Well, it was the last day for coupons so I stocked up on Clorox 2, San Pellegrino, ZipLoc Bags, and Heavy Duty Sponges, and missed out on the toothbrushes which I really wanted to get. I looked at them, but they didn’t look like the right Oral-B ones that I prefer, so I decided to pass but I’m hoping that they’ll have another toothbrush coupon in the upcoming August Coupon Book.
Nuovo Roasted Asparagus and Parmesan Ravioli – I like fresh ravioli, especially when I don’t have to have a part in making it from scratch. I like the stuff that they have at Costco because it is usually very good quality pasta and they have some really unique flavors too. In this case, the roasted asparagus and Parmesan are perfect for summer. The taste is light and delicious, not to mention you could pair it with a nice piece of fish or chicken from the grill and have a perfect summer dinner without a lot of time and fuss in the kitchen. I prefer my ravioli without a heavy sauce to mask the great flavors of the fillings, so we just tossed the cooked pasta with a little bit of olive oil, salt, and fresh basil or oregano from our garden, and a little grating of Parmesan cheese over the top. Delicious! 2, 1 pound packages for $9.79. Item #: 409493.
Oreos – This item falls totally and completely under the junk food category, but Dave really loves Oreos. So, how could we just walk by them? That would just be cruel. I haven’t seen Oreos in Costco in years, I think. We were both kind of surprised to see them on the shelves. They are so chocolatey that I can only eat a few of them, unlike Dave that could easily eat a stack with a glass of milk for both lunch and dinner and be perfectly satisfied. I also prefer mine straight from a long stay in the freezer, but Dave thinks I’m crazy and likes them best at room temp. Either way, they’re still a little piece of childhood (they just don’t seem like an ‘adult’ cookie) and the perfect companion to a glass of cold milk. 10 stacks for $4.99. Item #: 27491.
All-Natural PopChips – I’ve written about these before, so for a full explanation about how healthy they are and how they are made, you should check out that post. Sadly, they didn’t become a permanent part of the Costco chip and snack aisle, much to our disappointment. This weekend, however, they were back with another deal on these chips: 3 bags in the flavors of your choosing for under $5. They had a variety of flavors, including the barbeque that I wrote about previously. This time we got a bag of the barbeque, sour cream and onion, as well as cheddar cheese. They are all delicious, so it’s hard to have a favorite. And even though we didn’t get it, the Original flavor, is super tasty too. If you get the chance to try these, don’t pass it up! I’m hoping that this time, Costco and the Popchips people can work out a deal to make them a permanent part of the chip line up. Oh by the way, the bags are just 3 ounces, which might seem like you’re getting those little bags you’d put in your lunch, but there’s actually a decent amount in there. 3, 3 ounce bags for $4.69. Item #: 222232.
DVD: National Lampoon’s Vacation & European Vacation Double Feature – Both of these movies are hilarious because of Chevy Chase and his ability to effortlessly switch from physical comedy to that serious-funny in seconds and in a way that is endearing and totally laugh-out-loud funny. So, if you like him and his brand of humor you will definitely enjoy these movies. Since they are both such classics (by which I mean, old), I’m guessing that you’ve already seen them, and most likely several times. But I still find them funny and entertaining each time. They are the perfect movie to watch on a rainy afternoon or just when you need something dependably funny. Between them, I’m not sure I could pick a favorite because they both crack me up. I think they are so appealing because if you’ve ever been on vacation, you can identify with various parts so clearly, even if your experience wasn’t quite so humorous (which I’d guess it wasn’t since you don’t have your own scriptwriter). By the way, did you know these were written by John Hughes, the teen movie king from the 80s, who passed away just a couple of days ago? $7.79. Item #: 431291.
Book: Julie & Julia – Okay, I must admit that I have not had a chance to read this yet. However, I know a few others that have read it and really enjoyed it. Here’s the little blurb from the back of the book:
Julie Powell, nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, resolves to reclaim her life by cooking in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her unexpected reward: not just a newfound respect for calves’ livers and aspic, but a new life-lived with gusto.
As I’m sure you know, they have just released the movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, which also looks amusing and fun. Not to mention, Meryl Streep seems to really pull off Julia Childs, and honestly, I would not have believed that could have been done. In any case, this isn’t a cook book and isn’t going to give me great insight into cooking like Julia Childs but it should be a fun read for the end of summer. $8.99. Item #: 441762.