Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hugs and Kisses: February Poetry

It's poetry time again and if ever there was an occasion for poetry, the upcoming celebration of Valentine's Day is it. In fact, I wrote my first poem on this blog, Ode to a Reader, 4 years ago, as a love poem to all of you who take the time to support this blog. Well, that's not technically true. My first poem, Words I Never Want to Say Again, was written earlier but was such a fail, so badly misunderstood, that I had to edit the post to add a disclaimer. And assure friends and family via emails and FB private messages that my older son was not in jail.

Moving on.

Today, as my contribution to this month's poetry challenge, I'm hoping at the very least that I won't be frantically adding a disclaimer to this piece. I set the bar low, I know. That's probably for the best.

Our group theme this month is Friends and Family. Read on. If you dare . . .

Monthly poetry group, multiple bloggers, theme based poems. February 2017 theme is Friends and Family | Presented by | #poem #poetry

Roses are a classic sign,
That our true love is divine,
Their scent in winter is sublime
And a favorite of mine.

A loving toast, bubbly champagne,
Two or three till none remains,
always wins a romantic campaign,
Veuve Cliquot, I can't refrain.

Baubles are a way to go,
diamonds have me at "hello",
a jewelry box can make me glow
whatever is inside, bravo.

Fancy dinner, restaurant fare,
Bartenders, waiters attend with care
worth dressing up, fixing my hair,
'cause it leaves my own sink bare.

Don't forget the mushy card.
Though choosing one may just be hard,
don't be shy, no holds barred
with words of love you must bombard.

Box of chocolates, any sweet
The "must have" of Valentine eats.
Induces romance, feel the heat,
a sweet dessert is hard to beat.

Raspberry Fudgy Brownie Hearts, Heart shaped raspberry infused brownies with a raspberry flavored frosting. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter or just cut in squares | Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate #ValentinesDay

 Raspberry Fudgy Brownie Hearts
Raspberry Fudgy Brownie Hearts, Heart shaped raspberry infused brownies with a raspberry flavored frosting. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter or just cut in squares | Recipe developed by | #recipe #chocolate #ValentinesDay

In the end, I have to say
To my loved ones, if I may,
If you want to make my day,
Hugs and Kisses are the way.

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry by some of my friends: 

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Friends and Family "How I Love Ya"

Diane of On the Border shares Toast

Kristina of The Angrivated Mom shares Influenced Insanity

Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Friends are Family.

Baking In A Tornado signature | | #MyGraphics

Raspberry Fudgy Brownie Hearts
Printable Recipe

NOTE: You will need a heart shaped cookie cutter. If you don't have one, you can decorate these as brownie squares.

baking cocoa for flouring pan
4  ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 stick butter
1/2 stick margarine
2/3 cup raspberry jam
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/4 cup flour
OPT: a few drops of red food coloring

1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup raspberry jam
1/2 tsp raspberry extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 cups powdered sugar

OPT: candies, sprinkles and nonpareils for decoration 

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (with baking cocoa) a 10 X 15 jellyroll pan.
*Melt together the unsweetened chocolate, 1 stick of butter and the margarine in microwave. Stir until completely smooth.
*Stir in 2/3 cup of jam and vanilla. Once incorporated, stir in the sugar, then the eggs. Finally add the flour. 
*Pour evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
*Beat the second stick of butter, remaining 1/3 cup of jam, extract and heavy cream until smooth.
*Slowly, starting at the lowest speed, beat in the powdered sugar. If the frosting is too thick you can add a little milk. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar. Add a few drops of red food coloring if desired.
*Spread the frosting onto the brownies. Cut into squares or use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts.
*With a large spatula, remove the brownie squares or hearts from the pan. Decorate as desired.


  1. Awesome job! I cannot write poetry for my life! I love sitting back and reading the pros do it though!

    1. Ha ha, if you're talking about me, I'm afraid you're giving "pros" a bad name.

  2. Oh, this is adorable! No disclaimer needed! :)

    1. Thank you, Diane, but unfortunately I think all of my poetry needs a disclaimer. Maybe I should just copy and paste it from one post to the next.

  3. Loved those lines. And the brownie looks divine.


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