This Week at Costco – April 6, 2014

April 12th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

I cannot believe that it is already April!  The last few months have just flown by, it seems.  Maybe that’s just because I slept through about a month of the year.  In any case, next weekend is Easter, so don’t forget to keep that in mind for any last minute shopping you need to do for the holiday.  The US and UK coupon books both run through Easter weekend and beyond as well, so you don’t need to worry about rushing to get any of those items as well as holiday stuff.

Browns Gourmet Sliced Turkey

Browns Gourmet Sliced Turkey

Browns Gourmet Sliced Turkey – With two of us at home for lunch everyday now, we are working our way through sampling all of the possible lunch meats at Costco.  I already reviewed the truly excellent Pastrami from Browns Gourmet, which I would definitely recommend to any pastrami fan.  The sliced turkey is equally delicious.  We had actually tried this first, and I’m finally getting it reviewed (sorry).  This is made from real turkey breast that has been basted in butter.  The slices are nice and thick, just like if you were slicing up a turkey breast you had made at home, only probably more evenly sliced.  They are perfect for making a great sandwich because the thickness of the slices means that you’re not using a whole package of thinly sliced/shaved turkey “breast” for a decent sandwich.  I found that the slices are so thick that I really only need a single slice on a sandwich, but if I’m really hungry I might have two.  Dave, on the other hand, always goes for two to three slices on his sandwiches.  Of course, with thick slices you get lots of nice turkey taste too.  There’s enough turkey in a slice that I find I can actually put a piece of cheese on my sandwiches and still taste the turkey, even with a strong Swiss cheese.  I don’t know if it is due to the basting or the thickness of the slices, but this is also some of the moister turkey lunch meat that I’ve had.  I used it to make nice cold sandwiches, but it also was really good in a kind of grilled turkey and cheese type of thing.  I love turkey for sandwiches, especially when it is this good, because it is a good source of protein that is filling but not too heavy on the calories or the fat.  For this sliced turkey a 100 gram serving (which is around two slices I think), has 122 calories, 29 grams of protein, just 2 grams of fat, and only 40 mg of sodium.  All of that  nutritional information makes this an excellent lunch for anyone watching their calories, fat, or sodium.  Plus, it is really tasty too.  I like any lunch meat that actually looks and tastes like real meat, not that pressed together meat bits that you often find with turkey especially that doesn’t look like turkey and often has that slimey feel to it as well.  This will definitely be on our regular Costco shopping list now.   700 grams for £7.99 (US: $13.37).  Item #: 0130433.

Kirkland Signature Atlantic Cod

Kirkland Signature Atlantic Cod

Kirkland Signature Wild Caught Atlantic Cod  - We try to eat fish a couple of times per week because it is such a good alternative to other forms of meat.  Our favourites are salmon and cod, both of which we buy at Costco in the freezer section.  We like the frozen fish because that gives us the ultimate flexibility about when and how often we have fish during the week.  This way we don’t have to worry about going to the fish monger or supermarket every time we want some fish for dinner, because that just isn’t going to happen.  The cod at Costco, which is the same bag that you can find in the US and probably most of the Costco locations around the globe, is a really nice quality wild caught Atlantic cod from Norway.  All of the pieces are hand trimmed to Costco standards, as well as deboned and skinned, so you end up with a portion of fish that you can actually just eat and not fuss around preparing.  Each individual portion is individually vacuum packed, which has the advantage of keeping it from getting freezer burn and means that it won’t stick to the other pieces in the bag.  There’s nothing worse than trying to get out two pieces and ending up with just one huge fish-pop.  The portions vary in size, from 4.5 to 8 ounces, but are near enough for the most part that they can still be cooked together.  I think there were eight portions in our bag but there might have been nine.  You can’t cook this from frozen, so you do need to thaw it before you want to prepare it.  You can either put it in the fridge over night or at least like 10 hours, or you can do the quick thaw method that takes about 15 minutes.  I’ll be honest, we usually end up using the quick thaw method and I don’t notice any difference in the way the fish seems once it is cooked.  We prefer our cod just baked in the oven, but you could also sauté it which I have done before and that is great as well.  The fish is always really nice and tastes great with just 10 or so minutes in the oven.  The one thing I would just point out to UK shoppers is that the instructions on the bag are clearly for the US because all of the temperatures are in Fahrenheit, so you just have to do a little conversion, not a big deal.  Also, if it is a concern for you, this fish meets the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) standards for sustainable fishing.  909 grams for £8.99 (US: $15.04).  Item #: 0699794.

