on Saturday morning. I ran 3 with them and then Virginia and I tacked on 3 more. After the run I taught hot yoga at 11:15 and then had lunch with Tanner at Namastay. Of course I had the beet burger on a salad. I think it had been a few weeks since I’d had it and I was in withdrawals.

Namastay Kitchen Fried Oysters

We also shared an order of fried oysters and they were SO GOOD!

Julia's Cafe Charlotte

We went to Home Depot after lunch to get some things for the house. I am on a major plant kick so we’ve added a few indoor plants to our home and of course we had to do the fall mum thing!

We parted ways after Home Depot and I spent the next hour wandering around Julia’s looking for new (used) books. I ended up with six books including Falling Together, Leaving Time, Broken for You, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy and And Then I Found You. It was a hot day so I picked up a strawberry lemonade popsicle at checkout.

Not sure about some of these titles but we shall see. I’m starting with Leaving Time because I’ve heard great things.

trader joe's fall shopping

Next stop was Trader Joe’s where I bought lots of things!

trader joe's haul

Here’s the rest of it.

trader joe's pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds

I had a get together with girlfriends on Saturday night that I wanted to bring a salad to. These pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite fall seasonal items at Trader Joe’s.

Fall salad with beets, butternut squash, pumpkin seeds and a date vinaigrette

Here’s what went into the salad…

  • Trader Joe’s cruciferous crunch (I massaged this with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt to break it down)
  • Roasted beets
  • Roasted butternut squash
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dried cranberries
  • The balsamic date dressing from this salad

Fall salad with beets, butternut squash, pumpkin seeds and a date vinaigrette

All mixed up!

A group of about eight teachers got together on Saturday night for a special evening of letting go and moving on as we enter a new season. We began and ended the night with lots of snacks though!

letting go bonfire

The main event was building a fire. We spent some time writing things we were ready to let go of and had a long and deep discussion about all sorts of things before we took turns burning our sheets of paper. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried this but it’s an extremely powerful exercise.

Post-fire chocolate + fruit. It was such a wonderful evening.

apple pie bars

I spent most of Sunday being productive around the house and taught a yoga class at 4. After class we headed over to Tanner’s mom’s place for dinner along with his step-father, brother, SIL and niece. I baked these apple pie bars to share for dessert. They were heavenly.

When we arrived we snacked on these dips. They were both delicious but the spinach and artichoke his mom made was out of this world!

white creamy chicken enchiladas

She prepared creamy chicken enchiladas for dinner and they were amazing! I brought the leftover salad from Saturday night + another chopped salad to share as well.

apple pie bars with ice cream

A sweet end to a sweet weekend! 🙂

What’s your #1 favorite type of dip or dip recipe? (Links welcome if you have a good one!)

Found anything new or interesting at Trader Joe’s lately? 

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • tara September 25, 2017, 9:20 pm

    i liked leaving time. there were parts that were a bit odd i guess is the best way to say it, but the ending was a total surprise. stay away from spoilers ! i just finished small great things by same author and LOVED it. she definitely has a unique way of telling a story.

    • Jen September 28, 2017, 1:41 pm

      I’m not the biggest Jodi Picoult fan in general but I did love Small Great Things which made me pick up Leaving Time and give her another chance!

  • Mo September 25, 2017, 10:22 pm

    Recipe for the apple pie bars please?

    • Jen September 28, 2017, 1:40 pm

      I posted it on my blog on Wednesday! 🙂

  • Olivia K September 25, 2017, 10:26 pm

    Leaving Time is such a good book, it has stuck with me for years! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

    • Jen September 28, 2017, 1:40 pm

      It’s the first book I started and definitely enjoying it so far.

  • Amanda September 26, 2017, 8:47 am

    Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning is AMAZING

    • Jen September 28, 2017, 1:38 pm

      I’ve seen that stuff everywhere on the Internet but I’ve yet to try it!

  • Linda Viner September 26, 2017, 10:28 am

    Julia’s is so awesome. I donated a bunch of books there as well as some furniture to Habitat. They do so many wonderful things.
    A book you might really like, Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. I loved it.
    A few more chapters left of Marriage of Lies. I’m listening on Audible and while I love it I think I might have enjoyed turning the pages for this one. I’m finding fiction I enjoy more actually reading, and non fictions Audible.

    • Jen September 28, 2017, 1:38 pm

      I know! I’ve loved it forever. I always buy books there and then donate them back! 🙂 Thank you for the book recommendation!

  • Amber September 26, 2017, 11:55 am

    Can you share the recipe for the apple pie bars!? They LOOK heavenly!!

    • Jen September 28, 2017, 1:32 pm

      It’s on my blog! I posted it on Wednesday!

  • Lindsay September 26, 2017, 5:00 pm

    Would Tanner’s mom share her enchilada recipe?? I can’t eat red enchilada sauce, so I’m always looking for good Mexican recipes that don’t have it!

    • Jen September 28, 2017, 1:24 pm

      I asked her – I’ll report back on what I hear!

  • Holly September 28, 2017, 4:50 pm

    FYI, it took me a little bit to get into Leaving Time, but I was so glad I powered through the slow beginning bc it ended up being one of my favorite books ever. I actually re-read it recently (which I NEVER do!)

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