Trader Joe’s Gingerbread House Kit

This year we finally tried the Trader Joe’s Gingerbread House Kit!

I have seen these kits for years and thought … FUN! but never got around to trying them out. There was always some reason or another holding me back- But not this year…. 2014 was the year.

What makes this story even more odd, is that it is our family tradition to make Gingerbread houses around Thanksgiving time- usually on Thanksgiving day while the Turkey is cooking.


We loved this house- because let’s face it- the roof is huge &  is the best part of the decorating! I love crafting the roof- planing out the tiles or design. I think that a great roof is the best part of the house!


This house was a flat kit that we had to “glue” together before we decorated- we usually do this the night before just to make sure that everything “holds” before we get busy adding all the candy. And YES .. we did make a few additions to the candy that came in the kit ….



We did like all the fun candy that came with the house, but must admit to adding a few other candy favs along the way. I mean what would the Holidays be without mini- marshmallows or peppermint rounds, and my personal fav those wonderful Hershey’s Kisses (the mint & white chocolate ones are the BEST! )

Here is our Video showing off the results

Have you ever make a Trader Joe’s Gingerbread house?

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Trader Joe’s Haul

Check out all the goodies that we got at

Trader Joe’s today!


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So I did not want to show you everything (Like the sliced mushrooms or HOW many of those awesome soups we got)  but instead just wanted to show off some of the more interesting items that we found today.

Bath Salt Trio- I love these kind of things … and this is such a cute set- and I get to try some new scents. I will let you know what I think.

The White Pine hand soap is wonderful- and it comes with lotion! Just what my dry hands need by the sink. We LOVE the scent too…

Ginger beer- Looks AWESOME- have not tried it yet.

Well Rested – Just the stuff for this time of year when you want a relaxing tea while you watch all the Holiday specials on TV.

Ohh the Joyfull Trek Mixx- had a sample in the store (Thanks!) and could not believe how yummy!

What are you buying at Trader Joe’s this Holiday Season?

Any new favorites?



Cinnamon Brooms at Trader Joe’s

Have you enjoyed all the wonderful smells wafting out of Trader Joe’s these days?? I especially am enjoying smelling those Cinnamon Brooms in the entry every time we walked in to our Trader Joe’s in Kansas City.


Well, this year we took the plunge! We bought a broom!

And we absolutely LOVE it!

Like I said earlier, we have always enjoyed the sent in the stores- but never bought one. I was frankly a bit worried that the broom might be an overpowering scent inside our house.


But we were talking to friends at Trader Joe’s last week and they said they were going to hang the broom on their front door …. and this got me thinking ….

Use the broom as an entry way decoration! 

And that is what we did.

We have the broom on display on our back porch- the entrance that we use each day- and it just smells wonderful. Each time we use the door a soft wisp of Cinnamon greets us … and just puts a smile on my face!

Trader Joe's Cinnamon Broom hanging out with our shovels- Look out winter!

Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Broom hanging out with our shovels- Look out winter!

Did you get a cinnamon broom? Where did you hang it? Inside or out?

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Danish Kringle at Trader Joes

Have you tried the Danish Kringle

at Trader Joe’s?


What the Hey is a Kringle you ask? (Yep, I had to look it up too ….) A Kringle is a wonderful Scandinavian pastry that is related to a pretzel and can come in a savory (like a salty pretzel) or sweet variety.

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The ones at Trader Joe’s are the sweet kind. It is a round, flat ring of pastry that has a wonderful filling. I have tried Almond and this one  is … Pumpkin flavored!

The pastry is a wonderful rich and tender pastry, which surrounds the filling of the Danish Kringle. On the top – the pastry had a wonderful light icing that complemented the filing.

The package (and the lovely folks in our Trader Joe’s store) recommended that we gently warm up the Kringle before eating….

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All we can say is WOW!

Warm, soft and absolutely Yummy!

The package says that you can freeze this and if you thought it could make it in your house until the holidays, then I would say that It might make a wonderful, yet different Pumpkin offering at a Holiday Brunch maybe?

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I wanted to make sure that you knew about The Danish Kringle as the package is a bit on the plain side (kinda uninviting really) and the fact that you cannot see what is inside makes it very easy to overlook in the store. In fact the packaging reminds me of those big crackers that you used to see in a large paper package ….but this is SO much more ….


So give the Danish Kringle at Trader Joe’s a try this year … Leave a comment below & let us know what you thought about it!