Almond butter and jelly smoothie
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Between working from home, working out from home, having a good walking route with Ginger from my home, unless it’s the grocery store, I barely leave the house.

Yesterday was an anomaly. I went to three stores. Each had their own “incident”.

Bed Bath & Beyond:

We all get bombarded with their coupons. I’ve never once given them my address and yet somehow, they find me. I swear their coupons are the first piece of junk mail to come each and every time I’ve moved. I hoard them in my car so they’re always with me when I actually need to go there (fyi: they totally don’t adhere to the expiration dates. I used one from last August yesterday). Yesterday, I needed a new scrub brush (Ulysses broke ours trying to clean a muffin pan), a new spatula and a new over the shower caddy thing. 3 items and 3 coupons in my car. Destiny. Or so I thought. I had two $5 off coupons and one 20% off a single item coupon. Turns out you can’t combine the $5 off ones with the 20% one. So I said “ok, do two separate transactions then”. Makes sense, no? Bitch looked at me, VISIBLY rolled her eyes, sighed and said “are you really that cheap?” I KID YOU NOT. Apparently, I’m just a target for unbelievably rude comments lately. Usually, I’m pretty witty and quick on my toes with stuff like this. This time….I had nothing. My response was something like “um, can you do 2 transactions or not?” Lame. I’ve replayed that conversation and all the things I could’ve said about 58 times since.


Now that we’re past the frost (I hope), I was on a mission to at least get my herbs planted before leaving for Napa on Wednesday. So I walk into the garden center pushing one of those lumber carts since that was the only cart left and make my way to the potting soil. I load a 50 lb. bag onto the cart and then aimlessly push it around looking for the potted herbs. They’re nowhere to be found. So I ask the cash register person and she says they’re out in the front (past the outside checkout area). Oh, ok. I start pushing my cart with the potting soil outside to go get my herbs when she says:

“Um, where do you think you’re going with that?”

Me: “outside, to get the herbs I just asked you about” (totally confused at what the issue is).

Her: “well, not without paying!”

Me: “you want me to pay for the potting soil, then go outside and get the herbs, come back in here and pay again?”

Her: “yes.”

Me: “why the hell are the herbs OUTSIDE of the paying area to begin with?”

Her: “I don’t make the rules” (picture head swaying, lips smacking, and finger pointing all at the same time)

Me: “You’ve got to be kidding. I’m clearly not running off with this potting soil in a friggin lumber cart! I just want to simply add the herbs to my cart and come back in here and pay all at once.”

Her: “You do what you like miss, but I’ll call a manager if you push that cart outside.”

Me: “Go ahead.”

All I could think about was the scene in Father of the Bride with the hot dog buns. I was George.

Luckily, I didn’t end up in jail having to apologize to my spouse through bars before getting bailed out and the manager (who she did call) basically put her in her place and agreed with me on the ridiculousness of the whole situation and the placement of the herbs in the first place.

And since that wasn’t enough action for the day, I made a final stop at Target.


No crazy employee interactions here just the pathetic, saddening fact that I think I’m the only person on this planet that walks in there and cannot for the life of me, find anything decent to wear that looks mildly appropriate for my age. I TRY to spend money in there and just can’t. I know some people would wish for this dilemma but being on the other side of the spectrum I can assure you it sucks. I want to buy a bunch of cheap clothes and cute outfits but every single time I head to that dressing room, I walk out empty handed. It all just looks like 12 year old clothes on me. And so I left with a cheap pair of sunglasses, a t-shirt and the realization that I will not look cute in Napa next week. But I’ll most likely be drunk the whole time so it probably won’t matter.

All this to say, I’m better off staying home, holed up in my kitchen, talking to my dog and making almond butter and jelly smoothies.

Almond butter and jelly smoothie

They don’t talk back or make me feel fashionably challenged.

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Almond Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This almond butter and jelly smoothie is a high protein smoothie made with almond butter and jelly.


  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry chia jam, or any flavor regular jam you have on hand
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Handful of ice


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 267mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 6gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 306mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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  1. Oh my… As bad as I feel for you with the rude comments and things, your stories are so entertaining, lol. People are ridiculous! I love the smoothie. Usually I do peanut butter in something similar but I’ve been loving almond butter more than usual lately. Gotta try it :D

  2. Oh my gosh, how ridiculous! I would’ve given attitude right back at her. Crazy. I know what you mean with target though, a lot of times the clothes do NOT fit me right. Especially the pants! It’s either a hit or miss there.

  3. I’ve been having annoying interactions with the employees at a local health food store. People are so weird. You shouldn’t work in customer service if don’t like it or don’t like people. At any rate, it’s probably nothing that smoothie can’t fix. Looks good, I’ve just been making chocolate smoothies lately. All chocolate, all the time.

  4. Girl. Omg. First the BB&B employees here actually help me save the most, i.e be the most cheap <– cannot believe!! she said that to you. They sort my coupons for me and combine them so that I can maximize the savings.

    The lumber cart & 50 lb bag of soil, b/c that would be discreet to just run off with and steal…sure…

    And Target. I have those days at Target. I have success with their sports bras, random tshirts here and there, but never can I go buy a whole outfit or anything from there and not when I "need" to or have an occasions. At those times, I'll never find anything cute. Murphy's Law.

    Have fun in Napa…and pour a glass of wine, now! After all that!

  5. Oh goodness! This Lowes incident is the reason that I send my husband to home improvement stores. I do 98% of our shopping, but those trips are left up to him. Glad you had this almond butter and jelly smoothie to recover, it sounds absolutely refreshing!

  6. Bed Bath and Beyond incident: don’t you hate it when you are caught off guard and not able to respond and defend yourself from total rudeness? Aaargh! I always think of witty, passive aggressive, make me feel self satisfied comments AFTER an incident happens. I hate it!

    I’m glad you were able to put that Lowe’s lady in her place.

    Target… Everything they have is cute, but it’s too little girly or teenager cute. These days, all I buy there are their Champion sports bras.

    1. I thought of you the WHOLE time! I was like “I need Melissa, I need Melissa…” And then, I had a dream about you and your wedding last night! It was the same night as my brother’s and I could only go to the church part for yours and I was so upset! Clearly we need to get together :) Miss you!

  7. I’m with you on the Target dilemma… same with Forever 21. But somehow my 30 yr old friends can pull off a cute outfit. I’m so awkward.
    Hope you have a great trip! : )

    1. I walked into Forever 21 tonight actually and walked right the heck out! I don’t know how anyone can actually FIND anything in that mess of a store. I have friends (Who are 30 too) who can totally pull it off. I look ridiculous however. I’ll gladly walk straight to ann tayloer loft, spend 3x the money and not feel like stresed or look like I’m trying to fit into 14 yr old’s clothes.

  8. Napa!!! I’m so jealous! Target has gone downhill lately. Their pants don’t fit me at all. Not that most do, but the waistbands come up to my boobs!

  9. Oh you poor thing! When I go to Lowes or Home Dept, I tell them I’m going outside with the cart. I’m afraid what happened to you would happen to me! Hey I’m with you about Target, I never find clothes that fit me, maybe a couple t-shirts but thats about it. the clothes are either to young or there to old! Don’t worry about shopping, you have the outlet stores in Napa! have a fun trip and your smoothie looks awesome!!!!