Please note, the giveaway has ended and Blogher has chosen a random winner. Congratulations to Comment #7.

I was excited to see so much interest in my last giveaway. With double the prize money this time, hopefully people will enjoy this one as well. This giveaway will be hosted by Blogher and Del Monte, but you have the same chance of winning because they will be choosing one winner from my blog. Details are at the end of this post.

DH and I spend most of the weekend indulging on unhealthy foods. We’re trying new restaurants, snacking on sweets I baked, getting drinks with friends, etc. When Sunday rolls around, I end up feeling quite guilty from everything we’ve consumed. Whenever possible, I try to set Sunday dinner aside for a little bit of cleansing. Nothing too drastic, but I like to cook a healthier dinner, load up on greens, and start the detox from our weekend of indulging. Recently I was chosen to participate in Del Monte’s “Enjoy Life More” program which focuses on healthy living and little things you can do to enjoy life more in a nutritious way. I’ve always enjoyed Del Monte products and since I’m always trying to find ways to eat healthier, I signed up to participate.

Pumpkin Shaped Rolls

Aren’t these cute?

Even though I’ve already decided on a dinner bread roll recipe for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d play around with the presentation by trying to make pumpkin shaped ones. It’s easy to do and they end up looking so festive.

You can do this with almost any bread roll recipe. You could also choose from a variety of items to use as “stems” for the pumpkins. I used these sesame sticks that are found in some of those trail mix packs. You can also use cashews, almonds, certain kinds of crackers, etc.

I love shopping at Trader Joe’s and I thought I’d take some time to highlight some of my recent finds. I don’t know about you, but I have to limit my visits to once a month because I always end up with a huge grocery bill and all I have to show from it are a bunch of random snacks.

I think their Fearless Flyer ads are genius. By the time I’m done reading through, I want to buy almost every product they’ve featured in detail. I’m pretty sure they could convince me to buy a snack made out of cardboard.

I was particularly excited with the October flyer, as TJ always does such a good job with the pumpkin themed items. This year though, they went beyond my expectations, even making a pumpkin Greek yogurt and pumpkin macarons.

Pumpkin Macarons

These are in the frozen aisle and are my favorite pumpkin item from TJ this year. There are 12 in a box, as they are mini ones. The shells are chewy with a good pumpkin taste mixed in with some spices. Technically you’re supposed to take them out and let them thaw before eating, but I always eat them with the middle filling section still frozen because I don’t have the patience to wait. No, these aren’t gourmet macarons, but they taste good and are relatively cheap.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

I got this last year and couldn’t resist getting it again. TJ makes super premium ice cream, which means it contains at least 16% butterfat, resulting in an ice cream that is extra rich and creamy. This ice cream has a lot of pumpkin spice and is really good.