My Top Trader Joe’s Wines

top trader joe's wines

Guys, the holidays are almost here!

Can we all just take a deep breath then do a little excited squeal together?

I am anticipating some really great times coming up in the next month. We’ll be heading back to Arkansas to party with the in-laws, and I’m so ready to get some relaxing, eating and board gaming in! Who’s with me?

As I’m thinking about the upcoming season with all of its dinner parties, I’m also thinking about staying on a budget but still having a great time.

And I know that many of us are looking for libations for our celebrations (see what I did there?).

So, in the spirit of budget-friendly wines, let’s take a tour of my favorite cheap Trader Joe’s picks. Any of these would make a great drink to share with your guests.

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Blogsgiving Progessive Dinner Party Part 3

sweet potato pie

Good morning and happy last day of this wonderful week of Blogsgiving.

What fun it’s been, right? I feel like I’ve been newly inspired to host, cook and entertain by the recipes and posts from other bloggers around the country. Have you? I hope so.


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Blogsgiving Progressive Dinner Party Part 2

mushroom spinach farro

Welcome back to our week full of fun and tasty Blogsgiving Dinner ideas.

Today, we’re on to entrees, side dishes and salads. Our meal is well on its way.

I’ve got a Thanksgiving-inspired recipe that is simply easy to make and simply delicious. I really enjoy Thanksgiving, but one thing that I don’t like is spending all day in the kitchen. Even though I love cooking, I love being able to hang out with family even more.

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Blogsgiving Progressive Dinner Part 1

carolina apple sidecar

This week, I’ve got some real treats coming up on the think fruitful blog! I’m taking a part in a progressive Blogsgiving Dinner that is going to give you so many Thanksgiving and Christmas food ideas it’s not even funny.

I’ve joined with a team of other bloggers to showcase special holiday-inspired recipes all this week!

So get ready for a full week of comforting, tasty recipes for drinks, appetizers, side dishes and more!

carolina apple sidecar

Today, we’re starting off the week with one of my own concoctions that I’m really excited about.

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Simple Saturday: 2-Ingredient Cheese Dip

2-ingredient cheese dip

Some things are just so simple that you can’t keep them to yourself.

I found this recipe for 2-ingredient cheese dip and just had to try it. No, these ingredients aren’t glamorous (or expensive), but the dip can be ready in a few minutes and is quite tasty.

All you have to do to make it is combine salsa verde with cream cheese and microwave it until combined. If you’re making it for a small group of like 4, use 1 cup of salsa and half of a block of cream cheese, cut into a few pieces. Then, microwave it all for a few minutes, stopping it often to stir together.

2-ingredient cheese dip

There you have it! A spicy, creamy cheese dip that you just made yourself. No need for Mexican take-out this time.

Enjoy and happy Simple Saturday!

Lazy Night Soup

lentil soup

It’s always a good idea to keep a few recipes in your repertoire that are quick, comforting, cheap and make lots of leftovers.

This Lentil Soup is the epitome of those things.

And it’s a recipe from a new blogger friend of mine, The Olive and The Sea. Check out her post for step-by-step photos.

lentil soup

This warming, healthy Lentil Soup is totally comfort food for the soul! Speaking of, do you remember those Chicken Soup for the Soul books? I used to love getting lost in those at a friend’s house or in Books A Million. I’m a sucker for a good story and a good soup, you could say.

For those nights or days when you only have a few ingredients on hand and want something that will give you food hug (worthy of Chicken Soup for the Soul) from the inside out, turn to this no-fail Lentil Soup.

lentil soup


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Fruitful Travels: Washington, D.C.

Fruitful Travels: Washington, D.C.

One big plus of living on the East Coast/in North Carolina, is that we’re only a 4-hour drive away from D.C.!

I have fond memories of going on a trip to the capitol with my family while in high school (we even stayed in the National Cathedral) and visiting with my sister during the Cherry Blossom Festival a few years ago. My husband hadn’t been to D.C. since he was a toddler, so I was thrilled to snoop around the city with him.

I think we both fell in love with the weather (we were lucky to have 70-degree sunny skies), unique architecture and walking-friendly vibe of the city. Oh, and the food was also fabulous.

Here were some of our favorite hot spots:

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Simple Saturday: Honey Cinnamon Butter

honey cinnamon butter

Today, I’m thinking about breakfast treats and weekends.

On Saturday mornings, I just get in the mood to stay in comfy clothes longer and whip up (or go out for) a tasty breakfast that’s perhaps a little indulgent.

Last weekend it was pumpkin waffles (that recipe will be up soon) with Honey Cinnamon Butter.

Flavored butters are so easy to make and just add a little bit of extra flavor bling (if you will) to your meal. Compound butters are great on meat and sweet butters are perfect for pancakes, waffles or just a slice of baguette.

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Slow Cooker Indian Comfort Food

tikka masala

We all know that I am in love with Indian food.

Have you tried it out yet? If not, get yourself to the nearest Indian buffet and get some warm naan, creamy tikka masala and chana masala.

If you can’t do that (or you would like to save some money), just make some amazing Indian food for yourself.

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