Since Thanksgiving Day, I’ve been eating Madeleines and Brownie Bites every day for 12 days. Two huge containers are almost empty now. They are tasty and I’ve been enjoying them with coffee.
OH! I would like to talk about the designs on their packages. The designs look warm, homey, and tasty – that they represent how the products taste. I kept looking at the stickers on the packages. They are so well done that I had to mention them.
Madeleines and Brownie Bites are Costco’s staple items. They are Costco items #9751 & #1253912. They are individually wrapped so they will stay soft and moist. These tasty treats go well with hot coffee. To me, they remind me of holidays, family, and good times.
Christmas is approaching quickly. Madeleines and Brownie Bites will stay fresh throughout the holiday season.
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.
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.
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…
14 Grams of protein (compared to 8-9 Gram)
40% less sugar
Long shelf life.
(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.
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)
My normal body weight is 158 – 159 lb. I wish I was little lighter, but I am stuck at 158 lb. Beginning of the pandemic lock-down, I started to eat a lot of comfort food. Combined with sedentary life style, I gained solid 6 pounds and hit 164 lb in 4 month. I felt discouraged that I couldn’t shake off the weight. That’s when I ordered trunature CLA from Costco website. It’s currently on sale for $19.99 with free shipping (sale ends 9/22/2020). Costco’s regular price of $24.99 is still the lowest price. They are website only products.
The bottle contains 180 softgels, making it a 45 day supply (take 2 with breakfast & 2 with dinner). I just finished a bottle. Below is my review.
Day 1 – I took 2 pills in the morning and became jittery. My heart was pounding hard for several hours. So, I didn’t take the dinner dose.
Day 2 – I took the morning dose, and became jittery again. So, I skipped the dinner dose for the second time.
Day 3 – I was no longer jittery. I felt almost normal now. I finally started to take recommended dose (2 with breakfast & 2 with dinner).
Day 4 to day 46.
I started to lose weight slowly but steadily – I currently weigh around 158 lb – which is exactly my pre-pandemic weight.
I didn’t work out. but I am slightly more motivated and more active. For example…
I washed my car 3 times and fixed sprinkler valves.
When I saw my cable TV bill going up, I called the cable company right away and negotiated for better price. When they declined my request, cancelled cable TV.
I created a 4 month long personal finance challenge by contributing 50% of my income into 401k for the rest of the year.
As usual, I constantly have craving for snacks and big meals. But, lately, I find myself fighting back the craving time to time.
I do think I am more motivated compared to before.
It seems that jittery feeling still remains, but it’s very subtle that I don’t notice it. And I am being more active because of CLA high. Therefore CLA gives me energy. Does that mean CLA works?
More questions than answers
After finishing 45 day supply of trunature CLA, I currently weight between 157-158 lb. I definitely lost minimum of 6 pounds in 45 days. But, I am left with more questions.
Did I lose weight because of CLA?
Did I lose weight because I was psyched up about losing weight (placebo effect)? Could I have lost weight without CLA pills? That all I needed was to want it?
I lost 6 pounds, which is the exact amount I gained during the pandemic. That number “6” seems too ironic. Maybe it’s easy to lose weight I gained very recently. My body is use to be at 158 lb. So, with a little nudge, I went back to my normal weight right away. (?)
On the other hand, a lot of people are gaining weight due to pandemic lock-down. I’ve been sedentary for 6 months and gained weight as well. But, I am back at my usual body weight. Maybe that’s a big deal.
Answer to all the questions
Luckily, I am able to find answers to all my questions. I just have to continue taking CLA and see if I make any more progress. I am now taking a different CLA product named AbCuts Enhanced Belly Fat Formula, also from Costco.
The name “Bally Fat Formula” sounds phony and shady. You cannot burn fat on targeted areas of your body. It’s a stupid name if you ask me. Anyway, they are from Costco, so I am giving it a chance. If they work, then who cares about the name?
I’ve been 157-158 pounds for 10+ years, possibly 20+ years. If I lose another 3-4 pounds in next 45 days (155 lb or under) that will be an amazing result.
I will update you in November 2020.
Costco sells CLA products. They are available only on the Costco web site, and they always have the best price usually with free delivery. Check it out, and good luck.
Hello US Midwest Costco shoppers. Your local Costco warehouse is currently selling Roasted Garlic Cauli Dip (Cauliflower Dip) by Boulder Organic Foods. They are available now, and during September 2020.
I have never tasted anything like this before (in good way). And I never ate this much carrots in my life. I kept dipping my carrots into it. It’s tasty and it’s light. So, I thought I would make my own cauliflower dip. How hard can it be? Then I learned that I need a food processor, and it takes one hour to make it. Yikes.
Cauli Dip is not only tasty, but I think it’s healthier than other dips in the market. If you are trying to stay in shape, every bite counts. Every healthy alternative counts.
17th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $41.99 today / $853.8 this year
I haven’t gone to Costco for over a month. I plan to go soon.
Because I work from home, I’ve been drinking my weekend coffee, Ruta Maya dark roast, a lot faster than my usual pace. Ruta Maya is THE best coffee ever. It’s strong, tasty, but has a smooth after-taste. There is nothing like it. Starbucks doesn’t even come close to Ruta Maya. People who taste it agree with me. After tasting my coffee, some people copied my coffee setup exactly (coffee, grinder & french press). You’re welcome. 🙂
Ruta Maya coffee is available at Costco website. Delivery is free. I highly recommend. I tried both dark and medium roast. I like dark roast better.
You should never go to coffee shop for daily coffee unless you are a millionaire. Buying good coffee to enjoy at home is a great way to save money.
Seven years later, earlier this month, while I was fixing my house from water damage, I saw the professional guys cleaning and dusting my house with these towels. They praised its superior performance on picking up dust. “Hey! I have those towels, too”, I said.
So, I started to use the towels around the house for dusting & cleaning. They work like magic. The towel will pick up a lot of dust and not let go. I would then walk outside and shake off the dust. Sometimes I wet the towel to wipe down kitchen counter and sh*t. They are very effective in cleaning. Also, I am saving money on paper towels. After each use I hand-wash and hang dry them (picture). When needed, I toss them in the washer.
These towels are Costco’s staple item (#713160), you see these towels in your warehouse as well as online. If you already have some in your garage try using it around the house. If you know anything that cleans better than these towels, I would like to know about it. My kitchen, right now, is immaculate.
The only place I don’t use these towels is on my car. For car wash, I use better towels. I have two bucket system, use high pressure water nozzle, and use a leaf blower to dry (the way professionals do). I have a pretty decent car was system.
Quick one-handed demonstration. Not a very good demo, but you get the idea.
10th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $40.69 today / $654.91 this year Member Only Savings – $5 today / $130 this year
Happy Valentine’s Day. I went for a quick Costco shopping after work. Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is when we start seeing St. Patrick’s Day items at Costco. The most popular St. Patrick’s product at Costco is Bill Bailey’s Irish Brand Corned Beef Brisket. I found the briskets today… but there was a twist.
Costco now sells fully cooked corned beef briskets as well as ready-to-cook version that we are familiar with. Fully cooked briskets are $5.59 per pound, whereas ready-to-cook briskets are $3.99 per pound. There was a large shelf area dedicated for fully cooked briskets, with hundreds of boxes of briskets neatly displayed. In contrast, shelf space for ready-to-cook briskets was considerably smaller, about 90% smaller than that of fully cooked ones – maybe even smaller. I guess most people buy fully cooked meat and microwave them.
But… pre-cooked brisket? Do you really want to microwave your special meal? St. Patrick’s Day dinner has to be more than just nuking a packaged meat for 7 minutes and turning it over once. We only have a handful of special days where cooking is part of tradition. It’s sad to think that St. Patrick’s Day is becoming the day we microwave our dinner. I am already taking a short cut, because I don’t season the brisket myself. Perhaps, in the future, I will succumb to the concept of pre-cooked holiday meals. Perhaps I will celebrate change of the season by opening up my microwave oven. Maybe, in the future, we will all have multiple number of microwave ovens in our kitchens so we can prepare meals for special family gatherings. That, to me, sounds grim and dystopian.
This Saint Patrick’s day (2020) I will proudly slow cook my corned beef brisket for ten hours. I will pay respect to Irish history and tradition as I put my body into ritual.
Update (Feb 18, 20) – I went back to Costco just 4 days after and saw a complete opposite. There was a much larger shelf area for ready-to-cook briskets. And shelf area for fully cooked briskets was considerably smaller than that of ready-to-cook versions. I find this intriguing. I am sure Costco is studying this case.
Update (February 20) – I ate the pineapple after leaving it out on kitchen table for 6 days. It was possibly the best pineapple ever.
9th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $153.38 today / $614.22 this year Member Only Savings – $35 today / $125 this year
I went for a quick Costco shopping to pick up two items.
