Scenes From Valentine’s Day ~ A Strawberry Menu

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~Valentine’s Treat 7~

A Strawberry Menu

“…Sit on a cushion, and sew a fine seam,

and dine upon strawberries, sugar and cream.”

~From the Mother Goose nursery rhyme “Curly-Locks”

Happy Valentine’s Day! We started celebrating yesterday…

We started the day with

Strawberry Milk

and I made a loaf of

Strawberry Breakfast Bread

This got rave reviews. Jeff and Gracie slathered it in butter

(I heard lots of yummy noises )

If you’d like to make a loaf you’ll need :

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 eggs

6 Tablespoons strawberry milk

2 Tablespoons white vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 and 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

Wash and chop strawberries. Blot a little to remove excess water and juice. Set aside. Generously butter a 9×5 loaf pan. Mix butter, sugar and cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs, strawberry milk, vinegar and vanilla. Mix well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in the strawberries. Batter will be thick. Pour into loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 65 minutes (or until a toothpick comes clean when inserted in center of loaf.) Allow to cool for 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Eat warm or at room temperature. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

what would Valentine’s Day be without  conversation hearts?

…and “I Love Lucy” scratch-offs?

and roses…and truffles?

and champagne?

Hee hee…well, we have our traditions, but

What really makes this day special is spending it with

the people I LOVE!

Gracie made some homemade valentines…later, Andie and Maddie May came over for awhile and we watched  one of Andie’s favorite movies from when she was younger, “Turner and Hooch.” I had forgotten how cute it is.  It was a relaxing day and fun was had by all. Jeff gave me a new word game, Bananagrams, but we didn’t get around to playing it yet…Can’t wait!

For dinner…

Strawberry Kiwi Salad

Papa Murphy’s Heart Shaped pepperoni pizza

photographs by Melissa Placzek

After dinner we went for a walk. It was gorgeous outside!

When we got home we made homemade cocoa with

strawberry marshmallows.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

XO,

Melissa

 

 

 

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  10 comments for “Scenes From Valentine’s Day ~ A Strawberry Menu

  1. Sandy
    February 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

    How do I make strawberry milk? I did make this salad last year when you posted it…I think I even put it in the newsletter…Happy Valentine’s Day my friend…

  2. admin
    February 14, 2011 at 11:45 am

    You can buy strawberry milk already made…Nesquick and Kemps both make strawberry milk. (Just look next to the regular milk at the grocery…)

    I just love this salad! Add a little chicken and it’s transformed from side dish to main course!

    Happy Valentine’s Day Sandy!

  3. Kimber Dunn
    February 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    What a fun idea for a Valentine themed food day!! Love it!! I’m picking up some rice millk for the first time tonight, and will check the strawberries. That bread looks fantastic for daycare breakfast in the morning!! YUMMMMMMERS!!!

  4. Melissa
    February 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    the bread is pure yumminess! enjoy!

  5. February 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    that salad looks fantastic. i need to send joey here for a little ‘romantic infusion’, as he is clearly deficient. like scurvy deficient as a sailor on a 3 month cruise with no vitamin C.

  6. Melissa
    February 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    oh dear. Jeff just knows that I’m a complete nut about Valentine’s. After 15 years he pretty much knows what to expect 😉

  7. Kimber Dunn
    February 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I made the strawberry bread today – delicious!!!!!! Thanks for a great recipe – I’ll definitely be keeping this one in my collection to make again!

  8. Melissa
    February 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    So glad you like it. It’s slightly addictive 😉

  9. Chantelle
    February 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Oooooo. So pretty. And Yummy. What a fun way to spend a day with the family. LOVE it. I think this would be fun to do some random day, just tell the family we’re having a love day, and do this….or similar, anyway. 🙂
    And for the strawberry milk, we just buy it, too…but I know at some point one of those companies had strawberry syrup available by the chocolate syrups…not sure if they still make it or not, but that could be an option, too. 🙂
    Thanks, once again, for inviting us into your fun family activities, and for sharing your beautiful ideas and yummy recipes.

  10. Melissa
    February 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting!

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