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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #500 on: January 24, 2018, 10:09:56 AM »
Baking bread at home with my sourdough starter named Rodger.

This made me laugh out loud!  My mom had a sourdough starter named Herman.  I guess when those guys are around long enough they become part of the family. :)

He's a good pal! I've only had him for about 6 months, but his parent is 5 years old. He's my very favorite blob of flour, water, and bacteria. His farts taste amazing and I get giddy after feeding him when I see it gets all frothy and happy looking.
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« Reply #501 on: January 24, 2018, 12:54:38 PM »
Finding fresh deer tracks very close to the front door of our house.

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« Reply #502 on: January 24, 2018, 01:20:19 PM »
Listening to someone "tell on themselves" - telling us a story about some experience, usually a mistake they learned from and that we can learn from too. Sometimes these stories can be really funny. Then getting tickled and having the laughter/giggles resurface all evening.

One example was about a guy who tried to pet a squirrel on a camping trip. Another was DIY home improvement mistakes.

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« Reply #503 on: January 24, 2018, 04:24:45 PM »
Walking my dogs early in the morning when the streets are quiet, then having a cup of coffee when I get back home

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« Reply #504 on: January 24, 2018, 04:42:55 PM »
Baking cookies from the cookie mix in the mason jar, our friend's kids gifted us for Xmas. Today on a rainy, cold day with hot tea - indulgence. Mr. R. was happy to get a whiff of the cookie baking when he came home from work. Happiness:)

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« Reply #505 on: January 24, 2018, 06:24:29 PM »
When I'm browsing the "what's avaliable" section of the library, and find a book I've been waiting to read. For free! It makes the library feel like magic

Ooooh that's a good one!

I love my library's reserve service. I get to choose my books online, they find them on the shelves and set them aside, and my husband grabs them on his lunch break (he works bear the library, I don't) - perfect! FREE books and then I don't even have to store them in my house afterwards :D

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« Reply #506 on: January 24, 2018, 07:31:58 PM »
When I'm browsing the "what's avaliable" section of the library, and find a book I've been waiting to read. For free! It makes the library feel like magic

Ooooh that's a good one!

I love my library's reserve service. I get to choose my books online, they find them on the shelves and set them aside, and my husband grabs them on his lunch break (he works bear the library, I don't) - perfect! FREE books and then I don't even have to store them in my house afterwards :D

OMG I love placing holds at the library!!!

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« Reply #507 on: January 24, 2018, 08:12:24 PM »
When I'm browsing the "what's avaliable" section of the library, and find a book I've been waiting to read. For free! It makes the library feel like magic

Ooooh that's a good one!

I love my library's reserve service. I get to choose my books online, they find them on the shelves and set them aside, and my husband grabs them on his lunch break (he works bear the library, I don't) - perfect! FREE books and then I don't even have to store them in my house afterwards :D

OMG I love placing holds at the library!!!
I'll add the ebooks to this list as well. So easy to check out from a couch, download and read immediately! All for free!!

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« Reply #508 on: January 27, 2018, 03:19:30 AM »
Baking scones in the morning.

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« Reply #509 on: January 27, 2018, 04:25:25 AM »
Baking scones in the morning.

My dad baking his famous lemon blueberry scones. Yum!!

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« Reply #510 on: January 27, 2018, 06:14:51 AM »
Walking down to the road in the pre-dawn morning to get the newspaper, and hearing the rooster crowing from the farm across the valley.

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« Reply #511 on: January 27, 2018, 09:10:51 AM »
I just made Indonesian martabak manis.

It's cheap to make, delicious and an excellent excuse to get in touch again with all my Indonesian friends by sending them a picture and asking how they are doing.

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« Reply #512 on: January 28, 2018, 07:24:57 AM »
The weather outside was foggy, so we had no view. It as looking depressive. But we still prepared ourselves for a cross country ski trip. We drove to the local golf course with free parking and went skiing from there. Pretty good snow conditions. It was positive to be skiing. We came back in a good mood.

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« Reply #513 on: January 28, 2018, 08:49:37 AM »
I just made Indonesian martabak manis.

Oo, I've only had that in restaurants. Do you have a recipe?
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« Reply #514 on: January 28, 2018, 09:03:41 AM »
I just made Indonesian martabak manis.

Oo, I've only had that in restaurants. Do you have a recipe?

