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Raffle: Mary’s Gone Crackers

Many of you already know Mary’s Gone Crackers. I recently learned about them and I rate them highly. Look at the ingredients. See if you approve.

  • Organic whole grain brown rice
  • Organic whole grain quinoa
  • Organic brown flax seeds
  • Organic brown sesame seeds
  • Filtered water
  • Sea Salt
  • Organic wheat-free tamari (water, organic whole soybeans, salt, organic vinegar).

That’s it. That’s all the ingredients. Mary’s Gone Crackers are super seeds that are molded into crackers; so you can carry, store, and eat at your convenience. They are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and none-GMO. Besides being a good snack, I also think they are good food. I see people can lose weight by snacking these for lunch – compared to a cheeseburger, it’s a clear winner. And they taste good. If you like the taste of seeds you will also like Mary’s Gone Crackers.

You can find Mary’s Gone Crackers at Costco. Of course, they come in extra-large boxes like the below picture.

This is the box you will find at Costco

Mary’s Gone Crackers shine if you compare with crackers of other brand names. Most crackers are bad for you, you see. It’s better that you don’t eat them. I rarely eat crackers for that very reason. I think Mary’s Gone Crackers are my only exception. If there are any other crackers like these, please let me know.

I don’t get paid for this blog. I like these crackers and I wanted to hold a raffle. Mary’s Gone Crackers will send a grab bag variety of crackers to a raffle winner. Enter below.

Mary’s Gone Crackers – Official Website

Enter raffle from below form

  • I am not a professional raffle guy. I can make mistakes.
  • 1 winner will be drawn on December 13, 2020.
  • Do NOT send me your mailing address.
  • You will receive multiple & random boxes of Mary’s Gone Crackers.
  • Low 48 US states only.

    Costco Shopping – November 15, 2020

    Why small turkeys? (get a big one)

    I arrived at Costco Sunday morning at 10 AM as they opened, and I hurried to the turkeys. I always get 20-pound turkey, and I didn’t want to miss out on the big turkey this year. I heard on the news that, due to the pandemic, stores would sell small turkeys. That could mean big turkeys might be hard to come by.

    But… why small turkeys?

    This is my 10th year baking turkey alone. I cook for one person and I eat alone. And I can tell you without a doubt that bigger turkeys are much more satisfying and enjoyable compared to small turkeys. Remember, turkeys are cheap, less than a dollar per pound. Bigger turkeys are fun to bake. Big turkeys look impressive, also in the picture. I enjoy extra long hours of baking a big turkey. Finally, when I take out my turkey from the oven, I would like to feel that heavyweight. I have to tighten my stomach muscles and be very careful. The pan is heavy, hot, and full of juice at the bottom. If you cook Thanksgiving dinner, that moment is the highlight of the day. To me, there is no comparison. Even if I eat alone, I will always bake a big turkey. Turkeys are like women. No turkey can be too big for me.

    Back to Costco – The turkey area was busy with people. I squeezed my way in and quickly looked over all the turkeys. There was only one turkey that looked obviously bigger than the rest. I quickly put that 19 pounder in my cart and looked at the rest of the turkeys carefully. All the remaining turkeys were 13 pounders. So, I was lucky.

    I walked away briskly from the poultry section. The warehouse was starting to get packed with the shoppers.

    Spacial snacks for Thanksgiving weekend, everyday chocolates, toys for my friend’s dogs

    Good peanuts

    I bought a can of Kirkland Signature salted peanuts and a bag of Hampton Farms unsalted peanuts in shells. Both peanuts are absolutely amazing good. My God! they are so enjoyable. But, sometimes peanuts from Costco are disappointing. Costco used to sell Hoody’s Peanuts. I wasn’t too excited about Hoody’s Peanuts. I often bought bad batches. I also remember buying a bad batch of Kirkland Signature’s peanuts on July 12, 2013. The peanuts were small and not very tasty.

    Maybe peanuts are good during certain months, including November. Maybe it’s totally random. I don’t know. For now, I have some very good peanuts at home, and my life is a little tastier.

    Kirkland Signature European Cookies

    These cookies are the best. I bought 4 cans of Kirkland Signature European Cookies. Costco sells these cookies during the holiday season. I’ve been buying these cookies for the last 10 years or so. I call them “Christmas Cookies”. Every holiday season I buy 3-4 cans of these cookies and keep them cold. I only eat them on weekends with my weekend coffee. With this, I get to enjoy a little bit of Christmas throughout the year.

    I was in and out of the warehouse in 30 minutes. I wanted to look at Christmas items and spend more time shopping. But with the pandemic and waves of Sunday shoppers coming in… I got in the checkout line while they were still very short.

    ** Coupon (Instant savings) saved $14.50

    Happy holidays. Please be safe. Keep in touch.

    I quit Hulu Live TV

    *I am too tired to think about Cable TV for now. But, I will do my research and update you in a month or two. My goal is to enjoy TV in moderation and save money.

