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Recipe for a Stress-free Thanksgiving

Leaves are falling, days getting shorter; it’s coming. Count the weeks … Thanksgiving. Are you exhausted just thinking about it? Does Halloween wear you out? You may delude yourself into thinking it’s fun doing all that work alone, any heretofore visible means of support vanishing with the first “Black Friday” ad supplement in the newspaper. But, honestly, wouldn’t you rather be having a root canal?

Well, toss those holiday cookbooks out! I’ve stopped cooking—Costco does it so much better!

In the spirit of making Thanksgiving as effortless as cooking for an RV club—like mine, which has requested my recipes for tortilla soup (Costco’s powdered in a can), and chili beans (Costco’s commercial size Heinz variety), demonstrating to me that it’s all in the presentation—I offer the following menu for a stress-free holiday. (Serves six; any more should be a progressive dinner, and you do dessert.)

·       Purchase a half-dozen, roasted Kirkland/Foster Farms chickens, aka "personal turkeys." (Costco carries several brands of organic and national brands of genuine, raw turkey, but you’d want to wrestle with a turkey, why?)

·       Costco dinner rolls – They slave in a hot kitchen so you don’t have to (36 to a package).

·       Harry’s cranberry sauce – Costco also sells fresh cranberries, but, really… (two 15 oz. containers).

·       Stove Top Stuffing – Shout out to Costco: Seriously, you do need to carry this item. I mean, it’s the only dish on my menu that can’t be purchased at your store, and you know how well items with fewer steps (pour contents of box in boiling water, let stand) sell. Shovel dressing liberally into each bird, leaving some spilling out to simulate expansion during baking (you’ll need three boxes).

·       Bourbon yams ­­– Open a #10 (commercial size) can of Bruce’s Yams. Mash, and spike liberally with Jim Beam. (“Everything’s better with bourbon in it” will become your holiday mantra.) Heat at 100 degrees all day so that the scent pervades your home and the aroma of roast turkey is not conspicuous by its absence. (Keep an atomizer filled with bourbon easily accessible to refresh.)

·       Vegetable – Costco’s Organic Petite French Green Beans. Though your guests know that you would probably not clean and chop a fresh vegetable, they will credit you for going a cut above domestic green beans.

·       Dessert – Does your weight increase in ratio to the number of desserts you make? Costco to the rescue! Get their pumpkin pie (enough to feed an RV club) and Land O’Lakes whipped cream (three 14 oz. cans to a pack).

These items can be purchased in mass quantities, so you may not have to cook again until Christmas. Or, hey! Buy a freezer from Costco online and make enough for Christmas!

Having dispatched your significant other (who unfortunately misplaced his wallet and had to return home) to do the shopping, you are now free to interview Costco’s contractors who will:

·       paint the living room a neutral color,

·       resod the lawn,

·       convert the whelping pen back to a family room so that the friends and family who see you only once a year will think you live like this.

All the time you’ve saved will enable you to get a jump on your Christmas shopping. But share your “tasty little secret” and get everyone a Costco gift card; liberate them, too, from the kitchen!

(Some items not available at all stores; consider it a sign.)

(pic) Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner

I am trying to pick up tips and tricks on baking turkey this year (11 days to go).  Women's magazines are great source.

Good times. 

(PS. I also learned a lot about feminine issues. )

Just Checking In - Get your turkey ready

Thanksgiving weekend is only 2 weeks away Surprised

Things have already started to pick up speed.  I am already little sad that Christmas will go away in 2 months.  Only 2 months!  I hope time will pass slower.

I do have a female friend this year (or two).  But, again, I will be home alone, baking turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Which is perfectly fine.  Baking turkey alone has became an annual event.  It's really fun baking turkey alone.

FYI: This will be my 4th straight Thanksgiving day I will be home alone.

And I love it when I receive greetings from my website visitors.  Please don't forget about me this holiday season.  I am thinking about doing a live video of my kitchen again.

A lot of things are different this year.  I may be invited to 1-2 Thanksgiving dinners.  I may have people dropping by.  I have a big kitchen now.  Baking turkey will be super fun.

I hope, one day, I will be invited to a Thanksgiving dinner from my website visitor from far away (different city, different state, different country ?)

Get ready.  We'll keep in touch.
Send in your turkey pictures. 

