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scenes from the last couple weeks

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valentine roses & champagne godiva chocolates butterfly line drawings by my dad silly kitten cherry berry treats (I had red velvet! of course!) walnut honey cream cheese bagel with orange marmalade for teatime! dried valentine roses I hope you’ve all been having a beautiful winter…. Much love, Melissa

scenes from the last couple weeks

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snow on mcsorley heart bread valentine’s egg in a hole valentine roses terry & jayden phillip’s foot phillip, jayden & gracie gracie and phillip snow day chicken soup & buttermilk sage dumplings alice the girl cat oolong love (TeaSource High Mountain Oolong Supreme) ikea lingonberry milk chocolate & blueberry dark chocolate (choklad lingon & blabar…

aphrodisiac foods ~ a sexy recipe collection

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The Awakening of Adonis ~ John William Waterhouse A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day SEVEN Are you ready for some romance in the form of food? Below you will find a romantic recipe collection that I’ve compiled from my blog. These are just suggestions for serving each of the aphrodisiac foods. You will be…

valentine hutch or tablescape

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A Week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day SIX… Decorating your home for Valentine’s Day! I’m one of those people who realllllly likes Valentine’s Day. Actually, I should say, I puffy heart LOVE it. I look forward to decorating my home with hearts, vintage candy boxes, antique valentines and everything romance as soon as I turn…

spa sundaes

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A Week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day FOUR Today I put together some Valentine’s gifts for my daughters Andrea and Grace. Little “girly” baskets with cute heart socks, candies, cookies, and THESE adorable “Spa Sundaes,” among other things. These little “sundaes” would be great party favors for a girlfriends’ spa day or tea lunch. Just…

love notes jar

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A week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day THREE! ~ A LOVE NOTES JAR! Today I made a jar of love notes for the hubby. I included coupons for hugs, kisses, back rubs, batches of cupcakes, movie dates, tea dates, lunch dates, candlelight dinners, morning walks, theater tickets, sunset viewings on the porch (with vino) and…

a six senses post ~ scenes from my week

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smelling ~ rich, chocolaty espresso, tomatoey soup simmering, italian food, garlic roasting, THIS PERFUME seeing ~ snow gently falling in perfect puffy flakes… I caught some on my mitten today and looked closely…such amazing detail…fireplace blazing, amber candles glowing, vintage valentines and decor finally up and embellishing our rooms with romance, silly sweet fuzzy wuzzy…

a six senses post ~ tea with friends

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seeing ~ our friend Aaron’s Hualong (fish transforming into dragon) teapot. This very beautiful and rare teapot by Shi Fusheng is made from mixed ZiNi clay, and truly transforms the tea experience. feeling ~ lucky and blessed to have tea enthusiasts as next door neighbors and friends smelling and tasting ~ several fantastic teas! my…