Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Treat Yourself !

I love making my husband a special treat. Perhaps it's something that he has recently requested, or something that I know he loves, but we haven't had in awhile. I also love to treat my children. And I admit, I don't forget to treat myself.



Recently, I found these adorable little half pint Ball jars. I treated myself to a four pack. I shared one with Autumn, and gave one to my Shoebox Swap partner. I saved the other two for myself.
Aren't they cute?








I don't have to have coffee or tea on a daily basis.
It's really more of a treat for me. A few years ago, I bought myself this little four cup coffee pot. It makes precisely two mugs of coffee. Verne prefers his coffee back, while I like French vanilla or hazelnut. Having my own coffee pot allows me to brew myself a treat anytime the mood strikes. Since I don't drink it often, I only buy these little packs of flavored coffees. The new Ball jars hold one package perfectly! I drink one cup while it's hot, and save the other for later in the day.





I like to use Stevia in place of sugar in my coffee. One pack is perfect. However, look at the new Splenda that I found! Now I can swipe a cup of Verne's regular coffee, and sweeten and flavor it all in one step!









If it's a chilly day, I heat my second mug of coffee in the microwave around 3 PM. One piece of sugar free chocolate is a nice accompaniment to the coffee. If it's a warm day, I like to fill a pint jar with ice, and pour the cold coffee over it. Add a little heavy cream, give it a stir, and I've got a low carb iced coffee! Mmmmm....








I recently discovered Mary Jane's Farm magazine. I treated myself to the back issues. If you haven't yet discovered Mary Jane for yourself, check her out here.

How do you treat yourself?

16 comments:

Kelli said...

Ooh...great treats, Tracy! I'm going to have one of the those iced coffees tomorrow..yum! I will also be looking for those flavored splendas, very neat!

As for treats I like new writing paper, candles or stickers. I really love stickers..LOL.

Kelli
P.s. Don't worry, Fern only knocks over cups that are full of drinks! I will move the lamp over closer to the middle of the table though..hehee.

Haus Frau said...

I use Stevia too, in iced tea. My coffee gets half & half - my big morning thrill. :o)

Treats. Hmm. Paper napkins with pretty graphics. Extra large iced tea at It's A Grind near Trader Joe's. Starbucks tall white mocha fat free with whip decaf five pump. But mostly I like to treat Clark and El...and others ;o)

Penless Thoughts said...

Enjoyed your treats.
Susan

Beck said...

Iced coffee - mmm!

Lori said...

Love all your treats.

I have to admit. I treat myself too.
Things I treat myself to:
cup of chai tea or capicinno
eating a dessert of some sort
anything chocolate
reading a book
new clothing item
new shoes
I also like to treat my family.

Ways of Zion said...

When the children go down for "rest time" after lunch, I put the kettle on and make a nice cup of tea. Then I sit in my favorite chair in the living/playroom put on some soothing music or a Bible tape and close my eye so I can't see the toys ;-) and relax.

Each time I've become preganat (like right now) I go and find a nice maternity shirt for a treat.

Starbucks caramel Mochiato (I don't know how to spell it)

Swiss Chalet dinner with the whole family! yummy!

Short Stop said...

Those little jars are adorable!! I love little containers like that...so useful and just FUN!

I treat myself to candles and Starbucks. I'm due to get my new Pumpkin Spice Candle soon. YAY!!! It makes my house smell SO good, and such a fun treat for me each year. And, well...Starbucks. You've already seen me go on and on about that one! :)

Anna S said...

I love iced coffee too, Tracy... though now I'm already looking forward to cold evenings and mugs of hot cocoa!

~Ginger said...

My biggest treat is a piece of pie now and then.

I don't really drink coffee either and I've really cut out the chocolate in my life. I enjoy some pumpkin spice cream flavoring in the fall.

I do LOVE a good candle. I think the fall smells are my favorite scents.

Gena said...

Tracy,

We are so similar! I, too, bought those adorable jars a while back. I am keeping them for gift giving (and a couple for me) this Christmas.

I also found the joys of iced coffee just recently. I only drink coffee when it is cold outside and I only drink iced tea (all year). But... my first taste of iced coffee has me hooked! It was delicious.

I loved seeing your treats for yourself. I think I forget to do that. I am always taking care of, and treating, my husband and children. I did go out to eat with my neighbor yesterday and that was wonderful.

For my treats, let's see... new books, magazines and candles. Oh, yes, and DARK chocolate. I love that.

Trella said...

What a great find, flavored Splenda!
I loved all of your treats!

VAIL said...

When I treat myself it usually involes Hot Chocolate or Brownies!

Paula said...

I TOO LOVE Mary Jane! I have both of her books. :) I was wondering where you got that adorable Ball jar for the button jar! Those are WAY CUTE!

Jodi said...

What a fun post (fun comments, too!). :o)

Mocha ~ Hot or Iced
A Chocolate Kiss
Lit Candles
A Good Book
New Yarn or Fabric
Music Playing ~ Classical or Hymns

Becky said...

In the winter, it is bubble baths with a good book. And candles.

In the summer, I love to stop for a treat at st*rbucks. I don't do it often, but as you saw in your date with Verne, having the frapaccino made by someone else is just so much better.

I treat myself to two magazines too - S. Living and BHG. The Butler calls them my guilt free vice.

Walks, by myself. That is a huge treat for me. That was even more of a treat when the kids were little and I could get away to clear my head and think deep thoughts.

Waffles with chocolate chips (and whole wheat flour and buckwheat flour and wheat germ - but chocolate chips!!!)

Ok, that is enough. I don't feel one bit guilty treating myself. I am worth it! And so are you!!!

I, like you, also get a thrill out of unique ways to treat my husband and kids. Surprises are the best.

carrie said...

Tracy,

Those are fun treats--thanks for sharing. Isn't the MJF magazine wonderful? You should check out her book!