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Costco East Canada Weekend Update March 28th 2020

Hello there my Costco Family!

I just wanted to stop in here and say hi and see how you’re all doing!

As promised, I did not go to Costco today. And it was an odd feeling… I actually miss going to Costco multiple times a week. Costcohaulic, I believe is what I am.

We’ve been keeping ourselves busy here though, and I revived a not-so-old hobby of mine.

I broke out my camera on (what I believe was) Wednesday so I could ambush… I mean photograph all the cute little birds in our backyard.

 

The best lens I have for those kind of shots is a 50mm, and I’m really tempted to get a telephoto, or zoom lens so I can be a fair ways off and catch the blue jays or the squirrels… But still the chickadees were decent models. Once I settled my tripod down and got my remote plugged in and stopped moving, they started rushing the feeders… Of course not being totally co-operative and usually heading the feeder I wasn’t focused on. Still it was alot of fun to sit and watch them for a bit, they are very cute and funny little guys!

Our Robins from last year have also returned! They have built a nest in the same place they did last year (under our back deck) and have laid their eggs!

I think that’s really cool, I don’t know much about them or how territorial they are but still think it’s kind of neat to think that maybe we have return customers, or renters… or squatters…

Either way we love them. And as for rent? Seeing them bounce around the yard picking at the ground will suffice.

So I’ve been asking you all to contribute some favorite recipes for us all to share, I can’t just be the only one putting recipes up! Though I will admit Jan in Waterdown does a good job of sharing hers as well.

“Last night we had roasted pork loin & gravy with roasted root veggies (potatoes, carrots, rutabaga & a whole garlic head). I love it when the entire meal is done in the oven with not too much advance prep! I slathered the loin in Dijon mustard with minced garlic then rolled it in rosemary and thyme which forms a tasty crust and adds tons of flavour to the gravy.”

Jan that indeed does sound delicious!

Susan C. posted this link to a delicious looking scallop recipe. Click this link to follow through to it!

I do love scallops, I don’t eat them very often but they are delicious…

Thank you Susan for that link as well, I look forward to trying that out sometime in the near future when I can get my hands on some good scallops!

We opted for a rather simple meal tonight. I mean it’s Friday, I’m not at work, the cats aren’t at work, my partner’s not at work… We almost forgot it was Friday for crying out loud! So, Nachos it was! We found a recipe online for homemade Queso dip, and it was delicious (though, hold back on the salt folks… Ours was a little bit ummm, Salty! Unsalted Nachos next time, or zero salt in the cheese dip… Probably that route I think)

 

It was quick, it was relatively easy, and the clean-up just as much so… And who needs plates?! Just leave them nachos on the pan and dive right in!

Food aside, how are you all doing? I feel like we’re doing good, maybe a little stir crazy but otherwise, OK.

Playing & teaching lots of drums to my partner, reading alot more than usual… I (believe it or not) read and finished Anthony Bourdain’s “A Cook’s Tour” which somehow, had not read before… I’m astonished (likely as much as you are)

A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony ...

As I find most of his writing great, I was not disappointed. This book follows him (post Kitchen Confidential) through his first culinary world tour, adventures and mishaps. I loved every page, though I will point out that this (in some parts, as in most of his writing and shows) is not a book for the faint of heart, there are certainly some pages that are… well, graphic. I’ll leave it at that, and for you to discover. (And highly advise that you do, his writing is a fantastic lens into the food world, restaurant industry and it’s underappreciated & underpaid workers, and just the world in general from a very sarcastic and cynical standpoint… My favorite!)

My plan now is to finish the Jim Henson biography (half done, semi-forgotten about but also fantastic!), and then the Billy Joel autobiography (started, then put on the shelf for no valid reason… I love Billy Joel’s music, so no good reason to not finish the book. Sorry folks, but I have no excuses for that one.)

So I’ve got my next 2 books planned, what about you? Anyone got any good reading on the go as we speak??

As I’ve said with the recipes, please share them in the comments section and share favorite books & movies or TV shows as well! I’m happy to share them with everyone here so we can all get through this strange time together! We have been watching “the mentalist” lately, and it’s pretty good… It’s no “Castle” but it’s kinda quirky in a good way. “Castle” by the way, is fantastic… Might be time for use to start at the beginning and redo the whole thing! (we have time apparently)

So I think on that note folks, it’s time to say good night.

It’s been an interesting week, so many things are changing day to day and we’re all doing our best to adapt with those changes. It can seem exhausting, or at least to me it has been & I’m know it must be to others as well.

When it all seems like too much, come back here and take a look at these two cute cats and know that Dexter and Ewok are always here for you!

Share your recipes, share your favorite books, movies, mini-series, past-times. Share it all folks! That’s what the comments section is here for.

Ok, for real now I’m going to bed.

Be safe, healthy and kind. Good night Costco Family!

