Much love to all my friends, family and of course you readers! You are helping a dream of mine come true by reading this blog. LOVE YOU! <3
On Valentine's Day, the first people I think of are my grandparents. As I was growing up my grandmother always made a point to send my brother and sisters valentines even though they were our neighbors. You see for my grandparents, Valentine's Day was special and marked the anniversary of their engagement. As the story goes, my grandfather showed up at my grandmother's house on Valentine's Day (for what she thought was their V-Day date). However, in his hand was a box containing a taffy and ring. He proposed in her family's living room with everyone listening in the other room. She always used to giggle when telling the story :)
They were married for 51 years before my grandmother passed. I can only hope that I have a "Lollipop love" like theirs, starting with a simple taffy and strong enough to hold the test of time.
Now for me Valentine's Day isn't all about love. What kind of food blogger would I be without a little sweet treat for ya'll? :) Megan and I went to town this weekend creating Jessica's recipe for homemade truffles. And all I can say is WOW. They did NOT disappoint. In fact, they may or may not have been my breakfast.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Vanilla Truffles - (adapted from How Sweet it is)
1 box of Pillsbury Strawberry or Vanilla Cake mix - (prepared and baked)
1 container of Duncan Hines Cream cheese Frosting (per cake)
8 oz. chocolate (can be dark, milk, white or a variety)
Sprinkles for decoration
Prepare cake batter and bake as directed. I used a 9 x 13 cake pan for fast baking time.
Once cake has cooled, scoop it out of the cake pan and into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add frosting and mix on low to medium speed until soft dough forms. This can also be done by hand, but may not be mixed as well and will take longer. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
Question of the Day: Do you have any plans for Valentine's Day? Or do you consider this a "Hallmark Holiday"?