Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine Postscript

The sweet factor was over the top so I kept using the lemons to visually cut it back a bit.

I love lemons!

Cupcakes and cookies, too.

 Lots of cookies...

 Pinterest style

 Battery tea lights in the evening...

Chocolate wafer cake for dessert...

with wee chocolate hearts cut from Andes mints.

Yes, I did serve other food. This barbecue rib recipe and this ham and cheese slider recipe and salad and a salsa dip. No photos of that, but it was all yummy.

We had such a fun, busy day getting ready to host the returning travelers for supper. And I loved hearing about the Puerto Rico vacation and seeing all the beautiful pictures. They came home sporting sunburns, though they had tried hard to avoid them. My niece tells me that it will help her remember the trip a little longer. What a plunge from warmer, sunny climes back to cold New England all in a few short hours.

(It was a pure terror having someone else in the house with a camera, too. Now I have had two things reinforced: 1. stay on the diet 2. get something done with my hair!)

Love Vee


  1. any time you need a house guest & a taste tester - i would be more than happy & glad to help you all out. so yummy looking. i love lemons but always wonder what lemons do to my teeth? have a great weekend ( :

  2. You know Vee, about the time I'm sitting with a coffee and my iPad each morning, up pops your daily post. I quite enjoy sharing this morning ritual to read what's on your mind.
    Lots of goodies for your VD celebration with family, I over indulged myself. The suntan logic works for our family too, the second day in Mexico, daughter #2 emailed to say was burned already.
    Have a good one.

  3. wow, you out did yourself, its all so delicious looking, i love the photo of you showing the beautiful creation,

  4. Sweet indeed! Everything looks delicious. I wanted to make the wafer cookies but ran out of time, I did make cupcakes for our little party.

    Enjoy your Friday, Vee!


  5. I shouldn't have come here this morning while having my cup of coffee - all of your sweets look so good and are tempting me :)

    It sounds like you had a wonderful Valentine's and the food sounds amazing!

    Hugs to you,

  6. The menu sounds wonderful and I love the little andes candies sweet! You look great by the way.

  7. I would love to be a guest in you home and get to sample all of those goodies. The little heart cut from Andes mints is a great idea.

    1. That should read your of course. ;-)

  8. wow...all the desserts look amazing. I love those little pink wafer cookies with one end dipped...I'll try to remember that.
    And, I ADORE your photo of you. You are such a cutie.
    xo bj

  9. It sounds like the perfect evening! And I love all of the good dishes you served. The photo of you is adorable. You are happy and beautiful!

  10. Wonderful sweets you've displayed...and what a cute idea with the Andes! You have such a warm and inviting home and I love seeing you in photo too! XOXO

  11. You look great Vee! I love the idea for the sweet little pink wafer cookies and the mints cut into hearts. I'll have to try that soon.

  12. That looks wonderful!

    What a great idea with the pink wafer cookies! Clever! Yay for Pinterest!

    Glad the sliders were enjoyed!


  13. Your Valentine photos looked soooo pretty. I love lemons too, and those were very nice ones. We've talked about going away to a warmer place early in the year, but I fear the contrast would be more than I could handle! :D Lose weight, keep hair ya. When you've figured out how to do that let me know. I need help!

  14. Someone else with a camera, in the house! -gigggles-

    Goodness gracious, great balls of fire! What a spread you put on, for the returning travelers. And the stay-at-home-folk too. :-) Wowooooowwoowww!

    And such lovely photo ops, they made!

    Plus, I LOVE your new Header pic!

    All kinds of wins here, on this 2/15th post. :-)))))))))

  15. Oh a trip to some place warmer sounds like fun! I'm trying to talk hubby into FL next month...only because Andre Rieu is giving concerts there. :) I'd so love to see a live concert, but the tickets are probably already sold out by now.
    Your Valentine Day food looks delightful! Cute idea for the wafer cookies.

  16. Everything looks so festive and welcoming! Love the chocolate wafer cake. Mmmmmm. Glad they arrived safe and sound. Love that photo of you and John. ;-) xo

  17. Oh my...that is a good reminder to me that cameras will be poised on me again soon and I better do something about that...starting now!!
    Love your sweet treats that you've shown. Those dipped wafers are very cute!

  18. Oh the desserts looks soo yummy, I could dig into any one of them...I think the pic of you is great! Glad they arrived safe. Enjoy your week-end! HUGS

  19. What a fun post...look at all you had to be wonderful!! I think you are great! What a fun time.

  20. What a WONDERFUL party, Vee!

    Have a great weekend, too - don't eat all your cookies, save some for me, they look awesome.