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  1. So Enjoy your Posts! My Name is Shirley,I’m a Costcohaulic too. Haven’t been in since the Epidemic but wanting to go so Bad. The Scallops at Costco are great, going to check out that recipe. Stay Healthy we need you to brighten Our Day.

    • Hi Shirley, That’s good to know & I’ll have to check out the scallops next time I go in for supplies. Thank you, you stay healthy and safe as well Shirley!

  2. Glad to hear you’re well & making the most of te self-isolation/not working situation. I agree with Shirley, Costco scallops are amazing. Farm Boy’s too. I have a great recipe brown butter white wine & garlic. Couldn’t your link to work. Do you know if Kingston Costco has early senior hours?
    Thanks again for uplifting posts & inviting us into your life thru them. Stay Healthy Happy & Safe

    • Hi Terri, yes Costco has been opening an hour earlier for seniors to shop which is great news. Mmmmm I love browned butter, it is a fantastic base to many, many great dishes. I agree that farm boy does have great seafood, the fish always looks nice and fresh plus they always seem to have a decent variety of oysters. Thank you for your support, stay safe and healthy!

  3. Hi
    For a delicious break from meat, try chickless pot pie by Trisha Yearwood. Even meat lovers love this one.
    Great pics of the birds and your cats❤️
    Thanks

  4. Hi. My name is Jan. And I’m a Costcoholic too.
    There…. I finally admitted it. That’s the first step to recovery. 🤔 but who wants to?! 😂
    Thanks for mentioning my pork “recipe”. I should give Susan’s scallop recipe a try since there’s been a big bag (from you know where) in my freezer since they were on special ages ago! One “benefit” of self iso has certainly been using up stuff in my freezer and I only have the one at the bottom of my newish fridge. And speaking of that, we bought it almost a year ago and I ❤️ it! It’s a Fisher & Paykel and I can’t recommend it enough.
    So tonight is takeout. We’re trying to support our local Waterdown businesses and have THE best little burger joint. It’s owned by a lovely Persian couple who have set up a system whereby we order & pay online then upon arrival at their establishment, we phone them from the door, then they pass out a bag o’ goodies via gloved hands. Easy peasy and minimal contact…. win win!
    Stay safe & sane eh?!

    • Hi Jan! I hope you enjoy the scallops when you try them. Let me know. They’re so simple. My sister Deb and her guy Luc lived in Waterdown for many years before moving themselves and their business to the Prescott area in 2015. Visited a few times – lovely town.
      Stay well!

    • That’s a great way to help support local business, and crucial right now! I know a handful of our restaurants in town are doing the same.
      Stay safe, and enjoy finding all the treasures hiding in that freezer!

      • Treasures?! You may not believe this but I have the top of our wedding cake in my freezer…. a fruitcake (HATE fruitcake lol) made by my nana. We were married in 1971.

        • Well I’m onboard with the fruitcake comment Jan, no thanks! 49 year old cake huh??? Elaine from Seinfeld had an encounter with old cake as well…

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  5. Hi! Thanks for the great update and suggestions. I’m mostly reading light stuff right now, as I tend to do in stressful times , so won’t make any recommendations from my current readings (unless anyone is really interested in light but good romance recommendations 🙂 ). However, when asked by someone a couple of years ago for a book recommendation, I said I found “Lion” really fascinating. It’s the true story behind the 2016 movie with Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. As soon as I saw the movie I bought the book because I wanted to know more about this truly incredible story of survival.
    I don’t watch TV but do check out Netflix periodically. I recently finished Season 1 of “Virgin River” and can’t wait for Season 2 – but will have to of course. 😉 I started “The Kominsky Method” with Michael DOuglas and Alan Arkin and it’s a hoot!
    Will send more recipes another time. Time to get off my butt – too long on my laptop.

    • That’s great Susan C. Thank you for the recommendations, I’ll add them to the list! I also have to stay aware of how much time I’m spending on this thing, I’m used to being on my feet all day too so this is hard!

  6. Hello, great post, love your photos. Excellent idea for us to share recipes.

    Below is a little humorous thing I found on the internet. Take care everyone 🙂

    Heard on TV, in this time of Coronavirus staying at home we should focus on inner peace. To achieve this we should always finish things we start and we all could use more calm in our lives.
    I looked through my house to find things i’d started and hadn’t finished,so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a few battles of Bilge Winey, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how fablus I feel rite now.

    Sned this to all who need inner pess.
    An telum u luvum.
    And two hash yer wands, stafe day avrybobby

  7. Hey back at ya! I’m sitting here waiting for my sweetie to pick up the burgers. I had to lookup Prescott…. that’s a bit of a move from here! Would their business have been something I would know? If you prefer not to mention it here, that’s ok! Yep, Waterdown is nice and friendly but unfortunately growing by leaps and bounds which makes for traffic woes and loss of green space, ah well… Cheers and take care eh?!

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