The day my husband gave another girl a Valentines…

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I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day.  On the one hand we certainly don’t need a designated day to tell our nearest and dearest we love them, but at the same time it reminds us to pause, take stock and be thankful for all the love in our lives in whatever way, shape or form it may take.

Pb and I came downstairs this morning to this little array of treats, lovingly laid out for us:

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Two cards, two bunches of roses and two lovely little boxes containing two very pretty little necklaces. I was moved.  Not only had DH very thoughtfully bought me gifts he knew I’d love, he also bought our three year old presents as well.  This was much more than just material gifts though.  We want our daughter growing up knowing what it feels like to be cherished by a man.  We want her to see how she deserves to be treated by her spouse. We want her to learn that although marriage isn’t always a bed of roses, with the right person, kind hearts, a bucket load of forgiveness and an unwavering commitment, it can be a beautiful thing.  We don’t want her to settle for anything less. As her parents it’s our responsibility to demonstrate this for her. Her expectations of men will be created largely by how she sees her daddy treat me, and of course by how her daddy treats her. That is a big responsibility on DH’s shoulders.

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Today is tinged with sadness for us too, as it’s the day our twins would have been due to make their entrance into this world, but as I watched my husband lovingly fasten the necklace up for our daughter, I reminded myself that we are blessed. We are loved. We are cherished. We have each other. We have God.  Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Chocolate and vanilla valentines heart cookies

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A friend of mine recently posted a link to Eugenie Kitchen Rainbow Heart Cookies on my Facebook page and I was intrigued.

How on earth did she do it? Was it worth the effort? Could I recreate them at home?

Well, never one to shy away from a food challenge I thought I’d give it a go, but simplify the process by only using two colours, a light pink vanilla dough for the outside and a chocolate heart centre.

I made the cookie dough exactly how Eugenie does it on the video up until she tips out the crumbs to bring them together to form a dough. At this point I split the dough in half and added two tablespoons of cocoa powder to one half.

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Bring them together to form two balls of dough then knead some pink food colouring into the plain one.

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Now roll out the chocolate one and stamp out small hearts using a small cookie cutter.

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Stack the hearts on top of each other to firm two pillars, sticking each heart together with the leftover egg whites. 

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Now wrap in cling and put them in the freezer for half an hour. Once chilled, roll out ‘snakes’ of pink dough and stick them to the heart dough using the egg whites as a glue. 

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Roll the dough gently to smooth it out.

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Wrap it in cling and put it back in the freezer.  Now do the second stack. After they’ve had about half an hour to chill, take them out, slice about half a cm thick and bake at 180oC for about ten minutes.

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Leave to cool on a wire rack and enjoy… Or give them to someone you love!

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