1. After a fun-filled weekend in the mountains my sweet man stopped to buy a coffee for me. Much to my delighted surprise, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back. The heavens parted and the angels sang.... fall must be on the way.
2. On the rain-drenched trip home, I opened this book:
Its new take on the act of thankfulness brought me to my knees. I rarely recommend a book, especially when I am only half way through it, but this is worth its weight in gold.
3. Last week we made a trip to the local Trader Joes. It had been months since our last visit. It's just far enough that we have to make a special effort to go. I stocked up on all my favorites and when I got home I decided to take a picture to share with you. These are just a few of the things we love:
The kiddos love the mini tacos. Me? Not so much.. The Island Soyaki sauce is good on anything. Except ice cream. We like to marinate chicken in it and then grill up a storm. Good stuff. I'm a pimiento cheese snob and theirs is worth mentioning for the prepackaged variety. Do you have a good recipe for pimiento cheese? Do share! I've shared my other TJ favorites here, here, and here. Hello, my name is Gretchen and I'm addicted to Trader Joes.
5. We came home to an upstairs broken air conditioner. With only a few weeks of summer-like weather it was a hard pill to swallow. However, since I had just spent the last 2 hours reading about the act of thankfulness, my heart-response was much different than it would have normally been. The good news? We were able to get it fixed today!