Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch~ Giveaway!

Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch~

You know that I love you~

I can’t help myself~

I love you and nobody else. . .

It’s no secret that I love Trader Joe’s!

I’m sharing some Trader Joe’s love and giving away

a $25 Gift Card to one Winner

to Sail the Culinary Seas!

A few things from my typical

Trader Joe’s shopping trip~

~32 oz. EVOO~ cold pressed, imported from Italy, packed in USA for  $7.99

~ Wild Arugula, $1.99

~ 2 count fennel bulbs, $2.49

~ 4 pack artichokes, $2.99

~Kumato Brown Tomatoes, $3.49

~ 2 lb. bag of Clementines, $3.29

Along with some favorite salad ingredients!

Spinach Salad Kit, ideal for one or two people~ $4.99; Pomegranate Seeds~ $3.99; Candied Walnuts~ $4.29; Orange Flavored Cranberries~ $1.99

My new favorite snack~ Popcorn with Herbs & Spices~ $1.99; Raisin Rosemary Crisps~ $3.99; Marcona Almonds with Rosemary~ $4.49; Pomegranate White Tea~ $1.99

 Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins, $3.99; Sparkling French Lemonade & Limeade, each $3.99; my favorite Lemon Curd, $2.99

I was thrilled to find some fresh figs ($3.99) at Trader Joe’s in advance of my neighbor’s tree producing their annual crop that the birds and I battle over!

Along with TJ’s Goat Cheese with Honey ($3.79)

~ the perfect blend of tangy and sweet!

Figs with Goat Cheese, Trader Joe’s Raisin Rosemary Crisps and Marcona Almonds with Rosemary~

Paired with Honey Bunch Chardonnay~

 For a chance to Sail the Culinary Seas at Trader Joe’s with this $25 gift card just leave a comment.

Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry.

For an additional chance to win, leave a second comment and mention your favorite Trader Joe’s product.

A winner will be chosen Monday, August 27th!

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

StoneGable for On the Menu Monday~

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  113 comments for “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch~ Giveaway!

  1. August 11, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Wow, what a fabulous giveaway! Exciting!

  2. August 11, 2012 at 6:10 am

    My favorite Trader Joe’s product is their raw almond butter.

  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    August 11, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Now that’s what I call eating well! I checked the store locator and it looks like there’s one about 13 miles away, I’d gladly take that road trip! Thanks for the fun give-away:@)

  4. August 11, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Oh, boy! We are finally getting a Trader Joe’s. It doesn’t open until late September. If I won your give-a-way, I’d be all ready to shop!!!!! Can hardly wait for them to open!!!! Enjoyed all your selections. Figs and goat cheese … my mouth is watering!

  5. Rhonda Steelman
    August 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    all things yummy at Trader Joes

  6. Rhonda Steelman
    August 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

    $2.99 Chuck wines are my fav – Charles Shaw Chardonnay

  7. Carolyn
    August 11, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Everyone should have a Trader Joe’s close by! I can barely get through a conversation without mentioning it at least once. Lovely post!

  8. Carolyn
    August 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

    It is difficult to narrow TJ’s many fine products down to one favorite item, but for now I will say Powerberries! (dark chocolate covered acai-blueberries) yum!

  9. Sandra Camburn
    August 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I’ve never shopped at trader Joe’s. Your pictures are food for the eyes! TY

  10. Tam
    August 11, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I so share your joy for the Trader Joe experience! I am planning to go next week in fact. Always a fun & fruitful place to shop. I also enjoy their shopping bags, see here…
    Glad I found your Blog, I enjoy your every post! Have a great day!

  11. Debbie
    August 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for all your hard work on your Blog, Mary. I can’t ever miss a single picture. So inspirational… :)

  12. Kim Hagen
    August 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

    So excited that a Trader Joe’s has finally come to my area — just opened last week!

  13. August 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Oh I love Trader Joe’s and would love a chance to win the gift card. I have to make a special trip to TJ’s as one is not close by but I gladly do that!! The food there is amazing.

  14. August 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Oh wow! What wonderful things they have for sale! I’d be in heaven! How nice of you to do this!

