The closest Trader Joe's from where I live is 14 miles, and it's located in Grosse Pointe [MI], a city that I don't travel to on a regular basis.
Yesterday I received their electronic October Fearless Flier in my in-box that was titled, "All Things Pumpkin." As I read through the flier I saw they carried Pumpkin Macarons [Gluten Free] for $4.99, box of 12 [in the freezer section]. 90 calories for two, so they sounded worthy of a drive to their store. At this time of the year - and only at this time - they also carry Maple Leaf Sandwich Cookies which are perfect for dunking in tea [but don't tell any etiquette expert I said that! ;-)].
I was happy to find both items, and as I was standing in the check-out line my mind flashed back to an August post my friend, Angela, at Tea With Friends, wrote about a Trader Joe's tote bag. I couldn't remember what her tote looked like, but a couple of isles over I spotted a tote with a tea kettle, teacup, and teaspoon printed on it, and since it was only $2.99 I put it in my basket too.
When I got home I went to Angela's blog and found it's the same one. It's made with a very durable fabric so it's well worth $2.99, and it's made in the USA [Lowell, MA]. Nice to see a USA label for a change. ;-)
I was anxious to sample the Macarons. My hubby and I both declared them delicious! Because they're so delicate, four of the twelve were damaged, which didn't affect the taste in the least, but it's worth noting because had I been buying them for a tea party they wouldn't have been pretty on a dessert tray, so I'd have been four short.
I use the paper doily tea spout 'drip catchers' to dress the pumpkins up a bit. Apples also work well as candle holders.
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