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    Throwing a cocktail party or just a birthday party? Celebrating Thanksgiving with your family or Christmas with your friends? Trader Joe's on Shelbyville Road is a great snack source. Here are a few of my favorites. 

    1. Cookie Butter

    Cookie butter is probably the best invention of all time. It's ginger-y sweet and salty, like peanut butter but made of cookies. Cookie butter is perfect by itself, but you could also use it to make:

    Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cookie Butter Buttercream

    Sugar Cookie Cookie Butter Bars 

    2. Organic Flavored Lemonades 

    Trader Joe's has a ton of varieties, but almost all of them would be good with Bourbon or champagne. You could also try:

    Honey Bourbon Lemonade 

    Ginger Lemonade Vodka Cocktail

    3. Thai Lime and Chili Cashews and Wasabi Almonds 

    An invaluable addition to any snack table.

    4. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

    Feeling lazy? Don't want to put the work into pie crust or frosting or sugar cookies? Just get some pumpkin bread pudding and add some Comfy Cow ice cream. Voila, best holiday dessert ever. 

    5. Chocolate Covered Everything

    They say everything's good covered in chocolate or cheese. You probably don't have time to make elaborate Christmas candy creations, so these little candies can fill that gap. 

    6. Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Butter Cookies

    Don't pretend like these will even make it out to your guests. You're going to eat half the package while you watch Netflix and keep the rest to yourself. It's okay. Take them out of the wrapping and bring them to a cookie swap. We'll never tell.

    7. Apple Cinnamon Goat Cheese

    Trader Joe's can stock your cheese plate with all kinds of more traditional flavors, but this sweet cheese is our favorite. Spread over a cracker, worked into a cheeseball or melted over apple slices, apple cinnamon goat cheese is perfect. 

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    Big fan of bacon and bourbon, deep fried anything, sweet tea and sweet nothings.

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