Top 5 Most Painful Piercings to Get on Your Body

Had to share this with you. Cause I happen to be addicted to piercing. I always say “pain is pleasure” *hides*

Today, there practically isn’t a body part that you can’t have pierced. But what tops the list as the most painful body piercing you can get? Find out here.

If you love body art, you probably know that in this case, the saying “Beauty is a pain” is true.

The experience will depend on a few factors. How you prepare for your piercing is important, also if you’re scared or not. Fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) makes everything look and feel much worse!

Also, not everybody has the same pain threshold. Here is a rating list of painful piercings, from the least to the most painful one.

1. Nose


A lot of people say that getting their nose done hurt a lot! Now, this is not my personal experience, but I guess it depends on your pain threshold. Depending on the precise location, the needle goes through the skin or cartilage, and it’s done pretty quickly.

The most uncomfortable part is when the needle’s full length has to be dragged through the hole, because the stud is on the end of the needle. There are a bunch of nerves in your nose, which all end at the tip, so it’s believable that it hurts, and can also cause tiny nerve damage. If a nerve is hit, you will experience some numbness, and occasional “shooting” pains, but these pass in a few hours.

2. Lip


Again, it depends on the location of the jewelry (labret, Monroe, side), but lip piercings sometimes hurt a lot too. You will feel an initial sting, and after that, you should be fine.

A nerve can also be hit during this piercing, which may cause the numbness and sharp pains, but there are no nerves in your lips that can cause serious or long-lasting problems.

3. Cartilage


A needle going through a harder surface will be more painful than a skin piercing. These do take an instant longer to perform, and a lot longer to heal. The initial “hit” with the needle doesn’t hurt that much, but a healing cartilage will give you trouble! If the piercing is on your ear, you should be super careful while brushing your hair and sleeping on that side.

4. Nipple


Both guys and girls say that getting their nipple done hurt like hell. Just try to imagine the sensitivity – if it can achieve arousal pleasure, it means there are a lot of nerves there working their little butts off. While they heal, it’s tricky because, unlike with facial piercings, you can’t leave them alone in the open air. You have to wear clothes, and even the most simple cotton shirt, with no bra, will chafe against the piercing. Haven’t really had the courage to get that one yet, and I probably never will.

5. Genital

Do you really need an explanation? The most sensitive part of our body which reacts to the lightest touch will NOT like getting pierced with a needle! Both sexes say that this is by far the most painful piercing, both while being done and while healing.

Now, I’ve only had my belly button and cartilage done, so I can say that none of them really hurt much while being put in. It was just an initial sting, and then it was done.

The piercing which gave me the most trouble was the cartilage, while it was healing it hurt a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, and made sleeping on that side really difficult!

Then again, there are people who have breezed through getting their nipples done and cried while getting their nose pierced, so it’s really an individual thing.

Let us know what’s your most painful piercing experience!


Every Day I’m Hussy-ing

Walking into the Literatti offices the day after the bloodbath was like walking into a ghost town. Desks and offices that just the morning before were filled with cute girls in Banana Republic pencil skirts and guys in skinny ties were now empty and silent.

“Creepy,” I muttered to myself. I made my way over to my desk and turned my computer on. It was 8:30 in the morning. I estimated I had forty-five minutes to myself before my co-workers—the few who were left—came rolling in. I felt out of control with FEELINGS like a real girl, and it’s why I was there even earlier than usual. I never thought I’d become one of those ‘career gals’ who prioritized work above all else. I like partying and going to the gym and eating pizza with my friends so much that I never thought I’d let a job truly interfere with my ‘real’ life. But the very first thought that popped into my head when I woke up that morning was, ‘I can’t wait to get to work.’ This was my ‘real’ life now. It was soothing to know that I had this, my job, and that I was good at it. William had told me I was indispensable to him, and I wanted to keep being indispensable. I could fuck up my love life beyond repair, but I as long as I was holding it together here, I had something solid in my life that I could be proud of. Tear, I’m growing up so fast!
I was surprised when I heard the elevator doors ding open. Even more surprised when I saw Kate step out of them—wearing her clothes from last night. Here we go.
“Josie!” she whisper-yelled as she scurried over to me. “I knew you’d be here.”
“What are you doing?” I asked, not even bothering to hide my annoyance. Who does the walk of shame into work the day after half the office gets the heave-ho? Have some common sense! Says the girl who defiled the DVF store with her asshat co-worker at four in the morning. Kettle, I’m pot, have we met?
As Kate got closer, I realized she was upset. I snapped into Mom mode. “What happened?”
“I’m such an idiot. I somehow lost my keys last night and I just spent the last half an hour pounding on our door, but my roommate must have gone to the gym before work or something because she isn’t there. I’m panicking—will you change clothes with me?”
First things first. “Did you sleep at Richard’s?”
Kate groaned. “That’s the other thing.” But she just stopped there. You’re killing me, Kate.
“Did you?” I prodded.
Kate nodded. Her cheeks flushed as she said, “But Josie, it was awful. We got there and he just suddenly changed his mind. He said he didn’t want to do this anymore.”
For some reason a line from the movie Empire Records (thanks!) popped into my head: ‘Shock me, shock me with that deviant behavior.’ In this case, it was the lack of deviant behavior that was so shocking. “So you guys didn’t have sex?”
Kate shook her head. “No! He said he cared about me and he was an asshole to me before and he didn’t want to do that to me again. That’s bullshit, right? He’s just not attracted to me.” She sighed. “God, I need to lose ten pounds.”
“Stop,” I said. “You are gorgeous. You know you are. And actually…I think that’s….kind of sweet.”
“Sweet?” Kate spat.

