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Old 03-09-2009, 11:35 PM   #61
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This place looks nice and the prices aren't bad! DH would love it. His grandparents immigrated from Germany and he loves German food. His mom cooked a lot of traditional German meals. I Google mapped it and it's only 64 miles from our home. Might be worth the trip.
It's well worth the trip. I've driven there from NoVA a couple of times, and we've really enjoyed it. The wild game menu is fantastic and tres cool, and the Schweinebrauten is to die for. Go for it.
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Black walnut ice cream.

My husband gave me black walnut ice cream for Valentines. Love that man and his splurges.
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Tried a new restaurant which was a bit pricier than our usual lunch places. Even had to pay a parking meter, so you know it was special!
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Going out to dinner is a favorite.

Also, going to the local theater for a play. Always a great time!
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This place looks nice and the prices aren't bad! DH would love it. His grandparents immigrated from Germany and he loves German food. His mom cooked a lot of traditional German meals. I Google mapped it and it's only 64 miles from our home. Might be worth the trip.
We've been going there for years, although not often as it is a bit pricey, and have never been disappointed. It is not a chain, it is a family-owned business so methinks that makes a difference.
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I splurged a bit at Wallymart today..Bought me 1 extra pair of shorts for the summer. Doin my part to stimulate the economy.
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It's well worth the trip. I've driven there from NoVA a couple of times, and we've really enjoyed it. The wild game menu is fantastic and tres cool, and the Schweinebrauten is to die for. Go for it.
Looks like a great place to spend an overnight, as well, especially if you're planning a trip to visit some of the nearby sites, which are also within an hour's drive from me in Arlington. I'm thinking I should go to this place before I splurge one of these days and go to the Inn at Little Washington.
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SecondCor521 wrote, Real vanilla in the cookies I bake.

2Cor521, wait till you try double-strength vanilla. If you are watching your dollars, it is pricey, but...well, just try it. I did and could never go back to regular. Plus, a bottle of it lasts longer than regular vanilla.
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SecondCor521 wrote, Real vanilla in the cookies I bake.

2Cor521, wait till you try double-strength vanilla. If you are watching your dollars, it is pricey, but...well, just try it. I did and could never go back to regular. Plus, a bottle of it lasts longer than regular vanilla.
Hmmm. Regular vanilla is pricey enough. I paid $8.99 I think for a small bottle and my LBYM muscles could barely put it through the self checkout. But I've decided it's worth it if I really want the cookies to taste good. (This is the reason I refuse to fly first class until I can afford it the rest of my life. Until you try something you don't know what you're missing :-).

Anyway, where does a person find this double-strength stuff? All my local grocery store had was the regular and the imitation stuff.

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A bright pink beach towel to be used on my upcoming, not-LBYM tropical vacation. This is my first-ever beach towel and it is exciting!

Also, I am fan of live classical music. Opera, chamber music, oratorios, etc. It's usually under $40 and I always have a great time!
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A bright pink beach towel to be used on my upcoming, not-LBYM tropical vacation. This is my first-ever beach towel and it is exciting!
Have you been living at Pt. Barrow?

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I do live in a very cold state. It's currently 12 degrees and blowing snow. I think it may possibly dip below zero tonight.

Hence the tropical vacation. Although it will set me back a little on savings (and makes me feel very guilty in a down economy), it's very much needed for my sanity.
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I do live in a very cold state. It's currently 12 degrees and blowing snow. I think it may possibly dip below zero tonight.

Hence the tropical vacation. Although it will set me back a little on savings (and makes me feel very guilty in a down economy), it's very much needed for my sanity.
GoodSense, I completely understand your need for a tropical break, It's the first beach towel part that confused me.

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GoodSense, I completely understand your need for a tropical break, It's the first beach towel part that confused me.

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I have been too cheap to buy a real beach towel. All of my towels are old bath towels that are falling apart with holes - I'd like to think of them as "heirlooms" passed down from family.
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I do live in a very cold state. It's currently 12 degrees and blowing snow. I think it may possibly dip below zero tonight.

Hence the tropical vacation. Although it will set me back a little on savings (and makes me feel very guilty in a down economy), it's very much needed for my sanity.
I'm guessing you live in or near Minnesota. I'm in east-central Wisconsin and that cold is coming my way. It'll be at least -10 windchill when I get out of work thursday morning. I, in my 29 1/2 years, have never owned a beach towel. The closest 'real' beach is in Chicago. Only been there once and only been to any beach 4 times in my life.
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I'm guessing you live in or near Minnesota. I'm in east-central Wisconsin and that cold is coming my way. It'll be at least -10 windchill when I get out of work thursday morning. I, in my 29 1/2 years, have never owned a beach towel. The closest 'real' beach is in Chicago. Only been there once and only been to any beach 4 times in my life.
from one arctic tundra to another!

Current temperature is -14F with windchill. I think about buying a beach towel every summer when I swim in the lakes here. But summer is so short usually when I get around to it the season is over.

Try to stay warm!
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Hit a 1/2 price sale at goodwill - bought some books and CDs I would NEVER buy at full price and maybe not even at goodwill prices. BUT, at 1/2 off the low, low goodwill price, just had to pull the trigger. Found hardbacks (copyright 2004 and newer) for 1/2 of $1.00 to $2.99. CDs 1/2 of $2.99. Filled up a couple of bags and stayed way under $50. Should provide a month's entertainment. Talk about guilty pleasures!
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Double Strength Vanilla and Other Stuff that Makes Food More Luxurious

[Anyway, where does a person find this double-strength stuff? All my local grocery store had was the regular and the imitation stuff.

2Cor521,

Here is where all the herbs, spices and flavorings in my house come from:

PENZEYS Spices Home Page

They carry a 16-oz jar of double vanilla (which lasts me about 4 years, and baking is among my favorite hobbies) for $46.95 plus s/h. Hey, that's under my arbitrary $50 limit! They carry smaller jars, too. I would put a sample of the 2X vanilla in a little bottle and send it to you, but that would mean asking for your address which I suspect is "not done" on this forum.

I am also a huge fan of their Vietnamese cinnamon. Man, will that stuff make your house smell good.

I have decided that using top-drawer flavorings isn't a luxury, but a way of life. Saying this, I am not disparaging your frugality, at all--I know well what it is to count your money and put stuff back on the shelf. (And I have never flown 1st class, and don't expect to).

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