Johnny's Garlic Spread & Seasoning

Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning

Johnny’s Garlic Spread and Seasoning – I had heard about the Johnny’s Garlic Spread before, years ago when we were still in the US actually, but I hadn’t ever tried it until we saw it recently here in the UK.  But now I’m totally a fan.  Funny enough, I think we have tried it on everything but bread, which is seems to be the big intention for the mix.  The mix is a dry powder comprised of powdered garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt, parsley and other mystery spices, and some things to keep it from clumping.  When you open the lid you have no doubt that it is super garlicky though because it has that really strong garlic scent; which I love but realize not everyone is such a fan.  Their suggestions on the package are to mix it with butter and spread on bread or use to bake prawns in for like a shrimp scampi type of thing.  They have a recipe for dressing where you mix it with buttermilk and mayo.   Or, you can use it for a dip by mixing it with sour cream and mayo.  I had thought we would use it to make garlic bread, but we just have’t gotten around to that yet.  I do add it to my pasta all the time for a great garlic flavour with either some olive oil or butter.  I even add it to the water while I’m cooking it too so that it is really flavouring the pasta.  This seasoning mix also works really well to flavour mashed or jacket (baked) potatoes.  We also use it to flavour vegetables, this works especially well with steamed vegetables because of the moisture from the steaming process.  It really perks up the flavour of our broccoli. I’ve also added it to some creamy chicken soup that I made a while back and that was a nice quick way to add flavour.  The bottle also suggests trying it on meat, chicken or fish, which we haven’t tried but I might sprinkle some over fish or chicken the next time we’re making some.  I think I might try using it to make a dip sometime for fresh vegetables, like carrots, celery, or broccoli, that I like to have for lunch or a snack sometimes.  You can definitely use this in any way that you would use garlic or garlic powder.  Though, you do have to remember that this does have a bit of salt, so you just need to take that into account when adding any other seasonings.  I usually don’t add salt if I’m going to use this, just to avoid any overly salty outcome.  510 gram jar for £4.69 (US: $7.85).  Item #: 0313810.

Mikasa Lucerne White 24 Piece Dinnerware Set

Mikasa Lucerne White 24 Piece Dinnerware Set

Mikasa Lucerne White 24 Piece Dinnerware Set – Dave and I aren’t into getting new dishes and stuff all the time, but we did decide that it was time for a bit of an update.  Currently, we have two different sets, both of which we have had for years and years (well over ten years for one set and probably more than 15 for the other set).  While both sets were really high quality, at some point, you’re just sick of seeing the same plates and mugs and bowls.  For me, apparenly more than a decade is that line in the sand.  I had been very casually looking for a nice set of just white dinnerware for a while, but wasn’t too active in the search.  But then, I saw this set of Mikasa at Costco and decided it was the perfect set to have for the next decade or more.  One of our existing sets is Mikasa, the oldest set we have actually, and it has held up so well that I felt really confident buying another set from Mikasa.  This new set though is bone china, which sounds more fancy than it needs to really.  I like it because the bone china is lightweight, yet durable and strong, surprisingly.  I always think of bone china as being only for the “good dishes” and not something you should be using everyday.  This set though is an everyday set and is chip resistant and able to be put in the microwave and dishwasher.  The style is very simple with clean lines and a very white finish.  It is perfect for everyday use, but wouldn’t look ridiculous if you were having a nice dinner party (if the Queen is coming for tea you might want something fancier).  The mugs that come with the set, are the one piece that definitely has a more casual feel to it simply because they are bigger than some dainty little coffee cup and without a saucer.  The mugs hold 14 ounces, so they are quite good sized and perfect for everyday cups of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.  The overall look of the set though is quite sleek and contemporary without being too fussy or looking like something that will be dated by next year.  The set at Costco is service for four with 24 pieces.  You get four each of the following:  11″ dinner plate, 9″ salad plate, 6.5″ bread/appetizer plate, 6 ” 24 ounce cereal bowl, 4.5″ 8 ounce fruit bowl, and 14 ounce mug.  One of the things I really like about the set actually is the big mug and the fact that they don’t waste a piece on having a saucer that I will never, ever use.  I haven’t found the set anywhere but at Costco here in the UK, where it is really a great deal, I think.  I ended up getting two sets of it because it is so nice and the price at Costco was terrific for such a quality dinnerware set. I know that in the US, you can get a 20 piece set direct from Mikasa for the staggering price of $249.99!  Yikes!  I believe they have this set at Costco in the US as well (at least my mom felt like she had seen it), but I’m not sure.  It definitely isn’t available at Costco.com though, unfortunately.  However, my guess is that if you can find it at Costco US, the price would be much, much better than Mikasa since I paid less than even half that price here in the UK.  24 piece set for £49.99 (US: $83.64).  Item #: 0149151.

