Free Samples

A couple days ago Skylar and I were out running errands and lucky us, Trader Joe’s was handing out pizza samples.

There she is, complete with pizza sauce on her chin.

And yes, I took pictures in the store, even after being scoldedYou can scold me, but you can’t stop me.  Just call me stealthy speedy sneaky iPhone camera woman.

It was worth “braving” taking out my iPhone camera to capture Skylar savoring her pizza.

And dancing in the aisles.

I don’t get that worked up over pizza.

But she loves pizza.  <– Pretty sure that’s a universal kiddie-phenomenon though.

I got worked up over this

The scent of coffee being ground, ahhh.  That’s nice.

And these are nice too, even though I swore them off

I walked past them and didn’t buy a bag.  Sniff.

However, I did buy some greenery.

For salad making

Dressings tend to look awful on camera for me one nanosecond after applied.

This one had Vegan Slaw Dressing on it.

And I was going through my dessert recipes wondering what to make and I forgot about these.

I may have sworn off certain nuts

and certain crackers

But I haven’t sworn off chocolate and sugar!  And never will.  I promise.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars with Vegan Chocolate Frosting (No Bake)

That’s a marshmallowey, peanut buttery, butterscotch chippey, gooey wonderful mess on the underside of those nobake bars.

Don’t swear these off.

The winner of the $150 Anderson Seafoods Giveaway is:

dragonmamma/naomi August 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I love grilled albacore steaks! I’d be a happy winner with that and scallops.

Congrats, Naomi!


1. What was the last in-store free sample you had?  Did you enjoy it?

The last one I almost ate were these brownies

But the last one I did try was this vanilla coconut milk

Most times I feel like free samples taste better in the store than when you get them home.  Why is that?

I know with the rum cake samples that Scott and I had in the store in the Caribbean (which inspired these No Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls) the cake was definitely better in the store than when we got it home, 5000 miles later.  Full drunk-from-cake story here.

Which is why I decided to create my own recipe

That way I can put as much rum in them as I want.  Ahem.

2. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

I went to the fun festival, spent time outside in the fresh air, and time with Skylar.  Even though I had to work all weekend, I still tried to make the most of it.

As I said in this post, life is short.  Cherish it.  Hug your loved ones.

P.S. If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here are mine since Friday:

50 comments on “Free Samples”

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  2. I love samples … they are my favourite part about going to Costco ;-)

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  4. Yesterday I was walking in the mall and was offered free tea samples outside Teavana… the tea was good but they sweetened it wayyyy too much… I prefer my hot tea unsweetened!

  5. I’m all about the free samples! And, I could go for a few of those cake balls right about now!

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  7. haha i was JUST thinkign that samples def taste better in the store then when I bring them home! I sometimes can get suckered into samples…the other day at my whole foods the entire place was just one big sample! but what I loved was that local growers were in the produce dept giving out samples of their heirloom tomatoes in salads and then there was this local pickle maker giving out sampes of pickles!! i almost bought a jar but it was 7 bucks!!! i am not one to splurge on a jar of pickles haha!!

    oh gosh skylar is so cute!! she is so happy go lucky! i love her smile!! xoxo

  8. Skylar is too cute…she always brings a smile to my face when I read your blog…as I’m certain she does for you, too!

  9. Free samples always test better in store-maybe because they are free??

  10. Im actually not big on pizza either, but that one looks good!! Is it sweet potato and spinach I see? If so, i think I would love it :)
    Skylar is so pretty as always! She looks like a princess!
    Best thing I did over the weekend, was going out with my friends on Saturday! I had so much fun, and just had a lot of fun. Loved it :)
    Best thing I ate was oat pancakes and chocolate :D

  11. I love it when Costco has chocolate samples! Their chocolate is so amazing, but I could never keep a big container of chocolate in the house! I am definitely making your marshmallow pb butterscotch bars this weekend. Those are right up my alley!!!

  12. I had a sample of GF Devil’s cake today–it was fabulous. Meghan loved it, too, and didn’t understand why she couldn’t eat the whole tray. :-)

  13. AHHH! She is soooo cute!! I just want to squeeze her!! :)

    I dance in the aisles too when I get a yummy treat. I went to city fest on Sunday for a short time but my feet were aching from my 20 miler the day before and my run that morning so I called it quits. It was fun though and a ton of people were there!

  14. Adorable Skylar pics – ah the simple things that can make kids happy. :-)

    1. Hmmm, fruit just at Costco I think. I was amazed they were actually serving vegan-friendly samples, usually it’s all meat and processed frozen foods.
    2. Met my sisters and mom at Sugar Plum Vegan and visited my grandma in the hospital.

  15. I pretty much never take free samples at stores. I am always skeeved out by the amount of people I’ve seen not use the tongs of whatever scoop is there. Plus finding things that fit all of my food intolerances isn’t easy. In fact, I think the last time it was when New Seasons was sampling protein bars and I had made the mistake of arriving hungry. So I devoured a few gluten-free options.

  16. The best thing I ate this weekend would have to be pizza dip! I made it on Saturday with some homemade baked tortilla chips…yum!

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