Thursday, February 14, 2008

Day of Love

Thank you for your help on the lobster cooking business. The store has agreed to do the dirty deed for me and I’m going to wear rubber gloves when preparing it tonight. Seafood causes me to quit breathing and I don’t think that would be very romantic at all, so I’ll be very careful messing about with that lobster.

I got up at 4:30 a.m. to get my baking done, set the table for tonight, and take my photos for this post. I made Red Velvet Cupcakes for our neighbors using the recipe is from Seasonal Delights. I have a heart-shaped tray for each family which we’ll deliver when my husband gets home from work this afternoon. The candy hearts are from a bag of wedding hearts and I just picked out ones appropriate for Valentine’s and ignored the “groom” and “bride” bits.

My initial plan was to make Pavlova for our dessert tonight using a recipe my friend Donna sent to me, but I’m worried about trying that in conjunction with the lobster effort which already makes me nervous. So some of the Red Velvet batter was used in heart-shaped pots which I bought at Michael’s for 99-cents each.

I used the beautiful paper hearts Joni made for me as decorations along with adorable Valentine cards from Kelli, Anna, and our neighbors and friends, Maggie and Brad.

The only thing left to do is pick up the lobster at the store and finish the other dinner preparations. I think I’ll take a nap, too.

Photo by Dub Scroggin; text added by me


Rosie's Whimsy said...

Have a Sweet Valentine's Day!

Good Luck with your lobster meal. I hope you tell us all about it :-)

((hugs)) Rosie

Jan said...

Wow! Can I say for the hundredth time, you amaze me? To get up at 4:30am to bake, set the table and post your blog is dedication beyond words. A very Happy Valentines Day to you.

a pink-bee said...

Happy Valentine's Day :)
Please be CAREFUL with that lobster !
What neat cupcakes and decorations.:)
Will be posting in the next hour and having a drawing today -please stop by :)

Teachin' this mommy new tricks! said...

those cupcakes loooook gooooood :)

Ali said...

Have a great Valentines dinner! And mind that life threatening Lobster.

Pat said...

Happy Valentine's Day June! Your table setting looks beautiful, as always. I wish I was your neighbor, as those cupcakes look scrumptious!
I've made Pavlova a few times and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was. Why not try it for the next holiday? Actually, I think it might be pretty for St Paddy's Day with kiwi fruit and mandarin oranage slices on top, instead of red berries. It would be the colors of the Irish flag. Hmmm...I just might make that myself! :-)

Mrs. Staggs said...

It all looks very pretty June.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Yummers! said...

I'm so glad you found a use for the hearts. You're so clever!
Your husband is one lucky husband to be treated so beautifully. I bet he looks forward to coming home each day and relaxing in the wonderful 'safehouse' full of love you have created for him.

What arre you having while he savors his lobster??
Love to you both,

hunnybunny said...

Your dedication is making me tired and impressed. Everything looks beautiful. Please be careful with the lobster, we discovered shortly after moving back to the east coast that my youngest was allergic to shellfish so I know first hand how bad it can get. Since you are a grown up who knows your allergy I'm sure you'll be fine. I hope your day will be as beautiful as your post.

Scrappy Jessi said...

happy hearts day!
im coming over for love day!

Rosemary said...

Have a wonderful day Junie!!
Stay away from the Lobster!!!
Getting up that early to bake, you are quite a person!!

rohanknitter said...

It all looks so lovely!
Have a wonderful evening!!

Diane said...

oh my heavens, you are amazing! What a lot of work and love you've poured into this day for your husband. May you each thoroughly enjoy the celebration of love.

I have awarded you a blogging award, if you'd like to come collect it. Gosh, you should get two awards!!

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Pamela Jane said...

Hope you have a sweet Valentine's day, lobster dinner and all! said...

HOw sweet and romantic! Have a lovely evening.

Storybook Woods said...

What a sweet wife you are. Better to have the fish monger do the deed. Have a lovely Valentines. Love Clarice

Kari & Kijsa said...

4:30AM???? You are's to a fabulous Valentine's!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh June -- you NEED a nap! What a day you've put in. It all looks so beautiful. What a wonderful neighbor you are! Can't wait to hear about your lobster dinner.

Monica said...

Oh my word I havent seen 430 AM in forever , yet alone to bake!!! Hope your lobster and other delights were a hit!
Happy Valentines :)

Lesli said...

Great cupcakes - I think I am hungry!!! Happy Valentines Day!

Jane said...

Your celebrations are always so thought filled and beautiful! Happy Valentines (belated) Day!

Kelli said...

What a thoughtful neighbor you are, Junie! I'm glad you liked the cupcakes, they are beautiful!