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WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT: VALENTINE’S DAY OR BLACK HISTORY MONTH?

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OK SO I’M TOTALLY CONFUSED. SO THE MEDIA HAS DEFINITELY BEEN UP-SELLING VALENTINE’S DAY AND ALL ITS GLORY. I RARELY HEAR ANY MENTIONS OF WHAT OUR GREATS HAVE DONE TO CHANGE OUR CULTURE AND THE AFFECTS IT HAS HAD ON US THEREAFTER .

My husband and I do NOT celebrate ” VALENTINE’S DAY”. Don’t get me wrong, I did fall for the romantic ideas and gestures at a younger age. But life does teach you your greatest lessons. I remember our first valentine together, of course I was expecting a gift or some big grand gesture. Then my hubby says, “babe if I’m  not showing you my love everyday, then something is wrong”. That’s when I got it, and Valentine’s day became irrelevant for me. There’s not a day that goes by that he doesn’t tell me or shows me how much he loves me. That’s a work in progress, that requires all 365 days of each year to accomplish. Not just one mere day. Marriage is simply learning to love and be with someone for the rest of your life. It takes work, time and effort….not a mere day.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her- Ephesians 5:25

The love of God is infinite, so why should man limit when to express our love to each other. Show me a bouquet of rose/flowers that lasts an entire year without watering it and I’ll be a believer again. Love requires nurturing and care.

Let’s focus on the Greats that gave every bit of love they had to make a change in our life, through their entire lives:

Bob Marley–

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PINA COLADA—MY STYLE, MY FAVE SUMMER DRINK.

So occasionally when I have enough time, I enjoy making my homemade simple Pina Colada Drink.

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No measurement needed, Just blend all with ice and  love to serve about 2-4 people. You may use any rum, but I prefer to use Parrot Bay Coconut flavored rum. My secret ingredients is a tiny bit of nutmeg and a 1/2 of glass of white sweet wine ( I used Pinot Grigio white wine). Image

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I froze it after, just to really have that taste of a frozen Pina Colada….delicioso

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Mexican Jamaica (Hibiscus) Drink

My new favorite summer drink……soooooo refreshing.

  • 2 oz dried Jamaica Hibiscus flowers*
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 6 cups drinking water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-2 cups ice (if you need to serve it immediately)
  • cut apples and blueberries ( or any fruits)

Preparation:

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add the spices (nutmeg or cinnamon if desired) and whisk for 1-2 minutes until spices are incorporated. Pour the liquid over the hibiscus flowers. Let the flowers soak in the water for about 20 minutes. Pour the liquid and flowers through a strainer into a large pitcher. Add in the sugar and stir for 1-2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.

Pour in remaining 6 cups of water and taste for sweetness. Add more sugar or water if necessary.

To serve immediately, only add in 5 cups of water and stir in the 1-2 cups of ice and stir until it is ice cold.

Add fruits as desired to make more desirable.

The color and flavor of Jamaica Hibiscus is similar to tart cranberry with a subtle tea flavor in the background. When it is served ice cold, the tea flavor is almost imperceptible. It is also loaded with Vitamin C, so it’s good for you too! This version adds fruits to create a new taste.

 

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