Today’s Obsession

I’m eating this by the spoonful.

What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s item?


Cocabella Chocolate in San Francisco

Rachel and I got up bright and early and started our day off in San Francisco with a tour of Cocabella Chocolate in San Francisco where owner Michael Freeman served us up the best artisan chocolates from around the world.

Oh. My.

Would that every day would start off with this:

Man Candy Monday-The Notebook Edition

This day will rival Wordless Wednesday because, really, what words can convey how much we women love Ryan Gosling and the movie The Notebook?  Honestly? Who does NOT want to be Rachel McAdams in the movie?

So pour yourself a cuppa, pull up a seat and enjoy. Don’t forget to get your kleenex out…sniff sniff…sob sob.

Pink Patent Mary Janes

Who doesn’t want this?


And James Garner ain’t exactly bad eye candy either. I loved him in this movie. The world will be worse when he’s not in it.

The Power of Love

Would that it would always end like this

Have a Great Monday!

ETA: James Garner is alive and well, I’m told.

And We Have a Winner!!

Amy Jones is the Winner of the Olay Pro-X Cleansing System and Snowman Pez Candy Dispenser!  Amy, you have 48 hours to claim your prize. Please email me at chloeofthemountain@gmaildotcom with your address and I’ll be having Tick ship it to you as soon as possible.

I want to thank Everyone for participating, but most of all I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for supporting my little dream here. You don’t know how much each and every one of you mean to me.

Today Rachel and I drove what felt like a million miles to get here to BlogHer 2011 but at the end of the rainbow I got to see both of my kids in one place for the first time in seven months. And damn they look good.

Wordless Wednesday (and I lie) and Last Call for Christmas in July

In her eyes

As you are reading this post, my daughter, in whose sunglasses you see me and her father reflected above, and I are wending our way down I-5 to BlogHer 2011 in San Diego.  Barring a catastrophe, I will be announcing the winner of the Christmas in July Giveaway at 9pm PST.  Final entries must be in by 5pm PST and pray I can find a free WiFi station, okay? I should be rounding LA just about that time.

Please make sure you’ve read the fine print and have made a comment in the Christmas in July Giveaway thread for each bonus point you are eligible for. I’ll be choosing a winner using Good luck. I really do wish everyone could win.

Aioli Garlic Mustard Potluck Potato Salad

Recently I’ve fallen in love with Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce.  If you are a mustard lover you’re going to find that this stuff is so good you will be eating it straight out of the jar.

So when I was faced with the boring task of needing to make another potato salad I immediately thought of this mustard sauce and how I could use it. And I’m glad I did. This recipe serves about 16.

Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce Potluck Potato Salad

4 lbs potatoes (I mixed it up by using 2 lbs red potatoes and 2 lbs yukon golds, scrubbed, but unpeeled for extra color and flavor, but you can peel the potatoes if you prefer).
4 stalks thinly sliced celery
1 medium red onion chopped
1/2 C chopped sweet or dill pickles
2 cups mayonnaise
2-3 tbs Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce (I say the more the merrier)
2 Tbs Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Cover the potatoes with cold water, add 1/2 tsp of salt, and cook over medium heat until just the right potato-salady texture. I like the potatoes not too mushy that they turn to mashed potatoes, but not crunchy either. Since I live at a high altitude your cooking time may vary. Cool.

To cooled potatoes, add sliced celery, chopped onions, and chopped pickles.

In a separate bowl, mix mayo, mustard sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

Carefully mix together wet ingredients with potato mixture.

Potato salad is a perfect party food for the hostess because it is best if you make this a day ahead and allow it to sit overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

I garnished with sliced grape tomatoes and parsley.