Saturday, March 22, 2014

Links We Love - March 22nd

5 Guys You Should Date Before Settling Down
Half the fun of being single is being able to play the field and getting to know various types of guys before finding your perfect match. If you're still on the hunt for Mr. Right, before you find him, we've listed five guys you should make a play for before you put your single girl days behind you.

How to Flirt Like Crazy
We already know you know how to flirt. But these tips will turn your seductive ways up a notch and could cause anyone from your long-term BF to the pizza delivery guy to do whatever you say.

The 50 Hottest Sex Tips All Women Wish You Knew
We’re confident when we tell you that if you want to meet more women, spice up your sex life, and be the best lover your girlfriend or wife has ever had, you must read this list. Consider these rules the 50 Hottest Sex Tips All Women Wish You Knew.

Are you ready to find The One? How to tell
The one thing about finding Mr. Right that most people don't tell you is that you have to be ready for it. Chances are, if you haven't found what you're looking for in the commitment-worthy guy category, you may not actually be ready for long-term love. How do you know when you're ready? We have some surefire signs.

Have Incredible First-Time Sex
Even experienced men make rookie mistakes when they go to bed with a new woman for the first time. And she's taking mental notes.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Links We Love - March 15th

6 Date-Repelling Traits
We understand that different people like different things and what turns one gal's crank may do nothing for another. But there are some traits we're pretty positive will turn off any woman who's unlucky enough to come across them.

Ace The Third Date Dinner
If you haven’t quite figured it out yet, girls like love food. And if your lady isn’t in love with all things roasted, sauteed, creamed, whisked, baked, broiled, grilled, or smothered in hot sauce? You may just want to reconsider that choice. (Jus’ sayin’!)

How to Get Out of a Bad Date
Unfortunately, disaster dates happen. But when you're stuck on one, what the eff are you supposed to do? We tapped relationship expert, Rachel DeAlto, for her savvy tips on how to get out of a bad date ASAP (without hurting his feelings).

Can You Ever Have Too Much Sex?
Guess how many young men think they’re having sex too often. We’re guesstimating, but that number’s somewhere near zero, right?

Let’s Talk About Sext
Sure, it’s not a good idea to send photos of your “self” to anyone you wouldn’t trust with your life. But as it turns out, sexting can actually foster a healthy sex life, experts say.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Links We Love - March 8th

The Senior/Online Dating Connection
Online dating has quickly become one of the most popular tools for finding love for all ages. The fastest growing demographic for dating online is the 40+ category and it has shown no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

25 Romantic Ideas (That Won't Freak Him Out)
According to a new study from Penn State, playful behavior can serve as a serious turn-on to guys. It's romance, dude-style. Whether you're working on a new man or looking to lighten up a LTR, these guy-friendly ideas on how to be romantic can help you win him over.

Breast Know-How for Fun, Pleasurable Sex
More than half of the human population has breasts – and much of the other half can’t get enough of them. As a man, learning your way around a woman’s breasts can take you from a “good enough” lover to an toe-tingling, tell your girlfriends the next day over brunch kind of lover.

Understand What Sex Does to Your Brain
Your reaction is automatic, reflexive, and quite possibly the most powerful one you'll have this day. It temporarily blots out your long-range commitments—that 10-year marriage, that kid in second grade, that responsibility to keep eyes forward at traffic lights. You've surrendered control; you're captivated by the pleasure in the vision.

How To Be Seen As More Than a Friend
We've all been there – when you like a guy who treats you like his little sister or just one of the guys. You're friends with him (he's a great guy after all) but you'd really like to be more than friends. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Links We Love - March 1st

6 Worst Sexual Faux Pas
Sex is more than just what happens between the sheets, and the whole experience can be ruined by poor etiquette. Just like a cute guy can end up seeming not so cute if he's rude, selfish or mean, a perfectly good sexy time session can go off the rails by a guy with bad bedroom manners. We came up with a list of what we feel are some of the worst sexual faux pas.