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Costco UK Coupon Book: April 7 – 27, 2014

April 7th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

The new Costco UK coupon book starts today, Monday, April 7, and runs for the next three weeks, through April 27.  This new coupon book has savings of £1,000.00 in it, which is just about double what the last couple of books have offered.   I’m not in love with the offers in this book, though there are a few really solid deals.  I was a little surprised that there aren’t more coupons for Easter treats and sweets and really did expect to see some things like that.

Costco UK Coupon Book: April 7 - 27, 2014

Costco UK Coupon Book: April 7 – 27, 2014

I’ve uploaded the new Costco UK Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer).  If you didn’t get your book or never do, you should stop by Customer Service and make sure that they have all of your mailing information correct and that you have allowed them permission to send you things in the mail.  Also, while you’re there, ask them for a copy of the latest book if they didn’t hand you one when you walked in the store.  In the UK they print the coupons on both sides of the pages and without the codes, clearly they do not require you to clip the coupons out and give them to your cashier; they just automatically deduct them after they ring up your items.  I love this method of couponing and I’m glad to see that it seems all Costco locations in the world are following suit.  I do still find it useful to have a copy so I know what to look for because I don’t always notice the signs that they’ve posted to let you know what has a coupon.  I usually download a copy of the PDF to my phone before I go to the store so that I can easily reference it while shopping.  If you sign up to receive emails from Costco.co.uk, they will send out an email that lets you know that the new coupon book is available online, usually the weekend before the new book starts.  Since they now post the coupons on the Costco UK website, you can always download a copy of the latest coupon book from there; you can also find a link to it on the Warehouses Offers webpage.

There’s a really nice Dyson deal this month for £50.00 off a Dyson DC59 Handheld Animal Vacuum.  After the discount, you’ll end up paying £275.98 (with VAT), but at least that is £50 less than you would have paid otherwise.  I like the idea of the handheld vacuums from Dyson, but I do wonder if they perform as well as the conventional ones.  Everyone I know that has ever had a Dyson loves it, especially people with pets.  From what I have been told, there’s no vacuum cleaner that compares to them for picking up pet hair.  Of course, I didn’t learn that little tidbit until after we no longer had dogs.

If you have a baby, or just really like to have a lot of wipes on hand, there’s a 3 for 2 deal on Huggies Pure Baby Wipes this month.  Each box at Costco has 6 packs of 64 wipes, or a total of 384 wipes in each box.  So, you’d end up with 1,152 wipes in total and that should keep any one happy for quite some time.  Each box of wipes is £11.97 with VAT after the discount.

There are a few sweet treats in the coupon book this time, but not many and not the usual Easter type of selection.  There’s a coupon for 20% off a box of 24 Ferrero Rocher for a final price of £4.66 (including VAT).  These are one of my favourites, so I’ll be getting this I know.  There’s another sweet that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a coupon for though: Persis Baklava.  You can get a £1.00 off of this very nice baklava assortment, which means you’ll pay just £5.99 (no VAT) for the box of 40 pieces (I think, or somewhere very near there).  I’ve bought this before and it is actually pretty good, the only bad thing about this assortment is that they have some made with shredded coconut and it wasn’t as good as the phyllo pieces.  While it might not be as good as my own, it sure is a lot quicker to “prepare”.  Plus, if you’ve ever made really good baklava you’ll know that the cost of honey and nuts, plus quality things like cinnamon can be rather pricey and the cost of your baklava ends up being way more than you would think.

