Life is ever so full, bursting with color and sound and texture, with love, and life, and loss. Valentine's Day expresses much of it.
My family and I celebrate the holiday a trifle differently than how it is commonly celebrated. We have the traditional valentines, cards with "heart-y" themes,
... jam packed with messages of how much a person means to the lives they touch.
The hearts may be the same, but making valentines has turned into somewhat of an art in our house, each card made special for its recipient.
Then we retire to the living room to pass out the Valentines. They bring tears, and laughter, and smiles all around. We linger so long, that times passes much too quickly. It took us nearly two hours this year, each person reading their valentine one at a time, while the rest of us, sat, listening with quivering hearts.
We gather again around the table, and dessert is served...
Waldorf Astoria Red Cake
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
Make paste of 2 oz. (or 1/4 cup) red food coloring and
2 tablespoons cocoa. Add to above mixture.
1 cup buttermilk.
2 1/2 cups cake flour and
1 teaspoon salt.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla
Blend in 1 teaspoon soda with
1 tablespoon vinegar
Put batter in two paper-lined 9 in. cake pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Ice with cream cheese frosting.
May you be full of joy,
Note: Photos #1. and #9 - #16 were taken by Sam Ramsey