“Yeah,” I said. “He stopped it because he respects you. I don’t think that’s bullshit.” I heard the elevator doors ding again. The office was waking up. “Come on ya little huss, let’s go change before anyone sees us.”

“What’s a huss?” Kate asked as she followed me into the bathroom. “And do I want to be one?”

Nina, Ashley and I used to call each other ‘huss’ in college. Like, ‘You hussing tonight?’ It’s similar to being on the prowl, except it isn’t only applicable to hooking up. It’s just about bringing it no matter where you go and what you do. You can huss at the gym, you can huss in class, you can huss on the dancefloor. Why, you can huss anywhere! (That’s the sound of Dr. Seuss rolling over in his grave right now).

I don’t know why we stopped, but today I was bringing back the huss! My position at Literatti had been spared and I was going to huss like I’d never hussed before to keep it that way. I was also energized by this news that Richard and Kate hadn’t slept together—not because it meant there was still a chance for us, because that would be bigger disaster than Anthony Weiner’s mayoral run, but because it meant that he did have a decent bone in his body, and I didn’t have to stop being friends with him. Kate and Richard are the two real friends I’ve made since moving to the city, and they are incredibly important to me. Richard made questionable decisions when it came to his dating life, but I’d be prettyyyy hypocritical if that was the reason I decided to cut him out of my life.

I decided to just give the whole thing with Richard a few days, then text him to see how he was doing. That is, if I didn’t hear from him first. Since Richard had put the kibosh on hooking up with Kate, I honestly didn’t see a reason to tell her about what had happened. Maybe I really could sweep this little incident under the rug and move forward with no collateral damage? Famous last words if I ever heard them. Go easy on me, karma.

The rest of the day was spent reassigning proposals and deals. Sifting through Megan’s desk to find out where she stood on certain projects. Around 1 PM, William called a meeting of the remaining staff. We’d gone from thirty people to twelve, and William, who had unofficially been in charge of the imprint, was now the official editor-in-chief. Which made me the most important assistant in the room (probably not, but this is what I told myself using my huss logic). William made a big speech about how no more major changes were coming, and everyone standing here was an integral member of the team and we needed to be giving all of ourselves, every day, and treat matters with more urgency. “There’s a lack of urgency around here,” he said, really driving that point home.

Here’s the thing about Megan and William—Megan is hands down smarter than William. I think even he would admit that. But what William said about her is true: She’s not a company person. Megan is socially awkward, and she isn’t savvy like William. And charming clients and being able to read people is a huge part of our job. William also brings connections that Megan simply doesn’t have because she’d prefer to bury her head in a manuscript as opposed to go out and mine for talent. Megan didn’t want to play the game, and they needed someone who wanted to be out there on the field. I made a mental note of that—go to events! Talk to random strangers even though you’d rather get a Brazilian from that woman who almost maimed Nina’s vagina!

I stayed in the office late—and not just to prove a point. I had about thirty things on my to do list. It was 11PM by the time I left the building and headed to Peter’s. We’d texted earlier and were supposed to grab dinner, but I had to bail on that.

I almost burst into exhausted tears when I arrived at Peter’s and saw that he had ordered dinner for me, from my favorite Thai place that doesn’t deliver to my apartment even though I only miss the cut off by two blocks. Jerks.

“I figured you were hungry,” he said. And then I really did burst into tears. On top of being physically and emotionally spent from everything that had happened at work over the last forty-eight hours, I just generally felt like a shit for making out with Richard.

“I’m sorry!” I croaked. I suffer from ugly cry face, and shielded the evidence with my hands.

“What is it?” Peter asked, kind of laughing, but kind of perplexed too. He took hold of my wrists and pulled my hands away from my face.

“No!” I said, burying my face in his chest. “I don’t want you to see my face like this.”

“And I don’t want you to get snot on my shirt.” Now he was just laughing.

I removed my face from his shirt. “I don’t snot when I cry. I’m a lady.”

“Okay,” Peter laughed. “Josie, as much as William can be a sleazeball, he was right when he told you that you’re young and that you haven’t seen this kind of thing happen a million times before. You get a little jaded as you get older. It’s really not that big of a deal. All your friends will be okay.”

That wasn’t even the tip of the iceberg, but I couldn’t tell him that. Instead I just nodded. “I’m proud of you for hanging in there,” Peter said. “You should be proud of yourself too.”

“It isn’t a reflection of my job performance,” I said. “Some of the other assistants were good at their jobs too but they had to let them go because they basically eliminated their positions. I just got lucky.”

“Give yourself some credit,” Peter said. “They cut, what? Half the staff? They wouldn’t have kept you if they didn’t think you were valuable.”

It was such a nice thing to say. I stood up on my tippie toes and kissed him. And like that, the Thai food was forgotten.

We stumbled down Peter’s dark hallway, pulling our clothes off as we went. Peter had me on my back in bed, and his hand was on my neck. I thought he was going to squeeze, that we were going to get into some kinky stuff, but instead he just leaned over me and whispered in my ear, right as he thrust inside of me, “I thought about this all day.”

