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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Light The Fire for Romance

"Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving."
Kahlil Gibran

A little imagination and you can create an evening worthy of any romantic novel. And you certainly do not need to spend a lot of money to impress. Men may not admit it but they do enjoy a romantic setting to stir things up a little, and not just for the woman's benefit as they often say.

Have on hand the following things to please the five senses:

 Touch - Plan a relaxing massage and/ or a warm, sensuous bath.

Taste - Wine and chocolate, what better combination!

Smell - The sense of smell holds deep seated memories. Stir up a fantasy or two with a sensual
bath oil or aromatherapy simmer pot and let the essential oils do their thing!

Hear - "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." - Bob Marley
What better way to forget about the stress of the day!

Sight - A visibly pleasing atmosphere and everything in it will be the first thing a man notices. Candles can set the mood and anyone feels prettier in the glow of candlelight.

Sensual Massage and Body Oil
Sensual Bath Oil

Think you can't cook or no time to bake? The following recipe is a no-cook candy/bar that tastes like a cross between a Tandycake and a Reese's peanut butter cup. Easy to make with only five ingredients and can be done within fifteen minutes!


3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 pound box (or 4 cups) confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. butter, divided
1 28 oz. jar chunky or smooth peanut butter
1 12 oz. package semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups) or chocolate melting wafers

Combine brown sugar, confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup softened butter and peanut butter.
Mix well. May need to use your hands. Pat the mixture into an ungreased 15 x 10 x 1 inch jelly-roll pan. Smooth the top of the mixture.

Melt the chocolate and remaining 1 Tbsp. butter in the top of a double boiler or the microwave. To melt in the microwave set it for one minute, stir, set it for another minute, stir till creamy.
Spread chocolate over the peanut better mixture.

Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to set the chocolate. Allow to come to room temperature before cutting into squares or the chocolate topping will crack.

Store in refrigerator or freeze.

Below is a poem that was written between two teenagers thirty years ago.
Valentine's Day is a holiday that can easily be ruined with unrealistic and fairy tale expectations. Enjoy the day, go with the flow of events.
Remember, love is a verb, far more than short lived emotional feelings.
People love, people lose, they learn, they grow.

With all things considered, from past events gone by
I know it's hard to trust me, but I wish for you to try.

My heart has been like a pendulum, on and off with love
But as confusion persisted, so did my faith,
and help to me came from far above.

Commitments for tomorrow, I am unable to give
Since I don't want to hurt you, with something more to forgive.

So let us be together, as long as was meant to be,
Because life is to love, and to love is to set free.

(That fateful Valentine's Day so many years ago did eventually result in the reuniting of the relationship.  Everything in due time.)

"The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time."
Lawrence Durrell

Every relationship needs effort to keep the fire aflame and not just smoldering.  With busy lifestyles and packed schedules it is too easy to let any free time we have be eaten up by other responsibilities.  A relationship has to be one of those priorities or its energy and passion will slip away.  Take time to play! 

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