{Memories} Valentine’s Day

{Memories} Valentine’s Day

We always celebrated Valentine’s Day in our home, although it wasn’t at all about romance and it was completely about love and the people we love.

We would do the traditional boxes of valentines for school, and my dad always gave me a real, store-bought, Hallmark card (which was VERY special). My mom would bake the greatest heart cookies. I would set the table with the best china and real silver, a piece of chocolate at everyone’s place. And we would eat a fancy meal together, the finale being Cherries Jubilee for dessert. (Granted, Mom didn’t flambĂ© the whole thing, just a single sugar cube on the top of each, but setting our food on fire was a huge highlight.)

Valentine’s Day was a family holiday. A special day to show those we love just how much we care. A time in the middle of a normal (even dreary) month to be together and celebrate togetherness.

I think I like that part best.


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A bit of Valentine sweetness

A bit of Valentine sweetness

Can I share with you how much my family loves spritz cookies? I don’t even know where the idea originated, but my mom has been making them for as long as I can remember, and these little things go like hotcakes! They make a great little Valentine’s Day treat:

Valentine's Day cookies


1 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 egg
1 tsp. almond or vanilla extract
food coloring, if desired
colored sugar, if desired

For step by step instructions, click here!
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