Close to you

I am at loss for words when it comes to the  memories this song brings to me. I was young and hadn’t yet gotten to the age of falling in love. Yet this song gave me a comfort, and a glimpse of what romance must be just from the beauty of the music. I knew every single word of this song and could sing it from start to finish. Of corse I could because I had listened to it daily on my handheld transistor radio. A radio I still have to this day.

Still in its carrying case.

The station you ask? Oh that would have been AM 1240 WROV. The radio? Yes it still works. It was at my side for years and even survived a few bicycle crashes. My brother found it in a drawer when cleaning out our mother’s house after I moved her out here to live with me. He saved it from the sale for me as he knew how much I treasured it as a young boy.

I post the tune today as I can’t think of a better song to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day. I send you love and hope that you in turn spread love to everyone you see and touch today.

Carpenters – (They Long To Be) Close To You – 1970

Why do birds suddenly appear
Every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
Why do stars fall down from the sky
Every time you walk by?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
On the day that you were born the angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue
That is why all the girls in town
Follow you all around
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
On the day that you were born the angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue
That is why all the girls in town
Follow you all around
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
Wa, close to you
Wa, close to you
Ha, close to you
La, close to you
(….oh and yes Karen was not only the vocalist, but also the drummer. )

Holiday Warning Lable

This is the official warning to all readers.

We do not wish to offend so we are now publishing this official warning to the Internet;

We Celebrate Holidays on this here Blog Thingy.

In the past we have been reprimanded for such behavior. So we decided to post this warning in order to relieve ourselves of holiday liability.

First there was Christmas (the almighty lightening rod of all holidays). We have apparently offended some interneters through the use of the words Christmas & Xmas (man did Xmas cause an uproar!) We also offended some by wishing readers a Happy Chanukah and/or Hanukkah. Oh …and don’t let me forget the rant I received on a post about my God Son’s performance of the Nutcracker. The language of that comment alone could have earned the blog an adults only warning and possibly put Fearsome on an FBI watch list. He’s a kid for Christs’ sake, if he wants to dance the Nutcracker, let him.

Halloween is a boogie man as well. Some decided to reprimand The Beard as they apparently consider it pagan. Really? No! Tell me it ain’t so. Just for the reaction next year I’m adding Dia De Los Muertos! On the pagan subject let us not forget what happens when we dare mention the words Solstice, Holiday or even the fictional Festivus in the month of December….pure entertainment at its best I tells ya.

This years New Years wish was overwhelmingly well received….Oh wait…except this one who seemed to miss the Father Time/Baby New Year theme and recommended that an “adults only” warning should proceed Fearsome’s blog.

So far the heart holiday has made it through without any drama, so far.

Now as the avid readers you are you know what’s coming. A holiday about some guy who got named a Saint just because he chased all the snakes off of a North Atlantic island. Look I ain’t so sure about this story, if I was a naked snake on a North Atlantic island it sure wouldn’t take a Saint to convince me to leave for a warmer climate. Do not fear though as we here at Fearsome Beard aren’t going to leave out any holiday just because the story about it’s origins it isn’t quite plausible. So yes there will be some Irish, and near Irish, blessings coming your way this very week.

Watch out though as on the horizon we have a holiday about a resurrection that for some odd reason is celebrated with a bunny that hides dyed chicken eggs. Folowing just a month after the bunny one is holiday about a culture south of the United States border, that isn’t even celebrated in that culture. The summer holidays seem to go off without a hitch as at least until this point in American history their point is still somewhat plausible, after November it’s anyone’s guess.

We post this warning with the intention that readers will hopefully see the humor in it, the humor in most holidays and the intended humor ahead. Fearsome Beard is a blog for contemplation and personal growth. We love comments. Comments that agree and disagree. We find growth through good honest discussion.

Now get ready for some leprechauns and pots of gold…just follow the rainbows!

 

Baking Beard’s EZ Sweetheart Chocolate Cake

Fearsome Bakes!

It’s been too long since since we posted a cake recipe. It’s time, just in time to save your ass with your sweetheart! So as Valentine’s Day approaches did you forget to stop and get chocolates and roses? This quick and easy chocolate cake will make your sweetheart melt like a Hershey bar on your fingers.

Fearsome’s easy Sweetheart catching yummy chocolate chip cake featuring creme cheese chocolate frosting!

AKA ….The Valentine Catcher Cake

Preparing to ice, you can see the indentations of the baked in chocolate chips!

Preparing to ice, you can see the indentations of the baked in chocolate chips!

Start with a box, yes a box…this is easy so it’s not from scratch, of Betty Crocker Super Moist Devils Food cake mix. Mix the cake as directed but substitute one stick of melted butter in place of the oil. Split batter into two layer pans and then drop 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips onto each layer’s batter (1/2 cup each). Don’t mix the chips in, just scatter on the batter. Bake as directed. Cool for 15 minutes in the pans and flip out of pans onto a towel to cool completely.

The icing is the key and we do make that from scratch as it’s so freakin’ easy. In a medium mixing bowl start with 1 – 8 ounce package of room temperature creme cheese and place in bowl. Add 1 – 1 pound package of confectioners powdered sugar (this is about 4 cups). Add 3/4 cup of Hershey’s baking cocoa. Then add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup of milk. Start to blend on slow speed, as it starts to moisten slowly increase speed of mixer and have extra milk handy to add just a few drops at a time ….keep mixing and adding extra drops of milk on a higher mixer speed until icing is creamy and just spreadable. –Careful to not add too much milk thus making it too runny to hold on cake…add the extra milk just drops at a time to just get creamy and spreadable.–

Ice the cool cake layers then refrigerate for about an hour uncovered to set icing.

My sweetheart's gonna love me for this, yours will too!

My sweetheart’s gonna love me for this, yours will too!