Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Holiday Goodies

For the ultimate chocolate/peanut butter experience, try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs. This recipe by Ina Garten is chock full of yummy ingredients that you may change or omit to suit your taste.

    6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter
    12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
    2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
    2 large eggs
    1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 cup whole walnut halves (not chopped)
    1 cup whole pecan halves (not chopped)
    2/3 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a few sheet pans with parchment paper.

In a bowl set over simmering water, melt the butter, 6 ounces of the chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate, stirring occasionally, until just melted. Remove from the heat and cool for 15 minutes.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or a hand-held mixer, beat the eggs, coffee powder and vanilla until combined. Add the sugar, raise the speed to medium-high, and beat for 2 minutes, until the batter is thick and falls back on itself in a ribbon.

With the mixer on low, slowly add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture. Combine the 1/3 cup of flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and fold it into the chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula.

In another bowl, combine the walnuts, pecans, peanut butter chips, the remaining 6 ounces of chocolate chips, and the tablespoon of flour and fold it into the chocolate mixture. With 2 soup spoons or a small ice cream scoop, drop rounded mounds of batter 1 inch apart onto the prepared sheet pans. Bake for 15 minutes exactly. Cool on the baking sheets for 20 minutes then enjoy!

These blogs are participating in this year's cookie exchange.

selkie  (blog here, recipe here)

From Hermione's Heart

Monday, December 9, 2019

Recap: Spanko Brunch 2.0 for December 8

What are your spanking rituals?

Roz: Great question! It used to depend on the nature of the spanking. If it was for role affirmation/maintenance, whatever you prefer to call it, the spanking was preceded with discussion and naked kneeling. If it was discipline it was preceded with discussion and no rituals as such if for play.

Peter: Spankings from my wife occur on Friday evenings.Our kids go their grandparents on Friday for an overnight. When I get back from work I go at once strip naked and wait standing in the corner, with nose pressed against the wall. Often I have to wait as much as an hour before she comes into the room. She sits on a chair near the window and I kneel before her and confess to any wrong doings. Then she chooses what sort of punishment if any I deserve.

Wendel: We do not have any real ritual. The closest would be that the spanking is announced and shortly after given.

Rosco: Irene usually directs some sort of role play, with a number of variations. Yesterday she was especially enthusiastic because the leather ping pong paddles we ordered from Orvis had arrived at last.

Irene instructed me to go into the bedroom and wait for her. When she arrived, she told me she’d heard reports that I’d misbehaved, had been trying to peek up girls’ skirts when they went up the stairs. Laura, Irene and Sarah had reported me. (Irene herself was playing the part of Ms. Smythington - perhaps a teacher but not authority figure at any rate.)

First came the lecture, then the paddling. Ms. Smythington then made me sit on a hard chair in her dark closet with a hot bottom while she took a shower. When Irene returned and opened the door, she played the part of all the girls who had been invited to see the spanking I’d received and to add a few swats of their own.

This routine is one that’s developed over time. Originally based on my fantasies, Irene really loves it. It’s a very fun game. Conversation pretty much comes to a halt when she’s ready for my tongue, but picks up again after during intercourse.

Barrel: Like Roz, it depends on the spanking about to be given. If it is just part of our normal intimacy play, then my wife tells me “I deserve the hair brush, please get it for me”. She occasionally tells me how many I will get or how red she wants it before she is done. Not much more than that.

However, we plan “sessions” in advance. Our sessions are longer and more intense, so she gives me a week to get my head ready for what is to come. The day of the session, we go for lunch or happy hour where my wife will openly discuss the implements she will use, how many strokes of each and the severity. At that point, my apprehension is building and she will calmly look me in the eye and tell how she knows I really want to be thrashed. She will hold my hands and comfort me until I admit I want the session and am ready. We then return home, I prepare the bench at the end of our bed with restraints, pillows and towels. We then hug and over the pillows I go. Once securely bound, she will tell me how much better I will feel when the stress is relieved with the whipping and caning I am receiving. This is repeated during pauses as she changes from one implement to another to another. My wife doesn’t scold or lecture during the punishment, but will tell me how red it looks, yet not red enough, and she continues. She will ask how I am doing. To date, my responses are, “Fine, thank you Miss”. I haven’t tapped out yet as I do feel less stress when she is finished. We just had one on Friday and it was glorious.

Prefectdt: Unless requested otherwise by the woman doing the spanking, I usually put on a man thong. As the majority of my spankings are with non-sexual playmates and it just feels inappropriate to have boy parts swinging about. Does that really count as a ritual or is it a courtesy? I'm not sure.

Hermione: Ron chooses three implements, then I am allowed to choose a fourth. I remove clothing below the waist and bend over the bed. Sometimes Ron scolds me while spanking, but more often not.
From Hermione's Heart

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Spanko Brunch 2.0 #308

Come on in! I'm glad to see so many of you here today to enjoy good food and good conversation with like-minded friends. My good friend Barrel suggested today's topic.

