My Sweet Valentines
I have always loved Valentine’s day but not because I have some grand Valentine’s memories or even expectations of doing anything special on the fourteenth. Since I have had children, I’ve spent every Valentine’s day at home where I make a special meal for them consisting of miniature heart shaped meat loaves, cinnamon love knot rolls, and french fries with ketchup squirted out into hearts on their plate.
I love Valentine’s day because ever since I was a little girl, when I start seeing hearts in pink and red appear in stores, I knew my birthday is coming. With birthdays come birthday money ~giggle and grin~ and that means guilt free shopping, which I got an early start on yesterday when I headed out to ye olde mall. I am shuddering even now, though, as I recall what I saw there.
Folks, I hope you’re sitting down because I have to confirm something that, until yesterday, I had hoped was merely a rumor. As I was paying for my purchase at Belk’s, I turned to my left and saw day-glow pink high tops with contrasting neon yellow and black checked, super wide, shoe strings. If that wasn’t enough, next to that sat an assortment of neon ballet slippers with little bows on them (think Mootsies Tootsies). ~takes a deep breath~
Yes, my dear friends, the eighties are back.
I’ve heard it said that if you are old enough to have lived through a trend the first time it was in fashion, you are too old to indulge in it the second time. Lucky for y’all that means my can of Aqua Net shall remain retired. Man I was good at eighties hair, I mean REALLY good! I had a large stand fan I kept in my room just for my hair. I’d tease it out and stand with my head laying over on the side while spraying my “wings” in front of the fan, staying that way for several minutes while they dried. ~sighs wistfully~.
So while I shall officially remain on the sidelines whilst the youngun’s take part in what they likely think is an original fashion trend ~eye roll~, I do want to wish them the best of luck. I hope it works out better for them than it did for us because, frankly, we all looked like idiots. See below photo for supporting evidence.
A friend from high school posted this on Facebook recently. See the wingy gal? Yup, thats me. Its a wonder I didn’t fly away when a stiff breeze came ’round…
Hmm, now where was I? Oh yeah..cookies. Y’all wanna make cookies, right? Well for goodness sakes, lets turn up the Cindi Lauper (or any other singer who wore FAR too much makeup – men included) and get crankin’!
You’ll need: Flour, Milk, Margarine, Baking Powder, Salt, Egg, and Vanilla. You can also use a drop or two of lemon oil if you have it (which I don’t but would add if I did).
Place your margarine in a bowl and add sugar.
Add baking powder
Mix until light and fluffy.
A note on vanilla: I don’t know many cooks who don’t swear by a certain brand or type of vanilla. There are any number of designer brands on the market. Some are made in timbucktoo, some are extra pure or double strength, yadda yadda yadda. I have read the cookbooks that say you simply must, must, must use pure vanilla or make your own in order to achieve baking bliss and not humiliate yourself to anyone who takes a bite of your cookies. I’ve tried that vanilla, too.
I know that technically, its better. I know that with vanilla, you technically get what you pay for. Then again, I also know that, knowing all of this, I still buy the generic bottle that costs about a dollar a pop.
Ain’t got no complaints yet.
Did you notice that I used a double negative in that last sentence? I also used “ain’t”, which I actually don’t let my kids even say. Hard to believe I was a university English honors student, huh?
Just add your egg and lets not dwell on my downward slide…
Mix all of that up well.
The recipe says to add gradually bit when have you ever known me to do anything gradually? Just toss it in there, it’ll be fine.
Scrape down the sides and make sure it is all mixed up well.
Now it has to be chiled for about half an hour. I like to put it in zipper bags for this. That way, if I get busy on other things and end up not having time to make the cookies, I can do them the following day or just pop that bag in the freezer for another day. Cookie dough freezes very well .
After its nice and chilled, turn out onto floured surface. I always line mine with waxed paper for quicker cleanup.
Sprinkle some more flour over the top so it doesn’t stick to your rolling pin. I also get a handful of flour and run it along my rolling pin as well.
Roll it out to about 1/4″
Cut out your cookies and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
Using a straw, poke two holes in each cookie.
Sprinkle with coarse decorating sugar. I am using white sugar here but you can use whatever color you like. I just like how this adds a slight glistening while not detracting from the ribbon. Bake these at 375 for seven to eight minutes.
when they are done, while still on the cookie sheet, poke the holes again with the same straw. Let cool a few minutes and then remove from the cookie sheet to allow to cool entirely.
Cut a length of ribbon and thread through both holes.
Tie in a pretty bow .
I came up with this idea from my own sick mind when my son was in Kindergarten. I made them for every member of the school staff that year.
This is proof that I really need to learn to shut my mind down from time to time.
Now look how pretty that is!
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If you ever feel lost, defeated, or as if you have made a mistake so grave there is no way to recover,
“Just do the next right thing.”
~ Pastor John Dees.