We started Valentine’s Day with something pink as requested by my daughter. Luckily I had strawberries and blended a few with almond milk in the blender. Voila! Quick and tasty pink milk.
Later in the day I was stunned by what’s become school Valentine’s. My kids and I sat down to go thru the Valentine’s one by one. Many kids made cards and stuck a piece of candy on there. But no apparently candy companies are trying to say the piece of candy is the actual Valentine – printing a “to” and “from” on the wrapper itself. What? I remember when Valentine’s day at school was about creating a beautitful “mailbox” (doilies, lace, pant, felt, show box) as well as the Valentine’s to go inside. The only candy associated with Valentine’s was chocolates and candy hearts. OK I know there are lots of preprinted Valentine’s with movie characters etc. But at least there’s a bit of fun as the child picks his favorite and chooses which for each pal – writing a message and name. But a piece of crappy candy? No message, no creativity – but lots of chemicals. My kids knew they weren’t eating any of this, especially when my son read the ingredients and realized he couldn’t pronounce anything.
My husband had offered to make Valentine’s dinner. Which was so nice since it was a usual Tuesday with school and late evening Tae Kwon Do for my son. We pleasantly came home to a grilled lamb dinner (my favorite) with roasted potatoes and salad. He had champagne for us and sparkling cider for the kids – complete with a strawberry in each glass. For dessert he got creative with grilled apples over vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with honey and sea salt. We were all impressed and full.
Instead of the school candy, I came home with a box of assorted chocolates from Chocolatier Blue. My husband was on the same wavelength as he brought me my own stash of beautiful Socola chocolates. These are delicious and real works of art and make me forget about the school candy.