~Happy Valentine’s Day Dear Readers~
I love, love, love anything to do with hearts. Invariably some of my favorite jewelry has hearts.
With my love of anything hearts, Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.
Fun Facts about Valentine’s Day:
How did it all start: There are many theories on the origin of V-Day but the most popular dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II, 270 A.D. Claudius didn’t want men to marry during wartime because he believed single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies and he was jailed for this offense and executed by order of the Emperor on Feb. 14. While in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.”
- Casanova, well known as “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolate to make him virile.
- Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
- Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
- The most elaborate gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
- Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.
- Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
~Valentine’s Day Recipes~
I have a sure-fire way to get the HT (Handsome Texan) to deliver his heart. With chocolate~
Every year for V-Day I make him chocolate coconut haystack candies. Be sure to use the best chocolate. I get mine at Trader Joe’s but Cost Plus, Amazon, Whole Foods and Sprouts are all good sources.
These are super yummy and don’t involve any baking. How easy is that??
Now I know it is heresy but I don’t like chocolate all that much. Give me a key lime pie or a sticky toffee pudding and I’m your girl. One of my all-time favorite desserts is frosted sugar cookies. I got this recipe many years ago from my best friend Kathy. It is the best sugar cookie recipe ever and it makes a ton of cookies. This recipe is my Valentine’s gift to you!
No matter what your treat of choice is, I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day. XOXO
P.S. – For a great way to give service for Valentine’s Day, check out Project Valentine online. They provide Valentine gift packages for children, men and women with cancer. You can donate gift cards and all sorts of items that would be helpful and appreciated. Last year with my church activity day girls (ages 8-11), we made earrings and this year we dyed silk scarves. What are your V-Day plans?