Frozen coconut chunks from Trader Joes

Do You Love Coconut? Then You’ll Love This

I recently made a discovery that I want all you coconut lovers to know about. It’s Trader Joes Frozen Coconut Chunks. Now, I know that coconut is one of those foods that many people either love or hate. There’s not much middle ground, so if you’re not a fan, you can stop reading now.

I love Trader Joes, but don’t have one very close to me here in southeastern Virginia. In fact, I’ve been emailing them to try to get one in Chesapeake ever since we moved here…so far, it’s a no go. Fortunately, while I was out and about last week, I found myself in Virginia Beach, where there happens to be a Trader Joes, so I stopped to do some shopping. [BTW, I was not compensated in any way for this product mention. I just love to share my discoveries.]

I have a list of favorites that I always try to buy when I’m at TJs, but since my visits are less frequent now, I hadn’t seen this product before. I’m a lover of all things coconut, so was excited to see that this is just what the package says, “JUST COCONUT CHUNKS”, nothing added. No preservatives, chemicals, sugar or salt. I LOVE THAT.

Coconut product from Trader Joes

I brought it home and popped the bag in the freezer, but not before taking out 8 or 10 chunks and putting them in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. (My husband loves coconut too.) A few hours later, I took them out and gave them a try. Lo and behold, they tasted like fresh coconut, just as you would imagine.  I was a little concerned that the texture might be impacted by freezing, but I didn’t notice any difference at all.

Frozen coconut chunks from Trader Joes
Here’s what the coconut looks like just out of the bag. This is only about half of the bag.

The best part for me is that the chore of cracking open a whole coconut and digging the meat out is totally eliminated. I love this too! Think of the time and mess you’ll save.

Here’s the nutritional info (below).

More good news: I found many articles, like this one, praising the benefits of eating coconut.

Raw coconut is rich in medium-chain triglycerides, a type of dietary fat that may encourage weight loss.

It’s an excellent snack option for those looking for low carbs and high fiber. The rumors about its ability to promote weight loss are not thoroughly substantiated, but would be a nice bonus. And did you notice that it contains iron and protein too?

I love that it’s a sweet and filling treat, with health benefits. Now I just need to get back to TJs and buy more to stock my freezer.

Coconut Trader Joes
Just Coconut – Trader Joes Nutritional Label

Have you tried this coconut? What do you think?

Do you have any favorite recipes that you make with it?

I’d love to hear from you.

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30 Days of Lists

I did it!  I took the plunge and signed up for 30 Days of Lists for March 2018.

My daughter, Amy has hosted this project in the past, with her friend Kam and although I’m going to be pretty busy in March, I thought I could squeeze in some time to do this for at least some of the days.

I’m not setting expectations to create journals or scrapbook pages or even create a book or anything, but I THINK I can at least write a list a few days each week.  You see, I’m not even committing to doing it every day.  I’ll just take it one day at a time and see how it goes.

I created the image above from the prompt: “Home is where…”

I’m already behind, but hoping/planning to do be able to get creative and share some of them.

Let me know if you sign up.

Happy Spring!

30 Days of Lists December 2013

New CD from Bob Ryan & Terry Hann

Rough Mix CD Cover by Bob Ryan and Terry Hann

You may have heard that my husband is a musician. He’s been playing music all his life and loving it.

He was in a band when he was younger that made an album and now we get to announce the release of a long awaited 2nd recording!

Bob Ryan does all the song writing and Terry adds instruments to the arrangements.  They’ve played at local venues as well as at the Tucson Folk Festival and Sunnyslope Art Walk.  They’re anxious to share their love of music with everyone.

Hope you’ll love it as much as we do!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bobryanterryhann

Pass it along to your friends!

Guest Posting at Lemon and Raspberry

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Lemon and Raspberry Blog

Hey friends,

I wanted to share with you that I had the chance to do a guest post yesterday on Lemon and Raspberry’s New Year’s Day Blog Party!  What a fun way to start 2013 and so much available in one day.

Amy always provides lots of information and motivation for all kinds of business and personal projects throughout the year and this is the way she kicks it off.

You’ll find tips and inspiration about Memory Keeping, Blogging, Photography, Travel, Marketing and just general creativity and productivity.  She also provides creative prompts for journaling the details of your life.