Usually everything with Peter is so charged, so hurried and urgent (See? I do approach some things with urgency, William), but in that moment it was like everything slowed down, the rest of the city fell away, and it was just us. It was intimate, too intimate for me, and I tried to roll on top of him, to get on top and raunch it up. But Peter pushed back, holding me down. “I just want you like this,” he said. He kissed me. “I love you like this.” He pressed himself close to me, moving in slow circles, grazing against me in a way that felt so good I felt like I was melting at the seams. Peter is the only guy who can make me come without his hands.

The L word was shocking to me, but it wasn’t like he said ILY for real. And I admit, the way he said it warmed me from the inside out. Everything that had happened in the last forty-eight hours—all the chaos, the anger, the name calling. It was like this was a safe place from all of that. Peter would never yell at me, or try and humiliate me the way Richard did. What the hell had I been thinking? This was what I needed. Peter was who I needed.

“Are you close?” Peter brushed his lips against mine, and I nodded. I arched my back, pressing closer into him, felt Peter’s eyes on me as I came. When he was sure I was done, he finally let himself give in.

Well, now I was starving. Peter heard my stomach rumble and offered to go get the food and bring it into bed. An offer I obviously accepted. I was pulling on one of Peter’s t-shirts (I do not eat in the nude. Nope. Gross.) when Peter appeared in the doorway. But he wasn’t holding the food. He was holding my phone.

“Who’s Richard?” he asked.

Oh, shit.


Hunger Games

When I woke up in the morning my mouth tasted like blue cheese and my brain felt too big for my head. Groaning, I found my phone and silenced the alarm. It was 9am—I’d deliberately set it later than usual, planning on going in late. It was close to 4:30 AM when I finally crawled into bed, whimpering like a big fat baby whose toy had been taken from her. I wasn’t taking the day off like William said I could, but I figured I could at least let myself sleep in a little. I sent Megan an email giving her the heads up I was running late that morning. I’m usually the first person in the office at 8:45 so hopefully she would cut me a break, especially since she knew I had a work related event the night before. Plus, what William had said about her—was she getting fired? Moving to a different department? I was dying to find out what the deal was.

I made coffee, chugged water, showered, chugged some more water, drank my coffee, got dressed and made my way to the subway with a pit in my stomach. I had no idea what to expect from Richard when I saw him, no idea how to handle the situation with Kate, and was angsting so hard I half-wished a cab would run over my foot so I would have a legitimate reason not to go to work. How sick is that?

Of course, who do I run into the second I step off the elevator? Richard, accompanied by his boss. We exchanged awkward hellos, Richard’s boss making some crack like, “Good morning, or should I say afternoon? Party was fun, I take it?” Richard looking like he was in just as much pain as I was. They stepped onto the elevator as I stepped off it, and I slunk to my desk. Sitting next to my keyboard was a large iced coffee and a sausage, egg, and cheese bagel from the good coffee place. I assumed it was a peace offering from Richard. It was sweet, but the more I thought about what he’d said to me the night before the angrier I got. Who calls a girl a cocktease in 2013 because she doesn’t want to go home with him? I don’t care that I kissed him back—I have every right to stop it when I want to and any guy who would give me shit for that is just gross and manipulative. That was just one of the bones I had to pick with him. The other had to do with what he said about Peter. This morning, with a clear(er) head, I no longer thought that there was even a shred of truth to what Richard had said about Peter using me. Richard’s only reasoning was that because he’s relationship-adverse, every other guy must be too. Which they aren’t or I wouldn’t have a dad. God.

Now I was all riled up again, and I seriously considered throwing that breakfast sammie in the trash just to make a point! But I was hungry. Also, I heard on The Today Show that this country wastes a third of all food produced, so I didn’t. 

As I tore into my bagel, which I begrudgingly admit was delicious, I checked my email. I had an email from Peter, asking me how the party went. See? I imaginary-argued with Richard in my head, He doesn’t just want to screw me or he wouldn’t have asked. Then I instantly felt guilty because it was nice of Peter to ask and if he really knew what I did last night he would probably be sad. Or maybe not? Maybe he was off doing the same thing? He was single and had every right to, even though yeah, it would bum me out if I heard he was making out with another girl. I’m human. But I wouldn’t be mad at him because I have no right to be. I’d rather just not know, which is why I’m not telling him.

I wrote Peter back and asked him what he was doing later. Just as I clicked send, my phone rang. I recognized William’s cell on the caller ID.

“Hi, William,” I said.

“What the hell are you doing?” William rasped. He sounded like he had been up late, doing no good very bad things. “I told you to take the day off.”

“Then why are you calling me?”

“Because I knew you would come in any way,” he said. “You’re such a goody two shoes.” I wanted to tell William that if I was his version of a goody two shoes, I never wanted to meet his version of a bad girl. “What’s going on there today?” he asked.

“Nothing, it’s quiet.”

“Have you seen Megan yet?”

“We’ve just emailed,” I said. Megan had written me back just one line, “Okay.” I used to freak out when she’d send me terse replies like that, but then I realized it’s just her way.

“Hm,” William said. “Okay, well, I’ll call back later.”