Yes! I used this one and it turned out almost the same as I've had them in Java!
http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/indonesian-sweet-martabak-terang-bulan-439412

Today's cheap thing that made me happy was inviting two Russian Couchsurfers to my place. We had a load of fun last night drinking a beer and eating the martabak at my place and I showed them around my city this morning. It was my first time being a host (have surfed in the past) and it was a great experience! Saved them the money of the hostel and they got me some beers, a coffee and an invitation to St. Petersburg in return :)

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« Reply #515 on: January 28, 2018, 09:16:08 AM »
Seeing this mug at Starbucks.  I didn't buy it (even though it was on clearance) because I don't like the handle, BUT I'm going to use my ceramic pen to make one of my own on a plain colored mug I already have at home.  I think it's an excellent reminder to keep on my desk at work.

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« Reply #516 on: January 28, 2018, 01:40:00 PM »
Butter. Room temperature, kept in a butter dish, non-store-brand butter.

I'm in my 30's and I had no clue how different brands of butter could be. Even the ubiquitous Land-o-Lakes stuff is good. And the price difference between blah store brand and a good but still common brand is maybe $1/lb. For a little more you can get European butters with higher fat content that have usually been cultured.

It doesn't matter much for baking, but an extra dollar for a month's worth of butter is super cheap and worthwhile if you butter your toast.

All that time I ate Great Value brand butter... jesus the years of flavor I missed out on. Spend that extra dollar, and get a butter dish.

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« Reply #517 on: January 28, 2018, 01:57:48 PM »
Butter. Room temperature, kept in a butter dish, non-store-brand butter.

I'm in my 30's and I had no clue how different brands of butter could be. Even the ubiquitous Land-o-Lakes stuff is good. And the price difference between blah store brand and a good but still common brand is maybe $1/lb. For a little more you can get European butters with higher fat content that have usually been cultured.

It doesn't matter much for baking, but an extra dollar for a month's worth of butter is super cheap and worthwhile if you butter your toast.

All that time I ate Great Value brand butter... jesus the years of flavor I missed out on. Spend that extra dollar, and get a butter dish.

This is my butter dish and I <3 it.  It was $6.99 at World Market, and it is always full of delicious Kerrygold butter.  It makes me smile every time I use it.

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« Reply #518 on: January 28, 2018, 04:06:30 PM »
I can't believe I just now discovered this thread! Reading through it has been so much fun.

On my list right now:

My son asking to "kiss the baby" (I'm expecting) and talking to my belly.
Having a freezer well-stocked with meals for the nights I'm too tired to cook (and to keep my husband fed during my upcoming trip)
Toasted, homemade sourdough bread with good butter.
Watching the sunrise from our deck.
Wearing the perfectly beat up/broken in boots I bought 8 years ago - they only get better with age.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #519 on: January 28, 2018, 06:01:27 PM »
Butter. Room temperature, kept in a butter dish, non-store-brand butter.

I'm in my 30's and I had no clue how different brands of butter could be. Even the ubiquitous Land-o-Lakes stuff is good. And the price difference between blah store brand and a good but still common brand is maybe $1/lb. For a little more you can get European butters with higher fat content that have usually been cultured.

It doesn't matter much for baking, but an extra dollar for a month's worth of butter is super cheap and worthwhile if you butter your toast.

All that time I ate Great Value brand butter... jesus the years of flavor I missed out on. Spend that extra dollar, and get a butter dish.

This is my butter dish and I <3 it.  It was $6.99 at World Market, and it is always full of delicious Kerrygold butter.  It makes me smile every time I use it.

Gorgeous butter dish, @chaskavitch.

I had to switch from using a flat butter dish with a domed lid to a tub-style dish with a flat lid after 90 per cent of my guy friends proved themselves incapable of placing the lid over the butter. Instead, I'd find the lid jammed on and in the butter. >.< 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #520 on: January 29, 2018, 05:54:17 AM »
Butter. Room temperature, kept in a butter dish, non-store-brand butter.

I'm in my 30's and I had no clue how different brands of butter could be. Even the ubiquitous Land-o-Lakes stuff is good. And the price difference between blah store brand and a good but still common brand is maybe $1/lb. For a little more you can get European butters with higher fat content that have usually been cultured.

It doesn't matter much for baking, but an extra dollar for a month's worth of butter is super cheap and worthwhile if you butter your toast.

All that time I ate Great Value brand butter... jesus the years of flavor I missed out on. Spend that extra dollar, and get a butter dish.

This is my butter dish and I <3 it.  It was $6.99 at World Market, and it is always full of delicious Kerrygold butter.  It makes me smile every time I use it.

Gorgeous butter dish, @chaskavitch.

I had to switch from using a flat butter dish with a domed lid to a tub-style dish with a flat lid after 90 per cent of my guy friends proved themselves incapable of placing the lid over the butter. Instead, I'd find the lid jammed on and in the butter. >.<

Yeah...I can see that happening once our toddler is old enough to get his own butter.  At least the butter is still delicious!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #521 on: January 29, 2018, 06:15:06 AM »
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« Reply #522 on: January 29, 2018, 06:33:58 AM »
This is my butter dish and I <3 it.  It was $6.99 at World Market, and it is always full of delicious Kerrygold butter.  It makes me smile every time I use it.

mmmmm, Irish butter :-)
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #523 on: January 29, 2018, 07:14:15 AM »
Friendship! Free, yet priceless.

