The gift my brother-in-law doesn't know he gave us

@JudyEv (259163)
Rockingham, Australia
October 19, 2021 2:47am CST
For our Golden Wedding celebration, we had asked people not to bring gifts but Vince’s elder brother gave us some scratchies which yielded such a small amount of money that Vince bought a lottery ticket with it. This yielded a bigger amount – enough for this bottle of Cointreau. I mentioned in a recent post that we’d stayed up till 2.00am and ended the night with several nips of this very nice liqueur. So, although he doesn’t yet know it, my brother-in-law indirectly gave us a very acceptable gift. Have you ever had Cointreau?
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@Fleura (17848)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct
My Dad used to like this, and as a result I have inherited a couple of bottles (because in fact he hardly ever drank). Yes I like it. It's a bit strong for me neat, but I like it in cocktails and also in liqueur coffee. And I just found this in case you need inspiration!
Explore our variety of Cointreau triple sec cocktail recipes. From timeless classics to original creations, learn how to make the perfect Cointreau drink.
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@LadyDuck (368068)
• Switzerland
19 Oct
@Fleura My Dad also liked, I used it more for the pastries and cake than to drink, it's a bit too much sweet for me.
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@Fleura (17848)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct
@LadyDuck Good idea, I wonder if it would work if we used it to 'feed' the Christmas cake?
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@LadyDuck (368068)
• Switzerland
19 Oct
@Fleura In my opinion it should work for the Christmas cake.
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@LadyDuck (368068)
• Switzerland
19 Oct
Oh yes, I always have a bottle of Cointreau at home, it is good, less expensive than Grand Marnier, so I use it to put the crêpes Suzettes on fire.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
I love setting a meal alight - or seeing Vince do it. lol
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@LadyDuck (368068)
• Switzerland
19 Oct
@JudyEv My husband asked for flambé banana for dessert today. I used rum for the banana.
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@oahuwriter (18716)
• United States
20 Oct
How nice! No, haven't had any. I like Khalua, coffee liqueur with milk.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
I like Kahlua too. It's a nice drink.
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@oahuwriter (18716)
• United States
21 Oct
@JudyEv Just right for a relaxing evening. Have you had Khalua in coffee yet?
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
21 Oct
@oahuwriter I haven't tried it in coffee yet. I'm sure it would be nice.
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@DocAndersen (52908)
• United States
19 Oct
i've not tried it sounds interesting! brothers (as a brother myself) are amazing for that kind of stuff!
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
A lot of our friends now say 'no presents' but some people like to give something, whatever they're told in the invite.
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@DocAndersen (52908)
• United States
19 Oct
@JudyEv i know I love to, there is something about giving someone a gift.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
@DocAndersen We went to a 70th the other day. The people have been very good to us over the years and we did take a gift. We simply said that we didn't think they meant us!
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@CarolDM (163506)
• United States
19 Oct
Never heard of this. I know you will enjoy.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
It will sit in the cupboard and come out from time to time to share with like-minded friends.
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@CarolDM (163506)
• United States
19 Oct
@JudyEv On special occasions perhaps.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
@CarolDM Yes, only on special occasions.
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@Hannihar (119182)
• Israel
19 Oct
@JudyEv I am glad that your brother-in-law gave you a gift that he did not know he was giving you. I have never heard of it or heard about it before.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
A lot of people haven't heard of it. I would have thought most would have.
@Hannihar (119182)
• Israel
20 Oct
@JudyEv Sorry that people you mentioned to did not hear of it.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
@Hannihar Well, I guess they have all learnt something now.
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@kareng (43004)
• United States
20 Oct
No, I have never tried it. I'm glad ya'll are enjoying it.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
We haven't opened it yet but I feel sure I'll enjoy it when we do.
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@kareng (43004)
• United States
20 Oct
@JudyEv Cheers!!
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
@kareng Bottoms up!!
• Indonesia
20 Oct
I want to try it, of course when I'm abroad. I drink it here and my mother kills me
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
Do people not drink much there? Australia has a drinking culture I guess.
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• Indonesia
20 Oct
@JudyEv yes I think it's the same as in Australia, but I'm still considered a minor by my parents even though I'm 24 years old
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
@Roviansyah When you are a parent, your children are always 'children'.
