Sunday, January 18, 2009

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things - Grocery Edition

I have nothing fabulous to talk about, so here is the second edition of my favorites list - grocery stuff!

-- Hello, Starbucks is putting out liqueur! YUM! I put it in cocoa at night. I have to hold myself back from using it all damn day, actually. It. is. heaven. If Starbucks coffee is crack, this is crack for the burgeoning alcoholic in all of us.

-- Target's Archer Farms brand Apple Streusel Pancake and Waffle Mix. Holy crap, these are the best pancakes I've ever had, EVER. I make the trip to Target especially to get the mix, which is in the breakfast / baking aisle. I don't even usually put on the streusel topping, they're that good. Light, fluffy, and as easy to make as Bisquick, but a lot better tasting.

-- Caribou Coffee latte bars. They come in mocha, vanilla and caramel. I don't like caramel, but the mocha and vanilla are great.

-- Quaker True Delights bars. I bought Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut, and they're so good! There are also several chocolate varieties, I believe, but since I love coconut and already have mocha latte bars, I thought I'd give these a whirl. Plus, I had a $1 coupon.

-- Quaker Simple Harvest oatmeal. It's a lot more whole-grainy than the regular oatmeal, and has nice slices of pecans, almonds, and whatnot in it. It seems like a more grown-up version of packaged oatmeal, really, and it tastes better than the regular stuff. Plus, while it used to be more expensive, for some reason it's now the same price as the regular kinds, so... the maple pecan is a stronger flavor, while the vanilla, almond and honey is milder. Both are great.

-- Sabra hummus. This is the best hummus I've ever tasted. We have gotten the pine nut and the garlic versions, and YUM. It's creamy, very flavorful and there's just enough in the package that we have time to eat it all before it goes a little funny.

-- 8th Continent Vanilla Soymilk. I can't have a lot of regular milk, because it gives me mouth ulcers and stomach problems. Plus, I find cow milk to be gross. I put this in my cereal, coffee, and use it frequently in baking. It's mild, not grainy, and just sweet enough. I like the light better than the regular, because it's a little thinner, and I was used to drinking skim milk previously. Happily, you can almost always get a coupon for $.75 or $1 off a gallon, either from the containers themselves, the little coupon-spitting machines at the grocery store on the shelves, or in the papers.

-- St. Ives Elements facial products. I use the microderm abrasion and the warming scrub, and they actually *work*. My skin actually looks noticeably better after I've used them. They cost more, and as much of a stingy person as you know I am, I buy them whether I have a coupon or not. I like the abrasion one especially. It's just gritty enough, unlike some of the apricot scrubs I've had in the past which felt like they were stripping off my skin.


AndreAnna said...

I used to love and buy Sabra hummus too until I started making my own and realized mine is AWESOMER. lol

Kristi said...

Starbucks liqueur? I totally need to try that!

Cherish said...

I've never tried hummus but I think its something that we would definately like around here. I actually had it on my list this week, but then I flaked and couldnt bring myself to possibly waste the money. Im so bad.

Also, starbucks has become my super-special treat that I only allow myself like once every 4-6 weeks or so. If I were to have starbucks liqueur in the house, Id be a damn alcoholic in no time, and I dont drink.

Swistle said...

I am basically just printing out this post as a shopping list.

Hotch Potchery said...

I love to talk about, look at and think about groceries, so I loved this post!

Kelsey said...

In a lot of ways I go about my day without thinking any more about what we can't have because of the peanut allergy in our household, but NONE of those foods would be allowed! Which is kind of a bummer, because the Caribou Coffee bars sound especially good.

I love the St. Ives elements stuff!