This week at Costco, I had to actually go on Saturday because of Easter. However, that worked out well for me because I could pick up a nice ham and some veggies for dinner on Sunday.
Kirkland Signature Spiral Cut Ham – We bought this for Easter dinner and it turned out to be a really delicious ham. We skipped the mapley glaze that came with it because we’re not into the sweet ham thing. But the ham was nice and moist and the spiral cut slices came right off of the bone and didn’t look like we attacked the ham with a machete. I also want to point out that we tried the Martha Stewart ham that they now sell at Costco at one of the little demo stations and really it was just ham, nothing spectacular and certainly not worth almost twice as much per pound. $2.19 per pound; we got an 8.05 lb ham for $17.63.
Luna di Miele Cookies - We bought these for our bakery product of the week. Do I feel bad buying a dozen and a half of cookies? Yes, but they’re so good they make me forget all about feeling guilty. Plus, they’ve got 2 grams of protein per cookie, so really it’s almost like they’re healthy. In any case, these come from the same company, Ambrosetti, that made the delicious raspberry shortbread cookies that I posted about previously. They’re not a soft cookie, but not so hard that you have to dip them into coffee or milk to eat them without breaking a tooth. The chocolate half is all yummy milk chocolatey goodness and is the perfect accompaniment to the plain half of the cookie. You should definitely pick these up. 18 cookies for $8.49.
Wooden Hangers – We had previously purchased some of these for each of our closets, to replace the plastic hanger assortment. Unfortunately, we have way more clothes than we thought so we needed another box for our closets and now we’ll have some for our guest room closet too. These are nice, sturdy wooden hangers with a cherry finish and a little non-slip rail that is perfect for hanging pants. Plus, they have those little notches that keep your shirts from slipping off the sides of the hanger. The price for these is such a steal that I haven’t been able to find similar quality hangers for anywhere near the Costco price. For instance, at The Container Store similar hangers are around $5 per hanger (that would be $250 for the same 50 hangers). 50 hangers for $23.99 with a $4.00 instant rebate for a sale price of $19.99.
Whole Tellicherry Black Peppercorns – These are the Kirkland Signature brand and come in a big 14.1 ounce bottle. I’m usually pretty particular about where I get my spices because my husband and I both love to cook; I usually mail order to get the best quality. However, I’ve heard really good things about some of the Costco spices, including these peppercorns. So, I figured I’d give them a try. They seem really fresh and have a nice peppery bite. Way better than the bottles you get at the grocery store. And, they are so much more reasonably priced than most stores that it’s hard to find a reason not to get them. I’d pay around the same price for only 4 oz. at the place I normally get my spices! 14.1 oz for $3.99.
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