First the hearts...
I have a thing for hearts and flowers. Especially pink and red ones. I can't help it. Am I a hopeless romantic? I guess so. But I really do not like to admit that. I am not exactly sure why. It exposes me and makes me vulnerable maybe? I sure loved Valentine's Day when I was in elementary school, though. I still remember spending hours looking at the valentine cards that were put in my little white paper bag by my schoolmates.
Do hopeless romantics end up with broken hearts?
Should the fear of a broken heart keep a heart from loving?
Can we even keep our hearts safe? Lock them up and throw away the key?
And last but not least, there's Hallmark...
Is Valentine's Day just a marketing ploy to get us to buy pretty chocolates and cards?
The Ex-Ex used to tell me that. And now? How do we spend many a Saturday night? Watching the Hallmark Channel. I know, I know, I am exposing him. Son #1 and Son #2 know this about their dad. They've caught him in the act of switching back and forth between basketball games and Recipe for Love, All of My Heart or A Country Wedding. His comment? I'm either rare or weird. Not sure which. But I'm too old to care. Or to worry about being judged.
The movies are easy to figure out. The characters and plot develop sweetly. With about 25 minutes to go, there is a crisis, tears are shed, and tough decisions are made. But it all works out in the end and love wins. There is always a happy ending. I am pretty sure that is what we are all looking for. Right?
I had planned to write up some facts that I learned about Saint Valentine(s- there were multiple ones), but a new movie is about to start. It looks as if we will actually catch this one, Appetite for Love, from the beginning. The movie is set in Tennessee and has a handsome cowboy. Not a bad combination. UNC is playing Notre Dame and Golden State is up against Oklahoma City on other channels, though, so I might miss a few details if the games get too close.
Hallmark Channel Recipes can be googled. Who knew?
In honor of not only Valentine's Day but also Super Bowl Sunday, here's one that's sure to please.
Dipped Football Strawberries
from Hallmark Channel Home and Family