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Childhood Craving

My job requires coverage from 7am – 7pm Monday through Friday and 8am – 3pm on Saturday.

Luckily, we have enough people on our team that we each only work one evening shift and the same people typically work Saturdays – but one of the girls is getting married this Saturday (a good reason for a day off!) and I’m covering her shift.

Picking up the Saturday shift meant taking off a day during the week – so I chose Tuesday, the same day my hubby is off work.

We spent the entire day working on our new house – laying down hardwood floor and painting.  Before we got there though, we stopped at the brand new Trader Joe’s location which is close to the house!  I was pumped – and Tweeted about it!

I found some new TJ’s addictions – sorry for the quick random photos.  Their reduced guilt tortilla chips are fabulous, and this salsa my husband selected might be my new favorite (garlic chipolte).

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We also snacked on these guys all day – he argued that they are fruit (even if they’re fried and covered in sugar).

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We literally ate that stuff all day long – making it our lunch (but don’t worry, we had my healthy baked oatmeal for breakfast).

When dinner rolled around I had a craving for hot dogs.  Yes, as a vegetarian (you can read why here) I know that’s a weird one.  I think it has something to do with walking past a 7-11 store in town everyday and smelling them cooking as I head home from work (when I’m hungry in the first place).  Luckily, TJ’s had Smart Dogs so I picked up a package.

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I prefer the “Good Dog” brand, but these do the trick once in a while too!

Ever since finding THIS recipe on Pinterest, I’ve had it on my dinner agenda.  It was the perfect pairing with my veggie dogs.

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I didn’t have any cheddar on hand so I made due with a mixture of gorgonzola, beemster (have you tried this?!  it’s like pure butter!), and gruyere.  I like to think the fancier cheeses make the meal a bit more grown up!

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Cooking the noodles in milk instead of water replaces the butter and makes them incredibly creamy before you even add the cheese.  Why didn’t someone think of this before?

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After the entire day of snacking, this simple dinner was a real meal – and just right.  Let’s pretend I had a big dish of steamed broccoli on the side too, okay?

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Do you ever get a craving for a simple meal from your childhood?

Vegetarians – do you ever crave meat products?

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17 responses to “Childhood Craving

  1. sprint2thetable November 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    That Mac and cheese looks awesome! (Isn’t Pinterest the best?!) I crave childhood treats even more in the winter… grilled PB&J, spaghetti… even frozen pizza with apple slices on the side!

  2. Melissa November 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Sometimes all I want is grilled cheese and tomato soup–kid version. White bread, American cheese, Campbells. I like the grown up kind with good bread and fancy cheese, too, but sometimes an old favorite hits the spot!

  3. Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    oh that mac and cheese looks awesome! I LOVE Grueyere….sooo tasty!

  4. Pamela November 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Yum! Macaroni & Cheese has been my favorite food since I was a kid. I will have to add this to my list of recipes I need to make soon! 🙂 I have found so many great recipe ideas on Pinterest, too! It’s great!

  5. peaceloveandoats November 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Those noodles look so good! My best friend used to make some amazing Mac n Cheese in high school with fancy cheeses. I tried to re-create it and it was a disaster! Haha

  6. Claire @ livingspreethegoodlife November 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    This is kinda strange, but I love pb&j with corn or tortilla chips on it.

    I also remember eating cream corn, which I haven’t had in forever but can still imagine the taste lol

  7. allieksmith November 18, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Mmmm.. I crave pb&j daily!!! Yay for TJ’s! Where is the new location going to be?!

  8. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate November 18, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I ALWAYS crave a good grilled cheese. Mmm…

  9. kristina@beancakes ✭ November 18, 2011 at 1:28 am

    hi claire! i love trader joe’s!! i don’t know what i’d do without one nearby ~ those banana chips are always in my pantry ~ one thing that i always loved eating as a child was campbell’s ABC soup!! 😉 😉
    xx ~ kristina
    p.s. thanks for your sweet comment today!!

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  11. erica @ fashionmeetsfood.com November 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    How good does that mac and cheese look! I just discovered your blog and I am now your newest follower! xo

  12. meesch November 22, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I LOVE Smart Dogs! You have a wonderful site by the way = )

    -meesch
    http://www.aperfectkindofday.com

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