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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #550 on: February 02, 2018, 04:29:25 PM »
-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.

Oooh, yum. One of our favorite appetizers is goat cheese crostini. Mix goat cheese, lemon juice, garlic & thyme. Spread & on lightly toasted bread for 8 minutes. So yum. We top with either thinly sliced cucumbers or pomegranate seeds. Great served with martinis. :-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #551 on: February 02, 2018, 04:30:15 PM »
Coming home from a long trip & seeing your kids for the first time in a week. Hearing all about their school fun, getting hugs, and just generally soaking in the love. Ditto for your spouse. :-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #552 on: February 02, 2018, 04:55:02 PM »
Eating homemade empanadas fresh out of the oven for dinner. Theyíre enough work that I donít make them often, but very much worth the effort when I do!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #553 on: February 03, 2018, 04:56:33 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.

Oooh, yum. One of our favorite appetizers is goat cheese crostini. Mix goat cheese, lemon juice, garlic & thyme. Spread & on lightly toasted bread for 8 minutes. So yum. We top with either thinly sliced cucumbers or pomegranate seeds. Great served with martinis. :-)

Mmmmm.  I love martinis.  Thank you for this tip!  I am so going to make those crostini.  Can you help me understand the 8 minutes?   

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #554 on: February 03, 2018, 07:51:09 AM »
Downloading my free Samsung Deal Kindle book each month.

At the moment I don't have so much time to read books, so this one book a month suits me fine and I hardly need to buy/get additional books.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #555 on: February 03, 2018, 08:32:21 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.

Oooh, yum. One of our favorite appetizers is goat cheese crostini. Mix goat cheese, lemon juice, garlic & thyme. Spread & on lightly toasted bread for 8 minutes. So yum. We top with either thinly sliced cucumbers or pomegranate seeds. Great served with martinis. :-)

Mmmmm.  I love martinis.  Thank you for this tip!  I am so going to make those crostini.  Can you help me understand the 8 minutes?

@Trifele - you bet. Here is the recipe. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/goat-cheese-crostini Quick & easy

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #556 on: February 03, 2018, 09:43:20 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.

Oooh, yum. One of our favorite appetizers is goat cheese crostini. Mix goat cheese, lemon juice, garlic & thyme. Spread & on lightly toasted bread for 8 minutes. So yum. We top with either thinly sliced cucumbers or pomegranate seeds. Great served with martinis. :-)

Mmmmm.  I love martinis.  Thank you for this tip!  I am so going to make those crostini.  Can you help me understand the 8 minutes?

@Trifele - you bet. Here is the recipe. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/goat-cheese-crostini Quick & easy

Thanks!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #557 on: February 03, 2018, 12:22:22 PM »
Using the online shopping service at the grocery store. I add things to my grocery list for a couple of weeks and when Iím ready I checkout online, choose a pick up time, drive to the store, and someone brings out the bags and loads them in the car.  This has eliminated virtually all impulse buying so Iím okay with the $5 fee.  I used to shop at 6am on Saturday mornings to avoid the crowds.  This morning I slept in until 7am, made some breakfast, and putzed around the house planning my day.  Went to get groceries and was home with everything brought inside in under 20 minutes.  Best thing ever.

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« Reply #558 on: February 03, 2018, 11:50:39 PM »
It was nearly 80 degrees today as we strolled through downtown with our visiting guests. Whee! They live in Wyoming, so they were ecstatic.

All meals this weekend will be scratch cooked from my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. Weekend meals for six with no shopping, score!

I walk DH to work at the crack of dawn each morning. We were thrilled to see the eclipse on Wednesday. We're usually the only ones out, but we ran into our neighbors who had gotten up early just to see the eclipse.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #559 on: February 04, 2018, 06:23:02 AM »
Repairing a wardrobe door with badly running wheels, without buying new wheels. Turned out there was a lot of sticky stuff in the aluminium rail. We took of the door and I cleaned the rails. Now it runs okay.