Is there any ritual or protocol that you customarily follow to set the mood for an impending spanking?  Is there a discussion?  Is scolding involved?

Please leave your response as a comment. Don't be shy; I want to hear from YOU. You may remain anonymous if you wish. Once everyone has spoken, I will publish an edited summary of our discussion.
From Hermione's Heart

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lifestyle Pot Pourri

S few fun photos that will bring a smile to your face.

Tank you, Boru, for your contribution.
From Hermione's Heart

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

From the Top Shelf - Once Upon a Time, part 2

We continue with the second installment of "Once Upon a Time" by Gerald Sinclair. You will really want to reread part one again, and you'll find it here. Now let's see how Sir Bevis fared while carrying a handkerchief wet with the tears of a well-spanked princess.
The messenger, breathless and wild-eyed, arrived the following evening. 'Sir Bevis –' he gasped.

'Has slain the dragon?' beamed the King.

The messenger shook his head sadly and held out a helmet everyone recognised. It contained a few charred bones and a scorched fragment of a lace-trimmed handkerchief.

'I think,' said the Queen, 'that Master Erasmus has some explaining to do.'

'A slight miscalculation,' said the magician, unruffled, when he made his appearance. 'An oversight which I sincerely regret.'

'Not as sincerely as I do!' muttered Crystal, wriggling on her cushion.

'Further research,' said Master Erasmus, 'shows that the spell only works if the tears are shed by a virgin.'

There was a tense, awe-struck silence in the Throne Room. Crystal blushed vividly. So did a tall, handsome squire who could be seen furtively glancing round for the nearest exit.

'C-r-r-r-ystal!' said Queen Marguerite.

'But Mother – I – I –'


Five minutes later the tall squire was on his way to the dungeons with an armed guard, while the courtiers were once more listening in fascinated silence to the sound of Crystal's howls and entreaties mingled with the steady thwack! thwack! thwack! of a leather tawse across a royal rump.

'I suppose it's lucky,' said the King next day, 'that we have two more princesses.'

Miranda and Lisette looked at each other in dismay. Lucky?

'Miranda,' said the Queen, ominously. 'I hope there's no doubt about –'

'Of course not!'

'In that case,' said the Queen, 'we'd better go to your bedroom.'

The slim, tawny-haired, soft-spoken Miranda was regarded as the intellectual one among the princesses. Since she had received much of her education across her mother's knee she knew better than to argue when she was ordered into that ignominious position. In a matter of moments her skirts were around her waist and her blue silk briefs were halfway down her thighs.

'Now, Miranda,' said the Queen, with a large ebony-backed hairbrush poised above her daughter's shapely seat. 'Tears are what we need, so let's make sure there are plenty.'

And indeed, Miranda's tears were soon flowing abundantly as that lovely young lady blubbered and pleaded and wriggled through the soundest spanking she had received for years. The scorching impact of hard wood on tender curves was no novelty to Miranda, but on this occasion she had the added misery of knowing she hadn't even done anything to deserve the stinging anguish in her scarlet, quivering behind.

'And who,' asked the Queen a little later, 'is the gallant knight who will ride out with Miranda's handkerchief to face the dragon?'

'I thought of Sir Godfrey,' said King Fedor. 'His remarkable luck at cards has been quite expensive to me lately. Let's see how lucky he is with dragons.'

Shortly afterwards, a very disgruntled Sir Godfrey, swearing under his breath and shedding extra aces from every chink in his armour, went forth to do battle.

The same weary messenger limped into court the following day.

'Well?' demanded the King. 'Did Sir Godfrey give the dragon the coup de grace?

'No,' said the man, glumly. 'But with any luck he may have given the dragon indigestion.'

Queen Marguerite's baleful glare settled upon Miranda. Miranda gulped.

'But Mother, there must be some mistake! I haven't –! I mean I am –! you mustn't think –!'

'Upstairs!' thundered the Queen.

Halfway through the exemplary spanking which followed, Master Erasmus appeared at the bedroom door.

'Your Majesty, stop! There has been an unfortunate error. I'll never trust a Hong Kong crystal ball again!'

'Eh?' said the Queen, hairbrush raised aloft.

'I'm sure Princess Miranda is a virgin,' said the magician. 'Regrettably, that isn't enough. To make the spell truly effective, the chastisement should have been carried out in public.'

Queen Marguerite pondered for a moment, thoughtfully considering the blazing crimson bottom of the innocent young beauty sobbing bitterly across her lap.

'Pity,' said the Queen. 'Still, I've started, so I'll finish.' She brought the brush down sharply to resume the interrupted spanking. Master Erasmus retreated down the corridor, his ears filled with Miranda's tearful entreaties mingled with the juicy splat! of hard wood landing of tender teenage buttocks.
Poor Sir Godfrey! His luck seems to have run out. What about the dragon? We'll find out next week.
From Hermione's Heart

Monday, December 2, 2019

Recap: Spanko Brunch 2.0 for December 1

How do you feel about spankings that break the skin or cause bleeding?

