Sweet September: Breakfast With Beethoven Date
What’s not to love about autumn- falling leaves, sweater weather, boots & scarves, apple cider, Thanksgiving, cool days & crisp nights, Starbucks seasonal drinks, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin patches… and I could go on forever. In honor of autumn, I’ve cooked up some great date ideas for you and your spouse. This month is called Sweet September.
Breakfast With Beethoven
Who says classical music can’t be seductive and sexy? Classical music has long been said to make a person smarter (the Mozart effect) but did you know that listening to classical music can also help you…
- reduce stress
- lower blood pressure
- release the feel good chemical dopamine
- stimulate brain cells
- improve concentration
- promote clearer thinking
- relieve pain
- increase blood flow
- and can help you articulate your emotions better
Create a breakfast date with your spouse to the tune of Beethoven (and other classical composers) in 9 simple steps!
- Pick some lovely fall mums from your local grocery store or flower market.
- Break out the autumn colors array – oranges, yellows, golds, and reds – for napkins, dishware, & cups.
- Try some autumn scented candles for ambiance – pumpkin spice, autumn vanilla, or apples & cinnamon.
- Serve a romantic breakfast tray for two in bed. Try this perfect pumpkin spice muffin recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything or this awesome apple pie muffin recipe from My Baking Addiction. You can make these the night before. Or you can make my apply-cinnamon waffles with cider syrup recipe below, which I like best served with thick applewood smoked bacon.
- Serve autumn fruits like sliced apples or pears. There’s a real sexiness about apples & pears, I think – their lovely fragrance, their feminine shape, and their beautiful colors. Enjoy feeding these succulent fruits to each other (in the nude is best). Click on these links for information about types of pears and types of apples. My favorite pears are Anjou and Red Anjou. My favorite apples are Honeycrisp and Pink Lady. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Concorde pears are also coming into season – a tall and elegant fruit, firm with a hint of vanilla.
- Don’t forget an autumn beverage like a pumpkin spice latte or my sweet Yummy Hot Apple Cider (see below for recipe) and try this fun idea for serving it from Pinterest!
- Create an autumn classical music playlist to listen to – try some of these songs by Beethoven & other classical composers:
- Romance in F Major Beethoven
- Piano Sonata No. 8 Pathetique 2nd Movement Beethoven (to the beautiful colors of autumn)
- Piano Sonata No. 10 G Major Op. 14 Beethoven
- Piano Sonata No. 11 B Flat Major Op. 22 Beethoven
- Piano Sonata No. 12 A Flat Major Op. 26 Beethoven
- Piano Sonata No. 13 A Flat Major Op. 27 Beethoven
- Autumn Allegro-Adagio Molto (The Four Seasons) Vivaldi
- Autumn Sonata Igor Krutoy
- Autumn: Petit Adagio from Glazunov – The Seasons, Ballet Op.67
- Colors of Autumn Cosimo Antitomaso (Spanish guitar)
- Autumn in New York from the Musical Thumbs Up: Vernon Duke
- Lux Aurumque (Light & Gold) Eric Whitacre
- Carmen Suite No. 2: IX Nocturne George Bizet
- Rachmaninoff Rhapsody
- Chopin’s Raindrops
- String Quartet No. 17 in B Flat Major The Hunt Mozart
- Piano Concerto No. 21 Andante Mozart (to the colors of autumn)
- “Intermezzo” Opus 118, No. 2 Black Swan transcription Brahms
- Etude #3 in E, Op. 10/3 “Tristesse by Chopin (not exactly an autumn song, but this video is a beautiful tribute to autumn colors with this song – Couleurs d’Automne)
6. Pick an activity to do in the bedroom. Create a fall bucket list together (try this fun printable from the Dating Divas). Check out my already-started list on Pinterest. Brainstorm for your Halloween costumes together. Try these fun & sexy twists on Truth or Dare. Put a sexy twist on classic games – like Strip Poker, Strip Risk (for every couple of countries conquered, an article of clothing must be removed), Strip Monopoly (every time a Monopoly is gained, the other player must remove an article of clothing), Strip Bingo, and so on. Be creative!
7. Get busy under the sheets! (I even have special autumn falling leaves & sheet music sheets!)
Apply-Cinnamon Waffles with Cider Syrup
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup low-fat milk
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP apple juice or apple cider
1/2 cup chopped apple
2 tsp vanilla
1 TBSP cinnamon
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups unfiltered apple cider
1 tsp cinnamon extract
a pinch of cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg
1-2 tsp flour
1. Pour sugar, 1 tsp flour, cinnamon in a medium saucepan before turn-ing on the burner. Add cider, cinnamon extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon and stir.
2. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until it thickens and boils. If it needs to be thickened more, add another tsp of flour. Stir at boiling point for about a minute and then remove from heat.
3. Preheat your waffle iron. Nonstick waffle irons may still need to be coated with vegetable oil or spray.
4. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
5. Add egg, milk, apple juice, and vanilla and stir well.
6. Chop apples.
7. Take about 1/4 cup of batter and pour batter in center of waffle iron. See where the batter stops and fill in necessary batter. Leave about 1/4—1/2 inch from the side of the waffle iron not filled in.
8. Put down the lid and cook until it doesn’t stick when you pull up on the lid, about 5 minutes.
9. Gently pull out waffle. Top with chopped apples, cider syrup, and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top.
*You can also substitute hot apple rum for apple cider in the batter only.
Hannah’s Yummy Hot Apple Cider
64 oz of unfiltered unsweetened apple juice (2 bottles)
1 TBSP ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
2 tsp ground cloves or 4 whole cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
4 TBSP pure maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon extract
1 tsp rum extract (optional)
cinnamon sticks (optional)
1. Pour apple juice into a large stock pot.
2. Add ground cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, extracts, and maple syrup. Stir well.
3. Heat, stirring occasionally, on medium high until boiling.
4. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for 5-8 minutes.
5. Pour into individual glasses and add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you…”
“My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.” Psalm 57:7
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