I’m always happy to participate in any event that Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey? is hosting, so much so that I’m currently involved in two of them. Every month Meeta hosts a little mingle over at her place and since Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, she has chosen Sweet Love as the theme for this month. Meeta professes to love Valentine’s Day but I can’t say that I share her sentiments. Maybe it’s because I hated pink as a child and there’s an abundance of it around Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s because stores stock pile heart shaped chocolates that taste like plastic and yet we still buy them. Or maybe it’s because I’m a single and cynical. The only good part of Valentine’s Day is that it gives me another excuse to bake and eat sweet things. Oh, and I like cinnamon hearts too. When I was younger, (last year) my friend and I used to have competitions to see how many cinnamon hearts we could eat before our mouths caught on fire. It usually got to the point that we didn’t have tastebuds and couldn’t taste anything for days.
The thing about Valentine’s Day is that it celebrates cute, mushy things and I can’t support that. People give teddy bears and flowers and boxes of chocolate, all of which are some shade of pink, (what a wussy colour) and they seem to throw out all common sense. At what other time is it acceptable to give someone an ugly pink bear with a fuzzy heart glued to its chest that says “I WUV U”? Never! It shouldn’t ever be acceptable, and yet Valentine’s Day makes people do all sorts of things they shouldn’t. Don’t even get me started on the baby talk… The only acceptable gifts on Valentine’s Day are high quality chocolates, (read: not the kind that only appear at Valentine’s Day in Quickmarts) cars, houses or cookbooks.
Despite my dislike of the day, I will indulge Meeta in her liking of it and am therefore submitting this cherry dessert. And yes, I’m aware that it symbolizes everything I don’t like about Valentine’s Day: it’s cute, it’s heart shaped and it’s a shade of pink. But it’s tasty. I made it with some leftover sweet dough and a bing and sour cherry filling. I considered showing a picture collage of its subsequent destruction, but instead I gave it to Mom and she appreciated it.
Meeta is so caught up in Valentine’s Day that not only has she organized her Monthly Mingle around it, she’s also hosting the second round of Blogger Postcards from Around the World with Happy Valentine’s as the theme. She’s trying to force me to like it. Let the record show that I’m participating, but that I’m doing so in protest. Above is the card I made, (you just can’t find good Valentine’s postcards) that’s being shipped off to some secret destination. Before you even start on me for making such a pink and heart filled card, I’d like to say that I didn’t do it because I like Valentine’s Day, I did it because I like being crafty and I like elephants.