“Wait!” I said. “What did you mean when you said that”—I lowered my voice—”she wasn’t long for this world?”

“Huh?” William said. “I can’t hear you.”

I repeated myself, slightly louder this time.

“I still can’t hear you!” William yelled. “Connection must be bad. I’ll call back later!” He hung up. My ass, bad connection. Something was going down today, and I was so not in a state to handle it. I was very weak and emotional. I eyed the other half of my sandwich in the trash. I’d only eaten half of it (portion control), but now I was thinking I might need more sustenance. I looked around to make sure no one was watching, then reached into the trash can and wolfed down the second half. Judge me all you want. I deserve it.

“Hi!” I nearly jumped out of my chair at the sound of Kate’s voice. She was standing behind me, looking well rested. I wish I’d just gone home when she had.

“You scared me,”I said, putting my hand over my chest.

“Sorry!” Kate stepped further into my area and leaned against the wall of my cube. “How late did you stay out last night?”

Ugh, too late,” I said. “I’m hurting.”

“Yeah, I think Richard is too,” Kate said. “Were you out with him?”

“Kevin was there too,” I added, quickly. Too quickly. Kate gave me a weird look. I tried to change the subject. “Want to have a carb fest for lunch?” I asked.

Kate wrinkled her nose. “I was thinking salad. But maybe.” She turned. “I have to get back to work.”

Ok. That hadn’t gone terribly. I didn’t know whether or not to tell Kate. I wouldn’t tell her without first telling Richard, because that would be unfair. And I knew a confrontation between us was inevitable. I was kind of looking forward to it, which is unusual for me, because I’m not a big fan of confrontation. I had things to say to that guy.

I decided to stop in Megan’s office to see if she needed me to do anything for her, but she wasn’t there. On my way back to my desk, I ran into Richard again. This time he was alone.

He put his hands up. “Don’t shoot.”

I didn’t smile. “This isn’t funny. Not to me.”

Richard sighed. “I was out of line for some of the things I said last night,” he said. “But I’m not going to apologize for kissing you.”

“Thank you,” I said. “I wasn’t looking for an apology for the kiss—we both did that. But you didn’t have to be such an asshole. I stopped it for all the reasons I already gave you and I wish you could just respect that instead of bringing Peter into it. They’re valid reasons on their own that have nothing to do with him. You point blank told me you lose interest in a girl the second you sleep with her and—”

“I wouldn’t,” Richard said, louder than he meant to. He looked around the hallway to make sure no one else was around. But we were alone. “I wouldn’t with you.”

“You would. I’m like a boyfriend pusher. I’d try and make you my boyfriend because I don’t know any other way and you’d hate me and then we wouldn’t be friends andthat would kill me.”

Richard sighed and leaned against the wall. He tilted his head back. “You won’t even give me a chance and I haven’t even done anything to disappoint you yet. But you give him a second chance after he broke your heart.” He was talking about Peter.

 “He didn’t break my heart. The timing was off. It just didn’t work and it wasn’t necessarily any one person’s fault.”

“I’m just asking for a chance,” Richard said. “Just give me a chance to prove to you that you’re wrong about me.” He took a step closer. “Tell me you didn’t feel anything for me last night. If you honestly didn’t, I’ll leave you alone.”

I couldn’t tell him that, because I did feel something when we kissed last night. Of course I did. Richard is hot, and even better than that, we get along like bandits. We have a similar sense of humor, and I like that he pushes my buttons, and that he calls me on my bullshit. But I didn’t want to be his little experiment, and I didn’t want him to make a fool out of me. I don’t know—maybe he wouldn’t? Every girl says this at one time or another—it will be different with me. And it never is. So why was I even entertaining this?

Richard opened his mouth to say something more but we heard footsteps behind us. As they grew closer I saw they belonged to Kate. She looked like she was about to cry, and I felt a flash of panic. She’d heard our whole conversation, hadn’t she? “You guys, something is happening,” she said.

“What?” I asked, my heart racing as my overactive imagination roared to life and landed on the only possible conclusion: Terrorist attack! Evacuate the city!

“I don’t know,” she said. “Kim from rights was just let go, and so was her assistant. And Richard, I think your boss is with HR now.”

“Oh my god,” I said. This had to be what William was talking about. This was why he didn’t come in today. We hurried back to our desks. On the way, I glanced into Megan’s office. It was still empty. She had to be with HR too.

It was like the goddamn Hunger Games. One by one, various editors and their assistants were called down to HR. When they returned to their desks, they were either crying and/or fuming, tossing their things into boxes that the mail guys had delivered to their desks while they were downstairs.

“Hey.” I turned. Richard was behind me. “I just got a call to head down to HR. It’s been nice knowing you.”

“What?” I gasped. I fumbled to say something to make him feel better. “Maybe they’re promoting you?”

Richard laughed. “You can be really sweet sometimes.” With that, he walked away. Kate and I locked eyes from across the office, and she shook her head sadly.

My phone rang. It was William again. “William,” I said when I picked up.

He sighed. “Okay, do you know now?”

“Yes. What is going on?”

“Downsizing,” he said. “Sales aren’t doing as well as they’d hoped. But you and I—we’re fine. They need me,” he laughed, cockily. “And I need you. Therefore you are safe.”

“Who’s getting fired?”

“They’re not being fired, Josie. They’re being laid off. This isn’t about performance. It’s about money. Money that the company doesn’t have.”

