Last weekend was all about bacon and machismo and sports. This weekend it’s time to bring on the sweet treats, hearts and roses. While some may see Valentine’s Day as a marketing ploy by candy makers, jewelers and florists, I say it’s a great day to celebrate the special relationships in our lives. Best of all, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day can take on many different forms for couples and singles. Celebrating over a special meal is common. My love and I have enjoyed a wonderful meal at Kitchen Roselli for the last few years on Valentine’s Day.
Cooking a nice meal at home is always a great option and a way couples may choose to spend time together. Some couples really prefer a special evening at home.
“I prefer dinner at home with my guy rather than fighting the mobs for an over priced lackluster meal,” said my sorority sister Allycia.
Another friend, Meredith, agreed. She also pointed out that not all women are interested in flowers and chocolates either.
“Usually we do something at home, but we rarely buy gifts. I just don’t see the point,” she said. Meredith’s vote was for fun over romantic. Her Valentine’s plan includes going to see a decidedly unromantic new movie in theaters call Deadpool.
The gift of spending time with a loved one is always special. I will admit, however, that I am certainly a fan of flowers, chocolates and jewelry. A sweet card, or even a hand-written note, can always be a wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise, too.
My sorority sister Elise said that her very favorite gift was a bouquet of paper roses that her husband made for her the first year they were married.
Just because someone is not romantically attached on February 14, doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t chose to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
“When I wasn’t romantically involved, I would go get a mani-pedi and/or a massage,” Elise told me.
My good friend Sarah had a most wonderful idea about a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day that can apply to all of us.
“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 wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day with some homemade treats, here are two wonderful recipes shared with us by my friend Le’Don.
Valentine’s Day Turtles
• 1 pkg of individually wrapped caramel squares
• 1 pound pecan halves
• 2 cups milk chocolate chips
• 1 block paraffin wax
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.
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.”
• 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
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.
Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple and The Elkin Tribune, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.