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
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
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
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
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.
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
A great graphic site at Tripod
The History Channel...The information of The
History of Valentines Day
The Gormet Connection....The rescipe