Frito Lay Variety Pack -This is a great purchase for those back to school lunches you might be making. Or, your own adult person lunch, if you’re like us. I’ll be honest, I like the portion control that I don’t have to think about. But I’m also a fan of the variety that you get without having to buy a bunch of full sized bags. The sad thing about that though, is that you only get 2 measly bags of sour cream and onion flavored potato chips. Since Dave and I both like those, we were a little sad. I would have preferred more of those and less of the ranch flavored Doritos. In total you get 12 bags of nacho cheese Doritos, 10 bags of Cheetos, 8 bags of Fritos, 8 bags of cool ranch Doritos, 6 of the plain Lay’s potato chips, 4 barbecue flavored Lay’s potato chips, and 2 sour cream and onion Lay’s potato chips. I don’t know why they would put so many bags of the ranch Doritos in the box, I just don’t know that many people that like those. In any case, the little one ounce bags, make a nice quick addition to lunch or an afternoon snack. 50, 1 ounce bags for $10.39. Item #: 188138.
Dofino Sliced Havarti Cheese – I like cheese and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It’s also one of the things we buy a lot of at Costco. They have so many great cheeses, it’s hard not to take advantage of that kind of selection for their great prices. When it comes to sliced cheese we like almost any of the ones that Costco carries (except the low-fat Swiss, I’m not a fan). This Havarti though, has such a great texture and taste that it’s quickly becoming my favorite. It goes with any deli meat we pair it with, plus it works perfectly on a burger and makes one heck of a grilled cheese sandwich too. Since it is a semi-soft chesse, it is an awesome melting cheese, so any place you are wanting a little melted cheese, this would be a good choice. The Havarti has a nice subtle buttery flavor with just a hint of sweetness. Because of this buttery taste it’s a little lighter and less pushy than other cheeses can be (you know the ones, they don’t play well with others but are still delicious) and that’s what makes it so great for sandwiches and burgers. And they have probably the best cheese packaging at Costco. They have a resealable zip-top bag that is made out of something like waxed deli paper, not the regular plastic. I think that the packaging helps it stay fresher longer, even after you’ve opened it, and it doesn’t develop moisture in the package which is not good for your cheese. 32 ounces for $6.29. Item #: 406340.
Oro Weat Multi-Grain Sandwich Thins – I wouldn’t have tried these if they weren’t doing a little demo of them, I’ll be honest. I’d seen them laying there in the bread area for a couple of weeks and just thought they looked like sad little English muffins. My mistake. They are delicious! So, what they are is like a cross between a pita and a very, very flat bun. They are quite thin, like a pita and you split them apart (even though it doesn’t look like it when you pull them from the package). But they are softer than a pita and more like a bun in that respect. When they demoed them at Costco they served them up with tuna salad and they were really yummy. At home, I’ve tried them with deli turkey and cheese and they were a nice little change from two slices of bread. I’ve also made some little grilled cheese sandwiches on them. I think they’d make a great breakfast sandwich, like your own version of an Egg McMuffin. They’re not huge, which is kind of nice I think. And they are pretty healthy too with 100 calories per bun, plus they have 5 grams of fiber and 5 of protein with just 1 little gram of fat. So, if you’re like me and just keep passing them by, you should give them a try. 16 for $4.29. Item #: 332130.
Caesar Salad – This is the big, family-sized salad and can definitely keep you in salad for a few days if there are just two of you. I know it is really kind of silly to get this because there’s not much to it, but it is totally a convenience thing for us. Since it is a Caesar, all it has in the way of toppings are croutons, cheese, lemon wedges and dressing. It’s similar to getting a salad kit, I think. It’s all prepared for you and you just need to serve it; sometimes it is nice to have a short cut. If you’re looking to make a meal out of this and want to add some protein, we’ve found grilled or broiled chicken breasts make a nice accompaniment. The other alternative is some nice fish. Or if you’re being totally lazy, you can get this and a rotisserie chicken from Costco and you’ve got a whole meal that is even fairly healthy for you. And all you had to do was unpack it and serve. 2 pounds for $8.42; $4.19 per pound. Item #: 19927.
Kirkland Signature Hydrating Conditioner – I’ll be honest, even knowing the quality of the Kirkland Signature brand items, I was a little skeptical about trying the shampoo and conditioner. We tried the shampoo first and I actually liked it quite a bit and felt that it seemed comparable to the Aveda stuff that I had been using. So, when I ran out of my Aveda conditioner, I decided to gamble on the KS conditioner too. As it turns out, I like it too. It is very thick and the smallest dab will be enough to get your hair silky soft. Seriously, I use an amount that is maybe as big as a pea but definitely not bigger. As you can imagine, that means that it will take us a bit of time to work through the very large 40 ounce bottle (let alone the second one). That doesn’t bother me though, because I’d rather buy it and not have to worry about running out for a while. Much like the shampoo, this has some good natural stuff in it to make your hair look great, like jojoba protein, rosemary and golden seal extracts; marine, plane, and botanical extracts to nourish and fortify. The other bonus is that I don’t feel like I have to use it as often as my previous products. And it is gentle enough to use on your color treated hair without stripping out the color. 2, 40 ounce bottles for $6.99. Item #: 505240.