Monday, February 14, 2005

It's All About You

As you may know I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day because for the most part it is a day meant to encourage the purchase of goods via emotional manipulation and guilt. I’m all about giving and getting gifts, but I prefer to give them because I feel like doing so. I feel that it’s wonderful to show your appreciation of people simply because you adore them, love them, or value their friendship, but you don’t need a special day to do this. More, Valentines Day has become a celebration of the haves and have nots… People who are in relationships (happy or not) have something to look forward to on this day… maybe a dinner which is not microwaved, some flowers, butterscotch flavored body oil and a massage… oh and maybe…sex. People who are not in relationships don’t get to go home an look forward to this.

Regardless of our relationship status I think we should do something to celebrate ourselves today. Indulge in a little self love instead of drinking or wallowing in self-pity or loneliness. You are your best asset and besides what good are you to a relationship future or present unless you actually love and value yourself as a person.

You probably know how to make this already, but this is my perscription for indulging in a moment self love.

Hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps or cinnamon
1 c + 1 tbsp whole milk
1 ½ tbsp powdered cocoa (I use Dutch processed)
2 ½ tbsp powdered sugar

1/8 tsp cinnamon or 2 tbsps peppermint schnapps

Combine the cocoa and powdered sugar in a heat proof mug until the sugar and chocolate are well mixed. If you’re adding the cinnamon add it now. Add 1 tbsp of the milk to this mixture and stir until you have a paste. Heat the milk in a saucepan until scalded. Pour into the mug and stir. If you’re using the Peppermint Schnapps add it all.

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