Love A Lot this Valentines Day.

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Did you know that Valentine’s Day is a day of observation and also considered a day of celebration?  Although it remains a working day for most countries the popular day comes from a man by the name of Saint Valentine, who was imprisoned for performing wedding for soldiers who were forbidden to marry.

During his imprisonment, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Legends be told that before his execution he wrote, “From your Valentine” as a farewell to her.

The day was first associated with romantic love and when the tradition of courtly love flourished it paved the way for hand written poetry, which later turned into a heart shaped commercial use for marketing greeting cards, therefore losing its effect of what it truly symbolizes: The work of one man spreading unconditional love.

This year try something new. Instead of booking reservation to an overpriced restaurant with long lines and grumpy lovers, do the next best thing, stay home and make it lovers nest comfy for two.

Don’t break your pocket buying something to prove that on this day you love them more than any other, because frankly, your love won’t be down sized by the 15th, but your funds will have trying to come up with some spiffy gift ideas to top the Valentine’s Day gift you didn’t truly think through, and then what? Well, you’ll just be spending twice the amount of time in out-doing yourself, just to impress the one person who already loves you.

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Start your evening with some fresh fruit instead of salad. I don’t know about you, but I love to see my man eat and nothing says sensual like fresh berries.

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Nothing says I love you, like heart filled Four Cheese Ravioli made from scratch.

Ingredients:

½ cup part-skim ricotta

½ cup shredded mozzarella

½ cup shredded fontina

½ cup shredded parmesan

1 clove garlic, finely minced

¼ tsp. dried oregano

¼ tsp. dried basil

¼ tsp. dried parsley

¼ tsp. salt Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 batch fresh homemade pasta Marinara sauce, for serving.

Directions: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, fontina, parmesan, garlic, and spices.  Mix well to blend.  Roll out homemade pasta into long, thin sheets.  To make heart-shaped ravioli, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out pasta shapes.  Place about 2 teaspoons of filling in the middle of  half of the heart shapes, leaving a clear edge around the perimeter.  Dip a finger in water and lightly brush around the edges of a heart topped with the filling.  Place one of the remaining pasta hearts on top and press the edges of the pasta shapes together to seal around the filling, being careful to press out any excess air.  Repeat with the remaining dough shapes.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Cook the ravioli until al dente, about 5 minutes.  Serve in warmed bowls with marinara sauce.

Now how you go about dessert is entirely up to you…  ;)

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[New Video] Ellie Goulding

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I came across Ellie Goulding well over two years ago while searching for music to cleanse the soul, and well, that’s exactly what happened. Her voice is not only soothing but her music is filled with subliminal love messages. Everything is better in the UK.

You don’t believe me? See for yourself.

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A New Kinda, John Mayer!

  
 
John Mayer was honored at the GRAMMY’s on the Hill event last night in DC, where he spoke about his voice feeling, “OK”, but he’s not capable of singing just yet. Throat surgery is in the near future for John who said,  “I’m going to be taking myself out of the running  for a good six months.” Don’t fret John, we will be… Perfectly Waiting.
 
Mayer has been posting a new picture every day this past week for his fan’s who are looking forward to the release of John’s video for, ‘Shadow Days’ set to be posted tomorrow Friday the 27th, 2012.
 
 
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  (L to R) Honorees John Mayer, Neil Portnow, U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.
 
 (L to R) Honorees John Mayer, Neil Portnow, U.S. Representative Howard Berman D-Calif.
 WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  Honorees John Mayer (L) and U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.
 
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  U.S. health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius (L) and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow (R) present  John Mayer with an award at GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 
U.S. health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius (L) and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow (R) present  John Mayer with an award at GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 looks great in just about anything. Yesterday at GRAMMYs on the Hill, John Mayer talked music education & veterans health.
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: John Mayer and Buddy Guy attend GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 
 John Mayer and Buddy Guy attend GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards at The Liaison Hotel on April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.
 

A Selfless Act of Journalism…

Jackie Chanel has a big heart, and it shows by donating the profits of ‘Untitled’, to NCIRE. I found Jackie Chanel, 2.5 years ago on twitter, we were among the lucky 4.5 million followers, following the guitar ninja also known as, John Mayer.  After getting to talking beyond 140 characters, both Jackie and I realized we had more than just John Mayer in common, she’s also a writer.  Right after Mayer cancelled his spring tour due to his granuloma this year, which caused for ‘Born and Rise’, (the sixth studio album) to get pushed back last October, Jackie jumped into fan girl mood quick. She needed to do something to show her support, she wanted to do more for the musician, whose music has touched the lives of so many of us. Mayer is a advocate for ‘The Veterans Health Research Institute’, and all of his fans are behind him in supporting this beautiful cause. Won’t you join us in supporting NCIRE as well?

NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute has one mission and one goal: Veterans Health. We are the leading nonprofit research institute in the United States devoted to advancing Veterans health research.

You can find Jackie Chanel’s books by clicking on the links below, and you can also find her on Facebook.

Untitled.

A Hustler’s Promise.

Change of Heart.

Music For The Soul- Gotye!

I grew up in the 80s so imagine my surprise when I came across this voice which took me to a time when Deloreans‘, ruled the world, and the Police where something you sang to not feared…composed with today’s heartbreak.  I found Gotye,  after Ashton Kutcher tweeted about his music, but it wasn’t until my co worker’s showed me the video to ‘Somebody That I Used To Know, which left me beside myself, forcing me to visually and audibly pay attention.

This video was done with tons of creativity in its simplicity, but it kind of remind me of Petter Gabriel’s 1986 Sledgehammer…don’t judge me! We live in a time where music videos no longer rule our TV, and are barely made, so it feels nice, when artists put their money into visual stimulation.

Which brings me to the reason why this video stayed with me last night, for one; I am a person of sight, I need to see things in order for me to relate to what I’m feeling. Music is no different, I can’t enjoy it, but unless I have the words in front of me, I can’t appreciation what I’m listening to.

This leads me to the video, the song is beautifully written, and composed with the perfect notes which carefully express the disconnection of two people. We have all been there, when we meet someone, who pours all sorts of special feelings into us, only to wake up one day, and realize they’re just someone that you used to know.