I came across a few new-to-me products and I am digging them.

First, is this Hot & Sweet Pepper Jelly from Trader Joe’s that I’ve been digging.  Digging into, literally.

Trader Joe's Hot & Sweet Pepper Jelly in jar

It reminds me a bit of their Mango Ginger Chutney

Shelf of Trader Joe's Mango Ginger Chutney

The pepper jelly is less chunky than the mango chutney (below) is because there are no big mango chunks and it’s much smoother are more jelly-like but still has a nice kick, no garlic, no onions, and very little added sodium.  All great in my book.

Inside of can of Trader Joe's Mango Ginger Chutney

I’ve been dipping veggies into it, putting it on crackers, and want to use it as a tofu marinade.

Can of Trader Joe's Hot and Sweet Pepper Jelly

Same concept as Mango Ginger Maple Tofu, just use Pepper Jelly.

Mango Ginger Maple Tofu
Mango Ginger Maple Tofu

I know Pepper Jelly Tofu will be good when I get around to making it.  But I need to pick up another jar because I have already gone through the first jar.  Whoops.

Next up is this cleanser.

Trader Joe's Nourish All in One Facial Cleanser soap pump

I love Lancome, but I don’t love the price.

Lancome receipt: total - $65.25
Mousse radiance Clarifying self-foaming cleanser

So far, the TJ’s product is fine.  No breakouts and nothing horrible happening with my skin after just a couple uses, so that’s good.

However, it’s not as luxurious feeling, not as foamy and just nice as Lancome, but for 1/10th of the price of Lancome ($2.99 vs. $29.99 give or take), I can deal with this deal$.

Trader Joe's Nourish All in One Facial Cleanser soap pump

I can alternate between the two to stretch the Foam from the Gods my Lancome a bit farther.

Two bottles of Lancome's Mousse Radiance Clarifying cleanser

I also ordered this card reader.  My other card reader was on it’s last leg and it was slow.  Like molasses.  So hopefully this new-to-me find will speed things up.

White card-reader with usb and stand

I shoot all my photos in RAW file format and the files are pretty huge and so anything to speed up the transfer from memory card to computer is a beautiful thing.  I decided to give this new card reader a try.  It’s USB 3.0 compatible and backwards compatible to USB 2.0 so when things change and we’re all using 3.0, my cardreader is ready for action.

One thing that’s not new to me are Nutter Butter Special K Bars (No Bake)

Nutter Butter Special K Bars stacked

Familiar is good sometimes


1. What new-to-you products have you tried lately? 

2. Are you a creature of habit or do you like to try new items?

I am mostly a creature of habit.

Yes, variety is the spice of life and it’s fun to try new things but I also like my old standby’s:

My Drugstore Top 10 Products

Hair & Beauty Products I am loyal to

And there are foods I am loyal to and buy over and over and over.

But there are also foods I have bought solely because of the ‘sphere and have been happy to try those, too.

Thanks for the Not Nuts! Giveaway entries and have a great day!


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