Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts For Valentine’s Day

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LOVE AND SWEETS   We love jam tarts of just about any description in our home so when a special occasion pops up like Valentine’s Day I don’t mind baking up a few batches for my family and friends. This Queen of hearts jam tarts recipe boasts a beautiful pastry filled with either raspberry or strawberry jam followed by a light dusting of  icing-sugar. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own jam tarts, today I will show you how easily I was able to make my recipe and how you can do the same in your kitchen. Most men and women are scrambling at the last-minute to get a Valentine’s Day card and treats but with a bit of planning you can make these Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts for Valentine’s Day and your loved one will love you even more…if that is even possible. Other simple Valentine’s Day recipes for him or her which you can make and add to a Valentine’s Day Gourmet Basket, Bake Sale or for guests. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Cherry Cheesecake Blueberry Cheesecake 5 minute Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge Cherry Pie Minis Coconut Custard Tarts […]

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How to find Love at the Grocery Store: The Grocery Game Challenge #5 Mar 30-Apr 5, 2015

LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE AND GROCERY SHOP   If you have a love affair with the grocery store and are single, I’m going to tell you how to find love while roaming the food aisles. Most people are looking in all the wrong places for love and doing the deed isn’t going to be your fast-track way to the alter either. There’s more to finding love than what happens in the bedroom. Sadly the first place that comes to mind for those who want to find love is by going to the bar. The bar dating scene is so old these days especially with free online dating sites like Plenty of Fish and even apps for your smart phone that it has taken on an entirely new direction. The problem with the meet at the bar mindset is that it’s always been where people go to enjoy drinks, dance and meet people. In one sense we are conditioned from the time we are in University and College that the bar scene is where people hook up because that’s where students go to unwind and have fun. It’s time to think outside of the clubs because there are more places to find […]

Free love with a post-it note no calendar required- The Saturday Weekend Review #59

LOVE DON’T COST A THING   The written form of love even on a post-it note is easy on the wallet and the heart will embrace your uniqueness. Not everyone is comfortable sharing their feelings so writing them down is a great way to express love. No, I’m not busting out into the Jennifer Lopez tune telling the world to put the money away because it’s not what love is all about, but in a way I am. I’m sure you’ve heard enough about Valentine’s Day and how much money men and women spend around the world for this one day every year. Sickening really, to see how we put a date on love and romance when every day should be filled with expressions of love. I wasn’t going to write anything about Valentine’s Day this year because, frankly I didn’t have anything to say that I hadn’t said before. Related: Budgeting for Love on Valentine’s Day I was contacted by The Brighter Life who wanted my Valentine’s Budget ideas so I fired them off in an email and they shared my thoughts on their website yesterday for the world to see. You will notice none of it entails spending […]

Happy New Year 2014 Is here to stay!

As we move into 2014 I notice how life can slip by in an instant if we aren’t paying attention and how it’s a blessing to wake up in the morning. Simplicity and life at it’s best work together when we just live a life that makes us happy as individuals. No amount of money can be put on happiness, not now, not ever. Money pays for things we need to survive, full-stop. It is what it is and to be honest, those who do that are missing out on much of life’s precious moments. One thing I like to do is not dwell on the past, rather look forward to a brighter future and believe that the path ahead will bring much joy and happiness into my life. Life is a series of photos and what you create in these photos is up to you most often but for those times you have no control the only control you have is those over your emotions. Be strong. We create paths in our lives and we also follow the path that gives us or what we believe will benefit us the most. Overall, the end result is mostly a product […]

How to get your life back after a divorce involving kids

YOU CAN FALL IN LOVE AND BE HAPPY AGAIN   If you are or have ever been divorced you will likely agree with me that going through a divorce is not fun.  The rollercoaster of emotions that you may feel; anger, depression, frustration, helplessness and fear to name a few can drain the life right out of you. Picking yourself up and regaining control of your life may be difficult to even think about but it can be done. I am a firm believer that no one can make YOU happy but YOU. I am not perfect and I do not claim to have it all figured out when it comes to life, but you are in control of your life and the choices you make are up to you. You may not be able to control another persons actions but you can control how you react to them and how you let them bother you. I thought I would share a few of my thoughts and observations I have noticed over the last 3 years of being a single parent.   Breaking the ties and refusing to fight   Unless you are someone who likes misery, who wants to […]

PF Weekly Grab a brew #42: A stranger opens his wallet for me unexpectedly

That Moment When You Make Someone Smile   Just before Thanksgiving this year I wanted to write a blog post about simple ways of giving to others especially if you don’t know someone. I also wanted to talk about how to say thank-you for that kindness and how to continue that chain of repetitive nature that we should all crave and that’s a daily smile. I always try my best to do the proper thing when it comes to etiquette and being a good person whether it’s with a stranger or in my relationship with my wife and those that I love. I hold the door open, help someone pack their trunk and even reach items off the top shelf at the grocery store. I get a thanks and a smile in return and I’m a happy guy. I know I’ve made someone’s day when I can go out of my way and help them out. It’s quite amazing the feeling you get inside when you have the ability to help others in any way possible. Most times we help people and don’t even know we have helped them whether it be from a learning experience or simply sharing our […]

Dating, career, life and true love: The bundle exposed

By: Katrina Dealing With What Life Hands You We all want our dreams to be bundled up into some sort of fairy tale of a life but who are we kidding, no one has the perfect relationship, career, family all bundled into one. I always dreamed of one day having the perfect family, a couple of kids and a hardworking husband whose family meant the world to him. While we all know life doesn’t always go as we hope it will and it’s without a doubt that we must deal with road bumps along the way. Divorce is an emotionally and mentally draining experience and if you’ve been through it once it’s not likely something you want to experience again. Healing and picking yourself up from the emotional roller coaster of a divorce takes time and when kids are involved it can be even harder to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Dating I’m sure others will agree that being a single mom or a single dad makes dating interesting and harder to do especially when you work full-time and are sleep deprived. Going on that first date after divorce is not always easy because there is […]

Money isn’t everything happiness is

You Can’t Expect Money To Buy It All Money isn’t everything happiness is and to some people having money in the bank means you must be rich or you have a good job. That is far from the truth but only those who can see past what others have then they too can focus on creating a life for themselves that makes sense to them. This week has been all about relationships and money and to be honest it’s a topic I enjoy because the struggles that many people go through when it comes to money and personal life need to be heard. There are things money can buy and things it can’t such as love, respect, happiness and likely a whole host of things that many people take for granted because money is involved. Is it better to be rich and miserable or poor and miserable? I guess only you can answer that question. How many times have we heard of famous actors and musicians committing suicide and they have all the money in the world? Money sure is powerful but is it powerful enough to take away the passion for life that is deep inside your heart? Money is […]

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