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Monday, June 23, 2008

When we were kids, it was milk and cookies, but now that we're grown ups, our treats have changed haven't they? Those little endulgences that get us through the day. Okay, maybe not.

Even in these days of escalating gas prices, we haven't lost our need for a tangible reward. A pat on the back, a little item or service that says, "Hey, you work hard. Good job."

For me, it's my cinnamon latte, for Kristin it's a manicure, for Colleen, it's good coffee, and for Di it's . . . well, forgive me, Di, but Taster's Choice does not count. You'll have to come up with something else.

Some people have an occasional massage, others treat themselves to a game of golf (which incidentally, sounds too much like excercise to be a treat, but what do I know?)

So, gas is $4.00 a gallon, but we still need something don't we? What little luxury are you reluctant to give up? A monthly shopping spree? A weekly sitter for a few hours of sanity? Come on. You can tell us about the stash of expensive chocolates you're hiding in your cupboard. We won't tell a soul.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:27 AM  
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At 9:43 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

This will surprise you all, I know, but it's whipped cream.

Whipped cream spells party. Whipped cream says life is good. Whipped cream says let's leave the boring behind and have a real life.

Okay, so I have issues.

Here's the deal. I recently discovered a dessert that has chocolate AND whipped cream and--are you ready for this--very few calories!

Buy chocolate graham crackers, and spread low fat whipped cream between two crackers. Stick it in the freezer and you have a low-cal ice cream sandwich!! The trick is eating one instead of, well, four.

Yep. It's whipped cream. Hands down.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Low Fat whipped cream is not whipped cream! LOL Cream is fat. Whatever that is, it isn't whipped cream. LOL

D hit the nail on the head for me. It's good coffee, in my case, freshly roasted beans from Echo Espresso in Phoenix! My fave is their World Blend. It's sooo smooth and not bitter, just like Kona coffee. Love it!

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Laurien said...

Books. It doesn't matter how broke I am I will always find a way to buy a new book.

At 10:04 AM, Blogger WK said...

Hummm, I don't think I have a food that I consider a must have treat. My treat is books. I treat myself to books. You'd think since food is just food for me, that I'd be skinner.....hummm wonder how I go so big then? I blame my kids....LOL

But if I had to pick a favorite food, well I can't. I'm a crave eater I guess you'd call it. Lately my body has craved fruits so that's what I eat, soemtimes I crave veggies and that's what I eat, sometimes it's chocolate....etc. I figure whatever I'm craving must mean my body desires that.

Other than Chocolate milk, and/or plain whole milk( I can't drink that fat free, skim, stuff. I gotta have whole) there really isn't any one thing I keep in the house all the time.

WendyK*rather sad isn't it?*

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Well, it's called whipped cream, but whatever it is, I love it! :-)

But you all raise a great point. Books. That's my non-food must have. No matter how many I have, I always want more. Sigh.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I would have to say non food it would be my library membership. With all the books my family reads, I can't afford to buy books. We buy our absolute favorites.

Also, scrapbooking. I have recently discovered it and am addicted.

Food-anything chocolate. Lately my favorite has been a tortilla on the grill with marshmallow and chocolate inside. YUM!

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

My indulgence that I rarely let myself have is a pedicure. Yeah, I know they are only $30 or so, but I have 3 kids and they are just low on my list, mostly because of time! Oh, but to sit in that massage chair and let my poor feet soak, what fun!! And I get cute toes at the end!

Oh, and anything chocolate with caramel. MMMMmmmmmMMMM! Ooey Gooey Caramel!

I am also with those who say a good book!! I get a lot of books from garage sales (go figure!) or the library, so to go into the store and buy some is a treat! (I usually have a long list of ones I want for my hubby at b-day and christmas time...)

At 2:25 PM, Blogger WK said...

You talking about a pedicure....well I had to visit the dentist back at the new year, need to go again. Anyway they laughed at me, because while have 6fillings done, they put the massage on the chair and I fell asleep. Hey I had been helping to care for my mom, then my motherinlaw and with the kids and hubby and fatherinlaw and stepdad thrown in I was tired and it was the first time I had a "quiet" moment to myself for what seemed like a LONG time. So now they say that I'm the only person they know of who goes to the dentist to relax and go to sleep.

For some reason your post made me think of that. Sad huh?

What does that say about me that I can go to sleep at the place most people hate to visit?


At 3:20 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

One of my few indulgences, other than books, are Brach's mellowcreme pumpkins. I won't tell you how many bags of them I buy during September and October and hide to keep all to myself. *grin*

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Chai lattes in the winter and chai fraps in the summer. Far too expensive for what it is, but it's so delicious and it's a definite comfort drink.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Books are the ultimate indulgence! A latte only lasts and hour or so, but a book can take you someplace else for hours. Priceless!

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Gracie said...

One of my favorite treats: hot chocolate. Not the Nesquik stuff that you buy and heat up in the microwave. I mean real hot chocolate. Dark chocolate shavings which you melt over the stovetop with milk until it's creamy and frothy. Then you melt a huge marshmellow (the best are made from only egg whites and sugar) over the top and drink deep.

