To me Valentine’s Day is really about more than romantic love. Oh sure, it is fabulous if you are in a new relationship and spend the evening gazing into each other’s eyes over a romantic dinner. Been there, done that and loved every minute of it, but now after having been together for years and building a relationship consisting of children, extended family, animals and life, Valentine’s Day takes on a new meaning. To us Valentine’s Day now means a celebration of our family, our milestones, our successes and failures and our continued commitment. We now proudly stand as decorated Valentine soldiers and have the battle scars to prove it. We love including our children, parents and friends in our celebration because we feel their love is what makes our love complete. I wish I only would have known on our first Valentine’s Day how much more this man would mean to me all these years later; now knowing this, I so look forward to all of our Valentine’s Days to come.
(I know that by looking at the reflection in the gold it kind of looks like a Power Ranger took this photo, but I promise it was just me!)
Every February 14th I make a point of wearing a gold puffy heart that my husband gave me many years ago. It wasn’t extravagantly expensive but I really love it. I wore it on a long chain every day for years and years, in fact it was a favorite plaything for both of my infants as I held them in my arms. It made it successfully through my daughter and almost through my son before I noticed one day that he was finally able after months of trying to give it a big bite without my noticing. At first I was quite perturbed with the little stinker until I remembered a story about one of my grandmothers. Not having much when she was first married she prized her large family bible above all else and displayed it proudly on her coffee table. One day she caught her two year old daughter in the process of giving several pages of it a good scribbling with a pencil and she was heartbroken. Several months later when her little daughter suddenly died those scribbles soon became more precious than the bible itself. Hearing this lesson loud and clear, I now wear my heart on only the most special of occasions for fear I might lose the imprint of my sweet baby’s tooth. Sometimes what first looks like a tragedy is really a blessing in disguise, it just depends on how you look at it.
Whatever you decide to wear, eat, cook or do, I hope your Valentine’s Day is a really great one. Our little family will be together probably doing lots of laughing at and with each other just the way we like it. I have no idea what we’ll eat or whether or not I’ll even cook, but I do want to give you a special little recipe for a sweet treat that we’ll probably have during a game or two of Scrabble. You can either blend the ingredients up and serve it right away as a dessert drink or freeze it for several hours or overnight and serve it as a frozen ice cream sundae. It is really delicious accented with some sort of chocolate sprinkles or sauce.
1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1/4 cup vanilla syrup
1/2 cup milk
3 cups best quality vanilla ice cream
4 ounces Chambord raspberry liqueur
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until all ingredients are combined. Serve immediately topped with whipped cream and sprinkles or transfer to a covered bowl and place in the freezer for several hours or overnight; scoop into serving dishes with an ice cream scoop and top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
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