Happy Valentine's Day!
When I was in high school, I remember that my mom would leave a little note and present for my sister, brother and I to find when we woke up on Valentine's Day. She would tell us how much she loved us, and the present was something simple and inexpensive, but something we would like. I remember getting a cute little pin to wear to school one year.
Valentine's Day isn't just for sweethearts, but for everyone we love, and not that we need a day to remind us to tell the people closest to us how special they are, but it is a holiday I enjoy celebrating. I especially like making everything into hearts. Heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast today, anyone?
This Valentine's Day Eve, we are actually at the children's hospital, monitoring our baby boy's breathing. A cold and cough he caught last week turned into bronchiolitis, and being that he's only four months old, his little lungs couldn't handle the infection without getting some oxygen to help clear his airways. Listening to him wheezing and coughing is breaking my heart, and I want him to feel better soon. Hopefully, we all get to go home in the morning.
Over the weekend, before he became so sick, I baked a red velvet cake (recipe here) and frosted it with cream cheese buttercream tinted pale pink and turquoise. I don't play with fondant all that often, but I thought my little fondant milk bottle and chocolate chip cookie, which I painted with food coloring, turned out pretty adorable! In retrospect, I think that I could have done the fondant "chalkboard" better, but perfection isn't everything.
For the topper, I found the little conversation hearts stickers at Michaels, and simply stuck two stickers together with the twine running between them, so that the garland is double sided.
This Valentine's Day, I hope that you all are able to spend some time with the people you love most. I am so lucky to be loved by my husband and son and to be able to love them.