How To Know if She Likes You
The minute you walk around wondering, 'Does she like me?' you're basically giving your power away to her.

Online Dating Advice
Online dating for guys... The ultimate guide!

How To Get Back With Your Ex
Experts weigh in on if getting back together with your ex-boyfriend is a good idea — and share the rules you must follow, if you do decide to give it another try.

Your Bed: Sleep. Sex. That's It.
Even though many of us have images of sitcom parents reading newspapers in television or having big family meetings in bed (like on television), it’s generally a good idea to do two things and two things only in bed: sleep and have sex.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Why Doesn't This Person Have a Photo Online?

It's a simple question that I'm often asked: "Why do so few potential mates post a photo online?"

The answer isn't quite so simple.

There are three basic types of people when it comes to posting photographs online.

The "I Have No Secrets Person"
This is the person who doesn't have any secrets and doesn't care if everyone knows they've posted a profile on an online dating website. These are the same people who post what they ate for breakfast on Facebook and hang out at bars on the weekend.

The "I'm Too Fat Person"
Undoubtedly, this person is female. She is lacking in self-esteem and is at least fifty pounds overweight. She wants the chance to chat first, to get to know a man, reel him in with how nice and witty she is and then gradually let him know that she's more than just a BBW.

Ironically, these women are often great prospective dates - they're nice, smart, genuine people who are quite attractive in appearance if only they can get past the first impression of "whoa, she's too fat!" Hence, the legitimate hesitation to post a photo online.

The "I'm a Privacy Freak Person"
This group is split equally between men and women. Believe it or not, THIS is the group from which you will find the best potential dates. Why? Because these are the people who have genuine reasons to maintain their privacy. Why? Because they have well-paying jobs, are respected in the community, and have the most stability in their lives.

It almost sounds counter-intuitive. But think about these scenarios. Corrections officers, police officers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, dentists and public-service employees generally do not want to date the people with whom they interact on a daily basis. They want to maintain some degree of anonymity until they "get to know you a little better". That's not a BAD thing; it's a sign of someone looking for a genuine relationship who doesn't want to have the whole world know he's looking for a new mate.

So, what does that mean for you? If you are comfortable posting a photo of yourself online, go ahead! Be sure to check out our future post detailing what types of photos are most useful. If you are hesitant to post a photo, that's fine too - just be prepared to share a photo quickly once start chatting with someone - we all like to have a mental image of who we are speaking with!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Food We Love: Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops

I have to admit to being spoiled by our warmer weather today and decided to fire up the grill outside on the patio. These apple-stuffed pork chops were easy to make and the everyone was pleased with the grilled flavor we've been missing all winter long!

Warning: I'm not so great with measuring ingredients, I usually guesstimate my spices and everything else for something like this!

  • 4 thick cut bone-in pork chops
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup stuffing mix cubes
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 4 tbsp apple juice

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Upcoming Events - April 15 - 21, 2013

The following date-worthy events are scheduled this week in the north country.

Tuesday, April 16th

Tuesday Trivia Night - MacDuff's, 59 Market Street, Potsdam, 7-9 pm.

Wednesday, April 17th

Line Dancing - Community Center Building, 61 Beach Street, Massena, $2.00/hour, 2-4 pm.

Open Mic Night - Myer's Pub, 17 Commerce Street, Ogdensburg, 7 pm.

Pub Quiz - The Cactus Grill, Raymond Street, Potsdam, 7-9 pm.

Thursday, April 18th

Disc Jockey - The Coach Tavern, 3 Main Street, Norfolk, 9 pm.

Disc Jockey - Myer's Pub, 17 Commerce Street, Ogdensburg, 7 pm.

Latin Music - Spicy Iguana, 21 Miner Street, Canton, 7 pm.

Lecture - SUNY Potsdam, Planetarium, Stowell Hall, "How Astronomers Locate Stars and Planets", 4 pm.

Open Mic Night - VFW Post #2936, 525 Caroline Street, Ogdensburg, 7 pm.

Friday, April 19th

Disc Jockey - The Coach Tavern, 3 Main Street, Norfolk, 9 pm.