“Fine, fine. Who is it?”

William listed a bunch of names. Megan was one of them, but Kate wasn’t, and neither was Richard. I felt hopeful for a moment before he said, “Oh! And your friend. What’s his name? He was at the party last night?”

My heart sank. “Richard.”

“Yeah, Richard. Listen,” William said. “It’s nothing personal. It’s purely a business decision. They overshot their load when they built the team for this imprint. They just have to get rid of some of the fat. HR will help everyone land jobs elsewhere, and they’ll be fine. You’re young, so this is new and traumatic for you. But I’ve been through this a million times before. I’ve been your friend Richard, and look at me now. He’ll be fine.”

I closed my eyes and leaned my forehead up against my fist. Of all days to be so hungover I could barely function it had to be this day. “Okay,” I said, quietly.

“This is why I told you not to come in,” William said. “Just shut your computer down and go home and have a glass of wine and relax. When you wake up in the morning it will be like it never happened.” Have a glass of wine? It wasn’t even noon.

We said goodbye and I placed the phone in the receiver. I was near tears for Richard. 

I refreshed my email. Peter had written me back that he didn’t have any plans, and did I want to do something? I was just about to respond when I spotted Richard, back from HR. Kate and I ambushed him at the same time.

“What happened?” Kate asked. She’d gotten to him first.

“Take a wild guess,” he said.

Kate covered her mouth and her eyes filled with tears. “Come on,” Richard said, pulling Kate in for a hug. “I’m fine. They give you a surprisingly good severance too.”

“I’m really sorry, Richard,” I said. He held my gaze over the top of Kate’s head, which was buried in his chest. He reached out and squeezed my hand. “Thanks,” he said.

Kate and I helped him pack up his desk. It was 4 in the afternoon by the time he was done, and Kate’s boss told her to take off as well. Everyone who had been let go had gathered at a bar around the corner, so we decided to go there.

I texted Peter to tell him about the bloodbath, and that I was lending my support by having a drink with  the victims.

“Want me to come meet you?” he wrote back. I wanted to see him, but that would be like rubbing salt into Richard’s wound, so I told him no.

Everyone but Megan was at the bar. I found out that she had just gotten up and walked out when the HR rep told her they were letting her go. She didn’t even pack up her office! Megan had been icy, but she’d been good at her job and I learned a lot from her. I was going to have to send her an email or something—surely we’d cross paths again.

The last thing I wanted to do was drink after the night I’d had, but when I tried to order a club soda, Richard got all pouty. “I just got fired, and you can’t have a drink with me?” I ordered a beer, and nursed it for an hour, gagging on every sip. Meanwhile, I think Richard had at least three Jack and Cokes, and one whiskey shot. I had to turn away when he slugged it, afraid I would vomit vicariously through him.

The drunker he got, the handsier he got. But not with me—with Kate. And she was eating it up. At one point they were in the corner, him with his hand looped around her waist, inches from her ass, whispering into her ear. I watched him kiss her neck—the same way he’d kissed my neck the night before. When Kate turned around to order another drink at the bar, Richard looked pointedly at me. He took a sip of his drink, raising his eyebrows, as if to say, What are you going to do about it?

Nothing. There was nothing I could do about it without coming off like a real asshole. It really was an evil genius move on Richard’s part—if I told Kate not to hook up with him tonight, and I told her I thought he was just trying to make me jealous, I would look like a raging egomaniac. Plus, I’d have to come clean about what had happened the night before, but it wouldn’t look like I was telling her for pure reasons. It would look like I was telling her so that she wouldn’t hook up with Richard, because I was jealous or something. And maybe I was a little. But I was also outraged—a few hours ago you were telling me things would be different with me, and now you’re nuzzling my friend’s neck right in front of me. People who have just been fired deserve a lot of slack, but the scene in front of me was literally reason numero uno why I shouldn’t listen to a single word that comes out of Richard’s mouth. He’s so full of bullshit. He will say anything to get in a girl’s pants. God knows how many others he’s used that line with—”Just give me a chance to prove to you that you’re wrong about me.” What a crock.

I waited for Richard to go to the bathroom and I approached Kate. “Hey,” I said.

“Hi!” she said. She was glowing.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” I asked, gently. “Remember how he was the last time?”

Kate rolled her eyes. “He just got fired. The guy deserves to get laid.”

“I just,” I stopped. Richard was coming out of the bathroom, and making his way over to us. He saw me close talking Kate and picked up the pace. Quickly, I said, “I just don’t want to see you upset like that again.”

Kate laughed. “Don’t worry, mom.”

“What’s going on?” Richard asked. He was practically out of breath from having rushed over to us.

“I’m taking off,” I said, giving him a look. “I’ll see you guys.”

Richard hooked his arm around Kate’s waist and pulled her into him. “Cool,” he said, narrowing his eyes at me. “See you.”

I turned on my heel. You have no right to be annoyed, you have no right to be annoyed, I chanted to myself as I made my way out of the bar. But I was annoyed! Why is Richard messing with me like this? And why was it bothering me when it shouldn’t? I needed to re-focus on Peter. Peter, who has been straightforward with me and isn’t playing games like Richard is.

