Sonoma gourmet Ogranic Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce served with Bonterra Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
This was over boneless chicken thighs I seasoned and seared. Finished in the oven with sauce, onions, (love the bagged) peeled garlic along with Costco Parm.

We used roasted spaghetti squash as a low carb alternative. Organic frozen peas from Costco are nice and sweet.
The wine was good, I don’t usually drink a cab but this was light enough to pair it with.
Prepped to reheat leftovers next night for a drop in guest. The pasta sauce is the right consistency, no sugar added-thank you!

Nutritional facts: 6 servings per container, serving size 1/2 cup for 2.5 calories, 0 fat, O Cholesterol, 440 mg Sodium, 9g carb, 3g sugar-noted Og added sugar.
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Gyros at home for friends and family…
This is the Costco boneless lamb.
I unwrapped the outer netted layer, marinated overnight and smoked the next day.
This was an awesome choice as the small packaging gives you an option to only open up what you need so you can preserve the rest for later time. Feta, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes were also purchased at Costco. You could even use the Nan flat bread at Costco instead of gyro bread, great substitute.
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Fall Breakfasts: Frittata, Egg egg taco’s and a simple morning start with a mild bacon…

Frittata Casserole
Pick out any: Eggs, cheese, “veggie/meat/potato-precooked” of choice. Can be from leftovers, preferably to use up for a great morning group breakfast. If you add bread cubes its a Strata. Google a recipe today!
If you prefer to make a breakfast sandwich buy either English muffins or crescents that are stocked year round at Costco and toast. Don’t forget your fruit.
Hatch Egg egg Taco’s

Slightly heat up egg thins on a saute pan and fill with your own fillings
New Organic Bacon
The flavor of this bacon is really good because it’s not to salty, smokey or fatty.
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Organic Sundried Tomato Pesto with basil

I just noticed this new item and had to try it. It is very good, my family loved it. The best thing about it is that it isn’t salty. Lower in sodium and it uses almonds instead of pine nuts “if you have an allergy”. I was able to add, Costco’s signature manchego cheese to it and it still was not salty.

Marinaded sundried tomato pesto with roasted garden tomato’s and beans.
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San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee

I received two types of coffee to review:

  1. Fog Chaser
  2. French Roast

We brought the two flavors up to the mountains, 90 minutes from Seattle last week and had multiple trials with friends and family. We all favored San Francisco Bay’s gourmet coffee, Fog Chaser.

Opening the package, you get a sweet aroma. Tasting our first cup was silky smooth sipping. Found it well balanced and medium bodied. Notes reminded me of sipping hot chocolate. I think it is our new favorite. I had more cups than I usually have, it was that good.

My family actually prefers San Francisco Bay as buyers already so I was happy we were presented the opportunity to receive samples from a representative. We compared it to the blend we already previously purchased from Costco “organic rainforest blend”. It is very close.

Smooth Sipping in the Cascade Mountains
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MED Massager

My husband came with me to Costco on a weekend a few weeks ago, when he does, we usually end up buying higher end things he likes. The guys were there demoing it. I sat down, he sat down and I was like yeah. Husband was like heck yeah. Brought it home and we’ve been using it. It is intense but does the trick if you have sore muscles and can handle a really good vibrating style massage. We like to rub our salves in, do a heat treatment and then put a T-towel on and use this. He fell asleep to this last time 😉  

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Balm Of Gilead Salve

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We all need a little help. Homemade with oils from Costco. We love the outdoors, love to hike and forage. I make other salves and upon reading about ingredients I ran across this Balm Of Gilead I had never heard of, it derives from biblical times. The buds of cottonwood tree’s here in Washington state were ready in February. I picked twice. Once with my Mother and Father in Law (retired) on their property in Woodinville while visiting them. My father in law was very happy to get his tractor available to pick high branches if needed and get the bonfire ready to burn the unwanted branches. They have an 11 acre ranch that they have horses on and board with a really cool creek that runs the entire length of it. They helped us pick the buds for about an hour. I set that batch in a jar and stored in the cupboard. A week later I went out hiking with my girlfriend in Duvall to pick another batch, to have sit in another jar and let them extract the richness of the sap. It’s impressive, it bleeds red pitch. After a few months I made the salve. I used a new dish soap and got allergic to it and got a itchy rash. I started using this and it relieved it and took the rash away, so why not, right?

  • It is analgesic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
  • The scent of this oil is sweet and clean, like the freshest spring day.
  • The young buds of cotton wood/balsam poplar trees secrete a powerfully aromatic and healing resin high in salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin
  • Suggested use for sore muscles or Skincare for eczema, rashes and burns

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Happy Cinco De Mayo!
My homemade canned bases: Red salsa and Verde. Then I build it up with fresh.
Some fixings: For tamales and enchiladas
Tamales in pan and rice mix sauté to brown before simmering with Costco chicken stock. Tip, spray all casserole pans for easy clean up after.
This is awesome goodness. When making homemade food, nothing has salt so I use this base and other flavors to add salt to my dishes. Ad’s another depth.
Simmer any type of dehydrated peppers in Costco stock to reconstitute them and then blend them in your vitamix from Costco! Deseed them first.
Previously smoked pork in a corn tortilla “enchilada”, Costco premade tamale all topped with the enchilada sauce. Homemade black beans and Costco blended rice mix made with Costco chicken stock and secret seasoning.
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What’s For Dinner:
I pulled this at a 155 degrees, but actually wanted to pull it at 135. It rose to 161, to high for our liking but it still was moist. This was to eat fresh for tonight and the rest for lunch meat.
Costco Brawts left over from last weekend to go in the smoker for snacks
Costco organic salad mix and romaine along with parmesan to make a Caesar salad
Lets begin. I bought several bags while on sale along with the lighters.
Side Tip: Leftover: use for this is going for sandwiches/lunch meat. Stay tuned for what I use my leftovers/repurpose into other meals and ideas for freezer meals. It’s bulk, lets use it up and save.
Done, was good.

The Cheddar Cheese used in this from Costco, holds up well, lasts long too. The bread is the new one out “white” from Dave’s killer bread also at Costco.

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