Disc Jockey - Friar Tuck's, 4 Main Street, Massena, 9 pm.

Karaoke - Amvets Post #11 4348 Route 11, DeKalb Junction, 8 pm.

Karaoke - Rusty Wheel, 32 Willow Street, Massena, 9:30 pm.

Music - Black Lake Tavern, 4448 County Route 6, Ogdensburg, 5 pm.

Music - Gran-View Restaurant, Route 37, Ogdensburg, 7 pm.

Music - The Ole Smokehouse, 3512 County Route 14, Madrid, 8 pm.

Music - T&T's Famiglia Restaurant & Bar, 20 Water Street, Massena, 10 pm.

Saturday, April 20th

Karaoke - Rusty Wheel, 32 Willow Street, Massena, 9:30 pm.

Music - Gran-View Restaurant, Route 37, Ogdensburg, 7 pm.

Round & Square Dancing - Amvets Post #11 4348 Route 11, DeKalb Junction, 9 pm.

Wine Tasting - Blackbird Cafe, Canton, $35.00, 7-9 pm.

If you have an upcoming date-worthy event in the north country, send us the information.

Food We Love: French Toast Breakfast in Bed

Yesterday, I found an insert in a magazine with some yummy breakfast recipes. They all used various brand name ingredients that I normally don't buy. But it gave me a couple of great ideas that I've tweaked a bit. Here's what I made for breakfast in bed:

Crunchy French Toast
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups coarsely crushed multi-grain cereal
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • extra maple syrup for dipping

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Links We Love: April 7 - 13, 2013

Very Naughty Things to Do With Candy
Maybe you have incorporated whipped cream or strawberries into your hook ups, but you have probably never used these treats in the bedroom.

The “Safe” Drug That’s Hurting Your Erection
Popping some over-the-counter drugs like candy could cramp your sex life.

How to Swing a Sexy Getaway with Your Guy
Your relationship needs a break from the daily grind. Here's how to stop making excuses and start packing.

What She Really Wants
Read a woman's body language to determine her motives.

How To Tell A Man By His Drink
You can tell a lot about a guy by his choice of beverage!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Food We Love: Cheesy Chicken Corn Chowder

This chowder was super-simple to make, and works well for an impromptu dinner. We made last minute plans to grab a movie from the local library and have a quiet night at home. Preparation time took about 15 minutes, followed by an additional 15 minutes of periodic stirring - just enough time to wash the cutting board, open a bottle of wine, and make a quick Caesar salad.

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 cans of Campbell's condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 soup cans of milk
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • sour cream to garnish

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Links We Love: March 31 - April 6, 2013

Secrets of Super Happy Couples
Twelve ways to keep your relationship thriving.

Premature Ejaculation and the 90-Second Window
Can't last as long as you'd like during sex? It may not even matter.

Table for Four = Relationship Bliss?
The easiest way to get closer with your guy might be to have a foursome.

Are You Boring in Bed?
Do you harbor a secret worry that you're not quite up to snuff in the doin'-in department?

Can Bicycle Seats Affect Your Love Life?
That not-so-comfortable bike seat just might be doing permanent damage.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Book Review: Tips for Couples: A 30-Minute Guide to a Better Relationship

This morning, I had to take my automobile in for an oil change. I grabbed a book out of our home library that I knew I could read in the service lounge while I waited. It was a good choice, I actually finished the entire book in the time it took for my car to be ready.

The book is called 20 Communication Tips for Couples: A 30-Minute Guide to a Better Relationshipby Doyle Barnett.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Links We Love: March 24 - 30, 2013

The Two Hottest Things You Can Say in Bed
Listen up as we reveal the magic words that will take you and your guy to new heights of excitement! Surprisingly, they're actually printable.

Do Female Breadwinners Need Special Relationship Rules?
The number of men whose female partners outearn them is in the rise.

25% of Women Want Marriage Proposal Do-Overs
A new survey says one in four women HATES the way her would-be hubby proposed.