To me, November & December are 2 months of non-stop Christmas music, sentimental feelings, and absolutely nothing to worry about.

And a lot of Costco shoppings.

Good times.


Costco Mixing Bowls - 5 Stainless Steel with Lids

I wanted to buy some REAL mixing bowls for many years. So, I was happy that I found Kirkland Signature Mixing Bowls at my Costco warehouse.  Obviously, these are special items.  Once they are gone, they will not come back (I think).  This is one of the reasons why I go to Costco weekly.  You don't want to miss out on good stuff.

Pro & Con: These are not as thick as the ones I saw at Bed Bath and Beyond that I wanted to buy.  I can see that rich folks will find them too thin. There are better ones (thicker ones) out there.  But, if your standard is not as high, they are great buy.  To me, they are perfect.

When I mix pancakes I've been using a cheap plastic bowl from 99 Cents Only Store.  So, this is a big step up for me.  I wanted some real mixing bowls for last 10 years or so.

I hope you will find them at your Costco warehouse.

* Sorry, I forgot how much they were.  I lost my receipt.  They were $29.99 (maybe less ?).

Costco Mixing Bowls

Mashed Potato

Mashed potato (with Costco salt & Costco butter)

It's fun to work in kitchen (although I am alone, or because I am alone)
Upgraded kitchen items make my time more enjoyable.

Good times... brought to me by Costco.


First 2 episodes of Twilight movies were on TV last weekend. (Twilight & New Moon).

I'm a grown a$$ man, so I don't care to watch teenybopper movies. But I just wanted to see what all the craziness was about.  So, I gave it a chance with open mind.

It didn't take me too long to realize how stupid this was. 

Team Edward?  Team Jacob?  Ha~!

These girls have no brains. There should be no such argument.

It is obvious that Edward is much better than Jacob.
Who would not like Edward and side with Jacob? Edward is romantic, sexy, and good looking. Jacob is basically a dog (bow wow).
Anyone who likes Jacob should get their head checked.

I mean, can't you see Edward's love for Bella is deeper than that of Jacob's? 


Costco Coupons - October 11 - November 04, 2012

Click here to view This month's Costco Coupons  (Thanks to

Costco Coupon book for October 2012 is out.
I didn't receive my coupon book again.
I may have to wait about 4 months, they said...

I hope I'm not missing out on anything.

Kitchen Table (pic)

Here's a picture that's long over-due (for a handful of special visitors). 

Pictures of my dining area: 3 years ago and now.



October 2012.  Flowers are cut from front yard.
Picture on the wall and the figurine are from ROSS (my other favorite store)

The previous home owner left this dining table and chairs (Thank God).

** I am expecting a female company in a few hours.  I bought 2 lobster tails yesterday at Costco.  I am so nervous, I'm gonna pass out.  Wish me luck~!! Innocent 

Costco Shopping - October 19, 2012

It was a very good shopping.

I wish they keep Christmast stuff year round.

That's right, they are 2 lobster tails. Tongue out

Costco Shopping - October 12, 2012

A lot of candies here...

At the apartment I used to live in, I used to have absolutely no trick-or-treaters coming to my place on Halloween night.  All the kids would go to rich side of the town (up on the hills) so they get more candies.

We don't have much kids in my new neighborhood.  But, my neighbors advised me that I should get ready for 150-200 trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

So, I bought some good Halloween treats.  Costco had their own version of Kirkland Signature treats.  But, some of the candies didn't have secured packaging, but they had lose aluminum foil wrapped around the candies.  So, the candies can be tempered with.   Some parents will not approve such candies with open packages.

3 cans of Christmas cookies are for me.  They will last 1 year, until the next holiday season. I am currently on the last can of cookies from last year.   Oh I LOVE these cookies.  I can buy same cookies from Cost Plus World Market for slightly higher price year round.   But I buy bulk on holiday season from Costco.  This way, I have something from Christmas that I enjoy all year.  To me, it has a lot to do with entertainment value.  It has a lot to do with how much I love Christmas.


Oh, I met my ex-girlfriend at Costco.  We had a nasty break up 3 years ago? But we were happy to see each other.  She made a remark about how much she enjoyed my cookies.  Yikes, I mean Costco cookies Embarassed.

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