Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Dinner at Kitchen Roselli

We are coming up on one of my very favorite days! Valentine’s Day! I love pink and hearts and glitter and so, of course, I love Valentine’s Day.

My sweetheart and I have shared some super special Valentine’s over the years. One year we went to the beach and it snowed. It was quite magical. The last several years we have celebrated at a local Italian restaurant called Kitchen Roselli, which is always a magical experience. They make the most amazing cream puffs for dessert!

Probably my favorite Valentine’s Day was a few years ago when my love went all out and sent me a dozen roses and a PajamaGram! The UPS guy showed up at my office and handed me all the packages and said, “somebody must like you.” It was great fun!

This year we may not do very much for Valentine’s as we have rehearsal for a play our community theater group is doing. At any rate, just being together with my husband is always a special time.

My good friend Sarah had a most wonderful idea about a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that can apply to couples or singles!

“I like to acknowledge the various forms of love in my life on Valentine’s Day. Whether a smile from a stranger, a kindness from a friend, etc. it lifts me up just to notice these acts of love,” Sarah said.

If you’re looking for some special treats and projects to do for Valentine’s, check out my Pinterest board here. My good friend Le’Don also shared these recipes with us. These are some things she likes to make on Valentine’s Day for her husband.

 

Le’Don’s Valentine’s Day Turtles

Ingredients

• 1 pkg of individually wrapped caramel squares

• 1 pound pecan halves

• 2 cups milk chocolate chips

• 1 block paraffin wax

Directions

Grease a cookie sheet, place two pecan halves together. Put a caramel on top. Bake at 200 degrees until caramel is soft to the touch, but not melted (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from oven and immediately put another pecan half onto the caramel and press down. Melt the wax and chips together over low heat, then dip the candied pecan mixture in it. Place on foil to cool.

Le’Don’s Old Fashioned Cookie Recipe

Le’Don said, “This recipe is a cross between a sugar cookie and a butter cookie. It is the perfect consistency for using cookie cutters.”

Ingredients

• 1 cup softened butter

• 2 cups sugar

• 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

• 2 eggs

•1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk

• 2 teaspoons vanilla

• 4 cups all purpose flour

•2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Cream butter. Add sugar and eggs beating well. Stir in milk and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture, mixing well. Chill. Roll to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with assorted cutters. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Decorate as desired.

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