Last Valentine’s Day was pretty different in lots of ways.  Not making pretty pink soap this year, but been busy spreading the love.  A wise blogger advised me to not make my posts too long, but, well, consider this warning now!  It all started last weekend.

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After I made Rachael early morning brownies for her birthday we went out to support Emergency Service for the release of their very 1st music video: Feel Your Love.

Then it was time to get cooking for my Aunt Liz’s birthday.  I posted a prep shot here cause I was overwhelmed by all the ingredients, but I was getting help from Bon Appetit, Ina, Giada and Peggy Fallon.

First I ironed a heart onto my apron with double-sided fusible.

Then tackled Broccoli Rabe with Pignoli: Giada’s recipe called for raisins, but I found a dried cranberry cherry mix instead.

And browned onions for Peggy Fallon’s Caramelized Onion Dip.

Trying to slice carrots into a “medium dice” for The Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken Stew with Parsley Biscuits wasn’t as hard as finding frozen baby onions (had to go to 3 stores).

And I used to have a rolling pin or 2, but couldn’t find either one, so used a bottle to roll out the biscuits, probably like my Italian grandmother used to do.

I tried to stay organized.

And Mila tried helping, but…

I had to frost the cake myself too.

Everything seemed to take forever, but at last it was all done, including Giada’s Lemon Spaghetti, and my Mom brought Ina’s Roasted Winter Vegetables.

And still there was more to do: valentines for Etsy’s Share Your Love.

and for family and friends
all sealed with love.
Then today on to a Valentine’s Eve Menu from Martha Stewart and James Villas.
Had to use the 5 major V-day Food Groups: bacon, butter, cheese, chocolate and cream!
And made Swiss Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Gruyere Cheese from The Bacon Cookbook.  Seriously, is there a title that can make you happier than that?
And Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes.
Good thing I got some movies to watch too.

I’m overdue for drawing the winner for my 100th Post Giveaway, thanks to everyone for entering and Happy Valentine’s Day!