I have seen others address that this is a greeting card holidays and I kind of agree. St Valentine was a Roman catholic priest who secretly marrying couples in defiance of the Roman Emperor. He was discovered and beheaded in February 14. So yes we are celebrating a beheading. Well, not so much. St. Valentines has become a day to celebrate Love.
It started off as a celebration of romantic love but has morphed, through clever makerting into a celebration of all things hearts and candy. School age children now create Valentine’s Day boxes to collect all the heart-shaped goodies and friendship notes from classmates. So it has become a celebration of “Love” with a capital L, in a family friendly way. So Dad’s (pay attention here!) instead of purchasing chocolates and jewelry here are a few ideas of things a Mom REALLY wants for Valentines day.
1) To have someone else do the laundry and put it away
2) To have a home cooked meal… cooked by someone else
3) A sweetly packed lunch for work with a hand written love note.
4) Amazon gift cards for all the online shopping without the guilt
5) Quiet time by herself that does not require hiding in the bathroom.
6) The chance to take a nap. (We would all kill for this!)
7) A paid maid service for a day
8) Family members to pick up after themselves without having to be asked to do it
9) Cleaning out mom’s car of all the toys, papers and miscellaneous things left there by family members, that she lacks the time to remove.
10) Spending quality time as family doing something she wants and had probably asked for before.
You would be surprised how simple and small these things could be. Sometimes it is just to go for a walk, do a family craft together, or just watch her favorite movie. But it can mean a lot to an overstressed mom and would go a long way to showing her how much you “Love” her.
This is probably the only week this year where drinking hot tea is actually ok in South Florida. Here the temps have dipped into the 50’s. A rarity, but nice weather to enjoy tea and cake in.
Made this cake for my cousins birthday. Did not really have a plan just wanted to try something I had seen in a cake video from Sharon Zambito. Was pretty happy with how easy and unfussy this one was.
Also, really enjoying this tea right now. Maybe because Valentine’s day is on the horizon but I love the hint of strawberries and cocoa. Have to try this one as an iced tea. Think it would be wonderful.
I have been on kind of a waffling kick lately. I started off with just regular waffles and they were so quick, surprisingly easy to make that I decided to try making waffles out of other ingredients. I experimented and came up with coconut sweet potato waffles. Now I have chocolate waffles. These are still pillowy and soft with nice crispy edges and have a subtle chocolate flavor which is not too overpowering.
1 1/2 flour ( I use unbleached or whole wheat)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp. flax seed (optional: you don’t even notice it is in there but you can get some added nutrition)
1 3/4 cup milk (**thought you could bump up the chocolate flavor if you used chocolate milk here)
1 snack size cup of apple sauce (I use this in place of oil)
2 tbsp stevia baking blend or granulated sugar
4 tsps. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Beat eggs until fluffy. Add all other ingredients. Mix until well combined. Add batter to iron per waffle iron direction. Bake about 5 minutes
Top with chocolate chips, strawberries or powdered sugar if desired.
If you are like me you have been overdosing on Halloween candy and need some help getting the little nuggets of chocolate, nougat and caramel out of your house. Here are some tactics I have heard about to get a handle on the candy overload.
- Donate candy to the troops – Operation Gratitude is one of the organization that will ship donated candy to the troops. My son’s old preschool use to take up a collections. Each year they would attempt to beat the weight of the prior years collection. It was a fun event for a great cause.
- Dentist Buy Back- There are a few dentists in my area that are actually trading money for candy!!! That is a totally win if you ask me.
- Reincorporate them into healthy recipes – This morning I made a batch of Weelicious spinach pancakes and added in some M&M’s for fun. I also added some candy into my Go-to Lunchbox Cookies.
- Bring them to the office – Worked for me. When I realized I could not control my urge to eat Halloween Candy the best thing to do was get it out of the house. So I brought it to work, left it in a bowl on a counter and by the end of the day it was gone. Many people came by the counter and took a piece here and there and the cool thing was it made them happy, where it was only causing me dismay. It brought a little bit of sweetness to their day and made me feel good.
- Freeze it – This was a suggestion a co-worker had which I think would be a good one for anyone who is not like me. If I feel the chocolate need bad enough… yes I would end up microwaving the candy, or even eating it rock hard frozen. (I told you I overdue things, chocolate is one of those things.)
Hopefully, these suggestions will help turn candy overload into a sweet success.