We are die hard Costco fans and even though the portions/quantities are large for two people, we manage! We love their coffee beans, tortilla chips, uncooked tortillas, pecans, etc. And we buy all our meat at Costco. I have a vacuum sealer and when we buy a large quantity item we divide into smaller portions and vacuum seal. I buy sliced Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese and it comes in a huge package. If I vacuum seal smaller portions of the cheese, it lasts forever.
Same with the uncooked tortillas–the package contains two inner packages of 22 tortillas each and doesn’t out date until May 18. We will eat that many tortillas in six weeks but I still divide and vacuum seal in packages of 11 each–they seem to stay fresher that way.
I divide all the meat into meal sized portions and vacuum seal. I love their pecans and refuse to buy them anywhere else even though we live in a large pecan producing area of Arizona. Two pounds of pecans at Costco runs about $15. The pecan sellers at the local farmers markets charge $10-12 per pound. The pecans purchased in any grocery store are just plain icky!
On Tuesday when I was checking out at Costco I noticed when the vanilla in my basket went across the scanner--$34!!!! I immediately said, “wait, wait!!” The Costco employee said, “that’s what vanilla costs these days.” I said, “well, I don’t want it, let me think about that one for a while!” I haven’t purchased vanilla in over a year–Costco vanilla has a long out date and lasts us for at least a year. Here’s an article about why vanilla costs so much these days. I’m going to see what vanilla costs in Mexico!! (remember my links show up in almost the same color type as all the rest of the words–click on the words “article about why…… above)
Judy, the librarian at our local library where I volunteer on Thursday mornings told me out of county people could obtain a Tucson library card with slightly limited privileges. So, while in Tucson yesterday we visited a branch library and I’m now the proud holder of a Tucson library card which allows me access to many more eBooks.
I also visited a quilt shop–The Quilt Basket–a very busy Bernina selling shop. Right inside the front door they had a large display of Laura Heine fabric and patterns for her collage quilts. Laura is a fabric designer, teacher and owns Fiberworks Quilt Shop in Billings, MT.
And we did a little damage to the credit card at Home Depot–that concluded our busy Tucson day.
Today was a stay at home day at last! Sunday and Monday we drove to Tombstone for the horse trailer deal, Tuesday it was Tucson–it felt good to be at home today. I did routine, mundane chores all day–laundry, house cleaning, etc. Made granola and fed us lunch. I also planted the herbs and lettuce we purchased at Home Depot yesterday–in pots so the bunnies don’t have snacks! The Cowboy has been on the roof most of the day–he said his brain hurts from figuring all the angles and corners involved in fixing the roof which joined the two houses–let’s just say the former builders needed some roof building lessons!
Moon going down over the Dragoons a while back.
Snow in the Chiricahuas.
Life is good!