Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Grand Parisian Salad at Costco

Salad is a good thing. And ready made salad can be even better. Yes, we have all the individual ingredients for our daily dinner salad - lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, dried cranberries, feta cheese, nuts of some sort or other, and usually a balsamic dressing. During the summer months we are fortunate to have enough garden space in our tiny garden for a tomato plant and cucumber vine. When we were in Costco for the first time last week, we came across the Grand Parisian Complete Salad. It has everything in it that we store individually. So we decided to get a couple packages to see how it tasted. It was really quite good! That same day we got a container if feta cheese for when we have to go back to the old way of doing things. I'm thinking we got a deal on the packaged lettuce, but I'm really not sure. Either way is pretty simple, but I'm always on the hunt to make things even simpler. What could be better? Someone is bringing the salad to our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cuties Are Made For Kids?

We always had fruit in the house. Watermelon is one of my favorites. Every afternoon I have a sliced apple after lunch and every evening we have some sort of fruit to munch on while watching TV. It usually consists of at least three different varieties - melon, cherries, grapes, strawberries... Once in a while we have oranges. But not just any kind of orange. I really don't care for the big ones because it's too much and too messy. But what I really like are the tiny little ones that are easy to peal, are juicy, and very tasty. When we went to Costco last week we found some "small quantities" of some things - including the oranges. But when I got home and had the first one, I noticed the sticky tag on one. It said "cuties are for kids." When I looked at some of the other tags, they all had different pictures with the Internet address of I haven't looked at the website but only know that you don't have to be a kid to enjoy these little treats. Yes, it's a gimmick as is everything else. But it's a cute one. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Text Message From Milwaukee

The other day I received an unexpected text message from someone in Milwaukee. I used to work at the same place as this person, and he is someone that I continue to see when we visit Wisconsin. In fact, I saw him in July when we traveled there for our annual trip. Because we lived in the Midwest for thirty years, there are several special folks we make sure we see. So whenever I hear from him, the conversation starts at the same place it ended. He travels to Pittsburg regularly but can never seem to find the time or have the inclination to travel another few miles to the nation's Capitol. As it was, he was at Reagan Airport waiting to switch planes on his way to Pittsburg. I was impressed he was actually in town, but of course I berated him for not letting me know sooner - even though it would not have made any difference. The one thing I remember most about him was that he would impersonate John Wayne's walk, and try to talk like him. But even more, he always had a very pleasant demeanor about him. But don't let him know I think that. I do miss some of the characters I knew when we lived there. But I am also glad that he remembers to send a note here and there. It brings a smile to my face. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives in DC With a Stop In Milwaukee

It has arrived! The Capitol Christmas tree originated in Minnesota this year. This I know because my friend who hails from there informed me about it. She went to see it get unloaded from the flat bed truck on Friday. Before it arrived here, it passed through Milwaukee en route to DC. I read about it on line in the Milwaukee Journal last week. There was a lot of fanfare for it downtown there. (The photos are from the Milwaukee Journal). I feel a bit of a connection to it now! Today we walked over to the Capitol see how far the progress is with the decorations. There were a lot of very large branches on the ground. A forklift was hovering about with a workman skillfully filling in the bare spots. Most of the Westlawn was fenced off and of course there was police presence. In less than two weeks it will be completely decorated for the official lighting scheduled on December 2 at 5PM. Then, you can get close up and personal and see the ornaments that come from all over the country. When we first moved here, we went to one of the official lighting ceremonies, but since then I've always been at work at 5 PM. Maybe we will make it this year since I'm on an eight hour shift now. Things do keep getting brighter - especially this time of the year. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

That Darn Eggplant - Harris Teeter Here We Come

I am getting tired of going to grocery stores. I shouldn't complain because my husband always does the grocery shopping. As an added bonus, he LOVES to cook, so I am off the hook for that too. So I have become extremely lazy in this department. But since we are having five people over for Thanksgiving, we needed to pick up a few things. A week or two ago we got our whole turkey in a bag at Target. I love this bag thing because it is so much easier, and it is the one thing that I have the responsibility for. Yesterday we spent what seemed to be a  day in Costco. We decided to finally become members and try the place out for the first time. It was great for large bulk non perishable items, but not so good for a few little things. So after brunch this morning in McLean, we stopped at Safeway and got the gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and sliced ham -  but the eggplant just didn't look any good. I knew what that would mean - a trip to Harris Teeter. Yes, they did have the best looking eggplant. And I know someone who loves pumpkin pie so we had to get one of those. And then a little milk would be needed for the mashed potatoes. And a little yogurt is always nice. When does it end? I guess never - not as long as there are holidays and stomachs to fill. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Costco Adventure

It's been a week for adventures. We tried our first Uber trip, went to Constitution Hall for the Billy Joel Gershwin concert, and got Costco cards. When we first came to DC we went to Costco with our family members and were overwhelmed by the size and amount of STUFF. Back then, they needed diapers and did a lot of hosting for large parties. It's been awhile since then, so we decided to give it another try. We ordered our Costco cards on line, paid the $55.00 annual fee, and they arrived in the mail this week. So we drove over to Pentagon City in Arlington today and first stopped to get the mandatory photos taken. My husband had a big list of things he wanted to get for Thanksgiving, but it turns out the amount and quantity of the items really is much too much for a single dinner for only six people. But we did stock up on a lot of non perishable household items, and ink cartridges for my printer, and calcium pills and baby aspirin, shaving razors and toothpaste, etc. The parking lot was packed, and the place was filled - even though some of the aisles looked empty. The grocery section was the busiest. I do need to spend some time on the website to see what kinds of things are available. I don't see us going back very often, but I do think we already got our savings from just one day. The best part is we found our favorite cheese and got a whole wheel of P'tit Basque. I still have to use Amazon for K cup decaf tea, Britta filters, and Bali's and Nips treats. Why doesn't any one place have everything we need? That would be just too easy.