Holiday: Valentine’s Day

five passionate cookbooks & a romantic recipe for breakfast in bed

Valentine Treat #5… My favorite passionate cookbooks! The Passionate Palate by  Desiree Witkowski Aphrodite by Isabel Allende Intercourses by Martha Hopkins & Randall Lockridge The Erotic Baker Cookbook by Karen Dwyer & Patrika Brown Romancing the Ordinary by Sarah Ban Breathnach Stay-in-Bed Fruit and Wine Omelet recipe adapted  from the beautiful book… The Passionate Palate…

valentine traditions & time capsule

My hubby is a romantic, no doubt about it. I love this idea he came up with as part of my Valentine’s gift back in 2001. We had been married for 6 years at that point, and were spending our second Valentine’s day in our Victorian cottage here in Red Wing Minnesota. I love the…

rose ylang ylang massage oil

~ rose ylang ylang massage oil ~ “All thoughts, all passions, all delights, whatever stirs this mortal frame, are all but ministers of love, and feed his sacred flame.” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge Did you know that I wrote a “home spa” book? Yup. I did. It’s called Chin Deep in Bubbles and on pages 35…

ghirardelli hot cocoa

~ ghirardelli hot cocoa ~ Hello my lovelies! Here’s the second surprise in this weeks line up of Valentine’s treats. Ghirardelli cocoa! There’s nothing quite like this rich, wonderful cocoa. 12 years ago Jeff and I visited San Francisco California and just had to stop in at Ghirardelli Square. We ate some lovely chocolate treats…

heart strings

~ heart strings ~ It’s that time of year again my friends! A week of Valentine treats here at ChinDeep! I’ve been feathering our nest with my favorite valentine things… Hearts, flowers, vintage linens and lace, romantic books, movies and music, vintage valentines, candles, vintage candy boxes, red…white…and, of course, pink! I’ve also been busy…

“Priceless” by Dana Stenholtz

I just love this article that Dana wrote! So sweet! Enjoy. Priceless The two loves of my life are my nieces. Elyse and Aubrey are 7 and 5, and anything Auntie Dana gives them is special. That is one of the best things about kids. They don’t know if you spent five dollars or 5,000…

Scenes From Valentine’s Day ~ A Strawberry Menu

~Valentine’s Treat 7~ A Strawberry Menu “…Sit on a cushion, and sew a fine seam, and dine upon strawberries, sugar and cream.” ~From the Mother Goose nursery rhyme “Curly-Locks” Happy Valentine’s Day! We started celebrating yesterday… We started the day with Strawberry Milk and I made a loaf of Strawberry Breakfast Bread This got rave…

my vintage valentines & “book of love” brownies

~Valentine Treat 6~ My vintage and antique valentines are featured in this weekend’s edition of The Rochester Post Bulletin! My friend, Sandy Erdman, wrote a great article! There was only enough room for two of the valentines to be pictured….soooo… I thought I’d share some of my other favorites here. and the following selections are…

Repurposing Idea ~ Romantic Vintage Handkerchief Table Coverlet

Valentine Treat 5 ~Vintage Handkerchief Table Coverlet~ Jeff and I went thrifting together last week… I was searching for something specific that day… Vintage handkerchiefs! I found 24 of them! Vintage handkerchiefs + A sewing machine and thread… = A romantic table coverlet! photographs by Melissa Placzek Just go to your nearest thrift store and…

Repurposing Idea ~ Jars of Delight

Valentine Treat 3 ~Jars of Delight~ “Every object, every being is a jar full of delight. Be a connoisseur.” ~Rumi photographs by Melissa Placzek A sweet idea for giving Valentines to your best friends! Just buy a bunch of small, quilted canning jars… Put a little circle of vintage fabric or a cupcake paper between…