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What tender words he uses…

“When he spoke, what tender words he used! So softly, that like flakes of feathered snow, they melted as they fell.”
~John Dryden

A Valentine’s Day Wish…

May your Valentine’s Day be sweet, fun and free of cooties!

A Love Letter

Valentine’s Day can sometimes get a bad rap. Cynics say that it’s just an excuse to sell greeting cards and over priced flowers. While there may be some truth to that, I like to think of it as the perfect day to tell someone how much you love and appreciate them. With that being said, I would like to practice what I preach and take this opportunity, on Valentine’s Day eve, to thank each and every one of you for following my posts. It means so much to me that you take time out of your lives to check into our little world.

I would of course love to hear more from you. Please don’t be shy about asking questions or leaving comments. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Peanut Butter Love Bites

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go together, well like, chocolate and peanut butter! That’s why these Peanut Butter Love Bites are the perfect thing to whip up for your loved ones this weekend.

Basically you start with your favorite brownie recipe. If time is an issue, go ahead and use a mix, I promise no one will be the wiser. Once you’ve made your batter, spray a cookie sheet with some PAM. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on the sheet and spray that with PAM as well. Spread your batter on top of the parchment paper to a thickness of about 1/8th inch. Use your recipe as a starting point for your baking time but keep in mind that this thinner version will bake quicker than a standard batch of brownies.

Once cooled, create little circles with cookie cutters. I like to keep them bite sized but you could of course cut them into any shape or size that you like. Spread peanut butter on one circle and top with another. I have found that plain old Jif or Skippy peanut butter works best for this. Organic peanut butter’s consistency is too thin and won’t hold up.

Bake these for your special someone and be prepared to feel the love!

Bake a little love…

Is there any better way to show someone your love than by baking him gooey, scrumptious treats? I know when I’ve cajoled Larry into doing some particularly unpleasant project around the house like cleaning gutters or insulating the crawl space, I’d better have a plate of something yummy waiting for him upon completion.

Check back tomorrow, I’ll be sharing the recipe of one of Larry’s favorite desserts. He loves it because it’s delicious. I love it because it couldn’t be easier.

A vintage kiss…

The Origins of the Hora

To be a wedding photographer is to be a witness to various customs and traditions. The Jewish faith is so rich in tradition, I could spend an entire month writing about nothing else in my posts. My favorite thing about photographing Jewish weddings has got to be the hora however. No celebration would be complete without a klezmer band’s rousing melody enticing joyous participation in this dance.

The hora is mentioned in the Bible for the first time, in the book of Exodus. It is said that Miriam took a tambourine in her hand and started dancing with the women of Israel on the shore of the Red Sea. Since then, it has become a means of celebrating everything from military victories to of course, weddings.

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