Kirkland Signature’s Atlantic Salmon (#46340) is a handy food item that I wish to keep in my freezer all the time. 3 pound bag is currently on sale for $5 off (Feb 2020). They are individually wrapped and frozen to accommodate people like me who don’t live next door to a fish market. For next several month I will have salmon whenever I feel like. Constantly having a wide range of food option at home is an indication of living a good life. It is satisfying to keep good food in the freezer. I mean, this is why some people hate Americans. Regular price of a bag of salmon is $26.99. This is still a good price, but I tend to buy them when they are on sale. One bag has 7 portions of salmon. After $5 saving, sale price on each piece of salmon is $3.12. Now, steam up some vegetables, and you have a good meal. It’s Kirkland Signature quality, money saving, healthy, and you can avoid going to restaurant.
FYI: I HATE restaurants, mainly because they give me bad tables. I will eat out more often if they stop sitting me by toilets. Don’t get me started.
You are recommended to thaw frozen salmon by unwrapping it first, and place in refrigerator for 8-10 hours. But, I often put it in cold water while it’s still in wrapper for quick thaw. Personally, I cannot tell the difference how I thaw it.
Below is cooking instruction from the package.
Bake: Heat oven to 400 F. Place in a well-oiled baking dish. Bake portions for 10 to 12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145 F.
Grill: Heat grill to medium high. Place on a well-oiled grill and cook for approximately 5 to 7 minuets, turning once, or until internal temperature reaches 145 F.
Microwave: Remove thawed salmon from packaging. Place in a microwave-safe dish that has been lightly coated with oil or cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and peel back one corner to allow steam to escape. Microwave at high power 4 to 5 minutes turning once. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 145 F. Remove from microwave and let sit for 3 to 4 minutes before serving.
7th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $9.83 today / $344.88 this year
My favorite colleague came to work really late today. I figured she was not having a good day. So I made a Costco run and got an Acai Bowl for her. This made her feel better.
I worked 11 hours today. So, I treated myself with a Caesar Salad. Costco’s Caesar salad is guaranteed good meal. The trick is to eat the least amount of dressing possible, or completely avoid it. Chicken seemed to contain a lot of salt. And, I don’t see anything good about croutons.
My visitors know I am a coffee guy. Coffee brings me joy. Good coffee can make moments more special just like good music. For that, I put effort in finding good coffee.
I’ve been enjoying San Francisco Bay’s French Roast coffee. French roast is one of the darkest coffee roasts. French roast can be little too dark for some people, but coffee lovers appreciate dark and smoky taste of French roast.
San Francisco Bay’s French Roast has the most ideal French roast taste that I know of. There are other coffee makers out there. My problem with other name brand French roast coffee is that they lack flavor and/or they are acidic. They leave you with bitter after-taste. Not only that, they are expensive. Some coffees simply taste cheap. San Francisco Bay’s French Roast is strong with full flavor, and it doesn’t have bitter after-taste. This Kosher certified, 100% Arabica coffee finishes smooth. In short, this coffee is enjoyable.
Glorious Sunday morning.
I enjoy folding and ironing laundry on Sunday morning. Last Sunday, I started my lazy morning by grinding SF Bay French Roast coffee. Smell of fresh ground coffee was exotic and deep. I spent next few hours in my closet room folding and ironing. I also hemmed two pairs of pants. I enjoyed that quiet and glorious Sunday morning – just me and my coffee. Life is good.
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Born and raised in Washington State. I graduated at 17 from HS and Cosmetology College. Married, mother of three adult children. I have an executive membership also at Costco 25 years ago. I am self employed. Co owner with my husband of our company for 28 years as a sub contractor for residential homes. We are neither rich or poor, but I grew up poor. Hobbies: Cooking, organic gardening, foraging, hiking, 4 wheeling with friends, rock painting, puzzling and dancing... I am not a professional at anything, just a reg down to earth Jane of all trades ;) That sounds to good. I try.
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.
I visited my coworker’s office on Monday (July 15, 2019). I was talking about how busy I was, that I had to skip lunch yet again. Then my coworker opened a bag of chips for me. It’s called ‘Cheez-It Snap’d’. She bought it at Costco, she said. So I took a few. Then I took a handful, and took another handful. Before I knew it, I was driving to Costco on my lunch time. They are very, very good. It’s cheesy and I taste hint of tangie flavor.
My educated guess is that Costco will stock them for only a few month. I shall get one more bag ASAP.
When I bought a bag on Monday., the plan was to open the bag Saturday as I take a picture of it. But, by Saturday, the whole bag was gone (yum). Their commercial doesn’t do justice. I don’t like the commercial, to be honest.