Cross country skiing in good trails in sunny, but cold weather.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #560 on: February 04, 2018, 06:29:10 AM »
Finding out that a friend wrote on his Linkedin profile that his new job is: "none at all, free as a bird". He is 10-15 years older than I am, so somewhere near fifty-five or sixty. I think he just went off with RE. Good for him.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #561 on: February 04, 2018, 07:24:43 AM »
Eating healthy. As long as you donít need organic/grass fed, eggs, chicken, beef, etc, is all pretty cheap compared to a lot of things. Frozen pizzas can be $8+ often anymore, while chicken is $2-$3/lb.

I have a gap hoodie my mom bought me around a decade ago. It probably wasnít ďsuper cheapĒ but itís my absolute favorite hoodie and has been since I got it. Still fits great and the quality of it is just top notch. Very dense fabric that has held up to tons of wear over the years.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #562 on: February 04, 2018, 07:49:54 AM »
When you check the advertisements from your supermarket for the next week and see soy yoghurt is gonna be on sale. That's perfect so I can try a recipe that someone suggested in the vegan thread!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #563 on: February 04, 2018, 12:20:29 PM »
Being given chocolate as a gift. So good!

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« Reply #564 on: February 04, 2018, 03:05:04 PM »
Getting an unexpected gift in the mail. Technically, it was for the kids & was from my parents. I love that moment right before they open it, and also when they tear it open & see what's inside.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #565 on: February 04, 2018, 04:39:08 PM »
Finding out that a friend wrote on his Linkedin profile that his new job is: "none at all, free as a bird". He is 10-15 years older than I am, so somewhere near fifty-five or sixty. I think he just went off with RE. Good for him.

Wow! Congrats to your friend!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #566 on: February 04, 2018, 04:48:43 PM »
My dog.

Her enthusiasm for a new day every morning.
How she can't walk because her tail is going TOO HARD when we come home at night.
How she makes the perfect pillow/arm rest/cuddle buddy.
Her old man grumbles when she's tired and cranky.
Her going to sleep dog noises.

Yep, basically my dog 24/7.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #567 on: February 10, 2018, 07:48:53 PM »
Coarse sugar? Haven't seen that one before I think. Was it the same thick pancake-like structure? Maybe it was just a simpler version indeed. This time I used cheese + nutella + peanuts as a topping, yum.

I was thinking of the thin oiled dough thing usually spelled murtabak, except with sugar. And now I realize that's usually called Roti Canai. So now I have to make and eat both versions!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #568 on: February 10, 2018, 08:33:12 PM »
Rain. Warm, gentle soft rain. All day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #569 on: February 11, 2018, 12:33:05 AM »
Rain. Warm, gentle soft rain. All day.

Farm girl. This is one of my absolute favourite things.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #570 on: February 11, 2018, 01:01:28 AM »
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #571 on: February 11, 2018, 01:06:50 AM »
I have some (free) zucchini from a friend's garden. We didn't have the energy to grow zucchini this year (we just did tomatoes) so it was really nice to get a surplus from someone else's yard. DH is now turning the zucchini into zucchini fritters. YUM

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« Reply #572 on: February 11, 2018, 01:15:46 AM »
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

Keep on using it and make it your own. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #573 on: February 11, 2018, 01:23:01 AM »
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

Keep on using it and make it your own. :)

Petrichor is both the best word and best smell.

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« Reply #574 on: February 11, 2018, 01:29:57 AM »
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

Keep on using it and make it your own. :)

Petrichor is both the best word and best smell.

We should have a Word of the Day thread.

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« Reply #575 on: February 11, 2018, 01:33:33 AM »
I would love to claim it, but the honour belongs to Aussies!
https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/.../petrichor-the-smell-of-rain.pdf

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #577 on: February 11, 2018, 02:11:02 AM »
Broccoli roasted with garlic and salt.

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« Reply #578 on: February 11, 2018, 03:09:09 AM »
Skyping with an old friend and feeling your heart grow.

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« Reply #579 on: February 11, 2018, 05:38:09 AM »

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« Reply #580 on: February 11, 2018, 09:01:31 AM »
Writing (and receiving) letters.

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« Reply #581 on: February 11, 2018, 09:44:28 AM »
Broccoli roasted with garlic and salt.

YES.

Also:
- listening to rain fall at night while lying in bed
- rising at 5am on the weekend to enjoy silence and coffee alone
- re-reading an old favorite book I havenít read in a few years
- helping someone out. I love helping friends move, babysitting on short notice, supporting someoneís  art in all forms, etc
- giving and receiving a good hug

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #582 on: February 11, 2018, 10:29:34 AM »
Feeling connected to other people.

