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We make many relationships in life, some are face to face, some are over the telephone, and some are here...on line. I have met so many wonderful people (and a few TURKEYS) since I ventured out into the www.

This page is my gift back to all of you, for making my life a little brighter with an e-mail note or link, for helping me with a web page, for calling me when you knew (or thought I was down in the dumps)

~Have a GREAT Holiday~

Here is a simple rescipe for something special for you to make someone you Love and ~love to please~

Black Forest Trifle

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty Level: 3
Servings: 10


1/2 pk Devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup rum
21 oz. can cherry pie filling
Chocolate Custard Ingredients:
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups Milk

Topping Ingredients:

1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


Prepare cake mix according to package directions;
cut into 1/2 inch slices. Line bottom of 2 quart
bowl of trifle dish with half of cake slices;
sprinkle with 2-4 tbsp. rum.
Spoon half of cherry pie filling over cake; top
with half of choclate pudding. Repeat procedure
with remaining cake, rum, pie filling and
custard. Cover and chill.
Beat whipping cream until foamy; gradually add
powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form.
Spread over custard; garnish with almonds.

Combine first 3 ingredients in top of double
boiler. Combine eggs and milk, gradually stir
into dry mixture. Bring water in double boiler to
a boil, reduce heat to low and cook custard,
stirring constantly until thick. Cool. Dessert
yields 6-8 servings.

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

~But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday?~

The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance.

St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young, single men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement.

Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today.

Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure.

It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Narn ie's World Home

~Penny M. Chaisson...2-14-2000~

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Special thanks to the following sources for help with this page

Anne's Place
A great graphic site at Tripod

The History Channel...The information of The History of Valentines Day

The Gormet Connection....The rescipe