  15. August 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

    So many things I love from TJ’s but right now I would say my favorite is their delicious French Roast coffee….oh my sooooo good!

  16. Kim
    August 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

    What a great giveaway! I’m a big TJ’s fan. In fact I’m heading over there later this afternoon. It’s hard to choose one favorite, but one thing that comes to mind is the three layer hummus. We love it!
    I’ve enjoyed reading about your favorites and have just added a few more items to my shopping list :).

  17. Carol Kerwin
    August 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

    and they have almond butter for $3.99.

  18. Patricia
    August 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Trader Joe’s is just making it to my area. I know I’ll love to browse the wine isles.

  19. Pat Beckman
    August 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Love your blog

  20. August 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I love me my TJ’s too! We do most of our grocery shopping there, even though it’s a 30 minute drive away. Good eats! Thanks for this opportunity for a fun giveaway!

  21. August 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

    *sweet* giveaway, Mary!!! I heard a rumor that we are getting Trader Joe’s in our community *squee* I am so excited!!! :D

  22. August 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Do I really have to narrow it down to just one thing? Well, if I have to, I would chose the frozen chocolate croissants. That’s a Christmas morning tradition in our family and a treat every once in awhile. And have you tried the frozen almond croissants? They are delicious too. (See I couldn’t keep it to just one!) Thanks again!

  23. August 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Mary, I always shop at Trader Joe’s when we are in Santa Fe. Such a fun experience. They have plans to be in Austin sometime next year. I’m excited to have yet another wonderful grocery to add to our already great shopping at Whole Foods Flagship Store and well as the Central Market Flagship Store. We love to cruise the culinary seas. ~ Sarah

  24. Pat
    August 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I always like to see what other people love from TJ’s, although I have never found anything I didn’t like there!

  25. rrkd
    August 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I’ve only heard about the wonders of Trader Joe’s, and wish they would sail down to me in FL! Looks like a great spead tho!

  26. Machelle Shouse
    August 11, 2012 at 11:12 am


  27. Donna Lynn
    August 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Joy!!! At first I was sad, because we have no Trader Joe’s. But, we have one opening in Columbia soon! I can’t wait to explore all those delicious foods.


  28. August 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Unfortunately, no Trader Joe’s here…but I have visited some of their stores on the mainland…beautiful and delicious merchandise…but I must make one little comment…and sorry about that, but there is way too much packaging!

  29. Linda Kemp
    August 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    All four of the last places I’ve lived had TJ’s: San Jose, Lake Oswego OR, Temecula CA, and Atlanta. I go once a week and it is an adventure. I haven’t tried those wines–I don’t think they are in my store but I love their wine selections and prices.

  30. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    August 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Now that song is going to be in my head all day!!..Love it…and so love Trader Joe’s. Your pics are gorgeous Mary…always gorgeous!

  31. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    August 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    How can I pick one favorite TJ item…I make my own nut mix using their various packaged unsalted nuts and dried cherries…I have their orchids all thru my house…cannot leave there without either an orchid or a bunch of flowers….Everything is so wonderful there!…Have you tried their lemon tart….delicious..and you can add the fruit of your choice!…

  32. August 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    What a smashing gift Mary.

  33. August 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Joe and I frequent TJ’s a lot even though it is 90 miles away. You pictured one of my favorites, The orange flavored cranberries. I add them to my fruited rice and quinoa.

  34. Debra Lee
    August 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Those figs looke delicoius!

  35. Debra Lee
    August 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I love their fresh vegetables!

  36. August 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Everything looks so yummy! I love TJ’s but don’t get there as often as I’d like to since they are “down country”. A gift card would be just the thing to encourage a road trip.

  37. Rachel
    August 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s. Thanks for the inspiration photos.

  38. celeste meehan
    August 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    i love trader joe’s! their cheese selection brings me back every time…

  39. celeste meehan
    August 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    two of my favorite frozen treats from trader joe’s: a mango cake, and their langostinos!

  40. August 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Trader Joe’s corp office is in Monrovia, Ca which is where I am from. I love that Lemon Curd! I also love their selection of chocolate :) Thanks for such a nice giveaway!

