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Happy Sunday, friends.  Do you have big plans?  I need to scrub the house for the arrival of the grandparents; I’d like to go on a run; and at some point, I’d love a little nap.  Oh – and maybe a walk, too?  It is absolutely gorgeous here – cool and breezy. 


This morning was more of the same – baby routine, NPR on the iPhone, cups of coffee, and – eventually! – I was joined by MomHTP.  Doesn’t she know if she gets up at 7:30 she’s already missed out on at least an hour’s worth of action?!  Winking smile 


Leftovers for breakfast:


Quiche Cornbread, potatoes, melon.


Henry eats milk and his right hand for breakfast.  Oh so tasty. 


Just an FYI


Fellow Trader Joe’s lovers, beware.  The Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter has been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.  The FDA is studying 29 potential cases in 18 states.  The recalled jars are 16 ounces in size with the SKU number 97111. The affected jars are marked with use by dates between May 23 and June 28, 2013.  You can return the jars to the store for a full refund.

trader joes valenica peanut butter

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A few facts about the Food and Drug Administration:


  • The FDA was founded in 1938 and enforces regulations on many foods, drugs, and cosmetic products. 
  • Eggs and meat products fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  4/5 of our food supply is under the jurisdiction of the FDA.
  • This means that the FDA is responsible for investigating the recent findings of arsenic in rice products (here’s a great article on the topic).
  • 35% of fresh produce in the USA comes from other countries.
  • 70% of fish come from overseas.
  • You can find a complete list of all FDA recalls here.
  • The FDA’s 2013 budget is $4.5 billion, an increase of 17% from 2012.   (Source, Source, Source)


Here’s to safe peanut butter sandwiches!



  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 23, 2012, 10:21 am

    I’m actually taking Food & Drug law in school this year and it’s taught by an adjunct professor who works for the FDA! It’s such an interesting class!

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles September 23, 2012, 11:20 am

    I’m so glad you mentioned the pb! I just saw that brand at my parents’ house and I doubt they know it was recalled. Happy Sunday! I have a work event at 2, so am soaking up every bit of Sunday morning

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 23, 2012, 11:29 am

    Oh man, thanks for the heads up and info! And that is a mighty tasty looking hand, Henry. 😉

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human September 23, 2012, 11:43 am

    So glad you pointed out the recall. I was just about to say something since I know so many in the blog world are Trader Joe people. Enjoy your fall day!

  • Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale September 23, 2012, 1:48 pm

    That’s the first and only reason that I’ve found to be happy that we DON’T have Trader Joe’s up in Canada. That being said, still TOTALLY jealous that you guys have them and we don’t — it sounds like a pretty awesome chain.

  • Katrina September 23, 2012, 2:34 pm

    I saw the recall on the FDA blog yesterday… After I finished the jar for breakfast yesterday. I figure either my jar was fine (most likely) or I have a super human immunity to samonella (less likely). Either way it’s good news for me! Hopefully it was just Trader Joe’s being über cautious.

  • Emma September 23, 2012, 3:22 pm

    As someone who works closely with the House Approps Comm in DC, your last statement “The FDA’s 2013 budget is $4.5 billion, an increase of 17% from 2012” is incorrect (your sources also appear to be incorrect or not related to that statement…weird). That figure you quoted was the *proposed/requested* amount in Pres. Obama’s budget request for 2013. About a week ago a Continuing Resolution was passed, meaning that the FDA’s budget will stay at 2012 levels through March 0f 2013 and they can’t obligate funds towards new projects, etc. What’s even more disappointing is that actually unless a fix is worked on soon (which I think is in the works as of last week), the FDA will lose $300million come January because of some measures put in place to raise money to go towards paying down the deficit.

    I know you aren’t a policy wonk, so I can’t fault you for not understanding the difference between the actual/likely budget and the President’s proposed budget. But it’s a very important distinction to try to grasp.

    • Caitlin September 23, 2012, 6:00 pm


  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 23, 2012, 4:30 pm

    We could have been chatting this morning while the rest of the world sleeps. My little cutie thought it would be fun to wake up at 5am. She’s been on a 5am kick several days now. Girlfriend apparently doesn’t understand the importance of her beauty rest! 🙂

  • Chantal September 23, 2012, 7:35 pm

    Caitlin, I did my first tri this morning and was thinking of you in the swim because I totally panicked, which I’ve never done! I think it was the combination of not being able to catch my breath at the beginning, the wetsuit, the waves and current (it was in a river), and getting water in my ears. I stopped at one point for a breath and was so dizzy I almost flagged a boat over. But then I thought of all your tri tales, treaded water for a minute, felt better, kept going, and finished the whole thing under 2 hours (it was a sprint)! I actually ran a 5k faster than I swam those 750 yards, which is ridiculous. Thanks for all the good tips on you blog about tris – they really helped me!

    • Caitlin September 23, 2012, 10:51 pm

      Yay!!! Way to go!!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 23, 2012, 8:14 pm

    My parents made sure I wasn’t hiding any TJ’s peanut butter this morning. Totally something I would do 😉 (but thankfully, I didn’t have any and all’s good).

  • Life's a Bowl September 23, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Phew, we have probably every type of PB [creamy/ crunchy/ with flax] from TJ’s except that one 😛 Thanks for the heads-up! It seems like there is a different salmonella outbreak every other week… Not cool!

  • TiffanyS September 24, 2012, 11:35 am

    Huh, I just finished a jar of that. I must be ok. LOL! I wanted to buy another because I thought it was super good and creamy. Thanks for the heads up.

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