February & Intentional connecting

It’s February! The snow is falling here in middle TN which means no school today.  As a northern gal relocated to the south this always tickles me. 12 inches of snow in the North = 1 hour school delay LOL! Here, the city is shut down. But I get it…the roads are hilly and we don’t have the salt trucks and removal system that they have in the north. We seem to always get ice here too…usually beneath the layer of snow which makes the roads very treacherous. The 1 or 2 inches of snow  are beautiful though, glistening across the farm behind my house. Stillness.. I love those days that interrupt the busyness of life. We run here and there…going to work, PTO meetings, church meetings, grocery store….it can be a never ending cycle. Those of us that work from home don’t stop working on these days but I try to be present. Sitting by the window watching the snow fall while I drink my coffee at least.  Taking a few minutes to breathe ….Life is more than running here and there. God created a world and a life and people He wanted us to care for and embrace. We have families and friends and neighbors we barely see because we are rushing to or from somewhere. At least I have found that to be true in my own life. What about you? When is the last time you had a pause…to breathe, to connect with a friend or how about your spouse? Marriages fall apart quickly when we don’t connect. I see my husband every day but even we have to be intentional about pausing to connect together because life is busy and full. This is the week of Valentine’s Day. Sometimes we pause and have dinner or share a moment or bring flowers or candy for special days like Valentine’s but when was the last time you really connected intentionally with your spouse? Dinner and a movie at home? Game night? Trying a new hobby together? Trying a new restaurant or cooking together? It’s fun! In fact, what are the creative ways you connect with your spouse when life is busy? (outside of the bedroom)  I’d love to hear from you and maybe we’ll all learn to pause a bit more together!

Since it’s Valentine’s week and in the spirit of intentional connecting ….I will be giving away my romantic Jazz CD to one lucky commenter this week!

 

 

CD SALE & Chocolate Fondue Recipe for Valentine’s Day!

It’s February my friends….

And what do we think of in February? Valentine’s Day! Romantic music, food, flowers, chocolates! So I thought I’d give you a great recipe for the Chocolate part of the evening below but what about that music ?

Ok for romantic music  you can go to debbiecunninghamjazz.com and click FREE SONGS button and get 3 tunes from my CD- The Rest of Your Life for your romantic evening.

Need a gift  or want the whole Romantic Jazz CD? ( think ex: Diana Krall/Michael Buble)

then go here  to buy. Reg $15 it’s on Sale for $10! for the next week!

Now for that Chocolate Fondue Recipe!

EASY CHOCOLATE FONDUE

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup bittersweet Chocolate, chopped
Assorted poundcake, plain cookies and fruit of your choice: strawberries, bananas, kiwi, pineapple- all cut into bite sized chunks

1.Place Chocolate in a glass bowl and put aside.

2.Heat Cream on medium heat in saucepan until hot but not boiling. Stir continually.    (*If using microwave: Heat cream in glass bowl for 30-40 seconds on high)

3. Pour hot cream over Chocolate and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth

Place cake and fruit pieces on a serving dish and  Chocolate Fondue in a beautiful serving bowl.  Ladle the fondue onto individual serving plates for your guests. Yummy!

Lastly, you’ll have to supply the last ingredient….LOVE! Happy Valentine’s  my friends!

XO

Debbie

 

 

Reflections on Love & Life- An Interview about the new CD

REFLECTIONS on LOVE & LIFE…….

 

How would you describe your upcoming record?

 It’s romantic and fun. It celebrates marriage relationships and also being a  mid-life female.

How would you compare it to your last album?

Stylistically, it is similar. It’s soft jazz. This one is more danceable than the last one. The first was romantic mood or dinner music. You can samba, do the 2 step or waltz to this one. The last CD was all cover songs except one original.  This time, I wrote every song but still worked with the same jazz pianist for the arrangements. He’s brilliant.

 When did you start writing songs?

