Valentine’s Day Romance


Happy Valentine’s Day!


Valentine’s Day…. such a sweet, loving day.


Leading up to this sweet loving day is the intense pressure to

find the right card, search for the perfect gift or plan the most romantic evening.


Planning your strategy  to show your romantic sentiments to  your  wife, husband, sweetheart

or date for the evening, can be a tall order.


The week of  Valentine’s Day 2014,  a historic winter storm in the south has dominated our thoughts.

Planning for Valentine’s Day has taken a back seat to buying milk and bread and preparing

for power outages.


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A candlelight dinner at home and watching a romantic movie afterwards is

an enjoyable way to spend Valentine’s Day evening.


One of my favorite romantic movies was filmed in 2006. It centers around a Valentine Day event.

The movie is “The Lake House” starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu  Reeves.

Although I enjoy the movie, critics would say it’s not logical at all.




I won’t give away the plot, in case you haven’t seen it yet or forgotten the storyline and want to see it again.

But I want to mention the setting of the film which is in the Chicago area.

The lake house itself is one of the most intriguing parts of the movie.

It was built on what is called Maple Lake in Willow Springs, Illinois.

They were granted the use of the lake for filming on the condition that the lake was left exactly as it had been.

That meant the house had to be removed after filming.

After filming, the house was  removed and a simple fishing dock was put in its place.


At least 50% of the movie takes place at The lake house itself. The house was constructed on dry land

next to the lake, atop  steel beams that rose 10 feet above the waterline.




















May your Valentine’s Day be wonderfully romantic ……..

Red heart and may your chocolates be calorie free.



Old Man Winter


Old Man Winter keeps showing up …….. uninvited… but I must say he turns our drab

scenery into a magical looking winter land.


I have not been out driving in this, but I bundled up and wandered out for a quick walk around my neighborhood.

I snap a few pictures with the  old camera. I didn’t risk taking my new Canon Rebel with me because, as you

can see, the snow was  still falling.



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These guys looked so cold. I don’t know why they weren’t taking shelter in the nearby barn.


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Aren’t the cedars beautiful? They remind me of flocked Christmas trees.



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Can you see the duck at the edge of the water to the left?


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Mr. Snowman in a neighbor’s yard


As a kid, we use to make snow ice cream.

The recipe was pretty simple

  • snow
  • sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla flavoring

It was so good.

Is it still safe to do this?


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Looking forward to the weekend when the temps will be high enough

to melt the snow and ice.


Hope you are staying safe and warm.



A scrumptious, easy dessert

Life can get crazy for all of us. Slowing down to get together with friends

takes determination and planning around the “must do’s” of life.


I find one of my “must do’s” has become making time for friends.

Friend time brings me much joy and positive energy.

Then you factor in the good food we always share,

it gets better and better.


We recently had received an invitation to share ”Mexican Night” with good friends we had not seen all year,

due to sickness, weather and just plain “we can’t get our schedules to cooperate.”


We accepted their invitation enthusiastically. The hostess has her own recipe for guacamole and

never fails to wow our taste buds.


Our night started out with mango margaritas prepared by the host.





















The question of the night….. Will he want a paper napkin or a cloth napkin?





Of course we knew the answer…….. the cloth napkin every time.

He is a bit of a snob when it comes to his napkin.

Believe it or not……… we actually saved room for dessert.



Our host found this recipe on a cool whip container and according to him…….easy to prepare.

We came up with a lot of variations for this recipe such as using different candy and substituting graham crackers

in place of the Chocolate Cookie Pie Crust.

But hey……….the original recipe can stand on it’s own as being one of the better desserts that doesn’t require a lot of

prep time and is very tasty.







And a wonderful gift basket was given to the December Birthday guy by the host and hostess.

He is soooooooooooooooo spoiled.






We ended the evening with promises to do this again soon and not allow so much time to go by before

we get together.


Friendships multiply the good in life.