  41. Barbara
    August 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    After many years of traveling to see family in NH and stopping by a Trader Joe’s on the way home, they finally put one in my area, Love Trader Joe’s!! There fresh salsa and guacamole are scrumptious! Had them for dinner about 10 minutes ago!!

  42. August 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks and such a great giveaway.

  43. Cherryl
    August 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Just got our first Trader Joe’s in Texas–in Ft. Worth near where I live. Can’t wait to shop there!

  44. Merri Jo
    August 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Love TJ’s Cilantro dressing, and the frozen tri-color rice blend. YUM!

  45. Merri Jo
    August 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Your appetizers look delectable!!

  46. August 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Oh my, I’m drooling over all that delicious goodness! What really caught my eye were the raisin rosemary crisps. Can you believe it…I’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s, BUT we are getting one near me which will be opening VERY soon. I’d love for a chance to win. I have tried the two buck chuck, that one of my son’s brought home. (I’ve heard that it’s three bucks now!!). Thanks for the opportunity, Mary.

  47. August 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    You remind me that we have a Trader Joe’s opening close to us, finally. What wonderful finds! Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  48. Pam
    August 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I just love the whole Trader Joe’s shopping experience. Thanks for giving all of us an at home experience!

  49. Donna W
    August 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    What a feast for the eyes and now some new goodies to look for on my next shopping trip. Well done!

  50. Donna W
    August 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    My favorite thing to buy at TJ’s is the cranberry walnut bread. Makes great french toast…

  51. Cathy
    August 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks for your wonderful blog and for a chance to win!

  52. August 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Thank you, I love Trader Joe’s products.

  53. August 12, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I’m a subscriber

  54. August 12, 2012 at 2:27 am

    My favorite Trader Joe’s product is chocolate lover’s dark chocolate

  55. August 12, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Mary, I love the photo of the figs! Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite stores. Love the sunflowers!

  56. August 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Mary Mary Mary…these are a few of my favorite things! Absolutely love Trader Joe’s and hope to stop by there Thursday, while we are home. I would love to win!!

    Fabulous images!

  57. August 12, 2012 at 7:58 am

    It is difficult to choose a favorite at TJ’s, we like so many things there. We both love the wonderful wine selection.

    A favorite non food item is the Tea Tree Shampoo.

  58. August 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

    We don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby! It’s terrible! Birmingham would be a great spot for one…so as I read about all the products here I am drooling…

  59. August 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Love, love, love Trader Joe’s. Wish it were right in my neighborhood. I would shop there every day!

  60. Lena
    August 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

    We don’t have a TJ’s near me :( looks like a great place to shop. Beautiful post as always.

  61. August 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I am so hungry now after these lovely photos!

  62. August 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I am following the blog!
    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  63. August 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    The chocolate covered frozen banana bites from Trader Joe’s are yummy too. And dairy and gluten free.

  64. Deb In Georgia
    August 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    So wish we had a Trader Joes here ;-(

  65. Jan Fusco
    August 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Trader Joes sounds fabulous!

  66. Jan Fusco
    August 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I don’t know any other way to contact you so I’m hoping you read this post. I enjoy your blog so much and would love to read all your posts. However, since your posts don’t go to a second page and I have to continue to scroll down my computer crashes before I can see them all. I am able to get to around fall of 2011. Any suggestions? Thank you.
    Jan Fusco

  67. August 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Great giveaway! I haven’t been to Trader Joe’s in so long I’d forgotten all the wonderful products they carry. I did have some of their “Two Buck Chuck” wine at a party last month. That’s what we used to call it. I guess it way more than that now. :)

  68. August 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for featuring my favorite store. My favorite products include their Orange Chicken, salad dressing (the dressings by the salad mixes), and their 100 calorie snack pure chocolate bars. My pantry, freezer and refrigerator are full of TJ’s products. I love your blog, thanks for all the great ideas.

  69. August 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    When I was young, I thought the words to that song were “Sugar Pie, Honey Pot!” Don’t ask me why! We were in Mt. Pleasant this weekend and I had to go to Trader Joe’s. Bought some cheese, wine, and snackies to take to our friend’s boat.

