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Valentine’s Day

Black Tie Chocolate Affair

Black Tie Chocolate Affair

I truly, madly, deeply love Red Velvet Cake. It’s not quite my favorite – that award stays with my chock full of yumminess Carrot Cake, but it’s up there. I love the look of it, the flavor of it, and of course, the uniqueness of […]

Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

I just need one thing on Valentine’s Day: lots and lots of chocolate! Lots and lots of chocolate! I don’t care how you give it to me, just give me lots and lots of CHOCOLATE! Chocolate Peppermint Mousse  The peppermint flavor in this mousse lends a cool, and […]

Break From Tradition

Break From Tradition

I had to break from tradition this year for Valentine’s Day. Frankly, I’m too tired and I can’t stand in one place for more than 5 minutes. For that reason, I was almost tempted to buy Gabriel chocolates, but it broke my heart to think […]

Love and Adoration

Love and Adoration

At the risk of sounding like I’m complaining, I’m a little sad that for the second year in a row Gabriel will be punching the clock on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s has always been Gabriel’s holiday, inducted the first year we were together when he planned […]

Only Two Rules Apply

Only Two Rules Apply

February is such a fun month for desserts, wherein only two rules apply: #1: Add Chocolate #2: Create Heart Shapes When did anyone ever go wrong by combining these two? I know it, See’s Candies knows it, and any man who ever wanted to do […]

Sundae Crêpes: Raspberry Orange

Sundae Crêpes: Raspberry Orange

I do love Valentine’s Day…, and I love saying I love you! I don’t think anyone should reserve sharing their love for Valentine’s Day, but I do think it’s wonderful that we have a day to solely celebrate our love for the special people in […]

Makin’ Whoopie

Makin’ Whoopie

Valentine’s Day is all about the whoopie… but there are lots of ways to make love, and these cookies are just one of the best. What is there left to say except pull back the sheets baby… Whoopie Pies CookiesCookie recipe from Macheesmo2 sticks butter2 […]

Layer on the Love

Layer on the Love

The first Valentine’s Day Gabriel and I spent together was in 2002. We would be married in August of the same year, though at the time we didn’t know it. Gabriel planned the whole evening: He made steaks for dinner, and we dipped strawberries in […]

Lady In Red

Lady In Red

A few days ago, Gabriel and I were in the grocery store when Chris De Burgh’s Lady in Red came on over the loud speaker.As customary Gabriel began changing to the lyrics to silliness. I responded: “You are defacing the most romantic song ever written.” […]