It’s the 13th and a Friday!

Here we are in February the month of love.  Seems that January screamed by and with it went so many resolutions and plans for the year.  Not that they are gone, they just aren’t forefront in one’s mind.  Instead the Visa bills have arrived, winter seems to be long and we are relieved that the nights are longer and that we get to see the sunrise shortly after we get up.  It’s all good and as it should be.  And tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  A day when we are supposed to remind those that we love – just how much we do with chocolate and roses.  I wonder how and why that came about, but I won’t complain – maybe just a little since I don’t do sugar anymore.  But I do still do chocolate and that doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with something bad.

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Commercialization of love

I really think that Valentine’s day may have started out as a romantic day to revel in one’s love but now it’s just become another commercial reason to spend money and exude guilt if you don’t.  It even trespasses into the classroom of the Grade Three class.  Every kid brings candy and some mass produced cards to give to their friends.  It becomes a sugar fest more than anything.  But we hope that the candy is bought with love and the cards are given with if not love but respect.

Reason for Chocolate

I think Valentine’s Day could just be an excuse to eat chocolate.  Not any mass produced sugar laden chocolate but rather pure cocoa that contains many anti-oxidants and vitamins and minerals.  I found this recipe today from the Sacred Science website and thought that I would share it here.  If you are thinking of chocolate this is the way to go:

Maya Hot Chocolate Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 cup organic goat or cow milk (Almond milk is a great substitute for vegans)
2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground chili pepper
1-2 tbsp. honey
(Makes 1 serving)
Preparation:
• In a small mixing bowl, stir together cacao and spices.
• Adding a small amount of the milk, whisk into a paste.
• In a saucepan, heat remaining milk slowly over medium heat, making sure to remove just before boiling.
• Slowly add the paste to the saucepan and simmer until slightly thickened.
• Pour into a mug and add honey to desired sweetness.
• Enjoy!
We make this soul-warming treat in my house all the time, and it’s great for the winter months.  Be careful though, that raw cacao powder is powerful stuff. Don’t prepare this energizing beverage if you’re hoping to go to sleep in an hour!
Bathe in the glory of chocolate
So rather than buy cheap chocolates that don’t mean anything and provide empty calories
try out this wholesome recipe for yourself.  Sit down and enjoy slowly and think of all the
reasons why you should spoil yourself today.  You won’t have to think for long.  As women,
we are so accustomed to doing for others.  Sometimes sitting for a few moments of stillness,
quiet and solitude can bring incredible insight and healing.  Sitting with a hot cup of
delicious cocoa that you made for yourself is even better.  Enjoy!!!!!