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Juliaaaa!

Good evening 🙂

Today was quite a success. I worked, I wrote, I grocery shopped, I did yoga and I even roasted a chicken!

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I like to stay busy…what can I say?! To find out the secret of my chicken roasting, turn to my latest True/Slant article on the subject. 🙂

This morning I snacked on a banana with almond butter before stopping by work for a few hours….

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I left work and just stopped by the general store for a sandwich on the run. This was SO GOOD!

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It was roasted turkey breast, pepperjack cheese, muhammara spread, red onion, lettuce, tomato and mustard…all on hot sourdough bread. I inhaled it…obviously.

The grocery shop of champions….or champions on a budget!

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  • hot sauce
  • dijon mustard
  • raspberry preserves
  • organic chicken broth
  • whole wheat cous cous
  • lemons
  • 2 butternut squash
  • amazing windmill cookies
  • pure maple syrup
  • dried apricots
  • trail mix

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  • an organic free range chickidy
  • honeycrisp apples
  • butter
  • bananas
  • brussels sprouts
  • channa masala
  • frozen garlic naan
  • 3 large greek yogurts

total price= $60

I’m a champ.

During the afternoon, I wrote and roasted my chicken. I felt like such a little Julia, far away from the French homeland (or Florida homeland rather). I’m telling you…for being pretty much circa 1912, this oven I’ve got here is DANG powerful!!! Like woah.

I hit up a 5:30 power yoga flow class a few blocks away…it was good…made me really really REALLY miss my studio back home though. I just need to give it time…I’m going to try a few different studios to see what I like the best. For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you walk in. I’m one of those people that makes sort of life changing decisions rather…fast. What can I say? I know myself quite well and when I know what I want, I go after it with all my heart. No need to play games or momo around. This is life, people. Same goes with yoga studios. We shall see.

Dinner was previously roasted chicken plus roasted brussels and carrots!

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Mmmmmm this was such a homey little meal….and roast chicken is amazing when dipped in dijon mustard. Mustard + hot sauce…two condiments I would never want to ever live without.

And now…I have a new favorite cookie!

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No words. Now I know I tend to get (ahem) really excited about food quite often. I could actually talk about food for hours on end and am actually quite boring on dates because all I do is pick apart my dinner and the restaurant (perhaps that’s why I have a lack of dates?! just kidding). Anyways, these cookies are faaaaabulous. They are flaky, buttery and full of almonds. I could probably eat the entire box but I settled with just one, which I topped with a piece of organic milk chocolate with salted almonds muahahahaha

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I’m going to have to hide these from myself. Somehow.

Big storm is coming in tonight off the coast….I’m bundling up and battering down. The heat still isn’t fixed and currently I’m wallowing around my attic wearing all too many pieces of my closet topped with a big north face jacket, clutching a mug of tea. The story of my life. Have I mentioned how much I miss Dexter?! 🙁

Gooooodnight!

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74 Comments

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    Omar
    October 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    TAPATIO! I LOVE THAT HOT SAUCE! MY FAMILY AND I PUT IT ON EVERYTHING!!!!! NO WONDER I LOVE YOUR BLOG! 😀

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    Caitlin
    October 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    The Channa Masala you got from TJs is the best!!! My husband and I eat it with whole wheat tandori very often! Don’t you love having TJs!?

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    Anais
    October 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Your cat is staying back home?? That’s so sad! 🙁

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    Leangreenliving
    October 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    It is wonderful that you are near a Trader Joe and I understand the love affair with him, for sure, but you’ve got to try Fresh & Easy. It is a British chain and is phenomenal. The prices are off the hook and the produce is so fresh that even a week later it is divine. Today I got squirted opening the juiciest naval orange from there and it was only like, 25 cents! Deeelish, too. I looked up the closest location for you and it is in Vacaville. http://www.freshandeasy.com/StoreLocator.aspx?lat=38.6323169&lng=-122.8761309&address=95448
    Not exactly in your ‘hood, but maybe you will be over that way for some reason or other and can check it out.

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    Laura
    October 12, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Looks like a great visit to TJ’s!
    I am a vegetarian now, but have fond olfactory memories From childhood of my Mom’s roasted chickens on Sundays. I’ve adapted by roasting root vegetables – they kind of have a similar, rich scent that fills up the kitchen. Mmmmm!

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    BroccoliHut
    October 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    What a sandwich!