There are several good coupons for cleaning and laundry products this month, so if you need to stock up, this might be a good time to do that.  I pretty much always buy the Fairy Non Bio Liquitabs when they have them on discount because you get 45 tabs for £7.40 with VAT.  The cost at Costco, is just £0.40 more than I would have to pay for 38 (or 7 fewer liquitabs) at Ocado  or Sainsbury’s and a whopping £4.60 less than at Tesco for just 38 tabs.  Luckily for me, the containers stack pretty well and I can combine them once I get toward the end of one container.  I was wishing that their discount on Comfort fabric conditioner (30% off 5 litre container, £7.04 with VAT) would be for the Pure and not just the Strawberry and Lily Kiss scent though.  I’m hoping they have the Comfort Pure on discount this weekend too; sometimes they do that when they have a coupon/discount for the other scents.

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Costco US Coupon Book: April 10 – May 4, 2014

April 6th, 2014 by Kimberly · 4 Comments

The new Costco US coupon book starts next week on Thursday, April 10, and runs through the first weekend in May (May 4th).  Unfortunately, since the coupons are just online, I don’t have the nice summary of how much savings in warehouse and online you will find in the book this month.  But there are some really great coupons.  They’re so good that I am totally jealous!  This looks like the best bunch of coupons for a couple of months at least.  But really, there are at least always a few coupons that are appealing to people, just not always the same coupons.  There are at least a dozen coupons that I really like this month, and probably 10 of them that I would definitely be using for my upcoming shopping.

Costco US Coupon Book: April 10 - May 4, 2014

Costco US Coupon Book: April 10 – May 4, 2014

This month I have uploaded the new Costco US Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer) , but you can also view the warehouse coupons on the Costco.com website.  If you weren’t aware, Costco has updated their coupon policy for “streamlined savings”.  Basically, that means that you won’t have to clip coupons (if you ever needed to for your location anyway) again, but instead you can just show the cashier the coupon book.  Or, if that is too much for you to remember to bring, you can get the latest Costco smartphone app that will allow you to use the coupons in the app for in-store redemption.  All you have to do to redeem the coupons now is show the cashier your smartphone with the Costco app or the Costco coupon book.  So, if you’ve got a smartphone and haven’t downloaded the Costco app yet, this is the perfect reason to do so.  You can get the app for either iPhone or Android in their respective app stores.  The only coupons that you must have the app or coupon book to redeem are the ones with the blue arrow, but there are still plenty of instant savings deals as well.  For many they didn’t have to clip coupons anyway, so this isn’t necessarily all that different.  The one big change is that Costco says that they will no longer have extra copies of the coupon book available at the warehouses.   If you didn’t get your book or never do, you should stop by Customer Service and make sure that they have all of your mailing information correct and that you have allowed them permission to send you things in the mail.  Or, just use the Costco smartphone app.  Lastly, you can also view them on the Costco.com website.  Costco has recently started posting the coupons online and through the app before they actually start (like right after the old ones expire), so that makes it easier and nicer for planning too.

As usual, there’s a coupon for $70.00 off a set of new tires; this month the brand of choice is Bridgestone.  This is one of the coupons that will require you to show either your physical coupon book or the app.  You can also take advantage of this deal through Costco.com.  If your tires have had a hard year between last years heat and the extremely cold winter, this might be the perfect time to get a new set of tires.

The one coupon that I was like “what?!?” about, is for the Kirkland Signature Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing (6 pack for instant savings of $1.00 off).    When did Costco start selling carrot cake cupcakes?  I love love love the Costco carrot cake and would totally be buying these and maybe even two of them so that I could freeze them and have carrot cake when I want it.  Dave is not a carrot cake fan, at all, so this would be a perfect solution for us.  Dave could get regular cup cakes and I could get these and everyone would be happy.  Since the cupcakes always freeze so well, they are great for keeping around so that you can have a treat sometimes without having to make a whole cake or have a whole one even in the house.  I am quite envious of the carrot cake cupcakes.  I will definitely be checking my Costco bakery area much better next time I’m there to see if we have these (though I have a feeling we will not, sadly).

