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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2150 on: June 01, 2020, 02:28:02 PM »
My husband and I could not stop laughing last night at the enthusiasm with which our boy cat runs into the kitchen when we get the salad spinner out.  I can't believe he recognizes the sound of the salad spinner!  We use the spinner to clean all of his favorite brassicas as well as lettuce, which he also loves, so I guess the salad spinner is his Pavlov's bell now, and it's very cute and funny.

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« Reply #2151 on: June 02, 2020, 02:49:58 AM »
Yesterday I got a squirrel to eat nuts out of my hand.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2152 on: June 02, 2020, 04:27:20 AM »
The smell of warm rain at this time of year.  Lilac,  lily of the valley , honeysuckle, dogwood and viburnum are in bloom.  A sprinkle of rain mingles it with wet earth and it is glorious.

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« Reply #2153 on: June 02, 2020, 05:45:35 PM »
The little magazine our local electric cooperative puts out has some really tasty sounding recipes for summer squashes this month

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2154 on: June 02, 2020, 09:12:33 PM »
Playing tennis with the kids on the neighborhood court on a sunny evening. With school (almost) out!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2155 on: June 02, 2020, 11:48:40 PM »
Going through old photos and remembering good times.  Not that old, just a decade ago. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2156 on: June 03, 2020, 07:04:01 AM »
Last year I planted milkweed in my garden, and today I watched a monarch butterfly laying her eggs on it.  :)


This is awesome. What a great reminder too about the long-term benefits of actions. Thanks for the smile this morning.


The eggs hatched and the caterpillars are doing well!  They make me happy every day. 

                                         

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2157 on: June 03, 2020, 10:11:53 AM »
Sunlight falling on my clean dishes in the dish drainer makes my heart sing.  Don't know why, but it does.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2158 on: June 03, 2020, 01:53:22 PM »
Last year I planted milkweed in my garden, and today I watched a monarch butterfly laying her eggs on it.  :)


This is awesome. What a great reminder too about the long-term benefits of actions. Thanks for the smile this morning.


The eggs hatched and the caterpillars are doing well!  They make me happy every day. 

                                         

That's so exciting!  We have some surprise milkweed at our new house, and I'm really hoping that we get some monarchs this year, or eventually.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2159 on: June 05, 2020, 07:08:04 AM »
Sitting on the front porch during a gentle rain...watching a box turtle walk across the yard. Where to? No idea...but that little sucker moved like he was on a mission! Must be mating season...

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« Reply #2160 on: June 08, 2020, 06:14:54 AM »
Our library system announced that it will start curbside service next Monday. Yay!

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« Reply #2161 on: June 08, 2020, 06:46:30 AM »
Also, avocado toast for breakfast: 1/2 avocado, $0.50; 1 slice gluten-free bread, $0.25; butter, lime juice, salt, and chili-lime seasoning, $0.10.

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« Reply #2162 on: June 09, 2020, 09:16:42 AM »
Our library system announced that it will start curbside service next Monday. Yay!
I'm off this afternoon to pick up the first of my sweetie's curbside library orders. I think she's more excited about this than about our last vacation!

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« Reply #2163 on: June 09, 2020, 06:02:56 PM »
New neighbors moved in two houses down. Introduced ourselves. Noticed they had no furniture on their porch, so gave them a small wooden set we used before someone handed down a larger metal set.

+1 decluttering +1 neighborliness +1 paying it forward

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2164 on: June 10, 2020, 02:33:01 PM »
Eggs were nearing the end of their shelf life so spouse made a pineapple upside down cake

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2165 on: June 10, 2020, 02:35:36 PM »
My 11 year old daughter's absolutely delicious home made bagels.  They brought a tear to this transplanted New Yorker's eye.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2166 on: June 11, 2020, 01:46:12 PM »
My 11 year old daughter's absolutely delicious home made bagels.  They brought a tear to this transplanted New Yorker's eye.

Any chance of a recipe, @Hula Hoop ?

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« Reply #2167 on: June 11, 2020, 02:27:35 PM »
My 11 year old daughter's absolutely delicious home made bagels.  They brought a tear to this transplanted New Yorker's eye.

Any chance of a recipe, @Hula Hoop ?

Here you go:

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/bagels-366757

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2168 on: June 11, 2020, 02:50:11 PM »
My 11 year old daughter's absolutely delicious home made bagels.  They brought a tear to this transplanted New Yorker's eye.

Any chance of a recipe, @Hula Hoop ?

Here you go:

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/bagels-366757

Thanks!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2169 on: June 13, 2020, 09:45:20 AM »
My 11 year old daughter's absolutely delicious home made bagels.  They brought a tear to this transplanted New Yorker's eye.

Any chance of a recipe, @Hula Hoop ?

Here you go:

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/bagels-366757

Thanks!

@Hula Hoop These bagels are SO GOOD.  And super easy!  Thanks again for the recipe!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2170 on: June 13, 2020, 09:58:58 AM »
Keto pancakes in my new-to-me-free cast iron skillet.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2171 on: June 13, 2020, 10:18:52 AM »
Keto pancakes in my new-to-me-free cast iron skillet.

