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How can we not talk about Valentine’s Day for this week’s Design Wisdom Wednesday?
Where did the Valentine’s Day customs come from? Find the answer in this interesting article about the origin of Valentine’s Day. http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day
Here are a few of my favorite tidbits taken from this article.
It was believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.
Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
Here are a few easy ways to show your loved ones how much you love them on Valentine’s Day.
Start Valentine’s Day with a special breakfast. Serve heart shaped pancakes topped with thin slices of roasted pork tenderloin and Tishbi Cherry Shiraz Wine Jelly. Embellish the plate with fresh strawberries. It’s pretty and oh so tasty.
If chocolate is the way to your lover’s heart here is a simple recipe for truffles. Make ahead, refrigerate and impress your loved ones and friends!
For you die-hard chocolate lovers, here’s a treat: the recipe for to-die-for truffles. Go ahead… enjoy!
1 (8-oz.) package fat-free cream cheese, at room temperature
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
Cocoa powder (optional)
Combine cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder and extract in a bowl; freeze mixture 30-60 minutes. Remove from freezer and form into 1″ balls; roll in cocoa powder, if desired. Freeze 30 minutes or until firm.
Makes 40 truffles. Nutritional values per truffle: 60 calories and 1 gram fat.
A wonderful way to recognize a friend or spouse on Valentine’s Day is by making a contribution to the American Heart Association. This is the 10th year the AHA has celebrated “Wear Red Day”. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. It kills more women than all cancers combined. Donations support medical research, awareness, education and community programs to help women live longer, heart-healthy lives.
What ever way you celebrate Valentine’s Day put a little romance in your life. Finish off this special day with a Chocolate Kiss Martini!
Chocolate Kiss Cocktail
3 T Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
3 T Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur
1 1/2 T Heavy Cream
Pink Sugar Crystals
Fill shaker 1/2 full with ice cubes
Add first three ingredients
Shake to Chill
Rim chilled glass with chocolate followed by sugar crystals
Pour in chocolate liqueur mix
Garnish with a kiss or a strawberry on a pick
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Mary Sherwood Lake Living…working with you to create your lifestyle!