I decided to chalk the last twenty-four hours up to the fact that it was the eve of Friday the 13th, and everyone was acting like damn fools. Myself included. I was also exhausted and needed to go to bed and get a good night’s sleep. In the morning, with a head that wasn’t throbbing like a discotheque,  everything would be clear. I wouldn’t have these conflicting feelings for Richard. I was sure of it.

4 Quick and Easy Desserts for Every Occasion

We don’t always have time to dress up, prepare an exquisite dinner and make a particularly sophisticated cake to serve our guests. But don’t worry! Just take your time, relax and make yourself beautiful before the evening starts – you will prepare a delicious dessert anyway. Check out these 4 quick and easy desserts for every occasion which will enchant everyone.

1. Gingered Apples With Ice Cream

  • 4 medium size apples
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 8 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 16 tablespoons vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Wash apples and peel them. Remove stems and cut them in halves, then scoop out the seeds and fibrous flakes with a small spoon. Cover a baking pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking and place apples inside. Bake them uncovered for 30 minutes, or until soft.
Mix rum with ginger and pour over hot, baked apples. 5 minutes before serving put 4 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream on top of each apple and garnish with chopped walnuts.

2. Pears in Wine Sauce

poached pears
  • 4 medium size pears
  • 1 cup sweet red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 8 tablespoons chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Wash pears, remove stems and cut them in half lengthwise. Spoon out the seeds and the fibrous flakes that surround them. Cover a baking pan with parchment paper and place pears inside. Bake for 15 minutes until pears are tender but not mushy or broken.
In the meantime, put wine, water, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over a low fire and continue simmering until reduced by half. Remove spices and pour the liquid over hot pears. Garnish with chopped nuts. Refrigerate for 3 hours and once in a while sprinkle pears with wine liquid from the bottom of the pan. Before serving add some more chopped nuts on top of each pear.

3. Banana and Orange Slices With Chocolate Glaze

chocolate and orange
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 oranges
  • 5.3 ounces (150 grams) unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ tablespoons hot water
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 5 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
Peel bananas and oranges. Cut bananas into 1/3 inch horizontal pieces. Cut oranges in half and slice them into thin half-moon shapes.
Prepare the chocolate glaze. Put chocolate, butter and corn syrup in a small saucepan and heat over a very low fire until melted. Remove from heat and add sugar and vanilla. Stir well, slowly adding water until glaze becomes creamy. Dip banana and orange slices into the chocolate glaze and place them on a plate covered with parchment paper. Allow the chocolate glaze to cool and harden. Arrange fruit slices on a tray, refrigerate for 30 minutes, and serve!

4. Ice Cream Squares With Caramel Walnut and Granola Topping

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups chocolate ice cream
  • 2 cups granola
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping
Leave chocolate and vanilla ice cream at the room temperature for about an hour or until they become soft and half melted. Mix granola and walnuts and sprinkle 1 cup of this mixture over the bottom of a baking pan, then drizzle evenly with caramel topping. Spread chocolate ice cream on top of it and freeze for 10 minutes. Take out and now spread vanilla ice cream on top of chocolate. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts and granola and freeze again. Serve with caramel topping.

7 Amazing Ideas for Mixing Pancakes with Fruit

Love pancakes and love fruit? How do you feel about mixing the two together? Check out 7 amazing ideas for mixing pancakes with fruit.
Here’s what you need to make the pancake batter.
  • all purpose flour
  • melted butter
  • eggs
  • milk
  • baking powder
  • a pinch of salt and sugar
The amount of the ingredients depends on how many pancakes you want to make. The batter should be thicker for American style pancakes; it should drip from the spoon. The French style or crepes call for a batter that flows from the spoon. And now we can begin.

1. Blueberry Pancakes

Let us start with a classic – the blueberry pancakes. I never miss a blueberry season without making those, and neither should you.
Prepare the batter for American pancakes. Wash the blueberries. Take one ladle of the batter and place on a greased pan. Quickly arrange the blueberries over the pancake and then turn. Bake the pancake on both sides. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar or any other way you like.

2. Strawberry Pancakes

These are a bit fancy, but taste really amazing. Besides the ingredients for pancakes, you’ll also need fresh strawberries and whipped cream or vanilla ice cream – or both, why not?
Make your pancakes any style you prefer, both versions go perfect with strawberries. If you’re making crepes, fill them with ice cream and sliced strawberries, roll them up and serve with whipped cream. For American style – arrange your pancakes in a tower, placing the layer of strawberries between each piece. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

3. Forest Fruits Pancakes

The idea here is to serve regular pancakes with homemade forest fruit topping. Just take your fresh or frozen forest fruits, add some sugar and put on a stove to cook. Leave until the mass thickens and pour over your pancakes. Leave some of the fruit for garnishing. This also goes perfect with vanilla ice cream.

4. Banana Choco Chip Pancakes

pancakes with banana and chocolate syrup
Well, this is not really mixing pancakes with fruit only, but I have to tell you that banana choco chip combination is so much better than only banana.
Squash a banana or two with a fork and add this to your pancake batter. Add choco chips too, and bake your pancakes. Serve with sliced bananas and maple syrup. Oh yeah, and don’t make these too often. They are delicious but quite rich in calories as well.

5. Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

When I first made those a friend of mine asked me if I actually wanted to bake muffins instead of pancakes. She couldn’t get her hands off them once she’s tried them.
These call for American style explicitly. Chop or grind some apples and add them, together with the cinnamon, into your pancake batter. Bake and serve with apple sauce or maple syrup. You’ll be surprised how delicious they are.

6. Dried Fruit Pancakes

I comfort myself with these pancakes during the winter, when I long for fresh apricots and all other summer fruits. And they are the perfect comfort food.
Take all the dried fruits you like, or can get your hands on. I use raisins, dates, prunes and dried apricots. Chop them finely and add them into the pancake batter. Bake the pancakes and serve with maple syrup. I warn you – you’ll eat a lot more than you planned to.

7. Crepes Suzette

crepe suzette
These come in the end of the list, because quite frankly they are not really easy to make. These are the famous French style pancakes – delicious and very fancy.
You’ll need to make the batter for crepes and to get: 100gr of sugar, 35gr of butter, 150ml of freshly squeezed orange juice, 3tbs of Grand Marnier, 2tbs of brandy and 1 whole orange.
Bake the pancakes and fold them into triangles. Put the sugar with 1tbs of water in a pan and let it melt. Add butter and cook until golden brown – watch out not to burn it.  Add orange juice, some ground orange peel, Grand Marnier and brandy. Simmer for a couple of minutes and add one folded crepe at a time. Dip each crepe in the sauce. If you’re skilled – flambé the crepes. Serve your crepes Suzette with the sauce and orange wedges.
Well, these are my favorite recipes for pancakes with fruit. I hope you like them and I strongly encourage you to try them all.
Let me know how they turned out.

5 Quick and Easy Veggie Recipes

If you’re a vegetarian or just a veggies lover learn how to easily make these 5 awesome veggie dishes! Lots of people don’t even acknowledge a dish if it doesn’t have meat in it. But don’t be quick to judge these 5 dishes based on the fact they’re simply based exclusively on vegetables.
    Try one or some of these and see how a healthier option for a lunch or dinner meal can taste just as amazing as your regular meat packed meal.

    1. Vegetable Chowder

    Ingredients (for 7 servings):
    • 1/2 cup of chopped red bell pepper
    • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
    • 1/4 cup of margarine
    • 1 cup of chopped celery
    • 1 cup of cauliflower, chopped
    • 1 cup of diced carrots
    • 1 cup of fresh chopped broccoli
    • 3 cups of water
    • 3 cubes of chicken bouillon
    • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
    • 3 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese
    • salt to taste
    • ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 1/2 cups of milk
    1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, sauté the pepper and onions in butter or margarine until tender.
    2. Add remaining vegetables, water, bouillon, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer covered for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
    3. Combine flour and milk until smooth; stir into pan. Bring the soup to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Mix in the parsley.
    4. Just before serving, stir in the cheese until melted.
    *Hot Tip:
    Make this a vegetarian dish by using vegetable bouillon cubes instead of the chicken ones.

    2. Vegetable Slaw

    Ingredients (for 6 servings):
    • 3 cups of shredded cabbage
    • 5 plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped
    • 1 cup of fresh broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
    • 1 cup of cauliflower, cut into small pieces
    • 1/2 cup of chopped red onion
    • 1/2 cup of fat-free sour cream
    • 1/4 cup of reduced-fat mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
    • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
    1. In a bowl, combine the cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and onion.
    2. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over the cabbage mixture; toss to coat evenly.
    3. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
    *Hot Tip:
    Use the vegetables you like and don’t follow the list blindly to make it more to your liking.

    3. Vegetable Focaccia

    vegetable focaccia
    Ingredients (for 12 servings):
    • 2 cups of bread flour
    • 1 package of quick-rise yeast
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    • 1 cup of warm water (120 to 130 degrees F)
    • 1 tablespoon of olive or canola oil
    Topping ingredients:
    • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 5 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
    • 1/2 cup of chopped green pepper
    • 1/2 cup of sliced ripe olives
    • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
    • 3 tablespoons of olive or canola oil
    • 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
    • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
    • 2 teaspoons if cornmeal
    1. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Add water and oil; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the tomatoes, mushrooms, green pepper, olives, onion, oil, vinegar and seasonings.
    3. Coat a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle with cornmeal. Press dough into pan. Prick dough generously with a fork. Bake at 475 degrees F for 5 minutes or until it is lightly browned.
    4. Cover with vegetable mixture.
    5. Bake 8-10 minutes longer or until edges of crust are golden.
    *Hot Tip:
    Add a bit of pizza sauce and cheese in the topping to make it more pizza-like.

    4. Roasted Vegetables


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    Ingredients (for 6 servings):
    • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
    • 1 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 tablespoon of olive or vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (optional)
    • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    1. In a mixing bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, zucchini and red pepper. Combine the remaining ingredients; drizzle over vegetables. Stir to coat.
    2. Transfer to an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until tender.
    *Hot Tip:
    Whichever vegetables you chose to exclude from the recipe it’ll taste just as good – it’s the seasoning that makes this dish taste beautiful.