Recipe please?

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« Reply #2172 on: June 13, 2020, 02:38:05 PM »
Fruits are in season and instead of paying $4/125g box of blueberries, they are now $1/box. Iím buying several boxes and freezing the fruit for smoothies. So refreshing when itís 32C/92F and humid!

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« Reply #2173 on: June 13, 2020, 11:56:18 PM »
Keto pancakes in my new-to-me-free cast iron skillet.

Recipe please?

4 eggs
1/2 block of cream cheese, softened
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 c almond flour
(I added a tsp of vanilla on the second batch)

Blend up together, then cook in a hot skillet with melted butter. They are the fluffiest keto pancakes I've found yet. Very close to regular pancakes!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2174 on: June 14, 2020, 07:54:57 AM »
Fruits are in season and instead of paying $4/125g box of blueberries, they are now $1/box. Iím buying several boxes and freezing the fruit for smoothies. So refreshing when itís 32C/92F and humid!
Our service berry bush/tree is heavily-laden with fruit, as is our mulberry tree.  A few more days and we can start harvesting!

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« Reply #2175 on: June 14, 2020, 07:56:43 AM »
Our service berry bush/tree is heavily-laden with fruit, as is our mulberry tree.  A few more days and we can start harvesting!

On a similar note... we planted Nanking Bush Cherries when we moved into our house a few years ago. THis year was their first really good year of production. we have had delightful cherries all week, and the raspberries are almost ready to replace them.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2176 on: June 14, 2020, 09:14:40 AM »
Keto pancakes in my new-to-me-free cast iron skillet.

Recipe please?

4 eggs
1/2 block of cream cheese
1 tsp baking powder, softened
1/2 c almond flour
(I added a tsp of vanilla on the second batch)

Blend up together, then cook in a hot skillet with melted butter. They are the fluffiest keto pancakes I've found yet. Very close to regular pancakes!

Thanks.  I'll have to remember to buy cream cheese next time I shop.  What is the weight/volume of your cream cheese blocks?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2177 on: June 14, 2020, 09:29:22 AM »
Keto pancakes in my new-to-me-free cast iron skillet.

Recipe please?

4 eggs
1/2 block of cream cheese
1 tsp baking powder, softened
1/2 c almond flour
(I added a tsp of vanilla on the second batch)

Blend up together, then cook in a hot skillet with melted butter. They are the fluffiest keto pancakes I've found yet. Very close to regular pancakes!

@okcisok -- have you by any chance made this with other flour substitutes like coconut or sunflower seed flour?  Do those work as well?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2178 on: June 14, 2020, 12:44:20 PM »
It's persimmon season. I LOVE persimmons.

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« Reply #2179 on: June 14, 2020, 11:39:22 PM »
When you can't travel, look at forgotten pics from previous trips.  This was found in a snap from a TV at a bar in Canada:



I guess that I should... stay away from Oklahoma?  :)

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« Reply #2180 on: June 15, 2020, 06:03:57 AM »
When you can't travel, look at forgotten pics from previous trips.  This was found in a snap from a TV at a bar in Canada:



I guess that I should... stay away from Oklahoma?  :)

Heck, I might just start stealing cars and going on adventures inspired by the contents! That sounds like an evil genius starter kit!

Yesterday I got my dog to sniff a newly opened peony, and this morning I'm enjoying the cool breeze while I have my coffee. This makes me realize that I may be past my "going on adventures to become or thwart evil geniuses" phase of life. So be it :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2181 on: June 15, 2020, 11:48:51 AM »
@okcisok -- have you by any chance made this with other flour substitutes like coconut or sunflower seed flour?  Do those work as well?
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Not yet. I just happened to have almond flour on hand, and that's what they called for.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2182 on: June 15, 2020, 11:50:34 AM »


Thanks.  I'll have to remember to buy cream cheese next time I shop.  What is the weight/volume of your cream cheese blocks?
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8 oz blocks, so 4 oz for the recipe.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2183 on: June 15, 2020, 03:05:00 PM »
Since earlier in the year I've been waking up earlier and feeling better because of it. Was once a 10AM kind of person if left to my own devices. Now its 6-something.

Am enjoying sitting on the front porch, reading, starting the morning with a tall ice water and watching our dog inspect the front yard. Don't worry, dog is not in danger. Big front yard. Won't got the road without me.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2184 on: June 16, 2020, 05:43:28 AM »
the smells from the flowering trees and shrubs in our neighbourhood have been fantastic this year.  Right now it is late lilacs and black locust and wild roses and peonies.  The peonies are out of this world.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2185 on: June 16, 2020, 06:57:51 AM »
I get a kick out of growing things, especially if it's free.   Vegetables from seed, fruit trees from seed, ornamental bushes from cuttings, etc.
Planting a tree from a tiny seedling and watching it grow to maturity knowing it will long outlive you is also satisfying.

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« Reply #2186 on: June 16, 2020, 09:33:35 AM »
Laughing at our dog and cats.

