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Window Shopping for Christmas

The way I avoid spending money and acquiring more stuff than I need is window shopping, usually through catalogs and websites.

If it's catalogs, sometimes I cut out the pictures of the things I want and glue them into a scrapbook. Online, I store the pictures in a folder called My Catalog of Things. This is as satisfying for me as buying the items, and I go back years later and am happy that I didn't buy those things. Once in awhile, I do end up owning an item from my pictures, and I think that means I really wanted it.

If you and I went shopping today, we'd go to Cost Plus, and I'd get these fun things:

Cute casserole dishes:



Gingerbread House Bundt Cake Pan:

This looks like it'd be a nightmare to get the cake out of. They supplied a picture of the finished product that I suspect is Photoshopped.



$14.95 for a cookbook devoted to Ebelskivers? They are a form of pancake originated in Denmark cooked in a special pan. It's hard to imagine why they deserve their own book, but I haven't seen the book in person.



But this is Christmas shopping, so the price doesn't matter, it's the thought that counts.

On the way home, let's stop at the Zombie Apocalypse Store here in Las Vegas.

They sell survival gear: food, flashlights, ponchos, water purifying pouches, fun stuff like that, and funny tee shirts and bumper stickers. I'm not a fan of the concept of zombies, but there's some good ideas there for my own emergency planning.



Take a look at these MRE (Meals Ready-to-Eat) menus. They sound very tasty.


8 oz Entrée (6 varieties, 2 of each in every case, total 12 MRE kits per case. Cheese Tortellini with Marinara Sauce. Beef Stew with Potatoes and Vegetables. BBQ Chicken with Black Beans and Potatoes. Chicken Noodle Stew with Vegetables. Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Veggie Crumbles. Chicken Rice with Vegetables. Vegetarian Chili. Lentils Stew with Potatoes and Ham. Pinto Beans Stew with Ham. Sausage Gravy and Biscuit. Maple Oatmeal with Brown Sugar. Dry Fruit ( banana, papaya, pineapple, etc) 2 oz Raisins & Mix Nuts or Flour Tortillas.
2 oz Sugar Cookies. Drink Mix (Flavors: orange, lemonade, pink lemonade, strawberry, grape, fruit punch) Accessory Pack (spoon, coffee, sugar, creamer, salt, pepper, napkin, moist towelette) Comes with heaters.

The heaters are neat - you add water and they get really hot. Their official US Government name is Flameless Ration Heater (FRH).


I love the part about the rock. I can imagine the word-smithing that went on before it was agreed this was the way to communicate the goal.


posted on Nov 29, 2012 1:32 PM ()


I like stuff that makes daily chores and storage easier, so I am always marking things in the dozen catalogs I get. One daunting factor is postal charges. I am about to make an order soon. Watch this space.
comment by tealstar on Dec 16, 2012 7:05 AM ()
When I get serious about ordering from catalogs, I make a spreadsheet that allows me to compare the shipping charges as well as the pricing for those items that are available from more than one vendor.
reply by troutbend on Jan 3, 2013 4:50 PM ()
I hadn't heard of Ebelskivers. Interesting!
comment by kristilyn3 on Dec 6, 2012 11:44 AM ()
I was perfectly content with the one recipe for them that I have, but now that I know there is a whole cookbook out there, my life is not complete.
reply by troutbend on Dec 15, 2012 1:44 PM ()
You can't be too prepared against zombies. They seem to be everywhere.
comment by boots586 on Dec 1, 2012 5:55 PM ()
Saw some last week, I think.
reply by troutbend on Dec 3, 2012 11:02 AM ()
Had my fill of MREs in the Army, but I see they don't have our favorite, "Beans an Motherf**kers," as the 'brothers' called it.
comment by jondude on Nov 30, 2012 6:04 AM ()
I'll bet they would get old fast, no matter how descriptive the menu.
reply by troutbend on Dec 3, 2012 11:04 AM ()
Ted says they had it in the Marine Corp too.
reply by elderjane on Nov 30, 2012 6:33 PM ()
I too keep an online wish list. Some are things I like and need, and some are cool, interesting things I'm tempted to buy. It has become a helpful comparison file with various versions and options and sources, if-as-and-when I actually commit.
comment by marta on Nov 29, 2012 5:49 PM ()
Looking back, I'm glad I didn't buy every little thing that has caught my fancy. Not deprived, though.
reply by troutbend on Nov 30, 2012 7:19 PM ()
Bobby used to take those meals camping. The ones you heat in the bag. He
always said they were very, very good.
comment by elderjane on Nov 29, 2012 5:24 PM ()
I'm thinking we should get some of those meals for next summer and have a camping trip on our land one of those times we need to take the cell phone up to the top of the mountain. Wouldn't that be a hoot. But watch, I'll be up there in the pitch black, and decide I'd rather be home, and we'll have to find our way home in the dark. Revised plan: a picnic.
reply by troutbend on Nov 30, 2012 7:15 PM () is where I do all my shopping--they take care of everything!
comment by greatmartin on Nov 29, 2012 4:37 PM ()
If you had a big shipment of carrot cake on hand, you could face a big zombie attack and come out the winner.
reply by troutbend on Nov 30, 2012 7:11 PM ()
I think I'd rather visit the Zombie Apocalypse Store than a casino! At least I'd get something for my money. Neat post.
comment by steve on Nov 29, 2012 2:05 PM ()
Money is better spent at the Apocalypse store, for sure. So far, I'm $30 ahead on gambling for the season. I put in my $100, am willing to be down $5, and the moment I'm over my initial stake, I cash out.
reply by troutbend on Nov 30, 2012 7:09 PM ()

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