I can’t believe it is already September! This summer has just flown by. The end of summer means that Labor Day is coming up on Monday. So, don’t forget that Costco will be closed on Monday as a result. If you need to pick up any last minute items for any fabulous festivities you should make it to Costco today or Sunday.
Two-Bite Brownies – These are so tasty. I’m not necessarily a huge brownie person, but Dave definitely loves a good brownie. While we both really like the Ghirardelli Brownie mix that you can get at Costco and always have some on hand, if I have to buy a brownie, these are an excellent option. They are the size of a mini muffin, so a little more than an inch in diameter probably. The outside is crusty, like the corner pieces when you make them yourself, and the inside is still nice and moist and gooey and very chocolatey. I think Dave likes them because his favorite, when we make them, are always the corner pieces because of the crunchy outside. I like them because I can have one or two and get my brownie fill. I think these are great for a small treat after dinner, either by themselves, or if we’re really living it up, with some ice cream. The nice thing is that these are as close to making your own brownies as you are likely to get in a store because these contain no preservatives or artificial colourings and no trans fats; just real ingredients. 675 grams for £4.49 (US: $7.28). Item #: 0081083.
Foxwood Yellowfin Sole – Sometimes you are really taking a gamble when you buy frozen fish that has some type of coating or breading on it. I usually feel pretty confident when buying these types of things at Costco though because most all of the types I’ve tried there have been tasty, and this one is no exception. The topping isn’t heavy like a breading but is just a light dusting of lemon flavouring. It’s a really nice selection for dinner during the weeks because it is simple as could be to cook since you don’t even have to thaw it or season it, but just slide it into the oven for about 20 minutes and your’re ready. Sole is a nice, delicate white fish that works perfectly with the light lemon flavour too. The fish is great because it has just enough flavour, that it isn’t boring and plain, but not so much that it overpowers whatever else we have with it. Once cooked it is still moist as well, which isn’t always the case with the frozen fish like this. The only problem I have is that the fillets are not that big, which means that Dave can eat two of them. That wouldn’t be that big a deal but there were 11 fillets in our package, so one of these nights Dave is going to be still hungry after we finish dinner. Maybe when I get down to just two left I should try making them into fish tacos instead of just keeping them as fillets. 1.2 kilograms for £7.49 (US: $12.14). Item #: 0064822.
Kersh Women’s Belted Cardigan – As I’ve mentioned a few times here, I’m not too snobby to shop for clothing at Costco. Sometimes they have really cute shirts and sweaters, so I try to check out the clothing choices when we’re there. Since it is getting to be that time of year again, at least here, when I will need something heavier than a t-shirt, I was pleased to see this cute sweater. They call it a cardigan but I’m not sure that’s what I would term it. It is long, coming to about the top of my thighs and has buttons all the way up the front. I guess the buttons make it a cardigan? Anyway, it has a high collar, like a mock turtleneck and a little belt made out of the same fabric as the sweater, as well as two patch pockets on the front. The sweater is made out of cotton mostly, but with a little bit of elastane to give it a bit of stretch without getting stretched out and ugly. It is fitted and will look cute with jeans or trousers for sure. It’s not very thick, so it won’t be bulky either. Since it is fitted, it would be hard to wear a shirt under it unless it was something like a tight camisole type top. It’s really cute though and will add a nice option to my wardrobe this fall. £14.97 (US: $24.27). Item #: 0108633.
Update for Oral-B Pro-Expert Toothpaste – I decided that I would do an update on this toothpaste to share my thoughts after using it for a while. I wrote about this about a month ago (see the full post below) but I didn’t have enough experience with it to give a thorough review about it since I’d only used it for about a week at that point. Turns out that I love this toothpaste. It has done a really great job of keeping my teeth sparkling clean and I think it does seem like they might even be a tad whiter. But really, it’s all about that squeaky clean feeling that it gives me. The toothpaste has this little gritty stuff in it, a facial exfoliation scrub is what it feels like, that seems to really have a more thorough cleaning ability than regular toothpaste. It is much more liquidy or loose than your typical toothpaste though, which means that you can’t stand the tube up while storing it. We did that for a few days and realized that it was smooshing into the cap and was just going to make a mess. In any case, Dave and I are both really pleased with this toothpaste and will probably buy it again. The only downside is that it is kind of pricey at £1.65 per tube (regular price without the coupon I used to originally purchase it) which seems more expensive than other toothpaste. But it does do a really great job of keeping our teeth clean, breath fresh, and gums looking nice and healthy. For more details and my original post, read the re-print below.
Original Post from July 31, 2011 – I haven’t really tried this for long enough to know if it lives up to all the packaging hype. But it is definitely going to clean your teeth. This is some fancy (and pricey) new toothpaste from Oral-B that is supposed to give you better and more complete protection for your teeth. They call it ‘all-around protection’ because it somehow magically protects your teeth and gums where other toothpastes can’t even imagine going apparently. The toothpaste contains a Polyfluorite system which combines antibacterial fluoride and Active Clean Crystals, which sounds a bit like an exfoliant for your teeth. But this does more than just clean your teeth, it prevents cavities, tartar, and plaque, helps counteract sensitivity, keeps your breath fresh, prevents enamel erosion and gum problems, and then also whitens your teeth by removing surface stains. Wow, it’s a busy toothpaste. I’ve just been to the dentist for a cleaning, so presumably I’m starting from a good spot and hopefully can keep my teeth having that new teeth feel. Since we were low on toothpaste, and this one had a coupon, we decided we would try it out. However, it isn’t cheap, even with the coupon because it is still £1.32 per little tube. Yikes! Hope it is worth it. 4, 75 ml tubes for £5.27 (£6.59 – £1.32 coupon) (US: $8.54). Item #: 0120299K.