We have tried out so many recipes from this book already - last night we had the Spinach Noodle Kugel and Lentil Salad with Sunshine Pineapple & Carrot Spice Muffins for dessert. I spent hours in the kitchen! Some days my vegan daughter has to suffer with our non-vegan meal and be happy with toast and peanut-butter. I'm not a restaurant. But I want each family member to have a chance to have something they request, even better when they are really involved with preparation. The Spinach Kugel was so delicious! My littlest son hates spinach but was able to eat a whole slice thinking it was herbs. (sigh....I admit that for good intentions I do lie to my children sometimes!) I'm sure I will bake it again. (What I really liked about it was that it was satisfying but not heavy)
I'm not really a big Valentine's Day person. I know I'm not going to get any flowers or notes from my kids or husband. It's not really celebrated in Germany and my hazy childhood memory of all classmates giving and receiving little paper Valentines is tinged with a slight feeling of insincerity. Those little boxed card sets did have a wonderful stationary scent though. I still love cutting out little paper cards and notes!
I think in the end, it is better to simply show our love to others in sincere little gestures, acts or words. Every day.
PS But why not bake a heart-shaped cake anyway!