Being proud of myself for some good reason.

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« Reply #583 on: February 11, 2018, 10:40:30 AM »
A slow weekend without commitments and errands.  Cooked my own food. Slowly. Even went to the library to borrow a poetry book. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #584 on: February 11, 2018, 05:35:29 PM »
A Slurpee, taken occasionally, perhaps once per month.  I guess that's true of any treat.  The rarity makes it more enjoyable.  Ooh, a strawberry cream slush from Sonic is heavenly, but more expensive.

You know what is the best food ever invented?  Frozen grapes.  Seriously.  Try it sometime.  They're as easy to eat as popcorn, and way tastier than any candy.

A slow weekend without commitments and errands.  Cooked my own food. Slowly. Even went to the library to borrow a poetry book. :)
We just got back from vacation, and had a Saturday with almost no schedule.  It was awesome.  We took the kids to a matinee of The Greatest Showman.  All 8 of us got to watch it and we spent less than $30.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #585 on: February 11, 2018, 09:59:27 PM »
Washing my own car, for some reason it's relaxing for me.

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« Reply #586 on: February 12, 2018, 04:17:16 AM »
Working at a different location than normal where they do have decent cappucino WITH cacao to sprinkle over it :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #587 on: February 12, 2018, 07:07:08 AM »
Even though a yearly check with the dentist is not exactly cheap, hearing him tell that my teeth are strong and healthy, makes me feel good. It certainly makes me happy not having to come back to get some holes drilled in my teeth.

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« Reply #588 on: February 12, 2018, 12:51:53 PM »
Washing my own car, for some reason it's relaxing for me.

Very much this!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #589 on: February 12, 2018, 10:12:30 PM »
Even though a yearly check with the dentist is not exactly cheap, hearing him tell that my teeth are strong and healthy, makes me feel good. It certainly makes me happy not having to come back to get some holes drilled in my teeth.

Preventative care is definitely cheaper than fixing problems later!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #590 on: February 13, 2018, 01:53:23 PM »
Watching the Olympics

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« Reply #591 on: February 13, 2018, 10:41:41 PM »
Taking warm laundry out of the dryer
Leaving the library with heaps of new books :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #592 on: February 14, 2018, 06:57:42 AM »
Watching the Olympics

Did you see any of the half-pipe? What they can do is just sick :)

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« Reply #593 on: February 14, 2018, 12:55:59 PM »
A free private tour of a local cave (my dh's family owned the cave/land for many, many years. The cave was closed up when they sold the land in the late 90's, and just opened up again a few years ago by the new owners. A local teacher has written a book about the cave's history - my husband's included in the book. :) I had never been to the cave, although I'd heard plenty about it from dh over the years.)

During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.

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« Reply #594 on: February 14, 2018, 01:23:17 PM »
Yoga.  Just starting to discover how amazing it is. 

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« Reply #595 on: February 15, 2018, 12:23:50 AM »
During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.

Cute. I would love to watch a bat sitting still some time. I have only seen them flying around in the very dark when they look like birds, but flying irregularly.

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« Reply #596 on: February 15, 2018, 08:57:01 AM »
Watching the Olympics

Did you see any of the half-pipe? What they can do is just sick :)
As a Dutchie most of the broadcasts focus on ice-skating but yes I've watched quite a bit of the half pipe too! Love it :)

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« Reply #597 on: February 15, 2018, 11:28:50 AM »
Finally, 20 years after moving to this country, I have borrowed my first library book. I had registered online some time ago, but didn't manage to log in online. I found out that the library has really long opening hours. So today I went there and got help to log in. Ordered the book I want to borrow in the future, but need to wait for. And borrowed 2 books that I can read during next week's vacation. All for free.

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« Reply #598 on: February 15, 2018, 01:49:37 PM »
During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.

Cute. I would love to watch a bat sitting still some time. I have only seen them flying around in the very dark when they look like birds, but flying irregularly.

It was very cool. :)

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« Reply #599 on: February 15, 2018, 06:53:35 PM »
Chocolate rice pudding