Is it already the middle of February!? Must be Valentine's Day soon! Do you have plans with your sweetheart yet? As Valentine's Day falls in the middle of the week this year, we'll just be staying home. I thought I'd make homemade (heart shaped) pizzas, and of course there will have to be chocolate! Some years I make up a double-batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and bake giant cookies in my heart-shaped cake pan. Sometimes I use that same pan and fill it with Rice Krispie treats. It's fun to use my cake decorating stuff and decorate them with frosting.
This year I sent our son, who is away at college working on his Masters in Teaching degree, heart-shaped buttermilk biscuits, a couple packets of Country Gravy (just add boiling water!) and some real bacon bits. I also sent him a note to mix up the gravy, add some bacon bits (sausage would've been better, but I can't send sausage in the mail!), and serve it over the biscuits. His favorite: Biscuits and Gravy! Little sister also sent some of the cookies that he and she dreamed up a few years ago. A little love from home!
One of my favorite Valentine's Days was probably over twenty years ago. We were snowbound from a big snowstorm, and I didn't know how I was going to be able to get out and buy Valentine's Day treats for my husband and our (then) two children. I remembered that after Christmas I had bought a turkey when they were on sale. I'd never baked a turkey before, but I took it out and defrosted it in the bathroom sink downstairs where my husband wouldn't see it. My husband was able to get to work, by hiking over a mile through our fields to our 4 x 4 that he had parked. I surprised him when he came home from work on Valentine's Day with a turkey dinner, homemade pink peppermint taffy that I'd made and pulled, and my big heart cookies. Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be about spending gobs of money (contrary to what all the jewelry store and florist advertisements are telling us!). It's the thought (and the love!) that counts!
Hope your day is extra sweet and extra special (and involves CHOCOLATE!)