Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy Friday

Happy Friday to you all.

I hope that you have fun plans for the weekend.

I know here in Carolina the weather is supposed to be in the high 50's...just beautiful.

I have a meeting on Sunday with one of the gardners from my childrens school so that we can plan how to have a veggie/herb/fruit garden in our front yard but still have it be presentable to the neighborhood (We are going to plant extra food so that we can donate it to the local homeless shelter...a project for my kids to learn about serving others).

But Saturday...well it is the piece de resistance: my husband and I have a date night planned.

Thank you to my parents who will be watching my wild animals children.

Seriously these three can do some damage.

For our fun evening we are planning to go to dinner but also here:

Is it wrong to be excited about going to Trader Joe's?

I think not. 

I LOVE grocery stores and have to travel an hour to go to TJ's so I think it will be well worth the visit.

Now to justify the trip I have to pick out a great restaurant in the Raleigh/Cary area? 

Any ideas? 

Well I have to go do some research on restaurants so I am going to leave you now.

I hope you have a wonderful time and I will be back on Monday with some meyers lemon recipes...WOOHOO!


  1. Excited about going to Trader Joe's?! I was jumping just from the fact that that TJ will open a store "only" 260 miles away (5 hours drive one way) in Dallas, TX. I use to live in the same block with TJ back in Seattle, and I miss this store more than anything. Well, I miss my daughter more, of course. Imagine how excited I would be when they actually open that store and I'll be able to go there!!! So, yes, you can be excited about going to TJ, I am with you!

  2. I am the same way with grocery shopping. It's on my list of things to do when I'm bored. Have fun on your date night!

  3. I'm the act like like a nut when I go into TJ'S! I don't have it where I live, so when I go, it's like Christmas. Regular grocery shopping is fun, but not as much at TJ's. :) Hope you have a great Friday!

  4. I may just have to copy you with a date night this weekend. It has been far, far too long since we've gone out, even just to yogurt or something. And going to TJ's definitely qualifies as romantic.

  5. I get excited every time I go to the grocery store. I like going by myself though, so I can take my time and look at EVERYTHING! Hope you have a great weekend.

  6. I always get excited about fun grocery shopping trips too!!

  7. What a beautiful project inspiration- to donate home grown food. Major kuddos.
    Also, going to a huge Trader Joes would be a dream...sans kids- you can calmly go wild without any distractions.

  8. I love the garden idea! And as for keeping the "wild animals," I can't wait! Love those little precious ones.

    Love always,

  9. Growing veggies to share with others is such a kind, generous act. How lucky that your children will get to be involved with the project.
    Sounds like you've got a wonderful weekend planned. Have a fantastic date night and enjoy your trip to TJ'S ;) xx

  10. Beautiful garden charity project - very inspiring ;)
    Have a great weekend. xo

  11. Warmer Carolina weather sounds like it offers excellent opportunities to expand your gardens!

    This appears to have serious potential in not only giving back to your community, but also spreading the word on just how important organic herbs, fruits and vegetables really are. I learned a long time ago what goes into the process of growing and transporting mainstream produce and it’s not very appetizing. I know for a fact that fruits and vegetables from big name grocery stores simply do not match in taste or healthiness. Organic gardens are definitely something more Americans must initiate in their own backyards, especially if a chance in contributing to surrounding communities exists.

    Something that sticks out to me with this community garden idea is the educational aspect. I don’t know what kind of position the gardener from your children’s school carries, but this looks like a chance where others from the school could get involved. An organic garden holds the potential to gain more exposure if it gets off to a solid start and you’re teaching your children some excellent lessons in charity work. Who knows how far it could encourage their young peers!

    In my opinion, food serves as one of, if not the top, way to convey a kind gesture to those you support and care for. I’m sure this garden will easily look presentable to neighborhood traffic based on your planting experience. But what if you took it to another decorative level? For example, providing your local homeless shelter with gift baskets of your organic produce would certainly show just how much you really care to contribute. These baskets don’t need to be over the top in presentation, but a simple ornamental look brings added appreciation for your kind act. Who knows what it could lead to!

    I hope you continue with this excellent blog! You certainly know how to please your family and surrounding community – something people don’t see much of in a fast-paced life of motherhood. Reading that you make time for such imperative and touching ideas makes this blog worth a look each and every time.

  12. How I wish it were only 1 hour to the nearest Trader Joe's! In Arizona, we had to drive 2 hours (though since I moved one was built 10 miles away!), but there is only 1 in all of Florida and not anywhere near me. Makes me jealous of the goodies you probably found!

  13. You have a wonderful site! I look forward to looking around! I love T.J.'s and we eat try to eat as whole and organic as possible. Have a wonderful week!

  14. I would be very excited to have a Trader Joe's in the neighborhood! Hope you and your husband had a wonderful date night.