happy food: trader joe's blueberry breakfast biscuits


This morning was so busy that by the time I thought about breakfast it was 10 and I was famished. I was at that dangerous point of being myopic. Need. Food. Now. This is when I usually  get into trouble foraging through the pantry and I end up with various handfuls of Pirate Booty, a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter and a box of animal crackers. 500+ calories and yet still hungry.

As I stood in the pantry a few minutes ago I came across the box of Trader Joe's Blueberry Breakfast Biscuits I had wisely picked up last week. I made myself a cup of coffee and sat at my desk with a package of the biscuits. With chunks of blueberries and a biscuit that tastes a little cinnamonny/spicy like their infamous Speculoos cookies, it was a satisfying breakfast/snack that took a while to eat.  At 210 calories (5 grams fiber, 7 grams fat and 10 grams of sugar)  for a serving of four cookies, it wasn't a bad choice.  It was delicious, filling and most of all, I didn't feel like I blew my breakfast on a bad choice which can often set me up for a day of bad food choices.

When I fly, I usually pack Trader Joe's individual packets of almonds but in the future, I will be bringing along these biscuits, especially on a red eye flight to give myself a boost of energy before I land.

Trader Joe's Blueberry Biscuits = a total happy food.


a happy couple: chip & Joanna gaines (video)




One of my favorite ways to spend a rainy afternoon  is to curl up with our dog on the sofa and binge watch "Fixer Upper." Sure, it's Joanna's design aesthetic that I like and who doesn't love a makeover story? But it's the banter between this husband and wife as they work on a project together that I truly love.

Golden Retriever-like Chip teases Jo but with every tease is a gosh-golly-wow compliment of how talented his beautiful wife is. When Jo's working late on the makeover house the night before the reveal and Chip brings their four little kids by with some dinner, my heart just swells from the adorableness of that gesture. ("Go on and give Mama a kiss before we have to go and let her work her magic for this family.") Their ease and acceptance of each other's quirkiness is something to admire. Marriage and coupledom can be hard. I like to think that watching other couples successfully navigate life can be a learning experience.

So, yes,  every time Joanna says SHIPLAP, I can't help smile (and think "Could I use shiplap in our house?") but every time Chip gazes over at his wife with delighted wonder, I realize THIS is why I watch.

"Fixer Upper" airs on BravoTV.