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@akalinus (37109)
• United States
19 Oct
No, I never had that. It sounds like your lucky week. Happy anniversary!!
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
I thought Vince should have taken the small amount of money and run but his investment in another ticket paid off.
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@akalinus (37109)
• United States
22 Oct
@JudyEv Buying a ticket is a gamble. You should thank your lucky stars for winning when you did. He ended getting something he wanted so it is all good, right?
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Oct
@akalinus I fully expected that we'd get nothing the second time around. But we struck it lucky.
@RebeccasFarm (54874)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
19 Oct
I had never tasted Cointreau but this is a super gift you got for yourselves
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
I was a bit cross that Vince didn't just pocket the first winnings but in this case it paid off quite handsomely.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
20 Oct
@JudyEv Oh yes it did Judy Sweet Judy is never cross really
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
@RebeccasFarm I rarely get cross because I know the next one to stuff up will probably be me.
@xFiacre (10018)
• Ireland
19 Oct
@judyev Yes indeed. My wife’s rather partial to it (In appropriate amounts - I wouldn’t want to give the impression that she’s overly bibuous). It’s a bit sweet for me.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
I could only take tiny sips. It nearly took my breath away at first sip.
@xFiacre (10018)
• Ireland
19 Oct
@JudyEv I think my favourite liqueur must be Sambuca even though it is powerfully sweet. A great digestive, often offered ‘on the house’ in Indian restaurants here but we know it’s hidden somewhere in the bill.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
@xFiacre You do wonder sometimes when you seem to get stuff for nothing. I've had Sambuca and enjoyed it.
@rakski (103587)
• Philippines
20 Oct
that is very nice. I am not familiar with this
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
A lot of people don't seem to have heard of it. It's quite a popular liqueur here.
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@rakski (103587)
• Philippines
20 Oct
@JudyEv oh, that is nice to know
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@jobelbojel (27072)
• Philippines
19 Oct
No, I have not heard of it. When I searched it, it gave option that it is available here and it is a French Orange Liquor.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
Yes, it certainly has an orange-y taste.
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@jobelbojel (27072)
• Philippines
19 Oct
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@thelme55 (73569)
• Germany
19 Oct
I have sip it once in a family Christmas party but didn't like it.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
It's very strong. I take tiny sips and even then sometimes it nearly takes my breath away.
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@thelme55 (73569)
• Germany
20 Oct
@JudyEv I am sure my tongue would become numb when I drink a few drops of it.
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@Ronrybs (13075)
• London, England
19 Oct
Nice when things work out that way! Personally I never drink liquors
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
You'd be saving a lot of money.
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@Ronrybs (13075)
• London, England
20 Oct
@JudyEv Yes, cheap they aren't!
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@Tampa_girl7 (47725)
• United States
19 Oct
I’ve never heard of it.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
It seems quite a few haven't heard of it which surprises me a bit.
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@Tampa_girl7 (47725)
• United States
20 Oct
@JudyEv I like to learn of new things.
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@Nawsheen (28418)
• Mauritius
19 Oct
Never heard of this brand before. Unknowingly, your brother-in-law gave you an excellent gift. Enjoy
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Oct
Thanks. Yes, we will ring one day and thank him for it. He will be surprised.
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@Nawsheen (28418)
• Mauritius
20 Oct
@JudyEv definitely surprised
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@sulynsi (3194)
• Canada
20 Oct
I can’t help but think of the ‘acceptable’ and very precious gift you gave each other - 50 years Amazing- congratulations!!!
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
Thanks very much. The time went quite fast really.
@yanzalong (17406)
• Indonesia
20 Oct
There must be reason why you don't accept any gift given to you.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
Now we're older, there is nothing that we want and we'd rather people didn't spend money on us. If we are given a gift, we would accept it very graciously but we didn't want our guests to feel obliged to buy us a present.
@pahak627 (4554)
• Philippines
20 Oct
I haven't heard of it. However, you have your golden wedding celebration. That is really nice having lived together for such period of time. That's awesome. Only a few reach that period. Congratulations for that.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
Thanks for the good wishes. It is very true that not everyone gets to such a celebration.