Valentine’s Day

cherry pine nut cookies

by jani on February 13, 2013

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d dedicate this post to my loving companion of almost 30 years, HB! This recipe is a team effort… my idea… HB makes it! It works for us.  We love cooking with toasted pine nuts and add them to many of our recipes;  they just enhance the flavors.

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  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts (toast in oven for 12 minutes at 325F degrees or until golden brown)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2-4 Tbsp drained maraschino cherry syrup
  • 1  stick of unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In electric mixer beat butter, salt, sugar, honey, cherry juice, flour in that order. Fold in chilled toasted pine nuts and chopped cherries. Roll into balls (a little over an inch in diameter). Chill for 5 minutes in freezer. Dip fork into cold water and flatten each cookie. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

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HB was a bachelor in 1983 –  I was a widow with four young children. We met, fell in love and were engaged within three weeks of meeting. Three months later we were married. He became instant husband and daddy to four little munchkins! It truly is a fairy tale romance and we are more in love today than we were on our wedding day, May 28, 1983!

our wedding

I hope you enjoy these wonderful cookies. They are easy to make and taste scrump-dee-a-lishous!

This is for all you romantics in the world. Wishes do come true… and they can happen to you! Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my readers… and Honey Brent, I love you!


love day get away {giveaway}

by jani on February 6, 2013

Sometimes you really wanna get away!  I am so all about helping you out with that.  Today we are giving away a one night stay at a Marriott hotel.  What’s that?  I’m amazing.  Thanks.


I’m not the only amazing one.  Some friends {amazing bloggers} are helping out with this giveaway as well.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’re giving away a hotel stay in your home town (or the closest Marriott to you).
  • You have to use the stay within one month of the giveaway.
  • This is supposed to be romantic so if I were you I would leave the kids with Grandma.
To enter:
  • For one entry: Follow all of the bloggers that are making this awesome giveaway possible on Pinterest.  {Links below}  We would love to share our inspirations and ideas with you via Pinterest!
  • Once you’ve done this, leave a comment letting us know that you did it.
  • For more entries (up to 10): Like the Facebook pages of these lovely blogs via the Rafflecopter below.  You get one entry for every Facebook page liked.

The giveaway will end and the winner will be announced at noon on Monday, February 11th.

Good luck!

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Simple, right?


hallmark valentine’s {giveaway}

by jani on February 1, 2013

I’m so happy to share another great giveaway from our friends at Hallmark. They always have just the perfect card or gift for those special occasions when we celebrate the wonderful family and friends in our lives.

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We generally think of Valentine’s Day as a time for romance – a chance to tell our sweethearts how much they mean to us (and vice versa!) And while that’s certainly true, love comes in many forms – none of which is greater than the love a mother has for her child. Parents show (and tell) their kids how much they mean year-round, but Valentine’s Day provides a special opportunity to shower little ones with notes of adoration and share gifts they’ll love now and treasure for a lifetime.

So, what will one of my lucky readers be receiving for this fun Valentine’s Day Giveaway? 

  •   Until We Hug Again: Miss a special child? Record your voice into a cuddly Until We Hug Again bunny or bear and they’ll be able to hear your words each time they give the plush a hug. These also make great gifts for grandparents or aunts and uncles who want to send their voice to a beloved child across the miles.
  •    Special Delivery Card Presenters for KidsThese cute critters and characters  have Valentine messages tucked inside. After a child removes the valentine, he or she can keep this little friend around to store little reminders of how much they’re loved.
  •    Justin Bieber Valentine’s Day GreetingsHe’s a Valentine to millions and with these greetings featuring the Biebs, you can wish Happy Valentine’s day to your own superstar.

Just fill out the Rafflecoptor at the bottom of this post and enter to win. Once the winner is chosen, just let me know if you’d like the bunny or bear, and the owl or the Winnie the Pooh card holder. We’re here to please!

Three darling Justin Bieber cards for those very special Bieber fans. You know who they are. Is your daughter or granddaughter making wall collages with Justin? I remember my collages of the Beatles. My mom said quit when I got to the ceiling. But, it was oh-so-cool!

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This adorable felt owl card holder for all the valentines your little one well be receiving! How cute is this for keeping their cards all in one neat spot! And not to worry for your young sons – there is also a Winnie The Pooh card holder.

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Meet the cutest, most cuddly bunny for that special child who will adore  hearing your personal message of love to brighten her day. There is also a darling bear that you can choose for your son or grandson in lieu of the pink bunny. Just let me know once Rafflecoptor has chosen the winner.

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This is such a perfect gift for celebrating one of my favorite holidays.

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Happy Valentine’s Day and good luck to each of you!

*Disclosure: Thanks to Hallmark for providing me with  a Valentine’s Day Until We Hug Again and Greetings pack to review and one for this giveaway. The ideas and content are my own.