Beauty and Goodness

Think of the most beautiful thing you’ve ever witnessed, and multiply it by a thousand. What you then have is only a small, barely detectable fraction of the magnificent creation that is life. What if you could experience the full beauty and goodness of life in one instant? You would surely and uncontrollably weep with tears of pure joy at the realization. And there is something you would know, without the slightest doubt. That no problem, no challenge, no difficulty, no pain can ever really diminish the wonder and grandeur that is life. There is a truth you would understand, in a way surpassing all thoughts and words, and it is this. Although the difficulties are very real, they are also very small when compared to the positive possibilities. It pays to continually put things in perspective. For the more ground your perspective encompasses, the more valuable opportunities you’ll have to live with genuine richness. Choose as your perspective the wondrous and ever-expanding beauty of life. Within that golden territory, you’ll find all the goodness and value you could ever desire.

— Ralph Marston

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Question

Is honesty truly the best policy? Have you ever been put in a situation (excluding those of the legal sort) where a "pretty" lie was better than the "ugly" truth? Did you lie or did you give it to them straight up?

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Intimate portrait…

I found these questions on the web and the idea is for you and your S/O to answer and of course share then sit back enjoy…. Well I guess enjoy depending on your answer…

My sweet spot is my:

I love it when you:

I have always wanted you to:

What I would like to do for you is:

My favorite fantasy is:

Pillow talk topics are:

Things I want you to do in the bedroom include:

What gets me in the mood is:

A perfect afternoon with you includes:

In person, I am embarrassed to tell you:

Hopefully by answering these questions it will start a conversation with your partner and you'll find out something you didn't know.. And more importantly get some! *wink*

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How much do you love your spouse?

I just finished reading a novel… one of the characters in an effort to please our husband and make his ultimate fantasy come true, asks her best friend to participate in a menage a trois… after which drama ensues… I wonder how far would most people go to prove their love or to please their spouse…

Delilah’s AH HA Macaroni & Cheese

Delicious recipe that was shown on The View. I changed it up a little to make it my own but this is the orginal… I love mac and cheese, this recipe is truly decadent it is SOOOOOOOOO good, but once again this is not for Weight Watchers and Jenny Craigers because one bite and you are going to quit your diet and slap your sponsor…

AH HA! Macaroni and Cheese(Serves 12 to 16)
Ingredients:
2 pounds elbow macaroni
12 eggs1 cup cubed Velveeta cheese
½ pound (2 sticks) butter, melted
6 cups half-and-half
4 cups grated sharp yellow cheddar cheese
2 cups grated extra sharp white cheddar cheese
1½ cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Asiago cheese
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup grated Muenster cheese
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper

Directions:Preheat the oven to 325°F. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until still slightly al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to keep warm.Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until frothy. Combine the Velveeta, butter, and two cups of the half-and-half in a large bowl. Add the warm macaroni, tossing until the cheese has melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the remaining half-and-half, three cups of the sharp yellow cheddar cheese, the remaining grated cheeses, and salt and pepper, tossing until completely combined.Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch casserole or baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining one cup of sharp yellow cheddar cheese and bake until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes more. Serve hot.

Green Bean Casserole

My friend’s mom’s recipe for green bean casserole… it is quite fattening and tasty I might add… it’s not for you if you are counting calories because it is sooooooooooo full of cheesy good-ness!

Ingredients:
Fresh green beans (do not use frozen!!!)
onion (chopped)
Mushroom (chopped)
1 block Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar
Chicken broth
can of cream of mushroom soup
can of fried onions

Snap the green beans to desired length. Boil green beans in chicken broth until tender (Note: she also adds a hamhock to the broth I don’t because my husband doesn’t eat pork). drain. sautee onions and mushrooms. shred cheese (I usually use about half of the block or more depending on my mood). mix in casserole dish green beans, sauteed mushrooms & onions, cheese and cream of mushroom soup. Bake at 350 for about 15 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven add fried onions around the edge of the dish and put it back in the oven for 5 minutes or until onions are golden.

Baked Soy Lemon Chops

Sounds yummy…..

Baked Soy Lemon Chops
Submitted By: Sherlock
These pork chops are light but very tasty! The longer you marinate your pork, the better it tastes. Serve with a fresh garden salad and mashed potatoes for a terrific meal.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 55 Minutes
Yields: 4 servings
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
4 pork chops
DIRECTIONS
In a shallow dish, combine soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, lemon juice, pepper and oil. Add pork chops, and turn to coat evenly. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Place marinated pork chops in a roasting pan, and bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, basting meat often with marinade.