    I understand why some people must have cable TV. For example, if I had a son who enjoys NBA (basketball), even if he has a little interest, I will get sports channels for him. I will enjoy watching my son following his favorite players. That alone will be worth of paying big bucks. Or, if I had a father who likes to watch news channels, it will be money well spent.

    For now, I live alone and I have my financial priorities.

    Hulu is increasing No Ads + Live TV bundle price from $60.99 to $70.99 starting 12/18/2020.

    So, I dropped my TV subscription within 5 minutes from receiving that notification email. I will take this as God’s way of making me more productive (play guitar, enjoy hobby, work around the house, personal fitness, etc, etc…). Let’s see if I will ever miss live TV.

    I will now pay $11.99/mo for basic Hulu. I may check out Philo ($20/m)

    It’s disgusting… I don’t think it’s normal for us to pay $80 a month for TV. Am I wrong? That’s $850 a year. If you add DVR and ability to skip commercials, it quickly becomes thousand Dollars a year. I can no longer justify that much money for TV.

    The only thing I will miss on live TV is 4th of July Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. It’s the greatest TV moment in history. George Shea’s introduction needs to be watched live, not recorded.

    Darigold FIT Organic Milk – Costco Roadshow (WA, OR)

    Darigold is a dairy company with over a hundred years of history. They produce dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, etc…

    Their milk, FIT organic milk, is now available at select Costco locations. FIT Organic Milk is special because…

    1. Lactose Free
    2. 14 Grams of protein (compared to 8-9 Gram)
    3. 40% less sugar
    4. Organic
    5. Long shelf life.
    6. (personal note) Good taste. Rich and creamy. It’s something else.

    FIT organic milk is ultra-filtered. Ultrafiltration, also known as diafiltration is what makes FIT milk special. It filters in some molecules while it filters out unwanted molecules. The process is fairly complicated, but there is more information on ultrafiltration on Wikipedia or on Darigolds Instagram.

    Costco Darigold FIT Organic Milk, Lactose Free
    Darigold FIT organic milk, available at Costco

    Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I know, Darigold milk is the best milk available to regular consumers. And I even like the taste. I understand the taste is subjective. But, to me, FIT milk tastes rich and creamy. I find myself drinking it at random and unusual times.

    If you live in Washington or Oregon area, you can catch their road show and taste them yourself. Check out the show schedule below. (*schedule subjected to change)

    Press release:
    Darigold expands organic offerings (October 26, 2020)

    Darigold is over a hundred years old company. They make cottage cheese, flavored milk, yogurt, butter, and more. You may see their products at your local store.

    Costco Darigold Roadshow Schedule – Washington & Oregon

    Costco Covid-19 Test Kit. at-home Coronavirus test by Azova

    Costco is offering Covid-19 Saliva test kit by azova.

    Costco covid-19, coronavirus test kit

    This is a saliva test – not a dreading nasal swab.
    They are priced at $129.99 and $139.99. The $139.99 kit contains Video Observation for travelers (I don’t know exactly what that means).

    Costco Covid-19, Coronavirus test kit by Azova
    Available at Costco. Covid-19 test kit by Azova

    This requires you to follow instruction.

    • It sounds like you need to register at Azova.com and complete an assessment. Only after that you will be allowed to receive a test kit at your address.
    • Avoid collecting saliva over the weekend for shipping delay.
    • After spitting large quantity in a tube. Pack up your sample and take it to UPS store.
    • Results will be available online in a few days after they receive your package.
    • This items is FSA eligible.

    I like the movie, but

    Hi. I just wanted to write a quick blog to say hi and let you know I am doing OK. I think I will skip this month’s Costco shopping. I will go next month to pick up a turkey. Below is my chit chat. I will keep in touch. Be safe.

    Ladies in Lavender (2004)

    I don’t have Amazon Prime. I refuse to pay for Prime membership. I am currently on 30 day trial membership, so I checked out their movie library. I enjoyed Ladies in Lavender (2004). I like this kind of movies. Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are two of my favorite actors. You can’t go wrong with any movie with them.

    The movie was based on a 1908 short story by William J. Locke. The online book is available from gutenberg.org for free. I guess the copyright had expired.

    EBook – Ladies in Lavender – 1908 William J. Locke

    Anyway, in the movie, the sisters appeared to be old – in their 70’s. I mean, they looked like they were at death’s door. I was smelling Bengay with my eyes. But, in the book, two sisters were 45 and 48 (who had grown grey with waiting for the prince who never came). So, instead of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Nicole Kidman should have taken the part. The sisters were supposed to be juicy… you know… they were supposed to be MILFs.

    I like the movie, but…

    Costco In News – October 2020
    Costco Coupons, Member-Only Savings, October 2020

    Costco Member-Only Savings, September 30 – October 25, 2020

    Open Costco coupon book from below gallery or view from Costco website available during the sales period (September 30 – October 25, 2020).

    Mikasa’s lazy Susan looks interesting (good price). I don’t think it’s for me, but it looks interesting. It looks like it’s a good price ($23.99 after $6 off).

    I may have to go to Costco soon. Haha..