Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Outshine Frozen Fruit Bars are Back at Costco

After being just a tiny bit sarcastic about the frozen popsicles available at Costco, the next time I checked the Outshine bars were back! These are our very favorite. I was tempted to hoard, but I have faith they will be there at least through August.

The bars are $9.99 for 24; 6 each of pineapple, lime, strawberry, and grape.  The flavor and constancy are the closest to homemade pops that I've found.  I'm not sure how Outshine does it, but these are definitely superior to others on the market.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Rolf and Daughters' Carrot Marmalade; a way to use up Costco carrots?

Last night my friends and I went out to eat at Rolf and Daughters, a new restaurant in Nashville's Germantown.  

Rolf and Daughters was named one of the best new restaurants of 2013 by Bon Appetit Magazine.  We loved it: the casual vibe, the excellent and handsome waiter, the flavorful homemade pasta -a fantasy local bistro.

One of the biggest revelations to me was the carrot marmalade served with the chicken liver appetizer.  (You know who has LOTS of carrots; but marmalade is something I never considered.)

It turns out carrot marmalade is a "thing". I tried using a carrot marmalade recipe that I found through Google. Unfortunately, the recipe I tried ended up being just like any citrus marmalade, less about carrots than the citrus flavor. I'm going to try again using only carrots and make something more like a carrot jam.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Costco: Whole Fruit Push-Up Pops are NOT Outshine

I really, really, really hope Costco brings Outshine fruit popsicles back.  The Whole Fruit Organic Juice popsicles that Costco has now are NOT a substitute for the pops from previous years. These Whole Fruit pops have an interesting taste, richer than apple juice alone, but they don't have "whole fruit" as in pieces of real fruit.  The Whole Fruit pops come in packages of 24 for $9.99.  They're not bad, but, to me, just not great.

We liked the Outshine pops last year so much that at the end of the season, I filled up my chest freezer with boxes and boxes.  But they're long gone now. I respect that Costco is being sensitive to younger customers by providing organic products, but please bring back the Outshine pops.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Great Allergy Medicine Placebo: Nature Made Vitamin D3 at Costco

My friend has terrible spring allergies that turn into asthma. And so do I. At lunch a couple weeks ago, she told us that her pulmonologist suggested she take vitamins C, D, and B12 during the spring allergy season.  Another friend eating lunch with us is a dietician, and said, "Well, you'd just pee out any extra C and B, and you probably wouldn't take enough D to hurt you.

When I got home, I did some Googling and discovered that the Mayo Clinic has done a ground breaking meta analysis of vitamin D research and found a link between lack of vitamin D not just to skeletal disorders but possibly also to wheezing and other allergy problems.  Here's the link. I admit I didn't read the entire study.

I was impressed enough that the next time I visited Costco, I looked for D vitamins and found these charming little jellied candies. (I would only be happier if they were gummy bear shape.)

I started taking 2 a day, the recommended dosage and my allergies did get better.  To happen this quickly, I believe this has to be the placebo effect, but I don't care.

Costco price is $ 11.99 for 275 Nature Made gummies.  Flavors are strawberry, orange and lemon.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

LaLicious Sugar Kiss Souffle Scrub at Costco

I saw LaLicious Sugar Kiss Souffle Scrub at my Nashville Costco for $20.00 and thought about trying it, but didn't.  A week later I saw it in Spartanburg, SC, Costco for $14.99 and had to try it.

At check-out, the women on the register told me it was wonderful, and I agree.  They also indicated that it was a great price, and that's true too.  On the Internet I saw it usually for around $30.00; although, that big on-line retailer with free shipping has it for $25.00.   

This is the stuff my pedicure place rubs in your legs if you get more than a "basic" pedicure.  I like the smell, and it not only exfoliates, but works as a moisturizer as well.   I bought another jar on my way back through Spartanburg, because:

Unfortunately, the posted price has that tell-tale little Costco asterisk in the upper corner that implies the product will not be back.  I hate it when I find a product at Costco, learn to love it, and then it disappears, which happens ALL THE TIME.  Then I have to end up paying full price somewhere else.  (I guess it's good for products to try to get into Costco for even a short time, as I'm sure this happens to everyone.)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fitbit at Costco

Pretty often I'm thrilled when a Costco product turns out to be even better than imagined.  This happened recently with the Fitbit.  Costco has these high-tech pedometers for $94.77.  I've wanted one for a while, when I saw they were at Costco, I grabbed one.

You place the Fitbit on your wrist, and the Fitbit sends the number of steps you walk to your iPhone. You can use the Fitbit app on your phone as a food diary, too.  

I had an ulterior motive for the Fitbit, I thought it would be perfect for my 94 year old Dad, so I got him one as well. Now, we're Fitbit friends, and, since he's so competitive, he's beating me in number of steps taken!

This was pretty easy to set up, but I found the wrist snap difficult to maneuver. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Costco Coupons 4/10/14 to 5/4/14

The new Costco coupons (4/10-5/4/2014) are available on the Costco website.  I'm sure many of these products are ones that people like, but I didn't find anything that was exciting to me except $5.00 off a the photo books. (Limit 2).

My friend Linda, who takes lots of exciting trips, does a photo book at the end of each trip.  Her book makes a great souvenir, fun to use to reminisce and fun to share with friends. I'm not sure I'm organized enough to make a photo book, but I think I'll try because of this coupon.

For some of the products, like the photo books, you need to have the physical coupons or the coupons on a smart phone.  Extra coupons are not available at the Service Desk.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Emilie! Costco Birthday Cakes!

My daughter is down in New Orleans visiting her good friend Emilie!  It's Emilie's 40th birthday and guests have come from near and far to help her celebrate.  My daughter has been friends with Emilie for 25 years; and she likes Emily so much that she ended up married to her brother!  

Emilie comes from a family who knows and loves good food, so the fact that they choose a Costco cake is a great compliment to Costco. The chocolate decorations are lovely, I think. I'm not clear about the similarities or differences between the different Costco bakeries.  It seems that they would have uniformity, but I don't think I've seen this type of decoration at the Nashville Costco.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Costco New Locations Available at Addicted to

I don't know why it took me so long to realize Kimberly at Addicted to Costco had these great updates on Costco upcoming locations.   She's provided very important information that many people are searching.  This has got to be a complicated endeavor for her, and I'm picturing spreadsheets.

If you're wondering if your area is getting a new Costco,  she's got information on Japan and Korea as well as many US sites.

She's also got the closed for vacation data here.  This is a great resource.