Happy belated Valentine’s Day to you all! I hope each of you got to spend some time that day with the person or persons you love. Not only did I get to spend some time on Valentine’s Day with the people I love, but also the things I love. Books!
Neither my husband nor I have ever really made a big deal about Valentine’s Day. It’s just not that important of a holiday to us. A simple dinner at home and a nice bottle of wine will suffice. And, ever since our first Valentine’s Day when we had just started dating, we decided that we would use the day to exchange books with one another. It makes perfect sense to me as I have always loved books. Why not give them as gifts on the day of love?
This year, I continued that tradition of books on Valentine’s Day as me and my new little love spent the afternoon at the library, one of the most romantic places in the world. Regardless of what a library looks like inside or out, it is filled with stories of love and stories that are loved. Some of the greatest romances ever recorded are within the walls of your library. And some of the most cherished memories of loved ones have been established around books. So what better place to go on a day of love than the library? We wandered the stacks, pulling out a few titles here and there to glance through and then carried on. I read my son some of my favorite lines and he seemed to appreciate them, until the “romance” of it all sent him off to an early nap. We then ventured back home with a new pile of books checked out for the week.
And the day ended with a nice dinner, a bottle of delicious wine, my two loves, and a book. I don’t think there could be any better way to celebrate love. I hope you all find a little way to celebrate the love in your life each day.
The Baking Challenge: Vegetables and chocolate typically don’t sound like a great combination. Memories of an early misadventure I had in dessert creation comes to mind (let’s just say carrots are not a good replacement for strawberries when it comes to chocolate dipping). However, I had heard good things about chocolate zucchini bread and, with two large zucchinis delivered in our produce box this week, I thought I would give it a try. I baked it, wrapped it up, and took it with us on our fun little camping get away this weekend. Unfortunately, I found the whole endeavor to be a waste of perfectly good zucchini and perfectly good chocolate. The loaf turned out to be just an average tasting chocolate cake. You really couldn’t taste or feel the zucchini at all. And it was actually a little dry, despite the recipe’s promise of “extreme moistness”. I have much better chocolate cake recipes and so I think I will stick to those in the future and leave the zucchini to the veggie dishes.