Costco Chicken – Single Man’s Dinner
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John

This is how some single men cook. Below is my dinner from last night. The prep time was about 15 minutes.

Chicken was from my August 2020 Costco Shopping (9 months ago). I thawed it overnight in the refrigerator. I also thawed some tortillas (I vacuum packed them in single serving size). I used a Soup Mix from World Market I purchased about a year ago. It’s a dry food with long shelf-life.

I boiled the soup mix with chicken for 1 hour. I topped the soup with shredded tortillas. And seasoned it with oregano, peppers, and Tapatio (hot sauce).

It was an excellent dinner. The chicken was tender and tasty. I always keep these Costco chicken breasts in my freezer. Once I make a soup like this, I will eat this for three days.

As a single person, buying bulk from Costco works for me. I save money and time. Also, Kirkland Signature products are high quality.

Vacuum, freeze, and enjoy.

Vacuum packed and frozen tortillas – single serving size

What? Laundry Detergents Expire?
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John

It came to me as a great shock that laundry detergents lose effectiveness sooner than I thought.

This subject wouldn’t matter if you have a full-size family. But it’s a different story if you live alone. In my case, a large jug of fabric softer can easily last 3 years or longer. So, I did some more research and learned that many products will lose effectiveness sooner than I imagined. Below, I listed some of the products and how long they are good for.

  • Laundry detergent (6-12 months).
  • Dishwasher detergent (6-12 months).
  • Liquid dish soap (12-18 months).
  • Bleach (6-12 months)
  • liquid fabric softener (6-12 months)
  • Lysol (2 years)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (30 days – 6 months)
  • Disinfectant wipes (1-2 years depends on products)
  • Window Cleaner (2 years)
  • Furniture polish (about 2 years)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (12 – 18 months)
  • Body lotion (1 – 3 years)

FYI: Chemicals in dried powder form would last longer compared to its liquid counterparts.

I was clueless. How come nobody told me this? I felt so stupid… all these years… I thought these products lasted 5 – 10 years easily,

Maybe a lot of single men out-there didn’t have this information as well. So, here it is. If you live alone, buy your liquid chemicals in small units.

Costco Take and Bake Pizza for Single Living
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John

I get a craving for pizza once in a while. I would like to enjoy pizza late Saturday night, or when I’m home alone feeling cozy. But, I live alone, so I need a little planning to enjoy pizza.

Pizza is family-oriented food. Going to a pizza restaurant alone is not only depressing, but it’s too expensive. I don’t want to have a pizza delivered to my house and ended up with a massive amount of leftover. That’s also too expensive. In both cases, just a tip alone will buy me 2-3 slices of Costco pizza.

So, this is what I do. I buy Costco’s Take and Bake pizza, slice them up, and freeze them. They last many months in the freezer. I enjoy pizza whenever I have a craving for it, and they will cost me $1.50 each slice. I can top it off with whatever I want. Since I enjoy my kitchen, baking pizza when I’m home alone is an absolute joy. It’s the most economical way for a single person to enjoy a good pizza.

Preparing Costco pizza for the long term, single serving, storage

  • Take pepperoni off the pizza
  • Cut pizza into 6 slices
  • Put pepperonis back on (6 slices each)
  • Wrap each slice with Kirkland Signature Stretch-Tite Plastic Food Wrap.
  • Put them in Ziploc freezer bags.

** Costco’s take and bake pepperoni pizza has 36 slices of pepperoni

I broke my pizza cutter and I may never buy another pizza cutter again. I cut pizza maybe once a year. And there are plenty of people, including professionals, using kitchen shears to cut pizza.

Thanksgiving 2009
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John

I was home alone for Thanksgiving Day.

I was not sad or felt lonely. I have mastered the art of being alone. I am perfectly fine.
I entertained myself. I was very productive. I spent a few nights working until the sun came up. It was an enjoyable weekend.

I made both turkey & ham for myself. I spent about 3 hours in the kitchen. Turkey was very tender. I glazed the ham. I watched Twilight Zone Marathon as I work in the kitchen.

Dinner came out good. I enjoyed it very much.

I had so much food leftover that I vacuum-packed half of all my food and put them in the freezer.


Thanksgiving Day


Day after Thanksgiving – Leftover

Just when I thought I would spend the entire weekend alone, one of my wedding photography clients invited me to their family dinner on Saturday. I took pictures of their wedding a few years ago.

I went to their house with a jar of “Chocolates of the World” as a gift. They had a big family. There were about 20 people. I used my usual charm, and we got along fine. It was a good time.

Although I spent most of my 4 days weekend alone, Thanksgiving 2009 turned out to be a memorable one.

I had a good time. It was so much fun working on my projects. It’s good to be alive.

My First Sewing Kit
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John

This is the first sewing kit (from Michael’s).

It looks pathetic. I spent less than $6.00 in total.

I spent 15 minutes fixing some stuff. I figured, If common house-wives can do this, then I should be able to do this.

I quickly learned some tricks on my own.

I am afraid I will get too excited and end up buying a sewing machine.

I need a pincushion, a better needle case, a pair of small scissors, a better sewing case, etc…

Single man's first Sewing Kit

Today, after work, I did 6 loads of wash and put together my first sewing kit. It’s getting too late. I better fix a quick dinner before start ironing a mountain of shirts and pants.

I am so tired…

Love my new sewing kit. 

Salute to Single Men in the World
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John

Here’s for all the (poor) single men in the world

I never go out on Saturday night. (any night of the week). I have things to do. I am busy.

It was a Saturday night 10pm when I got ready to burn midnight oil.

I took a shower and went out for quick shopping. I went to Ralphs, Del Taco, and a donut shop. I wanted some donuts to go with my coffee.

I brewed 100% Kona coffee at 11 pm. I hope to stay awake all night and get things done. I have a lot of items on my to-do list. I’ll be working all day tomorrow as well. I work more during the weekends than I do on weekdays. The weekend is the time I focus on my business (and a secret project).

Anyway…
Here’s my salute to all the single men in the world.
Nobody gives you credit for what you do.  But your days will come (I hope)…


Mental Note: Clean up the coffee area

It’s now past 8:00 AM Sunday morning. I think I’m going to rest now.