Laverne … My Friday Night Savior

19 Jul

They did it again. I don’t know how they do it, but they do. They never let me down, except for their small parking lots. But other than that they always come through.  Trader Joe’s you made this lazy person very happy. Well lazy might not be very accurate … exhausted. Yeah … that’s it. Exhausted. You made this pooped-out person in need of Vitameatavegamin very happy.

It had been a long day of Lego Building, DreamWorks Turbo watching and Chuck E. Cheese adventuring.

I was done.

The day was packed with birthday promises I had made last week. And today those promises were cashed in by my five-year old and two-year old. And let me tell you Chuck E. Cheese may be the place where a kid can be a kid, but it’s definitely a place where moms like me run out of fuel after two hours, even when the place is not crowded. It’s just a whole lot of fun, games, and ha-ha moments going around. At the end of all those games and rides, we earned enough tickets for two Slinkys and a lollipop.

And as I drove home I saw it creeping up on me … dinner time.


There would be no cooking going on tonight. Friday night, after a movie and Chuck E. Cheese extravaganza? No. I was running on empty.

I could’ve gone back to my college days at that point and had a Cup O’ Noodles and I would have been fine. But that didn’t really seem nutritious enough for my kids. Luckily there were leftovers. Dude never underestimate leftovers. The Food Network can definitely help you rock out whatever is in your fridge. However upon further examination I realized that there was just enough baked chicken for the kids. So it looked like I would have to make a trip to Trader Joe’s. And luckily there were still some samples.

And let me tell you Sample Lady you play an important role in my supermarket shopping experience. It’s critical. It’s vital. It’s free. You provide me with free … something you know I am a big fan of. You expose me to new culinary adventures and for this one … I thank you.

The healthy deliciousness that I met at TJs

The healthy deliciousness that I met at TJs

I never would have thought of buying it on my own. I was hanging out in the frozen food section before I went over to the next aisle. And that’s where I saw you Laverne … in your Trader Joes Hawaiian shirt handing out the tiny Dixie cups of deliciousness.

I never would have thought to buy something called a kale salad, but Laverne you totally changed my mind. Trader Joe’s Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad With Chicken was my Friday night savior.

Laverne it had it all. I high-five you, Laverne. You’re awesome.

I ended up buying two.



7 Responses to “Laverne … My Friday Night Savior”

  1. claywatkins July 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM #

    love that place! TJ’s is where we get most of our stuff – you need to try ‘pink chicken’ – TJ’s bruschetta topping – whipped cream cheese – raw chicken breasts – lay chicken in baking dish – mix brushetta and cream cheese in mixing bowl – spread over top and bake in 350 oven for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is done and cream cheese mixture is bubbling! Serve over brown rice (best) or pasta… yummmm great for winter (or any time)

    • The Guat July 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuude. That sounds awesome! I’m definitely going to try that this week. You have any more TJ’s recipes feel free to educate me 🙂

  2. Island Traveler July 21, 2013 at 10:03 PM #

    Trader Joe’s got so much amazing, delicious finds. A food lover wonderland. As for Chuck-E-cheese, may be a kid’s fun place but definitely not for a parent. makes me dizzy everytime!

    • The Guat July 27, 2013 at 7:07 PM #

      Yeah I was definitely spinning within the first five minutes. The only thing I was thankful for was that it wasn’t too crowded. But still that many kids in one space definitely added a gray hair.

  3. Bumba July 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM #

    Hurray for Trader Joe’s. As for Chuck e. cheese, it’s just something to miss/minimize as one marches on. as

    • The Guat July 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM #

      Trader Joe’s definitely rocks … it makes up for the Chuck E. Cheese extravaganza 🙂

  4. Andrea Kelly August 7, 2013 at 1:45 AM #

    Seriously, WHY are their parking lots so sucky?? But other than that, I’m with ya, Trader Joes rocks!

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