Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing everyone a fun Valentine’s Day today.  What will I do when my pink week is over? I’ve loved it all – the color combinations, the sprinkles, the hearts and flowers…

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…sending little Valentine gifts out to baking buddies and thinking of them while I tied the ribbon on the packages.

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Today isn’t just Valentine’s Day but my big brother’s birthday as well.  I always enjoyed the spill-over effect of this growing up as it made Valentine’s Day a little extra special and today is no different as we’ll get together to celebrate.  

Today doesn’t have to be elaborate. One of my favorite memories was decades ago when I was in college and having dinner at my then boyfriend’s house.  At each place setting, around the table, his mom placed red envelopes for everyone in the family and on top of each envelope was a single pink marshmallow heart.  It was a simple gesture that I wasn’t expecting and I was touched by the thoughtfulness to be included.  For me, that’s what makes Valentine’s Day special, just that little bit of unexpected thoughtfulness.

I hope you find that in your day today.  Have a sweet one!

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Make-Ahead Frozen Buttercream Cake Decorations

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West Elm OC Valentine’s Cookie Decorating Workshop Recap and Glass Heart Cookie Tip

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West Elm OC and My Cookie Decorating Workshop–Reservations Open Now!

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Meringue Cookie Heart Pops

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“Be Still My (Meringue) Heart” Cookies

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Happy Valentine’s Day and Give-Away Reminder

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Seattle (Macaron) Space Needle Cupcake Topper

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‘Tushie Cookies’ for Valentine’s Day!

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Your First Kiss … do ‘kiss and tell’!

I have a love affair with Valentine’s Day. It’s when I received my first kiss from a boy named Kenny Watkins. In second grade, while we were passing out Valentine’s among the decorated shoe boxes adorned with paper doilies and hearts, Kenny puckered up and planted one on my right cheek. Totally surprised but secretly pleased due to my reciprocal crush, I did what any self–respecting seven year-old girl would have done – I promptly walked up to my teacher,… [Read More]