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    amber
    October 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Nice Job at Tj’s. One you get stocked up with essentials you should be rocking it money wise. I usually spend about $60 (but I buy wine) there and $20 at the farmers market every week for the two of us. I know this storm is crazy!!! That is NOT cool you have no electricity, your land lord should not make you pay a full months rent! You can come visit me and my kitty anytime you want.

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    Lizzy
    October 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I love your TJ’s finds especially the windmill cookies. they remind me of my childhood, my aunt used to give them to us to eat all the time

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    Adria
    October 12, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    isn’t curling up with a good book, lots of blankets, and hot tea what storms are made for??

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    BethT @ Pretty By The Bay
    October 12, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    When I am around a roast chicken, I literally turn into a cavewoman. There is NOTHING like meat roasted on the bone. Boneless skinless breasts are so tasteless by comparison!! My method is really similar to yours…the lemon in the cavity really makes it fantastic!

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    Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    October 12, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Oh you poor thing being without your kitty :(. That makes me sad. All of your food today looks yum yum yum! Makes me crave chicken…

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    Kristen @ frostingandfroth.com
    October 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Wow. All of your food in this post looks phenomenal. I’m totally running out to buy those cookies at TJs tomorrow. And that sandwich??? Ridiculous! But what is muhammara spread?

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    postcollegecook
    October 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    You just reminded me how much I love almond butter + banana! Will have to reintroduce that snack into my routine.

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    Liz
    October 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I hear it’s gonna be pretty stormy tomorrow. Not looking forward to that on my run. Great job on frugal grocery shopping. You got some great loot!

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    Rachael (La Dolce Vita)
    October 12, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    So glad you found some yoga!

    That roasted chicken looks like it turned out great. I say, I think you’re settling in marvelously!

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    October 12, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Mmm love that…need to go after things I want with all my heart too. Have to have a big talk with someone special tomorrow…your words are the perfect inspiration!

    Much love Jenna!

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    Tay
    October 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Don’t you just LOVE living near TJ’s?! I love how you have 3 containers of Greek yog. Perfect!

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    October 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I usually get those Greek yogurts from TJ’s but you should try the European Style yogurt they have–twice the amount for the same cost!! It’s pretty thick and creamy too (not QUITE as thick as Greek though).

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    maria
    October 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    You are a little like Julia with your kitchen and all. 🙂 How cute! That chicken looks delicious! I made some yummy chicken today, too, but yours looks awesome!

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    Julia
    October 12, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    What an awesome haul! As much as I love WF’s Trader Joe’s is so much easier on the wallet…I need to do a better job balancing shopping at both!
    That sandwich looks fantastic!
    Have a great Tuesday!

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    Nicole
    October 12, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    All the food looks great today! I love roasted chicken dipped in dijon too. It’s just such a rich and creamy sauce. I would love to try those windmill cookies too! Oh and when I pictured you piling all your clothes on I just envisioned the Friends episode when Joey puts on Chandler’s clothes and says, “I’m Chandler. Could I beee wearing any more clothes?” Keep warm!

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    ellen eats beets
    October 12, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I spy my favorite trailmix!!

    I’m always amazed at how much I come home with for the little money I spend when I go to Trader Joe’s. They really do have the best deals!!

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    ellen eats beets
    October 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    oh and I’m pretty sure you have the best sandwich places around you. All of them look fabulous!

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    Ellen
    October 13, 2009 at 12:21 am

    i totally know what you mean about the dates thing… it’s a serious problem for me! haha. i just need to find a fellow food lover.

    i can sympathize about the cold as well. rome weather has gone from 80s with intense sun to windy damp and freezing. and i’m living in a historical building with stone floors, 20ft ceilings and seriously drafty windows. sigh.

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    Ellen
    October 13, 2009 at 12:21 am

    i totally know what you mean about the dates thing… it’s a serious problem for me! haha. i just need to find a fellow food lover.

    i can sympathize about the cold as well. rome weather has gone from 80s with intense sun to windy damp and freezing. and i’m living in a historical building with stone floors, 20ft ceilings and seriously drafty windows. sigh.

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    Ellen
    October 13, 2009 at 12:38 am

    i totally know what you mean about the dates thing… it’s a serious problem for me! haha. i just need to find a fellow food lover.

    i can sympathize about the cold as well. rome weather has gone from 80s with intense sun to windy damp and freezing. and i’m living in a historical building with stone floors, 20ft ceilings and seriously drafty windows. sigh.

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    Diana
    October 13, 2009 at 12:44 am

    That sandwich looks really good. 🙂 And those cookies! Yum.
    You managed to not spend a lot of money on so many things! That’s awesome.

