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what the hell should i get james for V-day? I was going to make a pecan pie with a confectioners sugar heart on the top/ center...but he used some pecans to make some failed oatmeal cookies (they turned into "oatmeal cookie loaves" baked at 225 for "several hours"). I bake all the time, so I dont really want to bake, yet again, for v-day. Im rather short on cash. 40$ is my limit. the absolute-i shouldnt spend this much either limit. NO chocolate, NO flowers. NO cards. Something more creative than a nice walk or dinner. Something he wouldnt think of doing for me.
ideas? im so lost.


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Feb. 11th, 2003 01:14 pm (UTC)
Aw sweetie, haven't you heard? Valentine's Day is for the ladies. March 20th is for the guys... Steak and Blowjob Day. Though, you can substitute something else for steak if he doesn't like or doesn't eat steak. (I know you're a vege but dunno about him.) As for the other, well, I won't presume to know your bedroom policies/practices so you could always substitute something else. ;-) heh... ok seriously now... lemme think. If I knew more about him I might be able to think of something... if he's a reader, perhaps he's mentioned a book that he really loved when he was growing up but he doesn't have a copy now? Or, perhaps a movie that he keeps renting but has never gotten around to buying it. Or um... if you want something romantic... gosh... so they have carriage rides in NYC? Hmm... maybe not that. Have you noticed him looking at something when you guys go out, like in a particular store? I can't really think of anything. Valentine's is usually more for romantic dinner, "I love you"s, and cuddle time than it is for gifts. I really don't know much about shopping for men for Valentine's, so doubt I've been of any help. But I tried! :-D
Feb. 11th, 2003 03:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know James that well either but how about something related to his interests. Isn't he into photography and drawing (your lj icon at one time was his work). How about doing some actual film photos of yourself or make a digital collage of your lives so far, then turn it into a photo you could frame (kinkos?). Hand-write him a love letter, expose your heart, tell him something that he may not know about you. Serenade him with your clarinet.
Feb. 11th, 2003 04:44 pm (UTC)
if you want to bake, try this:

Normandy Apple and Cream Tart with Calvados Whipped Cream

5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and kept warm
1/2 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
4 large eggs
3/4 cup creme fraiche(or sour cream)
2 teaspoons, plus 1 tablespoon Calvados(apple brandy) or apple juice
1 prepared sweet tart crust, recipe follows
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss the apples with the melted butter and 1
tablespoon of the sugar.

In a bowl fitted with an electric mixer, combine 1/2 cup sugar and
eggs. Beat until pale and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add the creme
fraiche and 2 teaspoons Calvados and beat for 1 minute.

Decoratively arrange the apples evenly over the bottom of the baked
tart shell. Pour the cream mixture over the apples and spread to the
edges. Bake until the cream is set and the apples are tender, 50
minutes to 1 hour.

Remove and cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour.

In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks start to
form. Add 2 teaspoons of confectioners' sugar and the remaining
tablespoon of Calvados and beat until stiff peaks start to form.
Transfer to a decorative bowl.

Remove the tart from the pastry mold. Place on a platter, dust with
confectioners' sugar, and serve with the Calvados whipped cream.

Sweet Tart Dough:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
2 to 4 tablespoons cold water, as needed

Into a large bowl, sift together the flour and salt. Add the sugar,
butter, and shortening, and mix until the mixture resembles coarse
crumbs. Add 2 tablespoons of ice water, and work into a smooth
dough, adding more water as needed. Wrap in plastic wrap and
refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out 1/8-inch thick to
fit an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Line with parchment
paper, fill with pie weights or beans, and bake for 12 minutes.
Remove from the oven and remove the paper and weights. Bake until
just golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a
wire rack before making the tart.

Yield: 1 (11-inch) tart crust

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Medium

assuming James likes apples,
Feb. 20th, 2003 09:39 am (UTC)
i will try it!...although now to late for V-day :)
Feb. 20th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
thank you for all your ideas!
i ended up getting him the CD set "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", and a tiny little "Max" doll (from "Where the Wild Things Are"), since I recently learned him mom sewed him an entire Max costume for Halloween.
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