Bonnie: If others find blood appealing and that's their kink, so be it. But it's a hard stop for us.

Xen: It’s not really something that specifically draws me, but it doesn’t repel me either. In stories I’ve read it signals severity, and severity does play a big role for me in fantasy (and sometimes reality).

We’ve had broken skin a few times... only once that was full on bleeding I think. He was much more worried by it than I was. It’s only occurred with more severe punishments, but the bleeding/broken skin isn’t in itself a measure of severity... it’s just a sign that he hasn’t taken his ring off. :-p I don’t think we’ve ever had broken skin from a cane or other similar implement beyond the typical welts. We may have had a bit of bleeding from paddling on top of blood blisters? But I can’t remember any specific times that’s happened, so if it did I was beyond caring.

Kiwigirliegirl: I've had broken skin from paddling and also from a home made implement that was two green plastics strips banded together. At the time, it didn't bother me, but looking back on it now, it was foolish of me to allow it, because he got too much of a kick out of leaving marks and breaking skin and the relationship became abusive. So now, I'd not allow broken skin, but the odd bruise is welcome. A good reminder fir the next few days.

Bernie: If it was purely accidental - and only on my backside - I guess I'd be ok with it. No desire for it in stories, or real life, at all.

Roz: I don't enjoy anything too extreme in life, stories or pictures. It turns me cold. Bruises and some marking in real life however are welcome.

Barrel: The business side of my wife’s favorite hair brush has ridges, like thick corduroy, that when sternly applied can leave long blood blisters under the skin. Her 27” (68 cm) thin delrin cane imparts deep welts that very rarely, but occasionally, breaks the skin.

No, that is not a place we like to play, but then again, all marks left from a vigorous thrashing are badges of honor I wear proudly, just not in the shower at the gym.

Rosco: I’ll agree with folks above. I’ve bled a few times when Irene has been particularly enthusiastic. Not a big deal. But I’ve seen a video and a few photographs where it’s over the top, unappealing to me and perhaps unhealthy.

Irene is well past menopause, but a bit of blood down there never stopped any of out activities.

Peter: Well in close to fifteen years of her discipline, there have been more than a few times
that I did keep my bruises and broken skin for more than a day, but to me they became
a badge I wore proudly.

It has been thrilling to see my wife take on an assertive role in life as well as with me.
More than once those spankings kept me from the brink. Even her harshest discipline
i always knew were made in love.

There is also be bonus of laying on your stomach as she applies a salve.

 Ronnie: Everyone to their own. For me I don't like to see pictures of really bloody bottoms. A few bruises on my own bottom I like.

Prefectdt: In real life - I do like to play hard sometimes, so the occasional bleed is inevitable. But I am the kind of wimp who wants a sticking plaster put on it before play continues, to stop it becoming a large wound.

In fictional stories - I can't see the problem, just so long as no ink or paper was harmed during the writing process.

In pictures and videos - This does worry me sometimes but as long as the recipient was fully consenting and no long term scaring resulted, I cannot object. Although I might look through squinty eyes sometimes.

Graham: We're just the opposite of most of the comments above. For us, bruising is definitely out.

However, she has occasionally drawn blood with the cane, which when light is OK but definitely a sign to slow down.

We've seen photos with over-the-top bleeding, and that is not at all appealing.

Simon: Over the years I've developed a number of weak spots presumably from the sheer number of canings, strappings and paddlings my poor old bottom has received. As a result almost anything except a spanking results in bleeding which is a shame as I do enjoy a severe punishment. Normally the application of a few plasters does the trick and I can travel without getting blood on my trousers which can be very embarrassing.

Hermione: If Ron ever breaks the skin of my bottom with an implement, or sees a blood blister starting, he stops immediately. We aren't into that kind of harsh punishment. I also don't care for it in stories, pictures or videos. But I can understand that for some, it's an important part of a D/s relationship.

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. Let's be careful out there!
From Hermione's Heart

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Spanko Brunch 2.0 #307

Welcome to another weekend spanko brunch. I hope my American readers had a fine Thanksgiving. Don't worry, there's no turkey on the buffet today.

I'd like to discuss something that may be somewhat controversial. In some fictional stories, especially those written in the Victorian period, spankings, canings or birchings often result in bleeding. Some folks may not mind the mention of blood, others may feel it is an important element, and still others will be repelled. To each his own is my motto. But how do you feel about it?

What is your reaction to a spanking or other play that results in the breaking of skin or the appearance of blood, whether in real life, fictional stories, pictures or videos? Is it something you avoid or something that you don't mind or even enjoy?

As always, leave your response as a comment, and I will publish an edited summary of our discussion.
From Hermione's Heart