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    Julia
    October 13, 2009 at 12:46 am

    That looks great!

    And it’s so funny that my name is ‘shouted’ out in the title of this post;)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

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    Stacey
    October 13, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Haha 🙂 My boss keeps those windmill cookies around and my hand seems to slip into that little plastic container at least twice a day! One day she says “Gosh, I keep buying these cookies, maybe David(her husband) is snacking on them” LOL I just kinda shrugged and said “I dunno” 🙂 Stay safe in that storm!

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    Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs)
    October 13, 2009 at 3:24 am

    I’m glad you finally get to rave about TJ’s like the rest of us! Your chicken looks amazing!!

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    christie, honoring health
    October 13, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Aw, I’m sorry you miss Dexter 🙁 I can’t imagine being without my kitties for very long. {{{HUGS}}}

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    Kristie Lynn
    October 13, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Not those almond windmill cookies in particular, but almond windmill cookies in general were always part of the cookie fellowship my family’s church would have. Oh the Dutchiness of the CRC 🙂

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    Marla
    October 13, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Hope Dexter is coming soon…when ?Imagine how sweet your “reunion” will be!!!!!

    And yay!Jenna had a TURKEY sammie on our Thanksgiving(Canadian one!)

    Come on up to Canada!You have a lot of devoted readers up here you know!!!!

    Can’t get enough of your blog!

    Stay warm.I am sure the freezing apartment no matter how quaint must be losing a wee bit of it’s charm as you shiver away.we all want you to find a new warm and cozy pad asap!!!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 13, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Nice TJ’s shopping spree on a budget!

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    angieinatlanta
    October 13, 2009 at 4:26 am

    Yum! That chicken looks like total nourishing comfort food! Delish!

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    Matt
    October 13, 2009 at 4:30 am

    I love roast chicken! It’s cheap and delicious! Great for leftovers too.

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    Stephanie
    October 13, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I love the roasting chicken article, ,I have never tried it myself actually but I think I may be inspired since you make it sound so easy! Thanks girl 🙂

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    Susan
    October 13, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Omg, I was JUST saying last night that I wanted to learn how to roast a whole chicken. I only just started eating poultry again after being a vegetarian and I’m still kinda scared to cook it. That recipe is perfect – thanks Jenna! 🙂

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 13, 2009 at 4:52 am

    PS the State of California and all local county’s have Landlord/Tenant Law Sections….it is ridiculous that you do not have heat and have to move in 30-days because of landlord problems…hope you are getting $$ back for your trouble/discomfort.

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    Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats)
    October 13, 2009 at 5:07 am

    If those almond windmill cookies are dairy free, I need to try em asap. I am also obsessed with Trader Joe’s animal cracker cookies.. omg, could inhale the whole tub… happily 🙂

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    Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 13, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Looks great! It is always tough trying to find a new gym or yoga studio — it definitely takes some getting used to.

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    Daria @ Daria Can Cook
    October 13, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I love roasting chicken, especially if I have time to make real stock from the carcass.

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    Pure2Raw Twins
    October 13, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Sounds like you had a very productive day! I agree with you on the feeling right about things like yoga studios from the minute you walk in. Good job with roasting the chicken. Julia would be so proud.

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    Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 13, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Hope you were able to stay warm! I admire you for making major life decisions…it’s something too many of us hold back from doing out of fear, doubt or whatever. Hope you find the “right” yoga studio soon too 🙂

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    Tina
    October 13, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I totally could not live without hot sauce either. My dad sent me a gallon of my favorite kind, and it’s definitely going to be put to good use!!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    October 13, 2009 at 6:17 am

    That roast chicken looks absolutely perfect! Great job!

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    Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 13, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Thanks for your tips about roasting a chicken! I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that!

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    brandi
    October 13, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Dexter is coming soon, right? I hope so!

    Sounds like such a fun and productive day. Sometimes, nothing beats roasted chicken.

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    Courtney
    October 13, 2009 at 6:38 am

    I’m super decisive and make snap decisions as well..no wishy washing around for me. But my first instinct is usually the right one…in the past when I don’t follow my first instinct I usually make the wrong choice. So bravo to you for being that way! You obviously listen to your inner voice too!
    Yummy chicken!
    Courtney
    Adventures in Tri-ing

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    Paige (Running Around Normal)
    October 13, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I hope you find a good yoga studio soon! That roasted chicken looks delicious. Hopefully the storm isn’t too bad today.

