I didn’t go crazy and plaster her walls with hearts, buy her an expensive gift, or plan 475 Valentine’s activities. There were only a few small melt downs. Mostly on my part when I went to pick up her Valentine’s Day cards Wednesday evening and they never received the order which I had already paid for. But that’s okay, the world went on without Valentine’s day cards, and I slapped a little online card together last minute. Visit yesterday’s post to see it. My husband and I didn’t go on a date, nor did we exchange gifts, but I had the best Valentine’s day ever. Why? Because I have the best little Valentine. She’s sweeter than chocolate and prettier than roses!
We started our morning off with pink white chocolate and strawberry pancakes! I made these from scratch, and I must say, I am quite proud of myself. They were DELICIOUS! My husband even gave rave reviews, and he can be a tough critic! Elise’s of course were heart shaped!
Recipe (I don’t really measure much, so some of the measurements are slightly guestimated):
- red/pink food coloring (I used neon pink)
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp of honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp of butter
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- about a cup of diced strawberries
- a couple handfuls of white chocolate chips
- powdered sugar
- strawberry syrup
Preheat griddle or skillet. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix the eggs, honey, butter, vanilla, milk in a separate bowl. Combine the mixtures slowly and stir slightly. Mixture should be lumpy. Add food coloring until you achieve the desired color. Stir in the diced strawberries and white chocolate chips. Save some strawberries to go on top if desired. Pour approx 1/4 cup of mix for each pancake and flip when they start to bubble. The color will brown slightly when you cook them, that is inevitable, but the inside will still be nice and bright! Sprinkle with powdered sugar and diced strawberries after removing from griddle and then pour on the yummy strawberry syrup! I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts out for Elise.
These were awesome. Typing this out is making me wish I had them right now! It’s like dessert for breakfast!
After breakfast, Elise and I cuddled and watched the Valentine’s day episode of Doc Mcstuffins (for the 80th time). I never get tired of seeing how excited she gets when Lambie starts singing the “I feel better” song after Doc cures her little broken heart.
Miss Kylie was due to come over for a photo session, and luckily we were finishing up right when the princess started waking up from her nap. That meant it was time for her play date! They had a blast and both wore each other out. Elise adores her and smiles the entire time she is here.
They snacked on fruit plates while they were here, but after her play date was over, Elise had a special heart shaped turkey sandwich!
You can really tell how tired she was from playing so hard. Surprisingly, she didn’t take a nap for hours later.
So instead, we had more cuddling!
Finally when her daddy got up to get ready for work (boo night shift!), she agreed to take a nap for him. She slept for the longest time. When she got up, she had a special dinner of steak, steamed carrots, and steamed potatoes. For dessert, she has a sweet little heart shaped brownie. Mississippi Mud to be exact, which was totally made from a box mix, so no fancy recipe with that! Everyone has to take a few shortcuts from time to time! Overall, it was definitely a wonderful day and my sweet angel’s cuddles were by far, the best possible gift! I couldn’t ask for a more precious valentine!