  70. Lori Haislip
    August 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    So many things to love at Trader Joe’s! Latest score: Cookie Butter! Makes a great hostess gift with some of their cookie thins.

  71. August 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve only been to Trader’s Joe’s once…we don’t have them near us. Good food…looks like a great giveaway!

  72. August 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    WOW, looks like ALOT of people love Trader Joe’s…including ME!!! Great give away. You KNOW I am a BIG follower. I spent a good deal of time today going back to OLD posts of yours:):) You are SUCH a huge inspiration, and TALENT!!! XO, Pinky PS, I joined in the fun at OTMM!!!!

  73. August 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I don’t know what product to choose as my favorite. Can I pick the FLOWERS???? LOL! I LOVE flowers, and they ahve great DEALS!

  74. August 13, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Our only Trader Joes is a 20 minute drive by freeway but I’m in heaven every time I step through that door! I love all of your selections from the store and am adding them to my list for my next trip. What a great giveway opportunity – thank you!

  75. August 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I adore your posts. They are always so sublime, colourful and utterly enchanting. Thank you for the chance to win the give-away; yet every time I get your email, I win! Infinite blessings to you always.

  76. August 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Oh, how I wish there was a Trader Joe’s nearby. I think Atlanta is the closest one to me and that is close to four hours. Love all the items. Such a cute post. You are so clever.

    Been meaning to get back to you. I accidently hit the publish button on my blog last week and then hit revert to draft so that is why it said this blog does not exist. That was last week so you may not remember but thanks for letting me know. Life has been crazy and I just finished the post last night with a few more pics.

    Have a great week. Bonnie

  77. August 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I made my first trip to Trader Joe’s in Portland a few weeks ago and loved it, especially the dark chocolate/sea salt/caramel bars! I’ve felt slighted that Houston doesn’t have a TJ’s, but I understand that is about to change….more chocolate!

  78. Alaine Elise
    August 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I’d love to win.
    thanks for the chance.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  79. Alaine Elise
    August 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s trio hummus.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  80. August 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    As much as I love everything Trader Joe’s that I have seen on everyone’s blog …. I am deprived! Deprived because there is NO TRADER JOE’s anywhere NEAR me. OMG! I just googled Trader Joe’s and LOOK what I found: Trader Joe’s Rochester (534)
    Opening October 5th! It is ONLY 20 miles from me! I am BEYOND excited to find this out!!! WooHoo!!! I can’t wait to make my first trip there!!! Hmmmm…I don’t really have a favorite because I have never been there, so I guess I will just say Chocolate! I love any and all chocolate!! Oh…and I am a follower! Thanks for the chance to win!

  81. Ginny Bunn
    August 15, 2012 at 5:52 am

    My first trip to Trader joe’s was last week when I moved my daughter into her new apartment! We only had a few minutes to browse the store, I can’t wait to go back when I have more time! I enjoyed the Sparkling Lemonade (pretty, pretty bottle!) and the pomegranate limeade (perfect ingredient for a wine cooler). Thanks for such beautiful & fun pictures!

  82. August 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Wow what an awesome spread- im drooling as I love figs and cheese!

  83. August 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Im a subscriber

  84. August 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    my favorite TJ’s product is the roasted beets in the veggie section.

  85. August 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Oh, my! How exciting! This is as exciting as the fact that Trader Joe’s just opened in our town last Friday! I’ve been twice already! Thus far, my favorite product is the ff cottage cheese – or the lite Kettle Corn – or the arugula – or the prosciutto – or the chocolate bar – or I just can’t choose!!

    By the way, I subscribe to this blog via email.


  86. August 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    A Trader Joe’s is opening near me soon! I cannot wait to shop there! Patsy

  87. Pat
    August 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I am a huge Trader Joe’s fan. I might go there today to stock up on food!

  88. Pat
    August 16, 2012 at 11:23 am

    My favorite is the low fat almond granola

  89. Elizabeth
    August 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I love trader joes! Love the lemon thins, the herb popcorn, the crisp chocolate chip cookies and so much more.

