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Hearts, Sweets, and Steaks

I hope everyone had a great Valentines Day! There are people out there who truly believe that this is a made up holiday, but am not one of them! I love Valentines Day. I love the candy, all the red and pink everywhere, the time spent together, the little things are the things that really matter. It’s not about buying gifts and spending money. It’s merely about taking a day to fully celebrate the person you love. That can be your mom, your significant other, your best friend, the love is endless.

This Valentines Day was very low-key and spent at home, just the way I like it. I made some sweets, I made some steaks, and I made some art. That is all, that is just the way Elliot and I like our holidays. Elliot had already given me my Valentines day present of the Sam Adams Tour (I thought!) but yesterday I received these lovely flowers at work.

Ah! They are so gorgeous and really make my workspace smell amazing. What a guy huh? He also gave me a bag of Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids, my favorite. Last night, as my presents, I made him some homemade whoopie pies and a big steak dinner!

The whoopie pies I made out of a box of cake mix. The trick of making them in to cookies I learned from The Crepes of Wrath. Like I have said many times, I am no baker, and these were easy and they tasted delicious! I put vanilla frosting in between the two cookies and smooshed them together and rolled the edges in red sugar.

Now the steak dinner, oh the steak. I bought two large rib eyes, potatoes, and some red peppers. I made a dry rub for the steaks with seasoning salt and lemon pepper and threw those puppies in a pan with some melted butter. I cooked them on medium low for 5 minutes on each side. This depends on how you like your steak. I like mine medium and Elliot likes his medium rare. The potato recipe is one I have used many times from The Pioneer Woman. These Crash Hot Potatoes are a favorite among everyone I serve them to. The peppers I just roasted on the same pan with the potatoes at the same time. I splashed from EVOO on them and bam!

One last thing I did was a little painting. While I love painting, and I’ve shown some of it on here, it’s not my strongest suit. Elliot is really in to traditional tattoos and tattoos in general so I thought that I would paint him a traditional Sailor Jerry inspired painting, again, just inspired. I could never recreate those! So I put this on here with this being a no judgement zone.

I hope every one had a great Valentines day as well. What did you do on that special day? And who is that special someone in your life?


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Valerie Confections

Valerie Confections out in Los Angeles has not only a lovely identity (pink, brown, and hints of gold?! oh my!) and an amazing website, but they also specialize in all things chocolate. I’m smitten when anything tastes good and comes wrapped in bows and boxes.

The have everything from chocolate bars, to truffles, to petit fours. They even have preserves and galettes! And what’s even better is that most of their chocolate treats can be shipped to us hungry people over here on the east coast!

Cakes too? Oh Valerie Confections you must ease up on the sweets.

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Damn Good Cookies!

The name of these cookies say it all! Chocolate Gourmet out of Chicago makes delicious treats that you can order straight from their website. They have everything from cookies, to truffles, to rugelach! These “Damn Good Cookies” look amazing and come in Chubby Wubby Caramel, Chubby Wubby Chocolate, Chubby Wubby Mint, and Chubby Wubby Raspberry.

What would you get from Chocolate Gourmet? They have some great gift baskets!

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Sweet, sweet treats

I am not one for baking too much. It’s not that I’m bad at it, because every time I do bake I get compliments. It’s just that it’s so strict and limiting. I’m far too spacey for leveling out my flour and sifting my confectioners sugar. But I do love to look at the amazing treats that people bake, and with Valentines Day around the corner this is the best time to look!

I believe that Valentines Day should not be celebrated in the way that most people do. Call me untraditional, but I think this should be a time to merely appreciate the person . Cook, bake, massage, just simply pamper the person you love. Don’t go out of the way to buy extravagant gifts, make them! Show the that you have put time and special thought in to what they like and who they are as a person and why you love them.

This post was inspired by this cake from I Am Baker.

And because of this cake I will be updating over the next few days about what you can make, bake, or cook for that person you appreciate and love in your life. Who is that person to you? And what do you plan on doing for them this holiday?


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Burns and Birthdays

This Friday a group of friends and I got together to celebrate Robert Burns, the Scottish poet. My good friend, Lauren, first celebrated the poet while she was visiting Scotland and this celebration was all her creation. When celebrating Burns, you eat haggis. Haggis is traditionally sheeps heart, liver, and lungs minced and cooked with onions, oatmeal, and spices and then cooked in the sheeps stomach.

(Haggis in the making! Photo courtesy: Lauren)

The haggis was complete with mashed potatoes and mashed turnips. The haggis was, interesting. I will say that every person in the room gave it a chance . Mixed with the potatoes, it wasn’t too shabby! I was pretty nervous at first but next time a Burns celebration rolls around I will gladly accept! We sat around and ate haggis, listened to Scottish Folk records, and drank whiskey (another Scottish tradition, and a very good one at that).

(The uncooked haggis. Photo courtesy: Lauren)

Today was my dad’s 53rd birthday today (Happy Birthday Dad!) so it was a full house, just the way I like it.

(Rachel, my sister, made this amazing GLUTEN FREE peanut butter and chocolate cake. It was amazing! Everyone enjoyed it so much that we started picking at the frosting before we served the cake. Go check out her Flickr to see what other delicious sweets she bakes!)

Having a full house means having a full kitchen. Everyone in my family is very very particular about what they do in the kitchen. My mom and sister are more on the baking side, and my dad and I are more the cooks. So while my sister and my mom are baking, my dad and I are more or less just staring and trying to figure out what is going on, and why there are so many dishes in the sink. The baking in attempt today, macaroon round number 2!

We were very nervous about the macaroons, but this time we followed Martha’s recipe to a T. We popped them in the oven for 5 minutes, rotated them, put them in for another 5 minutes and…

SUCCESS! These little babies were so perfect,airy, and delicious. This time around they were gluten free as well which made me the happiest camper in the room. All these tasty treats surrounding me and I could devour them all! Whoopie!

Weekends like this really make me appreciate the friends and family that I have. I love them all so much and I love that they all love food and celebrating as much as I do.

To leave off on a readers note, have you ever celebrated Robert Burns? And if not, would you consider celebrating and making haggis?


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