"Cooking with Love- Just in Time for Valentine's Day"

Written by Marybeth Gregg

“Cooking with Love inrepparttar Kitchen - Just in Time for Valentines Day" ♥ by Marybeth Gregg --------------------------------------- Remember when you made a homemade card for your first girlfriend or boy friend and they were so happy they couldn’t stop smiling? You couldn’t figure out what you did that was so great but as you got older you began to realize that giving is best when we give not just ‘things’, but when we give of ourselves. Valentine’s Day is a perfect holiday to give to others by doing something special.

Even though you may not spend much time cooking inrepparttar 113141 kitchen, wouldn’t you like to treat your love to an easy, delectable and romantic dinner? A special meal is not just about food- it is aboutrepparttar 113142 effort and meaning that goes into it. These ideas will make it easy for you to create a memorable meal for Valentine’s Day, or any other time when you want to show someone your love.

Make it Easy on Yourself

o What kind of meal you want- brunch or dinner? Write down your menu and all ingredients from your recipes you’ll need in an organized way. Listrepparttar 113143 stores you need to shop at.

o What do you want to serve? Keep it simple – have 3 or 4 items, and not everything has to be homemade. Cook an easy recipe. Get a great dessert -go out and buyrepparttar 113144 most decadent chocolate cake you can find, or find fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate from your local candy store.

o Choose food that your partner likes, not just what you like. This shows that you have put a lot of thought in to this and care, which isrepparttar 113145 point, right?

o Be sure to start several days in advance. If you save everything forrepparttar 113146 day ofrepparttar 113147 celebration, you’ll be frazzled and in not much of a mood to enjoy this time together.

Remember that this is about Love, not Technique.

o As with other activities associated with love, cooking does not have to be totally perfect. If something does not come out in time, or if it doesn’t look exactly likerepparttar 113148 picture inrepparttar 113149 cookbook, relax. Stay inrepparttar 113150 mood you set out to create- being grumpy or upset defeatsrepparttar 113151 purpose. Laugh and have fun!

It’srepparttar 113152 Total Feeling – Ambiance Counts

o Setting your table is important in creatingrepparttar 113153 mood you want to set, which is romance. Use your nicest dishes, silverware andrepparttar 113154 best, sparkling glasses or crystal you can get.

o Choose a color scheme. You may want to use a white tablecloth and add color withrepparttar 113155 napkins and candles, or two beautiful place mats with matching or contrasting colors. For example, red or soft pink on a white background, with a small container of white flowers and lots of red votive candles looks beautiful.

Recipe: Chocolate Modeling Clay

Written by Rondi Hillstrom Davis

By: Rondi Hillstrom Davis Contact: info@togetherparenting.com Category: Parenting/Family Activities Copyright Nine Twenty Press URL:

This is a fun and easy recipe to do with children. And, for anyone who needs an excuse to eat chocolate, you will be happy to know that chocolate is full of mood enhancers that add to a feeling of satisfaction and well being. So celebrate! It’s good for you.

Ingredients 6 oz. chocolate chips 5 teaspoons corn syrup 1 gallon size zip-top bag Rolling pin, cookie cutters, plastic table knife

Directions 1. Meltrepparttar chocolate chips inrepparttar 113140 top half of a double boiler. Stir inrepparttar 113141 corn syrup.

2. Using a wide mouth jar as a stand, placerepparttar 113142 zip-top bag inside, making surerepparttar 113143 top edges ofrepparttar 113144 bag drape overrepparttar 113145 outside ofrepparttar 113146 jar. Pourrepparttar 113147 melted chocolate intorepparttar 113148 bag and seal. Let it cool.

3. Knead untilrepparttar 113149 chocolate is well mixed, smooth, and clings together. You may want to add a few drops of water for a softer consistency.

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