Since Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of Winter, I thought I’d share a couple of terrific recipes for staying warm and sharing a romantic and cozy evening with your special loved one. So, first let’s settle in with a toe-curling warmer-upper drink:
Positano Winter Sunset Recipe
Relax with this popular drink direct from sunny Italy. It's just right for a cold winter's night and may inspire dreams of a Mediterranean vacation.
1 1/2 oz. Malibu coconut-flavored rum
1 1/2 oz. white crème de cacao
1/2 oz. Tia Maria
Warmed whipped cream (the canned variety works)
Warm chocolate syrup
Warm up your can of whipped cream by immersing it in a pot filled with medium-hot water for three to five minutes. (Water should cover at least half of the can.)
Combine Malibu, crème de cacao and Tia Maria in an old fashioned-style glass.
Remove whipped cream can from medium-hot water and top drink mixture with whipped cream.
Drizzle with hot chocolate.
Serve with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie on the side. OR, one of these yummies:
Cinnamon Sugar Nutella Crescent Rolls
1 (8 oz) can crescent roll dough
1/2 cup Nutella spread
2 TBS butter, melted
3 TBS granulated sugar & 1/4 tsp cinnamon, combined
Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Lay crescent dough triangles flat and spread with Nutella. Loosely roll and place on baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Using a pastry brush, brush with melted butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until dark golden brown.
So, there you have it – a delicious Valentine’s evening treat! Enjoy!!
If you’d like to add a romance to that cozy evening, how about a sweetly sensual tale of the magic of Roma, Italy… where dancing and sophisticated verbal fencing can lead you to love of the everlasting kind… This one is available in a love audio version, as well as eBook formats, and I will give one lucky commenter a copy of the audio book!!
Set in Rome, Bella Signorina is a sweet, romantic story of two people who meet in a trendy caffè, and through the magic of dance and music discover they have many things in common. Bianca comes to Caffè Rosati every week, and for many weeks she's been watching a special man, a handsome, charming stranger who dances, flirts, and leaves alone each week. Bianca is a woman who enjoys her freedom, and has been hurt before, so she's not anxious to fall in love again. Something about the enigmatic Stefano has captivated her heart, though, and she is drawn to him in spite of herself. When she finally gathers her courage to approach him, and ask him to dance, little does she know that her entire world is about to change.
Stefano Esposito is a man who's past relationships have not left him much in the way of ideals about women. Many have claimed to love him, none have understood him. Stefano is a rare breed in today's world of fast-paced life and love. He is a gentleman, a man who many consider a little out of step with the times. For Stefano, falling in love is the completion of a soul, not the consummation of a sexual itch. He wants the woman in his life to respect, understand, and adore him, as he will her. When he meets Bianca, he wonders if he's finally found the one he's waited a lifetime for? She understands his internal conflicts, his desires, and his dreams, after only hours together.
When their attraction to each other flares too quickly and too intently, Stefano pulls back. Confused and uncertain, Bianca flees his beautiful home and business, and goes back to her busy life. But, once the dance has begun, is there a way to go back to what you knew before, or is it just a matter of time before the music lures you back to your dreams and, perhaps, makes them reality?
Continue on the romantic journey with these wonderful authors: