All You Need is Love

February 14, 2013Leave a comment

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
When Valentine’s Day comes,
What do you do?

Over the years, we’ve settled into a Valentine’s Day tradition that includes pink smoothies for breakfast (this morning we also had pink waffles with fresh strawberries and raspberry syrup), chocolate surprises in unexpected places, like lunch boxes and jacket pockets, and a dinner at home of steak, lobster tails, a nice bottle of red and of course, more chocolate. Today I made the original version of Andy’s favorite chocolate chocolate chip bundt cake, his mother’s recipe with pudding and sour cream, in a heart-shaped angel food cake pan. It’s important to note I did not make this version, in which I replaced the boxed mixes with “real” ingredients. He didn’t like that one bit.

We don’t really do gifts, but it can be fun to exchange cards. The kids made some awfully cute homemade versions, with pink construction paper, scissors and markers. Rather than bring chalky conversation hearts to school this year, my boys addressed Valentine’s to their classmates that included sassy mustache tattoos. Who doesn’t need one of those? I even let them go to school modeling said tattoos just for fun. If you’d like to see a photo of my tragic elementary hipster duo, find me on Instagram (@aliciasokol) and take a look.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Tell me here, my lovey loves…


P.S. The fabulous chalkboard photo at the top of this post was taken at one of my favorite spots for caffeinating and writing, Baked & Wired. Have truer words ever been written in pink chalk? I think not.

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