Especially frugal friends!

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« Reply #524 on: January 29, 2018, 11:35:44 AM »
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« Reply #525 on: January 29, 2018, 12:28:23 PM »
My Amco stainless steel measuring cups. I really fancy measuring cups for some reason (good childhood baking memories?). I've had them for 10+ years and they're just flawless and beautiful and I love baking with them.

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« Reply #526 on: January 29, 2018, 12:40:59 PM »
My Amco stainless steel measuring cups. I really fancy measuring cups for some reason (good childhood baking memories?). I've had them for 10+ years and they're just flawless and beautiful and I love baking with them.

Measuring cups seconded. I have some bright orange measuring cups/spoons from the 70's that belonged to my grandparents. I love that there are 2/3 and 3/4 cups included in the set. I will never give them up for anything in the world. They've helped me make memorable, perfect meals, and then many many disasters.
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« Reply #527 on: January 29, 2018, 03:34:11 PM »
My Amco stainless steel measuring cups. I really fancy measuring cups for some reason (good childhood baking memories?). I've had them for 10+ years and they're just flawless and beautiful and I love baking with them.

Measuring cups seconded. I have some bright orange measuring cups/spoons from the 70's that belonged to my grandparents. I love that there are 2/3 and 3/4 cups included in the set. I will never give them up for anything in the world. They've helped me make memorable, perfect meals, and then many many disasters.

Time for me to leave this thread before my dissatisfaction with my measuring cup situation pours out!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #528 on: January 29, 2018, 04:19:34 PM »
Hot baths, with Epsom salt from Costco.

Water's included in my rent, so it doesn't cost me anything to run a nice, hot bath with tons of Epsom salt. I bought myself a cheap (but really pretty) bath caddy off Amazon for Christmas and I can set up my laptop or my book and just watch/read while I soak. It's so nice.
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« Reply #529 on: January 29, 2018, 06:16:32 PM »
You enjoy your bath salts.  Isn't that illegal?  :)

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« Reply #530 on: January 29, 2018, 07:35:10 PM »
Hot baths, with Epsom salt from Costco.

Water's included in my rent, so it doesn't cost me anything to run a nice, hot bath with tons of Epsom salt. I bought myself a cheap (but really pretty) bath caddy off Amazon for Christmas and I can set up my laptop or my book and just watch/read while I soak. It's so nice.

OMG FREE WATER???? Jealous! I am the bath queen and I hate how much it costs but I just can’t say no.

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« Reply #531 on: January 29, 2018, 07:53:18 PM »
Learning something new that changes everything I thought I knew.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #532 on: January 29, 2018, 11:35:34 PM »
Hot baths, with Epsom salt from Costco.

Water's included in my rent, so it doesn't cost me anything to run a nice, hot bath with tons of Epsom salt. I bought myself a cheap (but really pretty) bath caddy off Amazon for Christmas and I can set up my laptop or my book and just watch/read while I soak. It's so nice.

OMG FREE WATER???? Jealous! I am the bath queen and I hate how much it costs but I just can’t say no.

Ooh we have a well with a pump so its almost free... I handn't considered that people actually pay money for water.. How naive is that?

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« Reply #533 on: January 29, 2018, 11:44:24 PM »
Taking a nap in the middle of the day cus I can..:)

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« Reply #534 on: January 30, 2018, 01:11:58 AM »
Hot baths, with Epsom salt from Costco.

Water's included in my rent, so it doesn't cost me anything to run a nice, hot bath with tons of Epsom salt. I bought myself a cheap (but really pretty) bath caddy off Amazon for Christmas and I can set up my laptop or my book and just watch/read while I soak. It's so nice.

OMG FREE WATER???? Jealous! I am the bath queen and I hate how much it costs but I just can’t say no.

Ooh we have a well with a pump so its almost free... I handn't considered that people actually pay money for water.. How naive is that?

We used to have a pump as well, and a septic for the grey water. Now we have a house with communal water where we pay for the water and we pay for an equal amount of water for the sewage system. Even if we drink some of the water or spray it into the garden.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #535 on: January 30, 2018, 03:26:36 AM »
The forecast for the next 5 days is below 30C!!!!!!!! I am so happy about this.

Also, it's really quite cool now so the house is cooling down nicel from the recent heatwave. And we've had heaps of rain for the past couple of days so we won't need to water our garden for quite a while now.

