Sunday, February 16, 2014

My Little Valentine

In addition to my sweetheart...
I consider Nicholas my Valentine, even though he was 45 minutes late to claim it as a birthday.

I hadn't celebrated St. Valentine's Day often these past 15 years, instead, always thinking about how to celebrate his birthday.

This birthday seems like a big one, 15! still young enough to constantly bug me about present hints and when, when when can we ... when should we open presents?! He is suggested on the anniversary time of his birth: 12:45 a.m. I was thinking a little earlier or much later. but this may be the last birthday to bug me enthusiastically about it. (They do grow out of that stage and learn to savour the birthday present receiving process.)

Ceci wanted to make heart shaped cookies to celebrate. 

Sugar Cookies
  1 cup butter                     2 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar                          3/4 tsp salt
          2 eggs.                          1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla.                      1/2 tsp baking soda
Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually blend in other ingredients. Chill for at least an hour. Roll to 1/4 thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters. Bake 375 10 minutes. 

1 cup (or more) powdered sugar
2 tsp milk
2 tsp corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
Food color of your choice
Mix together with mixer. Add powdered sugar to keep consistency from being too runny.

Nick requested the family strawberry jello cake ( most often requested cake over the years) for his birthday cake.

It's too easy in my opinion, but I'll admit it is light and refreshing. Great for a summer treat.
1 box white cake mix
1 container of Coolwhip
1 large package strawberry Jello
1 box frozen, sweetened strawberries

Prepare cake mix as directed. Bake in 13x9 pan. Remove from oven and poke holes in cake with a fork, all the way down. The jello needs to be able to seep down into the cake. Once cake is out of oven, prepare Jello using one half the amount of water. Pour Jello over top of the cake, covering it completely. Place in refrigerator for four hours. Add thawed strawberries to top of cake. Spread evenly. (Sometimes I blend up strawberries in blender to make smoother). The add Coolwhip to the top, being careful not to mix colors. Just dab and spread around. Keep refrigerated.

And he requested dinner at The Potato Patch. It's local fried cooking down home restaurant. The interesting appeal is the random waiter throwing rolls at you when he brings them fresh out of the oven. The muffins are pretty good too. Max came in from college and one of my sisters and a niece joined us to celebrate.

Happy birthday my special sweetheart!

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