In preparation for Valentine’s Day and for this post, I was taking out all my heart jewelry fixing up my dressing table and thought you would all like to see what I discovered in the process!!! I know it’s probably very out of style, but I love my antique dressing table, I walk by it several times a day!!It’s nestled in the hall, in which, where my closet and master bath are off of…The scrolly details of the mahogany wood are nothing like the furniture you would purchase today and the fluted hourglass legs even have wooden casters on them!!! I love the photos I have displayed on it, they are of all my babies…my children and grandchildren, also photos of Victor and I when we were in high school, and Gina as a bride and V.J. as a restaurant owner!!! It’s so nice to remember the days when our lives were filled with youthful energy and dreams of building our lives on the love we created.Many of these earrings and necklaces were given to me by Victor, my Valentine!! And now for the discovery!!!! I thought that maybe a doily or two would look nice on my dressing table, so when I looked in my doily drawers (yes, that’s right, I have several doily drawers🤣) I found a silk bag that was my mother’s…when I looked inside, I was amazed that I had forgotten these embroidered and lace handkerchiefs that were my mothers when she was young lady, many of them looked handmade, and among them was a valentine handkerchief, probably given to her by my dad!!It was so amazing to find these treasured old hankies, because on that day it would have been my mom’s 100th birthday… it felt like she directed me to find these “gifts” that were so personal to her, even her initials on many of them…I feel she was letting me know she was with me on that special day😇 I decided not to use the doilies, but what I discovered while looking, was filled with love💞
And now what would Valentine’s Day be without sweets!! Here are cupcakes that are easy to make and yummy to serve for Valentine’s Day!!
I was looking to make a cake from scratch, but I just didn’t have enough time, so I came across this recipe with just 4 ingredients, plus the frosting!!
Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
1 Devils Food Cake Mix
1 can 21 oz. can cherry pie filling
1 tsp. almond extract
Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat for 1-2 minutes. If you want chunkier cherries, mix by hand
Pour batter into lined cupcake pan
Bake at 350F for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean
Frost with your favorite frosting
I mixed the batter by hand so they would come out chunky and you can see and taste the cherries when you bite into them!!
I made Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting for the first time, it came out really good and I frosted most of the cupcakes with a pastry tip in a plastic bag. I would have taken a photo of the process, but I had frosting all over my hands and arms!!! However, I have to say they came out really nice and tasted so amazing, the finished product is what counts!!! Store bought frosting would be totally fine too!!
THE BEST CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Take our yummy Cream Cheese Frosting up a notch with a little bit of chocolate. This Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting is a great twist on a classic. (yield 2 1/2 CUPS prep time 10 MINUTES)
- 1 pound (4 cups) of Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 cup room tempertureButter
- 8 oz. room temperture Cream Cheese
- 1 /2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 2 teaspoons of Vanilla
- Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a mixer until blended.
- Mix Cocoa Powder and Powdered Sugar.
- Add Cocoa/Powered Sugar a cup at a time and continue to mix until sugar is incorporated.
Love is not a matter of counting the years…
But making the years count.”
~ Michelle St. Amand