I was an almost good girl, I was, I was. I’m happy to report that I didn’t spend any money on anything……..except…….
I discovered Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Latte’s. I have to confess I got hooked on these delightful coffee treats from my very first sip. And I also have to admit that I tried to replicate the latte’s at home (here’s the recipe) but NOTHING tasted as good as those originals. By the time the week was done, I had consumed four of them @$3.45 each, which meant I spent a total of $13.80 on pure joy. By the end of the week, I was sash-shaying into Dunkin’ belting out “I’ll have a medium pumpkin latte with decaf (coffee) and skim (milk) please!” as if I had been ordering these concoctions since birth.
I also didn’t do well with the fall production of our local apple spice donuts that my nearby neighboring farm bakes up fresh and golden each and every single day as soon as there is a chill in the air. (They’ll be here till November!) At only .65 cents each, I was scoffing up two of these treats in a sitting. I forgoed lunch and had apple spice donuts instead. All rolled up in cinnamon and spice, topped off with a pumpkin latte, I was amazed I could even roll out of bed in the morning, I was so stuffed! I scoffed a dozen of these bad little boys this week to the tune of $7.80. Well, a girl has to live, doesn’t she?
Other than what I have confessed to above, I didn’t spend any money on anything else.
Except when DH and I attended a new type of home grown, local entertainment entitled ‘Porch Fest”. Admission was free, as was parking BUT there were food trucks like everywhere. You’ll be proud to know that I did NOT buy any hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, home-made ice cream, corn on the cob swabbed in garlic butter or local baked pizza fresh out of a brick oven. No sireee, I was a good girl I was, I was. Until I saw a gluten-free, vegan food stand………..I had a sweet potato patty and DH had a fresh, organic ricotta galette. I felt sorry for the poor woman who probably worked hard all day and all night baking these vegetarian treats. No one was at her booth. Plus, neither DH or I wanted any of those other fattening products either (fried pickles, fried oreos, fried butter….well, you get the picture) So, we did our good neighbor routine and spent $10 at the Vegan Booth, just so the owner wouldn’t feel lonely or left out. Uh huh.
Anyway, this Saturday was the 3rd Annual Porch Fest, whereby homeowners, who have a front porch, opened up their homes to a bevy of local musciains who played all sorts of music from The Doors (no pun intended) to Bob Dylan to Natalie Merchant. Each musical performer was given around 15 minutes to perform as there was a rotation of other musicians just oozing to get out there on the homeowner’s front porches. The fun started at 11AM and ended up in the town Main Street parking lot for a one hour finale at 6PM.
It was a warm, sunny, bright fall day. DH and I made the rounds and had a lot of fun. What could be better than listening to live music on village porches at some really fine magnificent and beautiful homes? For free!
Anyway, I enjoyed my no-spend week and weekend and am going to continue the trend for as long as I can. Other than food, I really don’t need or want anything. Stick a fork in me (literally!) I’m done!
Here are some photos from the Porch Fest Event. Enjoy.
To see and hear more of the many bands, here’s a little YouTube video I made: