Do you remember the anxiety of Valentine’s Day in elementary school? The cards had to be signed by hand, the envelope addressed with your classmates’ names, and then embarrassingly hand-delivered while the whole class watched. We even made special boxes to put them in and some would courageously open them to see how many cards they got. I liked participating up to the delivery part. I was just not sure if I would get any– hence anxiety.
These cards are from my Kindergarten class of 1957. They are all signed on the back by my classmates and sadly I do not remember any of them. The big heart in the middle is the card I made in class and brought home to Mom and Dad for Valentine’s Day. How do you know that, you might ask.
I know this only because my Mother wrote on the back of everything. I have a whole folder of things she saved from my school days. Let’s just say from the looks of other items in the folder that I never was, or had intentions of being, an artist…or a super student…more about that later.
There is no Valentine’s anxiety at my house. My husband leaves for his annual ice fishing trip – we try to go out for dinner before he leaves. Of course, I leave hints around the house for things he could get me…but there really is no pressure..really!
For Valentine’s goodies I stayed away from chocolate. I wanted to try using the disasterous cake pop pan again, but this time as a doughnut hole pan. Using the King Arthur Apple Cinnamon mix seemed to work, except some of the dough popped up through the pan and the doughnut holes did have a little ridge around the middle. I tried covering that up with lots of cinnamon and sugar stuck to the outside. My Valentine and his taste testers liked them.
While I was in the box-mix baking mode, I also felt like trying a King Arthur Traditional Shortbread cookie mix. What can go wrong with adding a cup of butter to a mix?
The recipe on the box stated that if you do not use salted butter, add a pinch of salt. I forgot to add the pinch of salt…so I added a pinch of kosher salt to the red sprinkles on the hearts – butter and salt…yummm.
Don’t forget to make or get your sweetie something sweet for Valentine’s Day – We all need a little lovin’ – right darlin’?