Just Around the Corner (a Valentines Day tribute, of sorts)

Every year I gather up some steam in my old locomotive and kick it into high gear.  There is a lot to do to ready things for the big V-Day train pulling into my station! 

Cut-Out Hearts being one of the many tasks to finish – I have sharp paper scissors at the ready to cut out two hundred (give or take a few) red & pink hearts in various sizes. This task shouldn’t take more than a day to finish up, right? Thought so!  

As for the Ooey-Gooey Hearts I leave that to my daughter being as I am placing the following recipe in her capable hands. She’ll need to prepare two batches for this large gang of sweet-nuts.  I’m confident she is up this yummy task!

Ooey Gooey Hearts

10 cups popped popcorn
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 (10 ounce) package regular marshmallows
Red food coloring
Red colored sugar

Place popped popcorn in a greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan and keep warm in a 300 degree F oven while making marshmallow mixture (remove unpopped kernels).

In a large saucepan melt butter or margarine over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Stir in red food coloring. Stir in popped popcorn, half at a time. Cool until easy to handle (10 to 15 minutes).

Press mixture into greased individual heart-shaped pans. Cool. Remove from pans. Sprinkle with red colored sugar. Wrap each heart in plastic wrap.

Makes 9 hearts. 

For a little fun:  Sarah Bailey, (a person I do not personally know) posted in Jan 2012 the following:

“Brief History of Valentine’s Day and It’s Myths…

“If you’re any bit romantic then you most probably celebrate Valentines Day each year on February the 14th. Love, Flowers, Romance, Chocolate, spoiling the one you love or even the one you lust?? But have you ever stopped to ask yourself what Valentines Day historically means?

Valentines Day is celebrated using the name of Saint Valentine. There is much myth and confusion regarding Saint Valentine due to the Catholic Church recognising three different ‘St Valentines’. Here’s a little overview of these myth and perhaps you can make your mind up for yourself.

Myth #1 ♥

‘Valentine’ was a priest who served Rome during the third century. During this time the Emperor decided that unmarried soldiers are much better than married ones, hence the reason he outlawed marriage for young soldiers. Valentine the priest believed this was unjust and began to perform marriages in secret for young lovers. When the emperor found this out, he sentenced Valentine to death. So basically according to this myth, Valentine the priest helped hold together the sanctuary of ‘LOVE’ thru marrying young loves. Sweet!!

Myth #2 ♥

‘Valentine’ was a prisoner, and whilst being incarcerated he fell in love with a girl. This girl happened to be the daughter of the prison warden and she visited him often. According to legend just before he died he wrote her a love letter and signed it ‘From your Valentine’.

Myth #3 ♥

Others believe that valentines day is celebrated on the 14th of February to commemorate the anniversary of ‘Valentine’s’ death, this story perhaps reflects upon respect and heroism of a romantic and ‘in LOVE’ man/human being.

Myth #4 ♥

Is related to the Roman god Lupercalia (God of Agriculture) and the fertility festival called ‘Faunus’ that was held mid-February. This is where various ceremonies would be undertaken in order to make women in the city more fertile. After the ceremony took place the women of the city would place their names in a large urn and the Bachelors of the city would pick out a name of a lady whom they would be matched with and have to spend a year pairing with. These pairs often resulted in marriage and LOVE!!

Myth #5 ♥

This is a common belief in France and England, that Valentines Day is the beginning of the mating season for birds.

All of these are interesting and defiantly believable. But throughout time Valentines Day has also become known as a ‘Hallmark’ day. Currently Valentines day ranks number 2 as the largest card sending/giving day in the world!!

Many believe it is a day for friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, wives, crushes and lovers to express themselves and their love and care for one another. This is traditionally done through card, gift giving, dinner, dates and other tokens related to love.

Sarah Bailey, Jan 2012″

As for myself I believe this ‘Hallmark’ day is so commercial that it has lost its preciousness to the hearts of lovers.  But, having written this, just let my guy forget to wish me a Happy Valentine’s Day (are you reading this “my someone”?) and see how deeply my heart would be crushed.

♥ “Love isn’t hard to find….It’s hard to keep” ♥



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