Every Day is Valentine's
You don't have to wait
until Valentine’s Day to celebrate love and friendship
Although it is important to celebrate love and friendship as often as
possible, the reality is that we don’t do it enough. Valentine’s Day can
remind us to focus more on the people we love -- any day and every day.
You can live a long and successful life full of exciting adventures and
achievement. But in the end, the only thing that will matter is who we
loved -- and how. We
should be grateful for being able to give and receive love and
Valentine’s Day was kind enough to fall on a Saturday this year. In the U.S.
it will be a three day weekend for many, as Monday is the President's
Planning a nice and relaxing day at home might be better than driving
somewhere and dealing with traffic, parking and spending too much money. You and your spouse (and children) or significant other or
best friend can enjoy each other
in genuine harmony and relaxation in the comfort and privacy of your own home and sanctuary.
Decorate your home for the occasion. Flowers and candles
can transform a room's atmosphere. Of course, heart shaped things and
red colors can really give your home that special Valentine's Day touch. The best rooms
to decorate are the dining room, kitchen, living room, bathroom and, of
course, the bedroom. Doing aroma therapy along with candles, especially
in the bathroom and bedroom can help relax and sooth the senses.
Plan menus for the
whole day. Cook breakfast together, read
the newspaper together, go on a picnic for lunch, take a walk at the
beach or park and watch a nice family or romantic comedy movie together.
Dinner should be a very special affair. Set up the table with your best
china and linen and decorate it with flowers and candles. Play some
relaxing or romantic background music as you cook dinner together. When
you sit down to eat, talk about your best memories, tell your loved ones
how much you love them and all the things you love about them.
Saying “I love you” may seem unnecessary sometimes, but it’s vital. We
need to express our love with our actions and words to those we love, such as our spouses, children, parents, siblings, relatives and
friends. Loving someone and saying “I love you” is never out of place. If that’s how we feel, it is crucial that we say it not just for our
own well-being but also for the well-being of those we love.
After dinner, clean up together then go relax. Get the fire
place going if you have one and maybe sit on some pillows on the floor.
Depending on whom you’re celebrating with, you can play a board game,
exchange gifts or cards, dance to your favorite love songs or read some
Couples can take a bath together, do some quiet meditation for
relaxation and give each other massages. Otherwise, move the festivities
straight to the bedroom; slip into something comfortable and enjoy a
passionate night of love.
The celebration of love and friendship is a beautiful and ideal
opportunity to say “I love you” in many different ways.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Q: What’s the difference between a shake prepared by the Vita-Mix
blender and any other brand blender? How can a breakfast shake be 40
times better for you if it's prepared in a Vita-Mix blender as opposed
to other mixers? I'm not gonna cook bread or make ice cream with my
mixer - - why should I buy a $500 Vita-mix blender as opposed to the 40
buck blender from Wal-Mart - if all I'm gonna use it for making
breakfast shakes. Can you point me toward a place that does testing to
see why one shake is better than the other that is prepared in another
K.H., Anderson, CA
A: There is no difference between a shake or smoothie prepared by
a Vita-Mix blender and any other blender, at least, nutritionally
speaking. The nutritional value of a blended beverage has to do with the
nutritional quality of the ingredients blended not the blender itself. A
Vita-mix blender may be superior only in terms of performance,
horsepower and versatility but there are many other blenders that cost a
lot less and are almost just as good. The bottom line is that if you're
not going to use a Vita-Mix for all that it is capable of doing but
rather just for smoothies and shakes then you are better off buying a
less expensive model. Of course, generally speaking, you get what you
pay for so buying the cheapest blender may not be the best decision in
terms of durability and efficiency for blending ice or frozen fruit
Consumer reports did a review of blenders, but you need to subscribe to
their magazine to get the information online. I suggest you read the
following review, which is actually a consensus of several in depths
reviews including the one done by Consumer Reports, Wall Street Journal
and Vegetarian Times as well as comments by consumers posted on
different web sites.
Here is a site that carries most available blenders and provides
descriptions of each.
Words of Wisdom
How Do I Love Thee?
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Research Department
in-depth study done by the British Medical Association has found that the ill-effects of smoking are far more damaging to human
health than previously thought -- especially reproductive health.
The findings of the most comprehensive research ever done revealed that
smoking harms a person’s sexual and reproductive organs. The alarming
findings, among other things, show that around 120,000 men ages 30 to 50
in the UK are impotent as a result of smoking.
Click here to read the
Men who smoke are twice as
likely to suffer from infertility and DNA-damaged sperm, according to
researchers. Between 3,000 and 5,000 miscarriages in the UK each year
are directly linked to cigarette smoking.
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Vegetarian Organic Recipe of the
Click on the picture for a closer look!
Peachy Walnut Scones (vegan)
Makes about 14 scones
For a healthy addition to a special breakfast, these easy-to-make scones
are a wonderful, delicious and nutritious sweet treat—much better for
you than any dessert you can buy at the store.
Preparation time: 5 minutes Baking time: 25 minutes Equipment: Food
processor or blender
Get ingredients ready (use organic ingredients if possible)
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (if allergic to whole wheat use 3 cups
1 cup spelt flour
EnerG Egg Replacer
1 tablespoon non-aluminum baking powder
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold non-hydrogenated (trans fat free) margarine
¾ cup sucanat (or rapadura)
¼ cup regular or vanilla creamy soymilk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cup unsweetened apricot apple sauce
½ cup walnuts, finely chopped (reduce or increase quantity as desired)
3 cups fresh peaches, finely diced (or frozen peaches, 10 oz bag)
½ cup raisins (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven at 375ºF. In a large bowl, combine flour, EnerG egg
replacer, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well with a large
fork (or sift together for better results). Add cold margarine to the
flour and cut it into the flour with a pastry blender or two knives
until the mixture looks coarse. Add sucanat and use fork to mix and toss
well. Add soymilk, vanilla and apricot applesauce mixing with fork
completely until a wet and soft dough mixture forms (just firm enough to
hold its shape). If using frozen peaches, chop them in the food
processor. Add peaches, walnuts and raisins combining thoroughly.
2. Promptly, with a large spoon scoop about 1/3 cupfuls of dough onto a
cookie sheet (not greased) each 2 inches apart. Drop the mounds
carefully so they’re tall—not flat. Place on middle oven rack and bake
for 25 to 30 minutes on until the scones show tiny brownish spots on
top. Remove from oven and let them cool for 2 minutes. Placed scones on
a cloth lined basket or plate. Serve and enjoy. Will last for a couple
of days and may be reheated on toaster oven.
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