    5. Pasta with Vegetables

    vegetables pasta
    Ingredients (for 4 servings):
    • 1/3 cup of olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 2 carrots
    • 1 1/2 cups of broccoli florets, lightly steamed or blanched
    • 4 cups of uncooked rotini pasta
    1. Mix together the oil, vinegar, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Set aside.
    2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil; add rotini and bring to a boil again. Cook until rotini is al dente; drain well. Return the rotini to the pot.
    3. While rotini is cooking heat oil in a frying pan and sauté red bell pepper, green bell pepper, garlic and carrots. Cook until vegetables are softened. Place the broccoli in the frying pan and cook another 2 minutes.
    4. Pour the cooked vegetables into the pot with the pasta. Pour the vinaigrette over the pasta and vegetables. Toss to distribute vegetables and vinaigrette evenly.
    There you have it, 5 amazing dishes made almost entirely out of healthy veggies. Enjoy, and let us know how you liked them!

    5 Best Recipes for a Romantic Dinner for Two

    You’ve decided to cook a romantic dinner for two? Wonderful idea! For this dinner to be the best possible, you will need some extra special recipes for it. We present the recipes, you take charge of the rest. Look no further, here they are: the 5 Best Recipes for a Romantic Dinner for Two.

    1. Oysters for Lovers

    Oven baked oysters kilpatrick with glasses of champagne
    If you’ve ever read about aphrodisiacs you must have heard that oysters are one of the strongest aphrodisiacs in the world. So, for all of you who like food and want to heat up the atmosphere, we suggest you try this recipe: “Oysters for Lovers”. It’s a guaranteed success for a romantic dinner for two.
    You’ll need: 15 fresh oysters, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 lemons, 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, 200ml white wine, 1 clove of garlic. Wash the oysters thoroughly in cold water and carefully open them using a thin knife. Remove the oyster meat from the shells and put the shells in the oven at 150C to warm up.
    In the meantime heat up the oil in a pan and add rosemary. Cook for 30 seconds and add finely chopped garlic and white wine. Cook for couple of minutes and then add vinegar and lemon juice. Take the shells out of the oven, put back the meat and pour one tablespoon of sauce over every oyster. Sounds great, right?

    2. Ginger Chicken

    Grilled Chicken teriyaki rice
    It is widely known that ginger is an aphrodisiac, so if you want to spice up your romantic meal a bit, make sure you include ginger in it. For this recipe you will need: 8 chicken wings or a same amount of chicken meat of your choice, 1 liter of vegetable soup, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 celery, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon ginger, tomato sauce, 1 chili pepper and some honey.
    Cook the chicken wings in the soup together with chopped carrot, onion and celery. When softened remove both meat and vegetables from the soup and put them in an oven dish. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan, add the sugar and caramelize it. Add ginger, tomato sauce, chili pepper and cook until it thickens. Pour over the meat. Put some honey on each piece of the meat, put everything in the oven and cook for 15 minutes on 200C. Make this chicken dish to your partner and you are in for a night of passion.

    3. Moroccan Kiss

    If you’re watching your weight but would still like to prepare a nice romantic meal, we suggest you make this salad, called the Moroccan Kiss. It can also be an appetizer before your main course.
    You’ll need: 450gr of carrots, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 4 oranges, juice from 1 lime, 1 onion, 100gr of walnuts, 50gr of raisins, hot cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Grind the carrot and chop the onion. Mix it together, add the lime juice, the oranges cut into cubes, olive oil, walnuts and raisins. Mix everything and leave it in the refrigerator to cool. Before serving add salt and pepper and, if you want some spice, the cayenne pepper.
    This salad, no matter if you serve as a standalone meal or just as an appetizer, is guaranteed to warm you up and put some romantic and sexy ideas in your head.

    4. Black and White Hearts

    chocolate hearts
    Of course, every romantic dinner needs to end with a romantic dessert. And there’s nothing better than chocolate for that. We suggest you make this super delicious black and white hearts.
    You need: 125gr of honey, 200gr of sugar, 150gr of butter, 50ml of whipping cream, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 400gr of flour, 100gr of corn starch, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 125gr of white chocolate and 125gr of dark chocolate.
    Heat together honey, sugar, butter and whipping cream until the sugar melts. Pour in a bowl and leave to cool. Mix all the other ingredients except the white and dark chocolate, add them into the bowl. Mix to make dough. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and leave it in the refrigerator for half an hour to cool.
    Preheat the oven to 180C. Flatten the dough until it is approximately half a centimeter thick. Take out hearts with a heart mold and bake them for 12 minutes. Once cooled down, dip each heart one half in white and the other half in melted dark chocolate.

    5. Exotic Bomb

    Dessert like chocolate hearts could be a little heavy, so we’ve prepared a lighter version of a romantic dessert. Don’t worry; it’s just as effective, just lower in calories.
    You need: half of fresh pineapple chopped in cubes, 1 banana chopped in rings, 1 orange chopped in cubes, 3 tablespoons of sugar, juice from half a lemon, 2 tablespoon of Blue Curacao liqueur, vanilla ice cream and 2 tablespoons of coconut flour.
    Pour lemon juice over the bananas to prevent oxidation. Mix the fruits together, add sugar and pour Blue Curacao over. Put two balls of vanilla ice cream in each serving bowl and put the fruit over it. Sprinkle with coconut flour and serve cold.
    We’ve given you 5 best recipes for a romantic dinner for two. Now, you only need to put on a nice dress, make a romantic atmosphere and serve your aphrodisiacs. Add a bottle of champagne into the mix, and you can’t be wrong. Bon appétit.