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From Marie:

I don’t invite people to guest post here unless they are very special people with something important to share.  Tierney Davis Hogan, definitely qualifies.

Tierney was the first friend I made when I moved to Central Oregon.  I actually met her before I moved, at a fabric trade show. Her husband was with her. When Terry learned I was a novelist, he asked what kind of books I wrote. With a completely straight face, I answered, “Erotica.”  Terry blushed all the way up to his ears! It was a terrible trick to play on someone I’d just met. But something told me he was a guy who could take a joke. I was right. He was a very good sport about it.

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Healthy Chocolate Desserts for Valentine’s Day

Food for Grownups
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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I’m thinking about options for a little sweet treat. (I’ve already shared some ideas for home-cooked meals and DIY gifts.)

Maybe you’re excited to have a special event and splurge a little on the calories. Or maybe you just came home from a vacation to Hawaii where you used up all of your ‘splurge guilt-free’ cards. It could happen to anyone.

No matter the motivation, I’ve rounded up a few recipes that are chocolate and don’t break the bank on calories.

And on that note, haven’t scientists affirmed that chocolate is, in fact, healthy for you? Bless them and bless their work.

The best part about these recipes is that no one will even know that they are actually healthy. It’s just so sneaky. I love it!

 

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For the Love (of Food): 5 Home-Cooked Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

Food for Grownups
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Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating those you love – whether it be your spouse, your girlfriends, your family, or yourself. Regardless of who you’re showering with love this year, the dinner you celebrate with should be indulgent and rich, right? (I know, I know, I’m usually saying that we should eat healthy but Valentine’s Day is a special holiday that deserves special treatment).

Instead of making reservations at a crowded restaurant, why not set up an intimate dining experience in your own home, complete with candlelight and the timeless music of Frank Sinatra? Skip out on the busyness that comes with a restaurant’s atmosphere, say no to a pricey prix fixe that doesn’t live up to the hype, and ditch the waiter who interrupts your conversation every 10 minutes.

The best news is, you don’t need to miss out on great food just because you’re staying in. We’ve collected some of the most romantic meals for you and yours. Don’t be shocked if people can’t believe it’s a home cooked dinner and start digging around to try and find take-out containers.

Let’s not stop the celebration with a delicious dinner. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine, eat some dessert (guilt-free), and pop in a favorite rom-com.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 20 affordable ideas that will arrive on time

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As life goes on, the circle of people we love often expands. Of course, we’d love to shower all those people with gifts but the bigger our circle gets, the tougher that can be. But part of the fun of showing the love to your Valentine can be the joy of finding the absolutely perfect present at the absolutely perfect price, something that will bring a smile to their face without taking a big bite out of your budget.

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