My post is called Memory Keeping with a Purpose. If you have a few minutes stop by and say hi to Amy, check it out and tell her that I sent you. She’s running a free mini online workshop and several giveaways as part of the New Year’s Blog Party, so sign up to participate or for a chance to win one of the prizes.

Amy T Schubert

 

New Project Life eBook

For those of you who are scrappers I thought I’d pass along this info about a new eBook that my daughter, Amy contributed to.  It’s all about ideas for a scrapbooking/memory keeping system called Project Life.

Here’s a link to more info about Project Life.

Project Dig Deep Table of Contents

And here’s a link to the new eBook that was just released.  It’s called Project Dig Deep. Amy’s offering a discount, as well as a drawing for a free copy of the eBook.  But hurry, it won’t last long.

Dig Deep eBook Contributors

She’s the one in the top left corner.  So proud of her!

Do you enjoy memory keeping or scrapbooking?  If so, you might enjoy Amy’s blog, LemonandRaspberry.com.

What’s your favorite memory keeping method?

 

 

My New Blog is Launched!

Well, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been posting here much lately. I’m sorry to neglect this blog, but I’m happy to announce that I’m launching a new blog focused on Traveling with Purpose!

You can find out all about it here!

I will still be posting here occasionally, but for the near future my focus will be on getting the new blog going and building a community there.  I would appreciate so much if you would help me in any or all of the following ways:

  1. Visit the new website and share it with your friends who love to travel
  2. Sign up on the site to receive blog updates and/or the TWP newsletter
  3. LIKE us on Facebook
  4. Follow us on Twitter
  5. If you are aware of any great organizations that offer either service-oriented or short-term educational travel, please let me know so I can contact them and share about them on the blog.
  6. If you have suggestions or ideas for the site drop me a line as well.

I look forward to staying in touch both here and at TravelingwithPurpose.com.

View from the Mitiwanga Pier

Just for fun, here’s one of my favorite pictures from a recent trip to my hometown of Vermilion, Ohio. This is the view from the pier just a short walk from where we stayed in the neighborhood of Mitiwanga. It’s filled with “beach cottages” of all shapes and sizes. So quaint and nostalgic. I love being there. (click the photo to enlarge and see my sister on the steps)

And below is the cottage that we rented for an impromptu family reunion. We took the trip with my 88-year-old mother who wanted to go back one more time to visit our extended family (mostly from my dad’s side). We had aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd and 3rd cousins and friends all drop in for open house gatherings. I’ll bet we had nearly 50 people there on a single day.  What a blast it was!

2012 Mitiwanga Cottage

Thanks for stopping by and for visiting my new blog and helping me get the word out. I appreciate you so much!

The Chairmaker and Friends

While on a recent trip to Vermilion, Ohio I stumbled upon a quaint little shop that stole my heart.  Something about the warm wooden furniture and the subtle colors of the plaid woolens at The Chairmaker and Friends made me feel right at home.

The Chairmaker and Friends Store Vermilion Ohio
The owner, Garrett Aston creates amazing hand crafted Windsor chairs, tables and other finely detailed furniture and accessories.  The kind of pieces that stop  you in your tracks and make you want to run your fingers across their glass-like surfaces.  The quality and beauty of his works of art make my heart ache with appreciation.

Antique Table at Chairmaker

Wouldn’t you just love to have this cubby cabinet?  I can think of a million things that I could use it for.

Cabinet with cubbies

Katie Allman also offers a variety of reasonably priced rug hooking classes at the store.  They keep a stock of gorgeous woolens that can be purchased for the classes or other uses.

Woolens at Chairmaker and Friends

Rug hooking room

On the way back through the store I spotted these adorable patchwork cats.  Since we recently said goodbye to our favorite cat, I decided I could “adopt” one of these for our home.  The navy one now greets us when we walk in the family room.

Patchwork Cat Pillows

Take a look at this wood working shop.  A carpenter’s dream, I’d say.  I love the smell of sawdust in a place like this.  It reminds me that furniture is being lovingly created one unique piece at a time.  Garrett also mentions that he holds wood-working classes. How cool would that be!  He also offers refinishing and various types of furniture repair and restoration for your cherished heirlooms.  Chair building workshopI only wish I lived closer to this shop.  It’s 2000 miles away from my home, so I won’t be able to get there very often.  If you live in northern Ohio I hope you take advantage of your proximity to this wonderful shop and maybe take a class or two.  It’s a gem!