Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Spread the Love!

It's Valentine's Day!

However your day has been, as you tuck yourself in tonight, try to take a moment to reflect on the moments that make your heart beat with purpose.  Love is so broad, that for every person, each heartbeat will reveal a different love story.  It could be something as fleeting as a first kiss or as deep as a 70 year partnership; maybe that fleeting kiss lasted 70 years! 
It could simply be the love you have for your family and friends, or your pets, food, home or nature.  Whatever it is, you deserve a moment to rekindle.

For my part, I got to spend last night making valentine's treats with my son, for his classmates.  He's in grade one, so with every holiday comes that crazy, over the top, excitement, the kind of energy I'd like to bottle and store.  Here's what we did, so you can do it now, or plan it for another day.  It's simple, and an easy treat idea!

Strawberry CheeseCake Bits and Bites
Cream Cheese
Icing Sugar

First off, we were lucky enough to find two for one strawberries at the grocery store.  When we got home, I cut the tops off the good ones, and by good I mean large enough for a healthy bite, and put them in a strainer.  Then we, (I should say he) scrubbed and washed them in cold water.  While he was washing, I was whipping up a mixture of cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla, to a beautiful, fluffy texture and to taste like cheesecake.  This will totally be to your taste, but proportionally, about 4x as much cream cheese to icing sugar, and about 1 tsp of vanilla.  After the rinse, I cut a circle out of the flat part, with a paring knife, making a small hole in the middle.   While I was cutting (and eating the centres!), he crushed two graham crackers in a mortar and pestle, which he loves doing, right down to a fine set of crumbs.  Then we stuffed one strawberry with the cheese mixture and sprinkled (or you can dab it) the graham crackers on top.  Test.  Repeat. Test.  Oh, yeah, then we made 22 for his school mates. Luckily we had just enough strawberries left!.

Mmmmmmm.  Love in a cheesy bite!

:: Insight, RB Studio

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