  90. Julia D.
    August 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    A Trader Joe’s just opened in our neck of the woods! Just love all the wonderful delights they have to offer. Thanks for sharing with your great pick of goodies and delightful photos of all.

  91. August 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s. Their dried cranberries are the best deal in town. I also like the chocolate-covered orange slices. Decadent! Oh, and that French Savory tart with the ham and Gruyere. Yummy!

  92. Judy
    August 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Hi, I don’t have a Trader Joe’s near me but hopefully they will build one soon since I have heard so much about it. I would love to have one of those bags.

  93. August 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    A new TJ’s opened about 40 miles from me, very near my son who now asks me what I need before he visits here. ;) I love their cinnamon bread and chocolate chips.

  94. Nancy
    August 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Another Trader Joe’s fan here! The Spinach Kale Dip is outstanding; love the rosemary asiago cheese too–and the Pear Cider in the fall is amazing.

  95. August 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

    We will have a Trader Joe’s opening very soon and I am so excited about that. I have heard about how great the store is and judging by the delicious looking things you purchased at very good prices, I know it’s true. I would love to win the gift card to use at my first shopping trip to our new store. Thanks for the chance.——– Shannon

  96. Leslie
    August 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I love shopping at Trader Joe’s because they always have some new and diff. appertizers in the frozen food that I can have on hand.

  97. Barbara
    August 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I have shopped for years at Trader Joe’s while vacationing in New England. They finally brought one to Albany, New York and I am in heaven!! Stopped by there this morning and bought the goat cheese with honey and raisin and rosemary crisps….OMG!!! Thanks for the tip!!

  98. Terry in Milwaukee
    August 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I LOVE Trader Joes! I always buy my olive oil there; and for quick meals I stock up on their frozen eggplant slices, their Bolognese spaghetti sauce, jars of roasted red and yellow peppers, and their various crackers and crisp cheese bread sticks! Their chicken sausages are also nice to keep on hand for quick meals. Too many things to list that I LOVE at Trader Joes!
    Terry in Milwaukee

  99. Marcia
    August 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I am so excited that Trader Joes is soon to arrive in the Dallas area. How delightful it would be to go shopping the first time with a gift card….double the fun!!

  100. Cherryl
    August 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Love the sunflower pictures. I’ll have to buy mine at Trader Joe’s. Our sunflowers in Texas dried up weeks ago!

  101. Jan Fusco
    August 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I love the items you share from Trader Joe’s. And sunflowers are my favorite.

  102. August 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Love Trader Joe’s, love sunflowers and love this blog!! And, OH… did I mention that August 27th is my Birthday??? The giveaway of the gift card would make a great BDay present!!! :)

  103. Julia D.
    August 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’ve only been once to our new Trader Joe’s in the city. It sure was fun and loved looking and buying some wonderful treats. I bought some carmel sauce to die for, and nearly went at it with a spoonfuls hideing from onlookers. The gift card would be great and thanks for such a gracious offer.

  104. Pam
    August 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    As usual you have been “as busy as a bee”. Love the post!

  105. Marilyn
    August 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Love the photography! The richness of the sunflowers and the vibrancy of the food, well….it’s stunning!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  106. ann
    August 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I have never eaten a date. If I win this, I will.

  107. August 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you so much for the giveaway. My favorite from Trader Joe’s, and I have many (!), are the Marcona almonds–they melt in your mouth they’re so good!

  108. August 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    All righty then, someone who loves Trader Joe’s as much as me! I have a Pinterest board devoted to TJ’s! Love the mashed potatoes (real mashed potatoes, not flakes!). Please count me in, Mary, I’d love a bunch of pretty posies. Thanks for this great giveaway. xo

  109. Carolyn
    August 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Oh yes, I love Trader Joe’s too. Will have to get that spinach salad kit, looks yummy. Carolyn NC Would love a gift card too.

  110. calidreamin87
    August 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I love Trader Joe’s, too! :)

  111. calidreamin87
    August 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I follow.

  112. calidreamin87
    August 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I love their kettle corn.

  113. Jennifer
    December 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I looooooove Trader Joe’s! We do most of our shopping there.

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