When I was growing up in Upstate New York We couldn’t wait until Valentine’s Day because after we went to sleep the evening before, when all was quiet in our home there was something very special taking place. A lovely lady in red and pink with lots of lace would fly in to our home and leave us treats. Sometimes Cupid would accompany her Loveliness.
When we awoke in the morning there were a few special gifts wrapped in lovely shades of pink, violet and red and a some chocolate treats for us to enjoy later in the day.
Growing up without a lot of money, one often must rely on their imagination to create magic. To this day The Valentine’s Day Lady still comes and now she leaves gifts and bonbons for my three sons.~
~The Following are several ways you can celebrate this Loveliest of Holidays.We have many delicious recipes and craft ideas for the entire family to enjoy….I hope you like them!~
We live close by The Botanical Gardens in NYC and one of our favorite things to do in the Winter is visit while the train display is up. It really is quite remarkable, the boys especially love the elaborate trains and I of course, enjoy watching them weave in and out of spectacular flowers.
If you had a case of ‘WINTER BLUES’ going in, You won’t when you leave.
So then, What is one to do apres leurs visite??? Like I have encouraged so many for years…start a little indoor garden. I love how Julie Marie of Idyllhours brings in her prized and precious geraniums that sit in her lovely breakfast window. Many of my friends in Manhattan have herbs growing in their windows. I do have friends, lucky little devils, that have massive sunrooms and the staff to come and care for the plants. Though with all that help, I don’t think they are involved in the nurturing process and most likely miss out on the rewards and benefits of tending to your garden during the Winter Months.
No matter how large or tres petit, even one plant can add to the quality of the air you breath.
Last year I think I posted a few pictures on our “Candy Train’ party that coincided with Valentine’s Day Week. I set a table with some of our ‘left over’ poinsettia plants and various pink and purple plants and flowers in our ‘Jardin Hiver’, then I set a table using my favorite Limoge China from my wedding Registry and wove a train in and around our table setting. Because I live with all boys, I thought it appropriate fun to add lots of bonbons of course!!
When I tell you even the ‘coolest’ boys will stop playing their video games and are drawn like a magnet to our candy train I am not exaggerating one bit, even the grown up men seem to turn into little boys when in the presence of a train chugging joyful around a table filled with treats.
If time permits this week I think I may change it up a bit but still using my ‘inspiration’ from the wonderful Botanical Gardens, I may just need to break out that old train set for one last bit of winter fun before I am back outdoors in the dirt, where I so love to be.
VALENTINE BAKING: A SNOWY WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY
We had snow over the weekend and spent the days baking, cooking, eating, playing in the snow, watching an ‘I Love Lucy’ marathon, and of course, watching the Superbowl. One of our favorite things we did this weekend was bake these yummy cookies.
VALENTINE’S DAY MAGAZINE BY THE PARIS HOUSE DESIGNS
Last year I was asked to teach a class on entertaining for the ‘Newcomer’s’ in our town. I don’t know anyone in that class since I have lived in this area for over 20 years. But my web designer is a member and they invited me to teach. I still can’t believe I actually get paid to do the incredibly fun things I do! I enjoy giving classes and helping others entertain.
I used several books for inspiration they can all be found in my Amazon Store.
“A SWEETHEARTS SUPPER FOR TWO”
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sugar cookie hearts dipped in chocolate
chocolate coconut truffles
Visit Our CHEERS for great cocktail ideas you can make at Valentine’s Day.
If crafting is your thing then give one of these wreaths a try. They can be found on here on Martha Stewart. I made the pistachio wreath about 13 years ago and also made one for my brother Michael as a Valentine’s Day Gift. Ours is in bad shape now due to the mice in the attic snacking on it. However the Cockscomb wreath below it, which I also made years ago held up well enough for me to photograph.
~ Remember, This Day is NOT just for couples, gather your children, family, friends, anyone who makes you happy~
This is Rufus, he is our Families early Valentine’s Day Gift. We rescued this sweet little dog. He is 2 years old and didn’t have a family, a name or a home. Now he does. We are in LOVE with our little boy. I call him Rufie.
LOVE LETTERS FROM OLIVER:
My sweet Oliver not only leaves me love letters and sweet comments on my blog, He also e-mails me daily. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Oh My mommy i love you,
Oh My mommy,
Oh My mommy yes i dooooooooooooooooooo,
I love you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.
My Angel Mommy
Your a cute cute cute cute cute cute cute cute cute mommy! I Love you! & i love you all day & all night!
Have a Great Week and Lovely Valentine’s Day. I am swamped with Paris House business the rest of the Week. I’ll be by to visit everyone and then I’ll be back posting early next week.
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