Valentine’s Day silliness

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I would love to know who thinks a giant Teddy Bear is a great gift for a grown woman. Oh, I know there women who remain “little girls” with strange affectations. But for the last few years, I have seen TV commercials from a company that offers giant stuffed bears as the ultimate gift of love. 

In the latest Liam Neeson thriller, Taken 3, his character gives his college-age daughter a giant stuffed animal as a gift. He soon realizes she is too old for the toy and returns it. I love that scene. 

Every year I hear people rail against Valentine’s Day. I don’t understand why. I enjoy a day set aside to celebrate love and romance – but please spare me giant bears, over-priced roses, or any other silliness. 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day or ignore it, but celebrate love and romance frequently with thoughtfulness, beauty, and zest. 

Take time to enjoy the sweetness in life. 

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Rose water sugar cookies

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123smheart.jpgHearts and roses are traditional gifts for lovers on Valentine’s Day, so these pretty cookies are a perfect treat. Make enough to share the love.

 

Preheat oven to 375 F

Cream together the butter and sugar using a hand or stand mixer

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1½ cups sugar

 

Then add

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon rose water

 

Combine

3 ½ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

 

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet. Do not over-handle or over-mix.

 

Divide the cookie mixture into thirds, roll out on a highly-floured surface, and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.

Put the rest in the refrigerator while you work. This dough is very soft. You need to work fast, roll the cookies about ¼ inch thick and stop often to refrigerate and re-roll. I refrigerate the sheet of cut cookies for 10 minutes before baking to make the cookies tenderer. Do not crowd cookies keep them at least 2 inches apart – they spread.

Place the cookies on parchment paper and sprinkle them with sanding sugar.

Bake on parchment-covered cookie sheets for 10 minutes and cool before icing.

You can aim for perfection; I just use a spoon and smooth it on.

 

Rosewater Icing:

 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 egg whites whipped until stiff (room temperature egg whites are fluffier so take out the eggs while the cookies are baking. Separate the eggs and whip the white to stiff peaks.  Gradually whip in the sugar and the icing will be thick and syrupy.

Add

2 teaspoons rose water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Red food colouring –just a drop or two 

Add a drop of red food colouring for pink icing if you like. Ice the cookies.

 

 

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Chambord and Champagne

ChambordAndChampagneThis pretty cocktail is exactly what it sounds like: cold champagne with hint of Chambord, or raspberry liqueur. A Kir Royale is a famous cocktail made with Champagne and Crème de Cassis, a liqueur made from French black currants. Some people use Cassis syrup which is really not the same. I prefer Chambord’s brighter flavour and colour. It is French liqueur made from raspberries with Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey, and cognac.  

This cocktail works well with any crisp, dry Champagne or even a good Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava. 

Chill your Champagne very well and fill your Champagne glass, leaving room to float a little Chambord on top. I like to chill my liqueur in small glass decanter to keep all the ingredients cold. I do not want to chill the whole bottle. 

The amount of Chambord to Champagne is personal taste.

The classic recipe is

3½ ounces Champagne

½ ounce Chambord

 

 

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Make time for romance

12graceysmallDarlings, we are not living in a very romantic age. It is sad but true we live in age of email and texts  as opposed to love letters and sonnets. And while this very modern age has many advantages it does make romance a challenge.  So my darlings while Valentine’s Day is lovely if you want romance in life – make time for it every day. 

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Celebrate romance

Gracey Hitchcock
Darlings, I know that not everyone loves Valentine’s Day. Some dismiss it was commercial and corny. It may well be, as bestselling author Jackie Collins recently told me, the worst night of the year to dine out.  And for many who have not yet found love it may seem cruel.
But darlings, I am romantic. I cannot resist a celebration of love. So, if it appeals to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your lover or friends. Celebrate love in all its forms sweetly, softly, jovially, hotly or all of the above.
 
 
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Romanace!

Darlings, if you crave romance seek out beauty. Expose yourself to things that make your heart sing. Be open to life and adventure. This Valentine’s Day, single or coupled celebrate romance!
 
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Don’t talk…just kiss

Cold cocktial of Sobieski Polish Vodka and champagneWhat could be better than to start a romantic evening than with a sexy cocktail? Don’t Talk, Just Kiss or in Polish “Milcz i cauj” was created by mixologist Francesco LaFranconi for Sobieski Vodka. This sophisticated drink is perfect for an intimate dinner or a festive and fun Valentine’s Day party. 

 
1.5 oz Sobieski Polish Vodka
0.5 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Pomegranate Juice
Top with Brut-style Champagne, or Extra Dry-style for a sweeter taste
 
Method: Pour the Sobieski vodka, Grand Marnier and pomegranate juice into a shaker with a half-cup of ice, stir gently, and strain into a flute or cocktail-martini glass. Top up with 2-3 ounces of chilled champagne.
 
Garnish with powdered sugar and half a strawberry on the rim, placed horizontally or vertically.
 
Toast to love!
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Kissing fresh

Binaca Fast Blast or Aero BlastWant to be sure you are “kissing fresh” for Valentines’ Day? A candlelight dinner with wine and a rich chocolate dessert are all romantic, but can play havoc with your breath. Don’t despair. A slim little cylinder of this classic minty breath spray will slip into a chic clutch and freshen your breath in an instant. Binaca Fast Blast or Aero Blast is discreet and delicious. I am addicted to cinnamon! You may like peppermint to spearmint. So go ahead darlings, make like a scene in Tom Jones. Make love over dinner. Linger. Toast your love with champagne. And feed each other chocolate lava cake. Then make sure you are ready to smooch!

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