Thanksgiving With Trader Joe’s

If you have not been to a Trader Joe’s then you have not truly lived… It’s like some of the other well known chains that sell tons of organic and gluten-free products, but it’s only a fraction of the cost!! Not to mention that there are some amazing things to choose from.

The time is right to head over to your local Trader Joe’s because they have everything you need to have a perfect Thanksgiving meal whether you are flying solo or eating with family or friends.

Below are a few favorites to try:

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PECAN PIE IN A JAR – I mean, WHY NOT? That’s really all I can say… It’s perfect to make a pie or to use as a creative addition to your ice cream!

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TURKEY & STUFFING SEASONED KETTLE CHIPS – Ok, I’ll admit that I haven’t actually TRIED these, but I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Trader Joe’s have great 100% American-grown potatoes that are kettle cooked to perfection. These chips supposedly taste like Thanksgiving dinner – in a chip! They are kosher, naturally gluten free, and most importantly, $1.99 for a 7oz bag.

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PUMPKIN PIE – Thaw and serve!!! It’s very tasty and it’s only $4.99. Cheaper (and MUCH easier) than buying the ingredients to make your own!

There is too much at Trader Joe’s to share in one short blog. Just trust me and GO! One of my friends who has been breaking her wallet by shopping for grass fed beef and gluten free items at another local store HUGGED ME after she realized how much she can buy at Trader Joe’s compared to what she was spending. WORTH THE TRIP.

Locations in RDU:

  • 3000 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh
  • 1393 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
  • 1800 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Please Note — Sometimes high demand items are gone fast, so go early. Turkeys are there now! Trader Joe’s stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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Casino Night to Support The Lung Transplant Foundation

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend that would also support a fantastic cause, consider buying tickets for the Lung Transplant Foundation‘s second “Casino Night” event on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh from 6:30-11PM. An amazing venue in Downtown Raleigh.

Casino Night is a special event that features “Vegas style” games of chance such as Craps, Blackjack, Roulette and Texas hold ‘em all manned by professional dealers. This stylish event will also feature a silent auction with exciting items from local businesses up for bid.

Doors open at 6:30 PM Casino Tables open at 7:00 PM

Cocktail attire. Tickets NOW on sale!

The mission of the Lung Transplant Foundation is to promote and advance research in order to improve long-term outcomes among lung transplant recipients and to educate and promote awareness about organ donation.

Wide Open Bluegrass 2015

Although the weather is certainly leaving a lot to be desired with Hurricane Joaquin fighting its way to the Carolina Coast (and we all know how much hurricanes love to beat up on us in North Carolina), the Wide Open Bluegrass is scheduled in downtown Raleigh this weekend. It will be the end of an amazing week of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass week which has been held in downtown Raleigh for the past three years.

Do you remember when you were in college and there was a great concert, but the weather was just awful… but you decided to have a few drinks and throw on a poncho and weather the storm?  Yeah, this may be your chance to re-live the glory days. I joke… from what I hear most everything is being moved inside. The concerts scheduled for Red Hat Amphitheater will now be held in the Raleigh Convention Center.

If you need help finding out where all the fun is taking place, download the Wide Open Bluegrass app HERE.

The Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest is brought to you by the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Convention Center, the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pinecone and a bevvy of community volunteers.