Friday, May 24, 2013

Farewell to The Office

Based on the title of my blog, I figured I had to write about the finale of The Office. If you've been watching the show since the beginning, you probably had mixed emotions about the series finally coming to an end. It's always bittersweet when it's a show that you've been following for so many years ends. On one had you're sad to see it go but on the other, it's often time for it to say farewell. I don't know what the general word is from Office fans, but I personally loved the way they ended things. There were so many good quotes in the episode and most importantly, my favorite part was definitely the goodbye dance with Darryl. What a perfect depiction of what that group of people is really like. I thought the Ryan and Kelly part was kind of dumb but it fit their relationship throughout the show, and Nelly did get a baby because of it which she really wanted so that was kind of sweet. I wish Michael Scott had a few more lines and wish that he had Holly with him but at least he got one more "That's what she said" in! I thought the way they tied in the documentary was pretty cool and it just made sense for Dwight and Angela to get married and that the baby was Dwight's!

Watching the Promos

Below are a few of my favorite quotes from the episode and of course, the Darryl dance video!

"I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them" - Andy Bernard

“It would just make my heart soar if someone out there saw this, and she said to herself, be strong, trust yourself, love yourself, conquer your fears, just go after what you want. And act fast, because life just isn’t that long.” – Pam Halpert

"No matter how you get there or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home." -Creed

"There's a lot of beauty in ordinary things." - Pam Halpert

Friday, May 17, 2013

Trader Joe's Checklist Round 2!

I was finally able to make another trip to one of my favorite stores: Trader Joe's! As I did before in this post, I listed the items and described them. There's always so many choices, I'm trying to get new and different items each time. Also, unlike the one in PA, this one sells alcohol so I was finally able to purchase the infamous "2 buck chuck" which is now "3 buck chuck." I'm interested to try this TJ's exclusive wine by Charles Shaw. I bought 3 different types.

Sundried Tomatoes:

Salmon Patties:

Greco-Roman Pizza: This pizza was absolutely amazing. It had all the best toppings including feta cheese and Greek olives. MMMMMM!

Vege Gyoza: These are vegetable pot stickers and they were quite delicious dipped in soy sauce. I made them in the microwave but there were a few different ways to cook them.

Herb Roasted Sliced Turkey: This was one of those items I got last time but it was so good I had to get it again!

Hard boiled eggs: This is a 6 pack of hard boiled eggs already peeled, how convenient!

White Bean and Basil Hummus: Truly amazing hummus! They have so many different hummus flavors and options, I can't wait to try them all so I can start repeating.

Organic Baby Spinach leaves: Always a tasty choice when making a salad.

TJ's Red Salsa: I used this in a 7-layer dip but it was delicious.

TJ's Greek Yogurt: I'm a big fan of Greek yogurt and TJ's does not disappoint  it's very creamy and smooth and offers a variety of flavors.

Beef Broth:

Creamy tomato and basil sauce: Very tasty pasta sauce. I used it with the lobster ravioli mentioned below and then with bow-tie pasta and turkey meatballs.

Lemonade and Tea Organic: This is a very refreshing beverage, an organic Arnold Palmer.

Pear champagne salad dressing: This is a tasty and delicious salad dressing. It's light and refreshing on top of any fresh veggies and lettuce. I think it would also make a great sauce for fish.

Lobster Ravioli: Very delicious! I used some of the creamy tomato and basil sauce on here.

Whole wheat slims:

Organic popcorn with olive oil: A great snack!

Beef rolls dog treats: Another item I just had to buy again for Chloe. She really likes them!

Habanero Lime tortilla: Yet another item that was too good to not get a second time.

TJs salt pretzels with peanut butter:

Pita chips with sea salt: Went great with the white bean and basil hummus.

PBJ chocolate bar with raspberry jelly: Amazeballs! Tastes like a pbj sandwich with chocolate!

Tortilla chips with quiona and black beans: A great alternative to regular tortilla chips. They taste great on their own and also with guacamole and salsa.

Josephsbrau prost lager: A okay beer, nothing too spectacular.

Charles Shaw Sauv Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet: Decent for the price, it's tough to beat a drinkable wine for $3.

Spring bouquet: Beautiful bouquet of daisies for a good price.