Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Amore!

It's the month of love, so they say... I think each day should be the day of love.

Deep down I'm a lover not a fighter, 
though I will stand and fight for what I believe in.


Imagine though what the world would be like...
if there was more love than hatred, 
more gladness than anger, 
and more good and kind acts toward one another 
instead of backbiting acts of revenge 
for something done that might have offended us.
Let's make a commitment...
this month show loving kindness to our fellow man.
Let's put it to the test.


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Thought for the day:
Growing up my dad had a saying that he always shared and I think it applies...
... To love is to be loved ...


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Okay... so... lets start the month out with a recipe.

Valentine Cake
by Lotus Wingfield, Wray, Colorado
Favorite Recipes Press, 1968 
 
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup maraschino cherry sauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
4 egg whites
18 maraschino cherries, well drained and finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped ( I would prefer pecans)

Sift dry ingredients into mixing bowl and add shortening.  Combine milk and cherry juice.  Add 3/4 cup liquid to dry ingredients.  Add flavoring extracts.  Beat 2 minutes by hand or low speed of mixer.  Add remaining liquid and egg whites and beat 2 minutes.  Blend in cherries and nuts.  Pour into 2 aluminum heart shaped pans which have been lined with waxed paper.   Frost with Seven-Minute frosting.  Garnish with additional cherries, if desired.   (this recipe did not give a cook temperature or time but after some research I think you should bake it at  350°F for 30 minutes or when toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.)


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In closing...
All it takes is a smile or a kind word to change a person's outlook on the day.  
Never miss an opportunity to bring a little sunshine into another person's life.


God bless and keep you,
Sonia

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