My problem for this treat is twofold: a package of dark chocolate shavings can be pretty expensive, as can real marshmellows. And I live in Southern California, where cool days are rare.

The solution? Unsweetened cocoa powder, sweetener, ice, and milk. Blend. It results in a frothy, cool mix that's perfect for drinking. Ahhhh.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

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At 7:58 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Pepsi and white t-shirts!

I know, neither sounds like much of a luxury, but I grew up as a PK and have a guilt complex when it comes to spending money. I shop discount and no-name brand for most items, but no off-brand cola will replace the fizzy, sugary refreshment of a cold glass of Pepsi. If they stopped making it tomorrow, I think I would have to be hospitalized for withdrawals.

And the white t-shirt thing? They're comfy and they go with everything. My favorite casual look is a crisp, 100% cotton, white t-shirt w/ a pair of comfy jeans and white tennis-shoes. I have several white tees and yet, when I see another one, I must have it - especially if it's on sale!

At 7:58 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

Well, it used to be Krispy Kreme's chocolate covered cream filled donuts, but then I discovered that I indulged myself far too often and was never going to lose the baby weight (OK, so my baby is turning 8 next month....) so I gave them up and turned to Lucky Brand clothes. I just got an order delivered today as a matter of fact. And free shipping, lol (my other vice). I love their clothes....they makes me feel not quite so

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Right now another one of mine is fresh vegetables. I'm on an anti-inflammatory diet that controls leptin. I actually feel great after only two days on it!

At 12:04 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Books. Definitely books.

At 1:09 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

A new book and a new C.D!

At 1:15 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

Sarah, a good glass of Pepsi makes any day better. I'm with you on that! :)

In addition, I also love a tall glass of sweet tea. I can't live anywhere but the South because of it! ;) it's a comfort drink and I have to have it year round. Just hook me up to an IV of it and I'll be fine.

At 1:18 AM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

firstly we aussies would almost kill for gas to cost $4 a gallon which is $1 a litre. we are paying around 6.80 a gallon or 1.70 a litre to hit $2 by christmas thats $8 a gallon. but i digress!
I have a weekly bubble bath in winter to indulge (but alas the landlord is taking away my bath and we wil have a nice new bathroom with a good shower! i want my bath)
I agree books. I tend to spend more than I should. and in the city i tend to like caramel chews they are bars of chewy caramel covered in chocolate (from New Zealand) The are a treat as I dont go very often.

At 1:26 AM, Blogger Beth said...

AusJenny, I'm glad you mentioned the fuel price. If you hadn't I would have.

Yes, books for me is something I just can't live without (speaking of which, just in the last week I've ordered from 3 different stores. I hate to think what my credit card bill will be like).

As for food indulgence - TimTams - the double coat ones!
I'm such an Aussie!! ;)

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

We're now $9.90 a gallon in Turkey--and life goes on...! Traffic continues to be horrendous no matter what the price of oil is! Oh for $4 a gallon, though...! (Sorry it's so expensive in Australia, too.)

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Trish Perry said...

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At 12:29 PM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Sorry about that post by Trish. Serves me right trying to update her brand new blog ( and post a comment here at the same time. Won't let me be signed in as 2 people at once...ruins the fun! :)

Anyway....hmm, that little guilty pleasure I can't surrender...even if it means I'll have to walk to the grocery store or church? :)

It'd have to be the Moose Tracks Mint ice cream. One spoonful of that decadent, smooth, creamy confection and I'm floating away on a cloud of euphoric delight.

If not that, then those chewy caramels that melt in your mouth. I could roll one of those around in my mouth for at least 15 minutes of enjoyment. :)

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

My indulgence is scented candles. I love them, burn them almost every day even in summer, and stockpile them when I find them on sale.

My husband swears I'll burn the house down one of these days, since I have been known to run off and leave a candle burning. : {

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Oops. I talked about books but forgot to mention this: Kahve Dunyasi (Coffee World), a great coffee shop in my neighborhood, has a chocolate fondue (with strawberries and bananas as dippers). It is to die for.... The creamy, dreamy chocolate comes from a chocolate fountain.

LOL. Oh, well. Telling you about the fondue pretty much ruins any chance--now and in the future--I have to get "pity" or "sympathy" from all of you for living "overseas" (and paying $9.90 a gallon for gas). Yep, I'm really suffering horribly, aren't I? LOL.

At 11:40 PM, Blogger Annie said...

ok, so for me it is definitely my Peppermint Lattes at starbucks or It's a Grind... MMMMMmmmm.... and it doesn't help that there's a drive-thru right by my apartment on my way to work!! Oh well... another indulgence, like many of you have said is books, and i do enjoy a good manicure or pedicure...

a massage is definitely high on my list. I love just having my entire body's kinks and knots massaged away. mmmm... maybe I'll make an appointment for next week!!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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