Since it is starting to feel a lot like Spring, you might be getting your yard all spruced up for the Summer.  Costco has a few coupons that might be of assistance in that clean up.  You can get $4.00 off (instant savings) a three pack of Wells Men’s Leather Work Gloves.  You can get the gloves in medium, large, or extra-large sizes.  It’s a bit of a shame they don’t have some gloves sized for women too.  And you can use your new gloves when you are spraying your Roundup Read to Use Weed and Grass Killer (1.33 gallons with 2 refill concentrates for $9.00 off.  This will kill weeds in three (3!) hours, so you really can see pretty instant results even.  That’s just enough time to spray your weeds and then install the 8 pack of HGTV Solar Pathway Lights ($10 off instant savings).  And you’ll still have enough time to sit down and have a refreshing glass of lemonade before you have to get up and pull out all of your dead weeds.

There are a bunch of other coupons that I really like, and some that I always point out because they are for products that are always a good deal at Costco but exceptional when there’s a coupon.  So here is that list:

Foodsaver 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System, $30.00 off (instant).  I don’t have one of these, sadly, but there’s a lot of readers here who do and absolutely swear by these.  This is especially smart if you shop at Costco for groceries since this allows you to package things for smarter/better preservation in the fridge or freezer.

KitchenAid Diamond Blender, $25.00 off (instant).  We really love(d) our KitchenAid blender and have missed it since we moved to the UK.  They are very well made and can handle blending just about anything you throw at it, including ice for smoothies and fancy summertime beverages.

KitchenAid 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Mixer, $60.00 off (instant).  The KitchenAid mixers are so nicely made and will last for forever.  These are always a terrific deal at Costco, but with the coupon they are just an amazing deal that is hard to beat.  Seriously, this is a mixer that you can buy once and not need to replace, so it is well worth the price.

Snapware Pyrex Glass Food Storage 18 Piece Set, $6.00 off (instant).  This is a great set of storage containers because when the lids snap on, they are well and truly sealed.  I have a set of this, both in plastic and glass, and really think it is the best storage stuff I’ve found.  The glass is nice because no matter what you store in there, it won’t stain the container (like tomato sauce) like can sometimes happen with the plastic storage containers.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, $2.50 off (instant).  The picture on the coupon is for a multipack of the little bags, however, they have two item numbers on the coupon so I’m thinking it might cover the single big container of them as well.  In either case, these are Dave’s favourite snack so I had to mention them.  I like the idea of the little bags because I’m a fan of enforced portion control.

Vanity Fair Napkins, 600 Everday Napkins or 240 Dinner Napkins, $2.00 off (instant).  These are really nice napkins that are thick and sturdy and will last through a whole meal, even if you are having something really messy like BBQ.  We always had these in our cupboard, both sizes actually.

Kirkland Signature Drawstring Trash Bags, 90, 33 gallon trash bags for $2.75 off.  I just wrote about these.  They are really sturdy and nice and you won’t have to worry about them ripping or tearing.  Even when we were in the US and threw away very pointy and sharp ceramic tile that we had removed, these didn’t fail us.

Ling Ling Potstickers, Chicken or Pork, 4.2 pounds for $2.50 off (instant).  Yum!  These are tasty and pretty easy to make too.  Certainly they are much easier to deal with than making your own.

Jarlsberg Norweigan Cheese Wedge, 2.5 pounds for $2.50 off (instant).  If you are craving fondue as a final farewell to Winter, then this is the cheese that you want to get.  The Jarlsberg melts so well that it is also great for grilled cheese sandwiches too.  If you’re good with a slicer, this is also perfect for crackers and cheese or on a lunchtime sandwich.

There are a few other coupons that I like, but for not too exciting things like paper towels or toilet paper.  There’s a lot of good stuff in the coupons this month.  My only surprise this month was that there weren’t more Easter candy coupons (there aren’t any really, unless you’re thinking beef jerky is perfect for any Easter basket).

