Valentine’s Day

“The heart, like the mind, has a memory.  And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Good morning, sweet friends.  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  The date of Valentine’s Day has not changed, but for some reason, it always seems to sneak up on me.  Anyway, do you have special plans for this day?  Mike and I decided many years ago, we preferred having dinner at home on this romantic occasion.  We did not enjoy the crowds and the confusion which too often seemed to be the case at many restaurants.  Our meal and our time together were always more enjoyable at home.


“Cooking is love made visible.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

Should you also decide to stay home for this lovely evening, my suggestion would be, “Do not stress over what to prepare for dinner.”  Keep it simple and plan something you both enjoy.  Or, order take out.  Just set a pretty table, with candles, and be sure to have a scrumptious dessert.  A dessert such as Ina Garten’s Beatty ‘s Chocolate Cake. Visit Here.

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This cake is like a little slice of heaven and can be made ahead of time.  Oh, do be sure to thank Ina.

“Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent love. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.” ~ David Levithan

Did you know the red rose is not the only flower associated with love?  The other is the red tulip.  The meaning of the red tulip is eternal love, undying love, and perfect love.  In the Netherlands and other parts of Europe, the red tulip signifies the person is on fire with love.  These lovely red flowers also represent wealth. It is believed they will bring wealth and love to your home.  All tulips represent elegance and grace.

“Without Valentine’s Day February would be, well, January.” ~ unknown

“Love is not a plaything.” ~ John Keats

I melt, when I come across this picture!

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn’s quote is the perfect thought for Valentine’s Day.  It is, after all, what the day is about ~ being together and celebrating love. 


So, my friends, enjoy the day and evening.

 Have a  Happy Valentine’s Day,


‘Hold Onto Each Other’!

“My heart is, and always will be, yours.” ~ Jane Austen






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Rita C at Panoply
2 years ago

Happy Valentine’s Day, Sandra. Ours will be a lunch out and otherwise lowkey.

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
2 years ago

Another beautiful post, Sandra! That chocolate cake looks most scrumptious! I wish I had a piece this morning with my coffee. Ina’s recipes are always delicious! She is one of my favorites! Happy Valentine’s Day, sweet friend!!!

2 years ago

I love this post, Sandra. We, too, will spend Valentine’s Day at home. Rick will make a nice dinner and I’ll feel well treated indeed! It’s always nice on a weekend, too! I hope your Valentine’s Day is very happy, dinner divine, the evening cozy. (And I prefer tulips to roses any day!)

sandi magle
2 years ago

Wonderful choices for quotes…love all the photos, also! Thanks, and Hugs!

Pam Richardson
2 years ago

Happy Valentine’s Day Sandra and Michael. I think Ina’s cake will be perfect and I also adore tulips. Lasagne sounds really good, I am making risotto and Butch will grill steaks. Beautiful post as always my friend ♥️

maria dolores velasco vidal

Dear friend, obsessed with the fact that you are already preparing everything for Valentine’s Day … Well, that is beautiful and endearing.
I will pray for my husband’s soul this day, it is the only beautiful thing I can do for him.
I love the phrase “Cooking is love made visible” totally true … I love it.
I wish you and your husband a wonderful Valentine’s Day and may love always be in your life.
A hug

2 years ago

What a lovely post ~ Happy Valentine’s Day Sandra, we cannot let the day go by without telling you how much joy you bring into everyone’s lives with your writing. I hope you enjoy your day being cared for by Michael. Just know your friends send their best wishes and love too!❤️

2 years ago

Such beauty! Happy Valentine’s Day!