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    rhodeygirl
    October 13, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Don’t forget to wear a hat in this weather!

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    Jacqui
    October 13, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Hi Jenna! I too love and shop Trader’s all the time. My new favorite healthy indulgent snack is their medjool dates smeared with raw almond butter! It is sweet, rich, and incredibly satisfying treat! Their mini whole grain mini choco-chip cookies are great too!

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    Ang
    October 13, 2009 at 7:07 am

    That chicken looks really good! I wish I was closer to a Trader Joe’s. I have to drive 4 hours!

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    Evan Thomas
    October 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Wow you really stocked up on the greek yogurt!

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    Holly
    October 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

    roasted brussel sprouts are the BEST!

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    mary ann
    October 13, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I’M NOT KIDDING… I JUST ROASTED MY FIRST CHICKEN LAST NIGHT WITH ROASTED BRUSSELS, CARROTS, TURNIPS, B-NUT AND TATERS!!! HOW FUNNY, loooove it. Nothing like roast chicken leftovers to make me feel like a true carnivore when I’m picking at the carcass for a midnight snack, hehe.

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    Samantha
    October 13, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Almond cookies look awesome. I also love roasting a chicken, so much more affordable and you get some many different meal options! Good choice!!

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    Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 13, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Jenna – why so many lemons, what on earth do you do with them all?

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      jenna
      October 13, 2009 at 7:40 am

      Morgan,

      there’s only 5 small ones! I love lemons and use them with everything! Great to have on hand for cooking

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    Kat (kats daily plate)
    October 13, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I just checked out your True/ Slant article and it was great! Really helpful for me. I just started eating meat again this year after 8 years as a vegetarian, and I have been afraid to try my hand at roasting a chicken- have no idea what I am doing. Now I do!

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    MMiller
    October 13, 2009 at 7:47 am

    You make me really want to go to Trader Joe’s! I wish they had a few in Florida!

    Stay safe in that weather! Being so damp, maybe you should stay with the “boys” for a couple nights! You will need HEAT! Hope you find another place quickly!

    I think I need to try that chicken too! I can almost smell it!

    I lust love your outlook on life in general! You are always so happy and upbeat! I’m glad things are working out well for you!

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    Jil
    October 13, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Mmm that chicken looks so good. Your pics make me realize just how badly I need to make a Trader Joe’s run…but it’s raining….and walking in the rain with groceries — not fun. haha Those brussel sprouts look so good! I was always afraid of them…and then I actually tried them – yum!

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    Meghan
    October 13, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Your TJ’s shopping looks just like mine, especially the yogurt part! Isn’t shopping there fun?

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    Jenna
    October 13, 2009 at 8:29 am

    wow! great job on cooking a chicken girl, looks great!
    jenna

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    Amanda (modernation)
    October 13, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I get so excited when I shop like a champ on a budget! I love roasting whole chickens. It makes the house smell so good and turns out so much better and juicier than the store bought ones – and like a third of the price. When whole chickens are on sale I stock up on a few and freeze the extras. Holy yum!

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    Sarah
    October 13, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Jenna dear, if you have a lack of dates then the rest of us are in serious trouble. I bet all the boys love ya!!

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    Lindsay
    October 13, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Your chicken looks so good!

    Those cookies sound really good!

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    Lindsay
    October 13, 2009 at 9:27 am

    That chicken looks A-mazing!

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    Heather
    October 13, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I must say all that for $60 pretty amazing!

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    Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    October 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Now that’s self-control – I would have put back at least 5 of those cookies! Gotta grab some of those my next TJs trip!

    Also – there is nothing like a moist, tender roasted chicken! The leftovers are my favorite part!

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    Krissy - Single Serving
    October 13, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I’m making a TJ’s run myself soon and now I’m going to have to get a chicken. That looks divine!!

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    Shelley (Pink House)
    October 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    My favorite Trader Joe’s cookies are the Triple Ginger cookies that come in a little plastic tub like that one. They are so good! Really small, crispy, and packed with ginger flavor.

    Also – try their Golden Berry Blend dried fruit. comes in a plastic bag and is really good on oatmeal or granola or yogurt.

    Love the TJ – wish we had one where I live. I have to stock up when I travel to the west coast every few months.

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    Erin
    October 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    TJs Naan is heaven. PURE heaven. Enjoy it!

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    Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I love the cheap grocery bills when I shop at TJ’s. And their almond cookies are to die for. I try to hide stuff like that behind other stuff in my cupboards so I don’t see it when I first look. SOmetimes it works 🙂

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