How To Make Sex Sizzle
Six Things Men Really Want In Bed.

How Online Dating Works
Learn how to ditch the singles bar and avoid blind dates.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Why Should a Man Get Married?

First, let me say that I'm going to re-direct you to another site to read the full article and associated comments. I didn't include this in our "Links We Love" as I really appreciate the author, Trent, and have been a faithful reader of his financial blog on a daily basis for several years.

Let me chime in for a moment from a woman's point of view:

I you are ever uncertain, even only periodically, about marriage... don't get married. The pain and suffering, financial and emotional, from divorce is not worth the couple of blissful months/years of married life. Many of the benefits Trent lists can be achieved through co-habitation, with the only real exceptions being (1) the option to file taxes as married filing jointly, (2) the benefits of receiving a spouses social security benefits upon death, and (3) possibly the benefit of shared health insurance.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Links We Love: March 17 - 23, 2013

Everything You Need to Know About Your Vagina
Our hoo-ha handbook has all the answers plus secrets to staying in top shape down there.

Survey: Women Want More Sex, Too!
Men want more sex. That’s a given. But here’s a secret: Women want more sex, too!

The 18 Most Annoying Male Habits, Explained
The "why" and "how come" questions are answered.

Picking Up Girls at the Gym
Five rules for hitting on women without looking like a dumbbell.

3 Ways You’re Making Your Breakup More Painful
You're making breaking up harder than it has to be!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Is it Acceptable to Forget Your Mate's Birthday?

My friend Marcie asked me this question the other day as we were sitting in Canton sharing a couple of Coronas's and steak burritos. She wanted to know if it was acceptable that her boyfriend of almost-a-year failed to recognize her birthday.

Is there some kind of time frame when it's okay for him to claim he (1) didn't know your birthday, or (2) forgot your birthday? Marcie's not sure at this point which is really the case, and when she finally got around to confronting Jason, she didn't get a really clear answer.

If you're in a new relationship, at what point do you share birthdays? Do you sneak a glance at her drivers' license when she pulls it out to buy liquor? Do you ask point blank? Do you drop a hint?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Links We Love: March 10 - 17, 2013

Top 40: Tips from Our 40 Steamiest Sex Articles
This Collection is sure to shake up your between-the-sheets routing.

Picking Up Girls at the Gym
Five rules for hitting on women without looking like a dumbbell.

Ten Creative Dates
Go beyond the old standby - dinner and a move - with these fun date iteas.

Are You Marriage Material?
Five important factors to assess before popping the question.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Food We Love: Eggs in a Basket

Over the weekend, we had my nephews staying with us and I wanted to make something fun for breakfast. I asked if they wanted "Eggs in a Basket" to which the youngest replied, "But the Easter Bunny doesn't come until next month!" So, the decision was made, and off we went to the kitchen to make this tried and true classic in our family. If your significant other has kids at home, this could be the perfect way to show the kids you have time for them too!

  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp butter 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Links We Love: March 3 - 9, 2013

Why His Size Matters
You can glean a ton about a guy's libido and reproductive health just by eyeballing him. Here's how to read the clues.

Q&A: How Can I Make My Penis Thicker (Safely)?
Is there a safe way to make your penis fatter, wider, and a bit longer too?

"I Went Undercover on America's Cheating Website"
Over 8 million men and women have signed up, heeding its slogan, "Life is short. Have an affair."

Is She Cheating?
Four signs that your lady is stepping out with another dude.

What Went Wrong?
Everything's going great, and all of a sudden, the energy changes. What happened?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Food We Love: Easy Dinner for Two - Chicken and Rice

I found this recipe in an insert packaged with a magazine I received last week. I made it for dinner last night, after making a few substitutions with items from my freezer and pantry. Over the years, I've found that many delicious-sounding recipes call for items I don't have on hand, even with what I consider to be an extensive selection in my kitchen. Often, a few modifications can easily make a meal with our favorite ingredients.

Here's the recipe, as modified and prepared:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • salt and pepper