All You Need Is Love…

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt..”- Charles M Schulz

Tomorrow is love day. The day that chocolates, roses and jewelry all go up in price. Tulips that a week before are seven dollars double to fifteen and don’t even get me started on a dozen roses…. “Hallmark” holidays have restaurateur’s busting their butts to bring ambiance and romance to countless couples. Do I love valentines day? No… I don’t think you should need a day to tell someone you love them or care about them. That said, it is always nice to send everyone you love a little reminder every once and while..so why not on valentines day and any other day!

This year I made valentines. I went to Target and bought blank cards on the cheap (eight for a dollar). I also picked up a couple of sheets of bright printed card stock and some sticky-foam conversation hearts. Card stock cost just under two dollars and the conversation hearts were also a dollar (for dozens) at Target. I stuck them all together, addressed them and sent them to my friends and family. Lets face it, nothing beats snail mail! Each card cost 37 cents; with a stamp, less than a dollar total. That is a pretty cheap way to tell someone you are thinking of them! Cheaper than buying a card and much cheaper than a dozen roses. Probably even cheaper than a short long distance call! Equally as effective.

Tomorrow we are also holding a bake sale at work in support of our education fund. Working in a pediatric or neonatal intensive care unit lends itself to all kinds of learning opportunities. Many hands on as well as conferences, lectures and education days. It is always important to stay up to date on current practices and current research. Doing so lets us provide the best care we can while improving both long and short term outcomes. Win- win right? Some of these conferences are pricey and our education fund helps foot the bill, allowing us to attend things we may not have been able to afford otherwise.

Anticipating the bake sale tomorrow, I decided to make whoopie pies. Yes..whoopie pies. Innocent little cookies made from layers of soft cake and butter cream. I had never heard of them until a couple of years ago. My research tells me they originate from the New England area and much like funnel cakes they are just starting to become popular in Eastern Canada. Well…I cursed and I swore almost the entire time making these bad boys. I love to bake but these little f#*kers were no fun at all. Because they are made of cake batter, they spread significantly when baking. That let me bake seven at a time..which makes three and a half cookies (because they are sandwiches). Time consuming is an understatement. Then came the butter cream icing…sandwiching and packaging. Needless to say I could have baked and frosted approximately three entire cakes in the time it took me to whip up these little sandwiches from hell. I hope they sell and I hope I never see a whoopie pie for a long time! Happy baking all, may the force be with you!
-m

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