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Sweet, Sweet October (FREE recipe card included!)

 

Sweet, Sweet October (FREE recipe card included!)

October is a great month for many sweet reasons. First of all, it’s the month when we celebrate Sweetest Day, which falls on October 18 this year—and that makes everyone happy! After all, it’s a day to connect with lovers, sweethearts, and every other person who’s near and dear to our hearts.

Sweetest Day actually has quite an interesting history dating back to 1922. That was when Herbert Birch Kingston, a candy employee and philanthropist, decided he wanted to cheer up the local orphans, elderly, and poor people in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Because he worked in the candy industry, Kingston started handing out sweet treats to the less fortunate.

Following his lead, other local candy makers began to do the same—and eventually the third Saturday in October was proclaimed as the “sweetest day of the year.” As time went on, “Sweetest Day” became more and more romance focused. In fact, today many view the holiday as a second Valentine’s Day. What better way to convey your heartfelt sentiments on this lovely holiday than with a beautiful Sweetest Day eCard?

In addition to claiming Sweetest Day, October is also becoming a very popular month to get married. In fact, they’re saying “October is the new June” for weddings. Some reasons for this? The weather is still nice and quite cozy, not too hot or too cold. (There’s not much rain this time of the year either.) The scenery is vividly gorgeous with colorful foliage. Venue and vendor prices seem to be somewhat lower. And October conveys a more relaxed and comfortable mood than other busy months.

Of course, as more couples get married in October, more couples will be celebrating their anniversaries in October, too—which is the perfect opportunity to share well wishes with a touching Love or Anniversary eCard.

And last, but certainly not least, did you know that October is National Dessert Month? A whole month dedicated to sweet confections and delectable treats! (For other fun food holidays throughout the year, click here.)

As our gift to you, here’s a special recipe from our staff for elegant little Chocolate Lava Cakes, which make the perfect ending to any romantic dinner. (To download the recipe card designed exclusively for you, just Click Here. Then print and enjoy.) It just doesn’t get any sweeter than this!

 

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A Beautiful Fall Poem…

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leaf piles beckon
every age–
nature knows
what the soul needs;
what we forgot

golden sun washes faces
as crisp winds
leave kisses
on cheeks
and apples

harvest light bathes
living room floorboards
like butter
while cinnamon
curls the air

candles dance
and firesides begin
conversations
of crackling coziness

days too quickly dim
as fall envelops us in her
vibrant sweater of warmth,
and home,
and
each other.
 
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