  21. Wow!! my pants just ripped open imagining all those goodies in my tummy!! Wow impressive!!!!!

  22. The recap was great - everything look yummy. Mmm...cake:)

    I'd like to follow you on Pintrest, but couldn't find you?

    Enjoy your weekend!

  23. You sure do know how to welcome the travelers back home in a festive and tasty way. I believe your photo of the pink cookies and cupcakes belongs in Victoria magazine.
    You made me laugh in your last paragraph. You are being too hard on yourself. I think you look great.

  24. Wow. Just look at all those decadent desserts! They looks so good. We haven't been baking much here which is probably a good thing, but we have had lots of chocolates to taste to make up for it. We did bake cupcakes and there are 2 left. I'm glad your family had a fun and safe trip. It would be a change which is as good as a rest, so they say. Another storm coming on Sunday for the Maritimes. Are you in it's path too? Take care.

  25. Oh my that all looks so good. I'm just about to go and start cooking dinner and now I'm really hungry. : )
    Glad they had a good time in Puerto Rico.
    The base we lived on has been closed for quite a few years now.

  26. Oh, look at your presentation with all of those lovely desserts! (Love the wafer cookies, dipped and sprinkled!) I'll be those treats made it a bit easier to slip back into regular life after a warm, sunny vacation.

    Ha! "Terror" describes it pretty well! Although Kati is kind enough to keep the worst ones "our little secret."

    When Bekah was about 4 or 5, she wanted a camera, and we got her a Fisher Price digital camera for Christmas. Mistake. Think photo taken from behind as you walk up the stairs (pun intended.) Or while you are taking a nap on the sofa. Yeah. Mistake.

    1. Ack...please move the period to outside the parentheses!

      The Grammar Police

  27. Hi Vee, wow, what a celebration. Everyone must have loved it. You have a real flair for photos, I always feel like I'm right there with you. Have a wonderful weekend. More snow is coming. ~ abby

  28. Oh my goodness, everything looks sooooooo good!!!! After looking at all your goodies I'm off to have another piece of my strawberry cake :)

  29. I love cakes and lemons, I always put lemon juice on my vegetables gives them a bit of bite, add cakes are just good.

  30. Oh my goodness, the desserts are so beautiful and delicious looking. I'm on a diet and not eating sweets or drinking anything but water or unsweetened tea.... I'm a basket case. I need sugar!!!

  31. You are beautiful, Vee!!! The only thing I can see (actually I can't SEE!!) that you 'forgot' is the Virtual Fireplace!
    What a welcome home!! I love it!

  32. Hi Vee,

    Your primroses still look so pretty. I really must get some for our house; they are just so cheerful. I love lemons, too! I love anything lemon -- cakes, pies, lemonade, candy. I almost like it better than chocolate. Not only does your food look delicious, but it's as pretty as a picture. You are very talented.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful evening filled with good food and good company. I hope you have a great weekend!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  33. Sounds like you had a very sweet valentines day!

  34. Hi Vee!

    what a lovely feast! The desserts look soooo good. I've never thought about dipping the sugar wafers - love the idea. And cutting hearts out the Andes candies is right there with it! Your photos are so professional looking as always. And don't worry - I'm on that eternal diet with you! A constant battle. I love food - especially sweets - why couldn't I love veggies more?
    The mysteries of life!

    Warm winter hugs, Sherry

  35. That sounds like quite a spread! The desserts look good especially the wafers - so pretty!

  36. I counted the calories!! God bless you...
    Just because you put a lemon in there does not change the outcome!

  37. Sounds yummy!

    Oh, yes... and I have found that the other person with the camera always manages to snap my picture from the worst possible angle.

  38. You look wonderful, Vee! It sounds like your sister and family had a fantastic vacation. Your welcome home dinner and desserts must have made them smile :)

    The weather has been so nice here the past few days (in the high 50's and 60's during the day) that it almost felt like spring!

  39. Never have I experienced such a special Valentine's Day celebration of homemade goodies! What a wonderful way to celebrate the day and the return of your sister and her family from their travels.

    Now I'm hungry!

  40. Quite the 'Valentine Postscript' post...with all those goodies. Though I missed out on V-day while traveling (they were celebrating Chinese New Year over there...not Valentine's Day)...I got a good dose of the Valentine feeling right here.

    I read through all the posts that I missed while away...and snagged the quote on friendship while I was here. I really like that!

    My crocuses are are the pansies. I'm hoping we won't have any more snow to shovel this year (not that we've had any to speak of). It looks to me like John has been on a rigorous snow-moving fitness program!


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