I’ve been writing songs since I was 12 years old. I didn’t do much with them. I didn’t know WHAT to do with them. Back then we didn’t have this global access via the Internet like we do now. My very first song was about an apple tree. LOL! Probably not much market there…

 How do you go about writing songs?

I don’t have a particular way, sometimes I get a melody first; sometimes I get a lyric. Chicken or the egg? It varies!

 What things inspire you to write?

My observations of life, my relationships and the world around me inspire me to make a statement. Everything I write is not biographical. Sometimes it is just a response to a story a friend shares that touches me deeply.

 What’s a favorite lyric from one of the songs on your CD?

“Live the life that we dreamed of instead of throwing that dream away” It’s from Kiss and Make up. Sometimes we hold and internalize resentment over the tiniest of things, especially we females. Self included. I’m learning to let those things go more quickly- life is much more pleasant!

What’s a song of yours that has really touched people?

How much I love you- penned for my husband and recorded on my first record has been very well received. Chocolate on this upcoming CD is a close 2nd !  It’s about women and chocolate -what’s not to love?

If you could co-write with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

Bryan Adams- he has a way with melodic & emotional/ lyrical connection that makes me swoon.  He’s still touring and I think he’s a fabulous artist as well as songwriter. After that, it would be Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The Great American songbook is filled with their songs and they are always a piece of artistic beauty.

Creative way to say I Love You

All about Love!

It’s almost February! I can hardly believe the first month of 2014 is gone. Alas… time flies when you are busy and having fun! It’s that special time of year when we celebrate romantic love! Romantic jazz is a perfect way to set the mood…so….want a creative way to say I LOVE YOU this year?  Gentlemen…a creative marriage proposal? Send me with a singing telegram!

I enjoy celebrating life…dinner with family, friends. Going out of my way to make my loved ones feel special is a joy. I was truly honored when a dear friend asked me to make her husband’s birthday special by delivering a singing telegram.

Singing to Archie

Here I am singing at his 50th birthday dinner party! Boy was he surprised….

I do a limited amount of private performances each year. Recently, I’ve been receiving so many requests for singing telegrams  I thought I would offer them in February in honor of Valentine’s month. Limited times available for Valentine’s day so book today!

If you are out of state -singing telephone grams are also available. Or you can fly me to your piece of the world…just sayin’

For more info, pricing send an inquiry to debbie@debbiecunninghamjazz.com

February and Chocolate Fondue…YUM!

Happy valentine’s week!!!
I’m a little behind on blogging but with good reason.
The Cunningham household has been a tad busy with my teen’s school musicals, especially since one of my teens is a SENIOR! (insert tear here) However…. February would NOT be February without a little Chocolate, yes? So I’m reposting my 1 minute interview about making Chocolate Fondue, just in time for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Trust me, this is a quick, easy recipe and so fun! Kids and adults alike LOVE this and you can pair it with your favorite fruits and cake. ( Saralee frozen LB cake -easy peezy!) I know…high calorie but this is a special occasion… You are celebrating with the ones you love!
If you make it…comment below. I’d love to hear how you served it and what everyone thought of your culinary excellence! ENJOY!

CHOCOLATE FONDUE:
(This serves 3-4)
1 Cup semi sweet chocolate ( morsels are fine. If Chocolate is in a lg block, chop or grate first)
1/2 c heavy cream
assorted fruits cut into bite sized pieces,
assorted shortbread cookies
OR
angel food or pound cake- cur into bite sized chunks
skewers or forks to dip or my preference is to ladel spponfuls of the fondue onto dessert plates and then guests can dip their fruit separately! No double dipping issues! 🙂

Heat cream on low to med heat until very warm but NOT boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate until it is smooth and glossy. Serve with assorted fruits and cake. Enjoy!

Here is an interview where I talk you through the Chocolate Fondue recipe in less than a minute! The One minute How To with George Smithe. Enjoy this short interview and let me know how you LOVE the recipe!

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