One thing I've learned over the years is that I don't need complicated or grand gestures to feel loved. I turned a long week around, simplified it and the love felt all the same. My husband has been home late every night and while he isn't the most romantic guy (Unless camo somehow translates to romance?) he usually stops and gets me flowers. I was out anyways yesterday morning so I decided to handle that one for him so he didn't have to waste his evening in long lines after another long day. It was a win-win for both of us.
I got my work done early and headed into the kitchen to fix some treats for my Valentine's. My daughter and her friends were coming home after school to eat and hang out. Kids are just like cats; once you feed them you will never get rid of them (just thought I'd warn you about that one).
Two of my daughter's guy friends were arguing as they mowed down hamburgers and cupcakes as to who loved me more. I'm pretty sure it was the food gone straight to the brain talking, but either way they certainly made my Valentine's Day. I'm convinced these kids have no food available to them at home. A few weeks ago, one of my daughter's friends knocked on the door after school and asked if I had any cake. I wish I was making that up.
My girlfriend makes the best chocolate dipped pretzels and I thought I'd Valentine up her specialty.
I melted about 2 ounces of white chocolate, dark chocolate and pink candy melts each in small heat-proof bowls. Use the microwave at half power or defrost and stir every 30 seconds or so until the chocolate is melted. Dip the pretzels and place them on a piece of parchment or wax paper to set up. The fridge will speed up the process.
Since I was simply having fun with "I love you", I broke up a few of the pretzels to create these fun ones to eat.
I had a little leftover chocolate so I placed the chocolate in disposable piping bags, cut a small tip off the end and piped cupcake toppers onto parchment paper and put them in the fridge.
I baked up a couple dozen Red Velvet Cupcakes and put my toppers on them. Patty - just posted a Red Velvet Cupcake with the cutest toppers, will have to try those soon.
I hope that all my loves knew that I love them!
I was staring at the calendar this morning and wondering where my week went yet again. It was just Monday, wasn't it? I must confess to my mind being elsewhere these days. I have so many other things that are distracting me and keeping me going in multiple directions. Some of my best days are when I can cast aside some of those distractions and just play around a bit. What are some of your best days?