Valentine’s Day and Other Loves

Lazies, Happy Valentine’s Day! Lazy love and hugs to you from melting mid-Ohio. February really is a month to love, yes, even here in cold snowy Columbus. Aside from embracing the love of Valentine’s Day, February offers the promise of spring.


Red Velvet cupcakes in jars. Details below.

Daylight Love – More Please!
I have to tell you that I find February quite inspiring and full of promise. I love February. In the short 28 days of the month, we gain 1 hour 5 minutes of daily daylight by the month’s end. It’s about 3 minutes a day. It’s noticeable.

January only gains 44 minutes of daylight by month’s end. These are just numbers for central Ohio. North of here, the increase is larger. South it is a bit smaller. Nothing makes me feel like spring is starting as much as the increase in daylight during the month of February. Check your numbers here: Sunrise and Sunset

Red Velvet Cake Love
I discovered red velvet cake when a neighbor shared her ‘left over’ cake some years ago. I didn’t know there was such a thing as left over cake. That is totally foreign to this cake-lovin’ Lazy Girl. I thought the red color was some horrible baking experiment gone wrong. I was wrong – it’s delicious. I stumbled upon these two recipes and ideas that I simply must try.

The cupcake in a jar shown above is just plain cute. These little 8 oz jars are just the right size to split a cupcake, and layer with icing. Be sure to check the resources link at the end of the post for sources. Recipe and instructions here: http://mycakies.blogspot.com/2010/03/diy-cupcake-in-jar.html

Red velvet cheesecake brownies? Really? Double trouble! Oh sweet mama, hide the children, this looks dangerous.

The recipe looks very do-able to me. Start salivating here: http://bakingbites.com/2010/12/red-velvet-cheesecake-brownies/

Road Trip Love
On Saturday, gal-pals Karen and Kim joined me on a road trip to Chillicothe, OH to attend our friend Rita’s book signing party at her shop Creations SewClever. Thank goodness we got there while there was still cake. I’m shameless, I know.

Rita’s newest book ‘Everyday Quilts’ is full of tasty quick quilts. I loved seeing all of the quilts on display together. And it was a treat to meet other Rita-fans and get our copies.

No trip to Chillicothe would be complete without stopping at the Old Canal Smokehouse to pick up some pulled pork for dinner. Along the way, we shared recipes, caught up on news, enjoyed the scenery and appreciated a break from weekend chores. It’s nice to run away from home once in a while, even if only for the afternoon.

Lazy Kitchen Love
Quick tip: I love soup and I make my own chicken stock a few times a year. The recipe I use yields about 20 cups of broth. I fill my three ice cube trays and freeze those. When frozen, pop out and place cubes in a freezer zip bag, noted with date and what the heck it is. Next I fill several 8 oz Dixie paper cups to about 1/4″ from the top and freeze those. When frozen, peel the paper cup off and pop these large ice cubes in a freezer bag.

This gives me two convenient sizes of stock to add to recipes. Ice cubes are roughly 1-1.5 oz and since I filled the paper cups nearly to the top, these cubes are almost an 8 oz cup. Super easy and super Lazy when cooking. I also use the Dixie cups to freeze other soups and chili for single servings in a jiffy. This cuts down on the number of containers in the freezer, too.

I use a whole chicken when making soup stock. I keep the white meat and make a pot of Mulligatawny the next day. Here’s the recipe I use at Better Homes & Gardens.

Picture Love
To keep an online pin board of images you love, check out Pinterest. Hop over there, and try a quick search of something you love such as buttons, fabric, thread, etc. And enjoy the eye candy. Follow fellow pinners and enjoy their collections, too.

Birthday Love
Join me in sending a shout out to my dear friend Carolyn Griffin who shares her birthday today with Valentine’s Day. Here’s a pic of the footie Carolyn made herself to keep her toes warm while she is nursing a broken leg. Cute and clever. I hope she made a red one for today.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hugs and chocolate kisses to you.

Enjoy!
Joan

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14 Responses to “Valentine’s Day and Other Loves”

  1. Shirley — February 14, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    I just made Suzi over the weekend. So easy and so quick! I was done in no time! It is just the right size. I am going to make many more, maybe even for gifts! Thanks for the easy, lazy pattern!

  2. Penny — February 14, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Oh my gosh got to try these!!! I love red velvet cake. Never heard of it till I came to the south…. Happy Valentines Day!

    Penny from I got some daffodills coming up in Chesapeake!

  3. Arlene Caterino — February 14, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    I made a suzi yesterday. It turned out perfect & the instructions are great. The right size too.
    Today I’m making muself a new purse for spring!!! Love Margo. Thanks for the great patterns.

  4. Carolyn Griffin — February 14, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Thanks for the birthday greetings! The swelling on my leg is down so far that I had to unknit and reknit my footie smaller! Hoping to be released to walk when I see the doc this week!

  5. Margie Veon — February 14, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    Love the red velvet cakes and can’t find the resources link about the jars?

    • Joan Hawley replied: — February 14th, 2011 @ 11:33 am

      Margie, it’s a list of links before the last photo at that post.

  6. nicola jarvis — February 14, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    love it, so inspiring
    i spent this weekend altering a bright fuscia pink colour fleece dressing gown, so that it was now into a robe. i took off the belt and removed the loops, i extended the arm holes, took off the cuffs, the neck, the front piece and added a front panel, with a pink heart on to match. the arms i recreated out of a pair of pink fleece so its less weight, just as much coverage, and warmer, no gaps and light enough to wash regularly…love all of your ideas, the chicken stock seems ace and i like the knit things as im always adapting etc…great to have discovered you !

  7. Cindy — February 14, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    I knew today was going to be a fun day making cupcakes in a jar for my sweetheart. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  8. Jean — February 14, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    Joan, I love getting your mail. It feels like we know each other and I enjoy learning from you.

    I will be sure to try the red velvet cake/cup cake.

    My brother-in-law just passed away yesterday after a 3 year bout with cancer. I am a registered nurse and I went to Pa. to help my sister 3 weeks ago.

    I just made a reservation to go to the ocean for 4 days as I do when I need to veg for a while. I always take my machine and supplies. I think I will make my sister the suzi insert for my sister.

    I will have to look for your friends book. Thank you for everything.

  9. Susan Knapp — February 14, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    Any of those Red Velvet Brownies left over? Have a great day Joan.

  10. Susan Haroian — February 14, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    The 1/2 sock is a “toe mitten”. Perfect for feet in casts or “wrapped” up for medical reasons!

  11. Glenda in Florida — February 15, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    Awww–and me without any dark chocolate to make those brownies! Would have been perfect for my bunko mates tonight. I had a chocolate cupcake in a jar at a festival last month. Wish there had been red velvet as an option. I treated myself as I had just run a 5K race that morning, and figured I could handle the extra calories :-)

  12. leli — February 15, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    Like thoose lazy broth ice cubes

  13. Ann — February 24, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    I stopped by your blog today. Love the cake in a jar.
    Ann