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Cool! What new thing did you learn? (if you don't mind sharing)

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« Reply #536 on: January 30, 2018, 03:34:00 AM »
The forecast for the next 5 days is below 30C!!!!!!!! I am so happy about this.

Also, it's really quite cool now so the house is cooling down nicel from the recent heatwave. And we've had heaps of rain for the past couple of days so we won't need to water our garden for quite a while now.


Isn't it glorious?

The cool change is just coming through here.

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« Reply #537 on: January 30, 2018, 03:39:13 AM »
The forecast for the next 5 days is below 30C!!!!!!!! I am so happy about this.

Also, it's really quite cool now so the house is cooling down nicel from the recent heatwave. And we've had heaps of rain for the past couple of days so we won't need to water our garden for quite a while now.


Isn't it glorious?

The cool change is just coming through here.

It's pissing down here. And the breeze going through the house has a definite chill to it. Bliss! I might even sleep a bit better with these cooler temps.

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« Reply #538 on: January 30, 2018, 05:36:11 AM »
I read “below 30C” as “minus 30C” and for a second wondered who in their right mind would be glad that it was so friggin freezing cold. Then I realized you’re talking about temperatures being in the 20s and everything suddenly made sense.

My cheap happy thing currently is hanging out under my warm fluffy comforters because it is currently very cold here.

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« Reply #539 on: January 30, 2018, 06:41:03 AM »
I read “below 30C” as “minus 30C” and for a second wondered who in their right mind would be glad that it was so friggin freezing cold. Then I realized you’re talking about temperatures being in the 20s and everything suddenly made sense.

My cheap happy thing currently is hanging out under my warm fluffy comforters because it is currently very cold here.




That's 9:30 pm.  Its not getting any cooler tonight.

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« Reply #540 on: January 30, 2018, 08:56:10 AM »
Went to bed an hour early last night b/c my wake up time is fixed (work).

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« Reply #541 on: January 30, 2018, 09:43:56 AM »


Cool! What new thing did you learn? (if you don't mind sharing)

Most recently (as in the past month), that my low carb diet that I've been on for years is dangerous and that a plant-based diet is much better/healthier (though I did lose a lot of weight on the low carb diet, so that was a plus).  It was very hard for me to admit this to myself, as I've always been a pretty heavy meat eater.  As I age I get more and more concerned about these things, seeing relatives get cancer, etc.

All that said, I sort of meant my statement in general -- I love learning something that changes my previous assumptions.  It's a good feeling when you change your mind on something that you were clinging to, almost a freeing feeling.  I'm happy to say I've remained open minded enough that this has happened to me continuously through life.

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« Reply #542 on: January 30, 2018, 11:24:35 AM »
Snow mornings or watching a blizzard from indoors

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« Reply #543 on: January 31, 2018, 03:36:21 PM »
Yes! I used this one and it turned out almost the same as I've had them in Java!
http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/indonesian-sweet-martabak-terang-bulan-439412

Thanks, Hirondelle! I think I thought I was asking about something else -- I've had a plainer martabak with coarse sugar in Malaysian restos -- but now I wanna try this one!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #544 on: January 31, 2018, 04:07:45 PM »
-A great night's sleep
-Sourdough toast with melted butter
-Getting the perfect ratio of milk in your morning coffee

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« Reply #545 on: January 31, 2018, 04:50:15 PM »
Getting up at O-My-Gosh-fourty-five and going for a hike up the mountain to the west of town this morning with my 13-year old and a few other friends to try to see the lunar eclipse. We saw it leaving the house to drive to the trailhead (about 1/3 eclipsed), then had no moon as we hiked because it was already behind the mountain, then got to the summit and found the moon had disappeared in an unfortunately placed cloud bank. However, we had a lovely hike up the trail with headlamps, a pretty hike down, and were perfectly positioned to watch the sunrise over the eastern part of the state in a blaze of reds and pinks and oranges and yellow.

Got home, and my sweetie had already made the coffee. Plus, by 7 am I had done plenty of exercising for the day, thankyouverymuch.

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« Reply #546 on: January 31, 2018, 07:37:17 PM »
Watching puppets play D&D on Twitch. The hours of laughter are better (and cheaper!) than therapy!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #547 on: January 31, 2018, 10:16:11 PM »
Watching last nights super blue blood moon.  Eclipses are always fascinating to watch.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #548 on: January 31, 2018, 10:35:21 PM »
Trying out a new recipe and having it turn out perfectly.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #549 on: February 01, 2018, 04:15:54 AM »
-Sourdough toast with melted butter

This is truly spooky, MBM . . .  I just logged on to post this exact same thing . . . Sourdough toast with melted butter.  I'm having it right now for breakfast.

Another yummy option -- sourdough toast with goat cheese and honey.