It’s a good time to start thinking about sprucing up your garden. They’re starting to have more and more plants, including some great avocado trees, at our location and my mom said that at her Costco (in Kansas City) they have azaleas. We only used one of our coupons this week but I’ve still got two more weekends to use more.
Avocado Trees – It’s the time of year when Dave and I try to do our best imitation of farmers by planting herbs and vegetables. And sometimes this involves buying a fruit tree, as it did this year thanks to Costco. Practically the first thing we saw when we walked into Costco was a bunch of little avocado trees. They all looked very healthy and are already fairly decent sized (for something you’re buying in a little pot at the store), so we decided to get one. But then someone that walked by said we would need two of them to actually get avocados, so we picked up another one too. We’ve had really good luck with the plants that we’ve bought from Costco in the past, so we are hoping that the avocado trees will work out well too. We know absolutely nothing about raising them, except what is on the little tag that came with them but it would be so cool to be able to have our own avocados! We’ve managed to keep them alive for a whole week now, but we’re trying not to get too impressed with ourselves yet. 5 gallon tree for $26.49.
Kirkland Signature By Borghese Age-Defying Protective Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 – So, I’ve been looking for a nice moisturizer that has some sunscreen in it as well. I’m hoping this will be the lucky winner since it is way, way cheaper than the Lancome stuff that I normally buy. Since it has sunscreen in it, this is a little thicker moisturizer than normal (they almost always are and I wish they could come up with a way not to be) but covers nicely and smoothly with just one pump from the bottle. It felt kind of thick going on but after about a minute it felt smooth and light with no residual greasy feeling and it did not feel like it was clogging my pores. It felt nice and kept my skin feeling comfortable all day long. I really like that it has a glass bottle that you can see through; I hate not being able to tell how much stuff I have left. The pump is kind of nice too because then you don’t touch all of the lotion and contaminate it with oils and such from your hands. Plus, it’s a great way to meter how much you’re using without thinking about it. The key ingredients are: rice bran protein, mineral salts and sea salts. The active ingredients are all for the sunscreen: octinoxate 7.5%, octisalate 5%, and oxybenzone 5%. There are a bunch of other inactive ingredients listed too. 3.4 ounces for $14.99
High Liner Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi – This was gone from our Costco for a while but it is back now but with a different manufacturer (previously they had Margaritaville). I like this one better, so I’m glad they switched. The fillets are crusted with macadamia nuts, pineapple, and ginger. It’s got a great nutty flavor but I totally didn’t realize it had pineapple too until I looked at the box just now. Each fillet is about 5.9 ounces with 260 calories, which isn’t bad for something that tastes so nice. We cooked ours for 26 minutes and it came out nicely, except the crust was just a little less crunchy than I would have liked. I don’t know how to get that crunchier but I don’t think cooking longer would be useful as that seems more likely to dry out the fish. In any case, the fish had a nice taste and texture and the crust really does add something nice to it; the tastes go really well together. This is a great way to have a nice flavorful piece of fish for dinner without going through a lot of steps to breads your own or even season it; put it on a baking sheet and put it in the oven. While you’re waiting for it to cook you can easily whip up the rest of your meal and be eating in 30 minutes; that’s a perfect weeknight dinner. 2 pounds (6 fillets) for $15.89.
Fresh Farmed Atlantic Salmon – I’m sure that I’ve talked about buying the salmon at Costco before because we get it quite often but it bears mentioning again. I know that it is farm raised and that bothers some because of environmental and health reasons, and even taste reasons for some chefs, however, it’s still a nice piece of fish and I like it. The fillets that they have at Costco are nicely skinned and boned which isn’t something you always get at the grocery store; boning fish is not a fun task, even less so when you do it while you’re eating. We cook our salmon in a variety of ways but for our fast and easy dinner we’ll just sprinkle on some salt, pepper, dill, sprtiz with lemon juice and then top with lemon slices and then bake at 350(F) for 22ish minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet. But salmon is great with a wide variety of spices; spicy stuff like cayenne works really nicely with it too. We used the KS Sweet Mesquite Seasoning on a piece a couple of weeks ago and it was fabulous! 1.74 pounds for $11.29; $6.49 per pound.
Del Monte Orchard Select Sliced Cling Peaches – These had a coupon and I thought I would give them a try. It made me feel better with my decision when someone in the store walked by and told me how wonderful they were. And she was so right! These are the best peaches, that aren’t fresh, I’ve ever had. Despite the fact that they are sitting in a syrup in a jar, they still have some snap to them and of course the flavor is total peachy goodness. It’s nice when you can find canned or jarred items that aren’t just mushy and unpleasant. Since these are under the ‘Orchard Select’ label they put a little more care into selecting the fruit, I think. According to the label, all of the fruit is hand-selected premium fruit, which seems to be true because every slice seems perfect. I was thinking these would be good with some Fage yogurt in the morning or a little bit of ice cream in the evening but there are really quite a few things that I can think of to do with them. I’ll bet you could make a great peach puree that you could transform in to a savory sauce for pork or chicken, or keep sweet for something like pound cake or angel food cake. A peach shake or smoothy would be a good way to go too. Or you could eat them just like they are because they taste pretty great, all on their own, just from the jar. 4 – 28 ounce jars for $6.24 ($8.99 – $2.75 coupon).