This is the last weekend for the current Costco UK coupon book! So, if there’s anything you’ve been mulling over getting you should hesitate no longer. Also, the latest Costco US coupon book started this past Thursday. Lots of great savings to be had.
Field & Stream Men’s Flannel Shirt – I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay! I support Dave’s decision to get a soft, comfy shirt to wear around the house to keep warm. It’s nice to have something that isn’t a sweatshirt or a sweater; I get that. But really, it’s very lumberjacky looking, don’t you think? In any case, it is 100% cotton and very thick and warm. It’s also very soft. I don’t know that I see Dave wearing this out anywhere, because to be honest, London isn’t really a flannel shirt kind of town. But fashion aside, this is a really nicely made shirt. It has very nice, heavy seams at the cuffs, collar, and hem that look like they won’t curl up and get ugly the second I wash the shirt. There are two pockets on the front, typical of this type of shirt, and they also have the nice seams and the flap is a double thickness of the flannel, which hopefully means that they will continue to lay nicely after washing too. The good news for the wearer is that the material is as soft on the inside as it is on the outside. I hate it when you get a shirt or sweatshirt that feels all nice and cuddly on the outside, but the part that you actually feel all the time on the inside, is all scratchy and rough. So, I guess I’ll just have to keep an eye on Dave and make sure he doesn’t start chopping down trees in the park. £8.99. Item #: 0562566.
Pringle Women’s Socks, 7 pack – I like a cute pair of socks to give a little fun for my feet, even when I’m wearing jeans. Costco often does a good job at having a nice selection of socks for both men and women. Here in the UK, Pringle seems to be the brand of choice for dress socks and more casual ones, like these. This pack is filled with seven pairs of socks with a variety of solid colors. Costco had a few different color based packs, I chose a pack with purple and pink, while the others had blues, and one was more pink (I think), and I think there were maybe two other color combinations as well. There are two pink, two purple, two black pairs, and one cream pair. I like the colors and appreciate that they are design free. The socks are nice and very comfortable too. I think they feel so nice because they are mainly made of cotton, with a little bit of polyamide (whatever that is) and Lycra to help it keep its shape and have enough stretch to put on and pull off. I don’t know what the technical term for the length is but they are higher than your ankle, but not even to mid-calf, so a few inches above your ankle. So, whatever that length is called, they come up high enough to keep my foot warm when it is cold out or even to wear with low cut boots. I had bought a similar pack of argyle socks about a year ago at Costco and they have held up very well even though I wear them quite a lot (even on my hard, scratchy carpet) but they haven’t faded or worn or had pulled threads. 7 pack for £9.99. Item #: 0117834.
Leazes Farm Mini Cheese Selection – My love of cheese continues and Costco is still my biggest enabler. This is a great variety pack of 18 little cheeses of various flavors and types. There are three cheeses of each of the six different types: Mini Babybel original, Mini Babybel cheddar, Mini Bonbel, Cantadou with garlic and herbs, Laughing Cow Cheese Spread, and Port Salut. I like the little Babybel and Bonbel rounds because they are the perfect size for a lunchtime or afternoon nibble of cheese. They go great with crackers too, though that is more a bite of cheese, bite of cracker kind of setup. The Cantadou is a creamy spreadable cheese that is very flavorful. With all the garlic flavor of in the cheese it is great for a baked potato, roasted vegetables, or bread. I didn’t try it, but I think it would also be good thrown in with hot pasta, since it would add flavor and as it melted it would make it’s own little pasta sauce. The spreadable Laughing Cow cheese is perfect for crackers since it has a very mild flavor, almost like cream cheese. I will admit though that I think the Port Salut is probably my favorite in this little pack. It’s got a semi-soft texture that makes it very creamy in your mouth, and the flavor is mild but ever so slightly tangy. It’s a very nice cheese that goes perfectly with crackers or bread, or just by itself. I really liked having the variety because the cheeses are small, so they are perfect for a little taste, and since there is the variety you don’t get sick of having the same cheese day after day until it’s gone.356 grams, 18 cheeses, for £3.49. Item #: 0039885.
Kirkland Signature Canola Oil Spray – I was so happy to find cooking spray at Costco. I had looked a couple of times for Pam when we first moved here, which we always had at Costco in Austin, but I never saw any kind of cooking spray here at all. Luckily, I had been looking at a blog by one of my readers, TXTanya, a fellow Texas transplant to the UK as well as a Costco fan, where she was talking about buying the KS cooking spray on a trip to Costco UK. I had really totally given up on ever finding any type of cooking spray at Costco, or anywhere else really. I can rarely find any type of cooking spray. Ocado (my grocery delivery place) had Pam for a while and it was very pricey for a little can but now they don’t even have it at all. So, the only thing I could find is Flora cooking spray that is made with sunflower oil. It’s available at Asda for £1.76 for a 200 ml can, which breaks down to £0.88 per 100 ml. Not too pricey, but I’m glad that I found the stuff at Costco because it is just £1.85 for a 340 ml can or just £0.54 per 100 ml. In any case, I am glad to have a cooking spray in my pantry again. The Kirkland Signature cooking spray is made with canola oil, which is very low in saturated fats when compared to most other oils, including my favorite cooking lubricant – olive oil. And it works every bit as well as Pam. A quick spritz of a pan, pot or cookie sheet will keep things from sticking during cooking, but not add calories or oiliness to your dishes. And it is truly taste free, so there won’t be that little hint of something in the background detracting from your baked goods or other dishes, which is a common problem when you use corn or peanut oil for sure and sometimes even more subtle things like olive oil. Since it’s a spray there’s a lot less waste too. What I had been doing is wiping things down with olive oil when I needed a non-stick cookie sheet or something, but that leads to a lot of my lovely olive oil just being wasted, so this is a much more efficient way to get the same results. 2, 340 gram cans for £3.69. Item #: 0510624.
Kirkland Signature Cinnabuns – Oh Costco, how I love your baked goods! I really love a nice big cinnamon roll that has lots of
cinnamon taste, otherwise it is just a roll with some icing on it and that’s no good. Plus, I like my icing to not be so sweet that it makes my teeth hurt. Luckily for me, Costco bakery people must agree with my requirements because these fit the bill perfectly. I don’t know if they have a cinnamon roll season, but I am pretty sure that I haven’t seen these before or at least not for several months – so long I forgot about them. Dave spotted them first, so I must give him credit for picking them up. Since there are nine of the big rolls in the package, we did end up freezing several of them. I also already defrosted a couple to see how they would be post freezer. They were quite as perfect after being frozen, because they had gotten a little too moist (perhaps even soggy) in spots. But that really could be because I left them in the Ziploc while defrosting them, though I did open the bag a bit to let the moisture escape while the came back to room temp. However, I popped them in the oven for a bit and even though they got a little toasty on the outside then, they were really yummy. It was just a different type of texture but still all that delicious cinnamony taste with just the right amount of sweetness in the icing. These are really quite large cinnamon rolls though. One of them with a glass of milk was certainly a whole meal for me. And, honestly, probably too much even, but they were so good! 9 pack for £4.49. Item #: 0004396.