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This Week at Costco – March 30, 2014

April 5th, 2014 by Kimberly · 1 Comment

This is the last weekend for the current Costco UK coupon book, so be sure to take a good look at it and decide if there are any deals you can’t pass up.  I’m sure the new coupons start on Monday, but I haven’t gotten the email yet or been able to find them on their website either, but I’ll post about them as soon as I can.  Also, the new Costco US coupon book starts next Thursday, April 10, and I’ll be posting about those tomorrow or Monday, as well.

KS Bakery Cereal Loaves

KS Bakery Cereal Loaves

Kirkland Signature Bakery Cereal Loaf – The free sample of this at our Costco convinced us to buy it.  It was a smart move because the taste was better than the appearance for sure.  To me, this bread looked like it would be dry and not so tasty.  However, it wasn’t like that at all.  They were sampling it the day we were there with just plain butter, so not even using anything too fancy to get people to buy it.  But pretty much everyone that tried a sample while we were in the area, picked up a pack of the bread.  The bread has a nice crustiness but the inside was soft and nice.  And even though it has the whole grain, rustic thing going on the bread isn’t at all dry and has a really nice taste.  On the package, they have instructions to heat it up before you eat it and that is what we did most of the time.  Of course, it was good without the heat and just a bit of butter too.  We heated it for just a bit, just long enough to warm it really, and put butter on it and it was a nice accompaniment to dinner.   We also tried lightly toasting it, and again served it with just butter, and that was also really good.  It didn’t toast too quickly though, so it took bit longer to get that done.   It was also good toasted with a piece of cheese melted on top (you knew I’d have to try it with cheese).  It was really perfect with beef stew and chicken and noodle soup because of the hearty, rustic texture.  Most of the bread in the Costco bakery area has a sour dough base, and this didn’t seem to have that, which both Dave and I were glad to taste.  Neither of us is a huge fan of the sour dough bread, so it was great to be able to get some loaves that had a different flavour at Costco.  2 loaves for £3.49 (US: $5.78).  Item #: 0005074.

Black's Family Maple Pastry Twists

Black’s Family Maple Pastry Twists

Black’s Family Maple Pastry Twist – I think we were lured into these by a Costco sample lady too.  But that’s okay, I’m not regretful, because they were really good.  These little twists of pastry are made from puffed pastry and maple flavouring and sugar.  I mistakenly tossed the container without a picture of the ingredients and nutrition information.  Just from the fact that they are made of puffed pastry and have sugar on them though, I’d have to venture a guess that they aren’t healthy.  I found some nutrition info online that indicates that two of these have 60 calories with 2 grams of fat and 4 grams of sugar.  So, if you can stop yourself at just having two of them for a little nibble with a cup of tea or coffee, then you aren’t too bad off.  So, as with a lot of sweets, in moderation, they’re not horrible.  Interestingly though, these little pastry twists are free from dairy, butter and eggs, as well as cholesterol, trans fats, and yeast.  So if you know someone that has some of those types of dietary restrictions, this might be a really good sweet treat for them.  I thought they were great with an afternoon cup of tea for a nice little afternoon treat.  They were also excellent with a glass of milk.  And I must admit they were equally delicious with a mug of hot chocolate and a movie.  We had these while I was sick and drinking a lot of tea so they made that seem a bit better than just hot tea by itself all of the time.  We had gotten these at the beginning of February, and that was the first time we had seen them at our Costco.  They were a nice, new bakery treat though, so I hope they keep them around.  But I must admit, they seem like a winter thing to me, but maybe just because I had them with hot beverages all the time.   624 grams for £5.99 (US:$9.93).  Item #: 0161755.