Dog will lay on the front porch in the morning and when a tractor appears in the field 3/4 of a mile away our "vicious guard dog" will bark at it.

Then the tractor will disappear behind the hill or the trees and dog is content. Then the tractor makes another pass - and the dog has to announce it.

And then the tractor disappears again - dog happy again. Eventually she'll give up and accept that the tractor will come and go as it cuts the hay.

Animals can be so entertaining. Also - the cats ambushing each other as they move around the house.

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« Reply #2187 on: June 16, 2020, 09:47:43 AM »
Harvesting salad greens from the patio

Rain, rain, rain

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« Reply #2188 on: June 16, 2020, 10:12:10 AM »

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« Reply #2189 on: June 16, 2020, 04:40:08 PM »
Love the cartoon!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2190 on: June 18, 2020, 09:55:41 AM »
A good sharp kitchen knife.

I am making dinner and chopping away, often with a dull knife.  I have really good knives, and when they are sharp, dinner prep is SO MUCH easier. 

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« Reply #2191 on: June 18, 2020, 02:02:58 PM »
A good sharp kitchen knife.

I am making dinner and chopping away, often with a dull knife.  I have really good knives, and when they are sharp, dinner prep is SO MUCH easier.

For me, sharpening the knives is a happy process in itself.  Meditative, zen-like, and with a good result if you do it right. :)

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« Reply #2192 on: June 19, 2020, 05:49:57 AM »
Chasing my dog around the dog park while making kissy noises in a game of "If I catch you, I'll kiss you". I'm super dignified that way.

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« Reply #2193 on: June 21, 2020, 12:37:25 AM »
Chasing my dog around the dog park while making kissy noises in a game of "If I catch you, I'll kiss you". I'm super dignified that way.

Yesterday, we played a variation of this game at home. I curled my hands into monster claws and pretend stomped around while yelling "IMA!! GONNA!! KISS!! YOUR!! TOEBEANS!!" while my dog danced around ecstatically, daring me to catch her.
No toebeans were harmed in the playing of this game. (Or actually kissed, either). Also quite dignified, as I always am at home.

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« Reply #2194 on: June 21, 2020, 05:55:34 AM »
Chasing my dog around the dog park while making kissy noises in a game of "If I catch you, I'll kiss you". I'm super dignified that way.

Yesterday, we played a variation of this game at home. I curled my hands into monster claws and pretend stomped around while yelling "IMA!! GONNA!! KISS!! YOUR!! TOEBEANS!!" while my dog danced around ecstatically, daring me to catch her.
No toebeans were harmed in the playing of this game. (Or actually kissed, either). Also quite dignified, as I always am at home.

I love this community. Whether it's people sharing stories about their furry comic relief, or LindaNorway sharing details of her idyllic life hand-feeding squirrels or skiing to work, I feel like we understand and appreciate one another, and that makes me happy.

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« Reply #2195 on: June 21, 2020, 07:33:04 AM »
I love this community. Whether it's people sharing stories about their furry comic relief, or LindaNorway sharing details of her idyllic life hand-feeding squirrels or skiing to work, I feel like we understand and appreciate one another, and that makes me happy.

Happiness is finding your communities.  When I go to the community garden plots and look at all the asparagus and rhubarb and masses of vegetable goodness, I feel like I am surrounded by my tribe.  Even though I have actually met only 8 of them.  Same feeling at my choir, or my fibre group.

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« Reply #2196 on: June 21, 2020, 11:29:03 AM »
Chasing my dog around the dog park while making kissy noises in a game of "If I catch you, I'll kiss you". I'm super dignified that way.
this is so cute! Love it.

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« Reply #2197 on: June 21, 2020, 12:01:09 PM »
A good sharp kitchen knife.

I am making dinner and chopping away, often with a dull knife.  I have really good knives, and when they are sharp, dinner prep is SO MUCH easier.

For me, sharpening the knives is a happy process in itself.  Meditative, zen-like, and with a good result if you do it right. :)

I collect pocket knives so I've taught myself how to sharpen them (and my kitchen knives too).

I have a flat steel with rounded edges, a rounded, tapered  steel, and a ceramic rod.

Sharpening my knives is relaxing and satisfying.

I enjoy it and am  pretty good at it.

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« Reply #2198 on: June 21, 2020, 12:07:50 PM »
It's persimmon season. I LOVE persimmons.

I've eaten them a few times when picked right off the tree.

My friend's aunt  grew them  in her side yard.

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« Reply #2199 on: June 22, 2020, 07:59:02 AM »
Chasing my dog around the dog park while making kissy noises in a game of "If I catch you, I'll kiss you". I'm super dignified that way.

I do the same thing with neighbour's husky, yelling "catch that butt, ima catch that butt!". She'll finally let me catch her great big hairy husky butt for a full on butt scratch. It's a totally mutual chase game where she's just pretending to not let me get her butt, because any other time she'll actually back up to me for butt scratches. Husky butts are hilarious, great fuzzy, floofy, waggy things!