Money in the Bank #1…Oh, and Chocolate Souffle

Piggy BankThe wise and venerable Smart Mouth Broad has tasked our dear interwebz with a weekly feature alá the Spin Cycle – let’s all get together and share ways to save money.  Voila – we give you Money in the Bank.

I think it’s a dandy idea.  So here I am.  Oh, and looky here – I’ve brought my soap box along for the ride, too.

Ahem.  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day*.  Beloved has already fulfilled his obligation showered me with lovely gifts for this superfluous “holiday” with this and this, reasoning (and rightly so) that he would spend that much on flowers and candy – things that wouldn’t last.  Ahhhh – now there’s a thought!

Money in the Bank Tip #1 for Valentine’s Day: Gentlemen, if you’re going to spend money, buy something that she’ll be able to keep for longer than a few days.  It doesn’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful (the key word here being “thoughtful”).  That being said, you should pay close attention to the first sentence of the next paragraph…

My good friend Twenty Four at Heart observed in her creatively-named Valentine’s Day post “Cupid is an Asshole” that, “Quite honestly, the most romantic meal in the world would be if a man put the effort into making a candlelit dinner for two at home.”  Since I can be reasonably sure that isn’t going to happen and since I also believe I’ve mentioned that Beloved is notoriously hard to buy for, I’m taking the easy way out:  I’m making dinner, including his favorite dessert, and then will pull some lingerie out of mothballs and spend the rest of the evening giving various parts of his body various massages.  Ahhhh – another thought!

Money in the Bank Tip #2 for Valentine’s Day: Ladies, you know what he wants.  YOU KNOW WHAT HE WANTS.  Give it to him!  Put some thought into it!  Put some effort into it!  You know that somewhere in your closet or dresser is something lacy or slinky that you haven’t worn in so long he’s forgotten all about it (although, granted, not as well as you may have).  Get it out.  Put it on.  It will make him happy and won’t cost you a red cent.  And you never know – you may end up enjoying it too.

So, there you go – two very sound pieces of advice for not only saving money, but surviving Valentine’s Day.  And you thought I couldn’t multitask.

Oh, and the Chocolate Soufflé in the title?  Beloved’s favorite dessert.  Here’s the recipe, as my Valentine’s Day gift to you, dear interwebz.  While it’s best started the evening (or at least several hours) before you plan to bake it, it is absurdly easy to make.  And it’s not expensive, either.  Serve it with some good vanilla ice cream – this is one of those gooey, intensely chocolate affairs.

Note: While the original recipe calls for this to be baked in small, individual springform rings, I bake it in a pie plate or small soufflé dish and serve it from there.  Not quite as elegant a presentation, but it is easier and it certainly doesn’t detract from the taste.

Chocolate Soufflé

Serves 4, or Beloved

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

3/4 cup sugar

1 3/4 tablespoons cornstarch

2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate.  Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the sugar and cornstarch together.  In another small bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolks together.  Whisk the melted butter/chocolate mixture into the sugar/cornstarch mixture, combining thoroughly.  Stir in the eggs, just until smooth.  Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Preheat oven to 400° F.  Butter a 9″ pie plate or small soufflé dish well.  Spread the chocolate mixture in the dish, and bake in the top half of the oven for 20 – 25 minutes.

Serve immediately.

*Re-reading this post, it sounds rather snarky.  I didn’t mean for it to, but I don’t have the time/inclination to re-write it.  I love you dear, and I love the figurines.  They look so nice in my new curio.

13 thoughts on “Money in the Bank #1…Oh, and Chocolate Souffle”

  1. I love this post! How sweet of your beloved to get you those things! Early on, I had planned that my husband and I would cook a nice meal together, after putting the little people to bed at 7…after they have their heart shaped pizza’s and strawberry jello with strawberries and coolwhip, for their special Valentines supper.

    But, one of my girls from the school, called and asked if she could come for the weekend and watch the little people so we could actually have a date! We have a gift certificate for a nice resteraunt that my son gave us for Christmas that we will use and then we are going to our very first movie together! I do plan on using your #2 tip…lol!

    Anyways, great idea’s you give here!

    Loris last blog post..What Love Got To Do With It?

  2. How clever to combine money-saving and Valentine’s Day. It will surely be appreciated. … MHS. Men all over the world will surely be singing your praises come Sunday morning! The chocolate souffle sounds sinfully good.

    Thanks for playing and by the way, I didn’t think you sounded snarky at all.

    Smart Mouth Broads last blog post..MONEY IN THE BANK

  3. Valentine’s day is actually pretty simple if you think about it…good food and great sex, with the one that you love.

    Hmmm…now isn’t that a revelation…

    Thanks for reminding us all of that 😉

    Great post, as always!

    thistles last blog post..Friday Fill-Ins #111

  4. When my husband and I were about to get married, I tried to get him to pick out some lacy stuff for me. He was hilarious and kept saying he just wanted me to strip it off. So, that is what I do.

    Our money saving habit for Valentine’s Day has been to write each other a poem or letter. I love these better than any gift he has ever purchased.

    The recipe sounds fantastic! I might try it out this weekend.

    Beths last blog post..The Story That Changed My View on the World

  5. I usually end up doing exactly that. I hate being in crowded restaurants on Vday so I fix a nice dinner … we have a cozy night at home. Then we enjoy a nice night out sometime a few days later. (And by nice, I don’t mean expensive … it’s just nice to get out!) This year Im just glad Briefcase will be home. (He gets back late tonight after a long trip.)

    Thanks for the linky love! I dont know what I’d do without my friend Jan!

  6. Not snarky at all dear. You know me – I would MUCH prefer any of your homemade meals (to say nothing of your bed made treats 😉 ) over a crowded restaurant on Valentines Day!

    We have a local adult store that is advertising to have guys buy their Valentine something sexy. I know they are good retailers, but they have a SERIOUS marketing problem. They don’t seem to understand that NO WOMAN IN THE WORLD WANTS LINGERIE FOR VALENTINES DAY! They would be much better served by marketing to WOMEN to buy something for their man – and still their ads would draw the attention of the men anyhow!

  7. The only way V-day is acknowledged at our house is with proposals and since we’ve been there and done that long ago, we think of it as the anniversary of our engagement but other than that…’s just another day. I’m not in to flowers, candy, or hardly any other gifts. We are going to the PBR (Pro Bull Rider) in Okla. City but we had a friend gift us with the tickets. How much cheaper can we get??

    Happy V-day Jan!!

    Midlife Slicess last blog post..T.G.I.Funny

  8. I was going to try the chocolate souffle, but I ran out of time. Never mind, even considering my advanced age (76) I may implement your other suggested valentine for my adorable 76 year old husband.

    Anne Giberts last blog post..February

  9. Yes, we do know what they want. Men are so easy sometimes.

    We had to postpone Valentine’s as I have a friend staying who had to come back into town for a court date for a divorce. Not exactly romantic – but compared to the guy my friend is divorcing, my husband is a shining star this weekend.

    Good food and lingerie will have to wait until next week.

    Pseudos last blog post..STAWTTN: Rewind

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