Nando's Peri Peri Multipack Chips

Nando’s Peri Peri Multipack Chips

Nando’s Peri-Peri Mutlipack Grooved Chips –  First, I should start off by saying that I love Nando’s and think that their Extra Hot Peri Peri Sauce is super delicious when paired with their grilled chicken.  So, when I saw these I knew I would have to try them, just on the off chance that they would have as much kick, as the sauces in their restaurants.  I kind of knew that they wouldn’t but figured they might be a nice change from plain, salt and vinegar, or sour cream and chive chips.  It’s nice to have some variety in my sandwich accompaniments at lunch.  In the multipack at  Costco you get three different flavours of thick cut grooved potato chips: Sizzling Hot, Smokey BBQ, and Spicy Chicken.  Usually with these types of packs, there’s one flavour that just isn’t anywhere near as good as the other two, but these were all really good.   I normally don’t like the BBQ flavoured stuff because it is always too sweet and not enough heat, but these chips didn’t have any of the sweetness and while they weren’t really spicy hot either, they did have a nice flavour.  My favourite though was the Sizzling Hot flavour because it did deliver on the spicy hotness that I had hoped they would have.  They were hot, but not searing like the Extra Hot Sauce in the restaurants.  The other two flavours though, Smokey BBQ and Spicy Chicken, were definitely in the medium area of the spiciness scale.  I don’t think anyone would have a problem eating them, and of course, they taste quite good as well.  I liked that the chips themselves were thick and grooved, so they didn’t have that flimsy feeling of non-grooved chips.  Plus, when you buy the grooved chips there is much less chance that they will all be smashed to dust in the bags; I like the added structural integrity that the grooves lend to the chips.  A handful of these is the perfect way to perk up a boring lunchtime sandwich – ham to tuna.  I do wish that Costco would also carry the Nando’s Extra Hot Peri Peri Sauce too.  And before anyone writes me, I do know that they have some of the Peri Peri Sauce in Costco, but I think it is the Medium, which just doesn’t have enough heat for anyone in my house.  In any case, we will certainly be buying these chips again.  I haven’t seen these chips anywhere before and I definitely can’t find them at Ocado, so I’m glad they have them at Costco.  3, 150 gram bags for £2.99 (US: $4.96).  Item #: 0003687.

Rocky Mountain Marshmallows

Rocky Mountain Marshmallows

Rocky Mountain Marshmallows – Dave likes the uber-healthy Rice Krispie Treats, and one of the big ingredients is marshmallows.  Strangely, we’ve always had a hard time finding these in a decent sized bag at any of the supermarkets that we shop at or even Ocado.  They have this little tube of cute miniature pink and white ones, but it would take about 10 of the little tubes or bags to make the recipe, and that’s not going to happen.  So, we were thrilled the first time to find this big bag of marshmallows at Costco.  I’m not sure that I’ve ever noticed marshmallows at Costco in the US, but I imagine they have them and I just haven’t noticed because it wasn’t like they were as hard to get in the US, so it didn’t feel like as much of a victory.  We both found it really funny that they are called ‘Rocky Mountain Marshmallows’ and on the bag they also say ‘A True American Tradition”.  Somehow that just strikes me as funny with the little campfire picture and everything.  Just like back in the Girl Scout days.  They are nice big marshmallows though and taste nice with a soft texture, so we like them and they get the job done.  And since the bag is over two pounds, that’s enough to make the Rice Krispie Treats a couple of times.  Since they also sell the Rice Krispies (in a two pack) at Costco, you can get everything you need to make your treats and it won’t even cost a fortune like buying marshmallows at Waitrose or Tesco in their little boutique sized packaging.  Plus, with the big bag from Costco, you even have some left over for truly delicious things like s’mores made in the oven (it’s what you have to resort to when you can’t whip up a campfire).  Now, s’mores are definitely a true American tradition that I can get behind.  By the way, I did just check Ocado (my regular grocery delivery people) for marshmallows, and they finally have a somewhat bigger bag of 283 grams of the JetPuffed but they want £2.99 for that bag and well that means that the same kilogram amount would be £10.55, instead of the £3.99 that I pay at Costco. That’s a huge difference!  So, needless to say, I’ll just keep buying my marshmallows from Costco.   1 kilogram for £3.99 (US: $6.61).  Item #: 0090822.

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If I Had a Theme Song…

April 3rd, 2014 by Kimberly · 5 Comments

If I had a theme song, this could be it.  All I’m missing is the backup band….and the ability to sing.  LOL


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