I think Valentines Day is dumb. Mostly because it’s a slap-in-the-face holiday to anyone who is… well, not in a relationship, or in a bad relationship, or in any other way shortchanged in the gooey love department. Seriously, I think the merchandisers came up with this one simply to make money. I didn’t mind it as a kid – being the crafty sort, I enjoyed taking construction paper and doilies and making pretty hearts out of them… but since that point, I haven’t enjoyed it much. Even as a married woman, well, some of my most painful memories are V-Day related.. so I would just as soon skip this dumb day. Yet, it keeps on coming, in all it’s flowery, chocolatey glory.
I have tried to at least do a little ‘cutesy’ decorating for the sake of my daughter, because, as I mentioned, I don’t mind the kid-part of the holiday. Funny, though… she just turned 13, and she is a very introspective kind of child – she says to me the other day “you know, mama, I think Valentines Day is kind of mean… because if you don’t have someone who loves you, it’s just a day to remind you that you don’t.” Yeah. That about sums it up.
I made her day, though, because my gift to her today was a huge poster of the actor she has a crush on (and no, it’s not a Bieber or a vampire of any kind!)
All that being said, I still wanted to honor the day in some way so my family would know I love them, so I made pink, heart-shaped pancakes. It would have been waaay easier if I could have made normal, real pancakes…. instead I had to use coconut oil, coconut flour and xylitol… and they bake up kind of strange… but they were enjoyed and apprecitated by my husband and my daughter.
The dogs, however, were miffed at me. Pancake lovers that they are, they could not believe I threw the 2 extras away rather than let them eat ’em…. but I’ve heard xylitol is poisonous to dogs, so I couldn’t risk it. Try explaining that to the sad brown-eyes looking up at you!
Pink pancake batter:
I swear I’ve had better luck at shaped pancakes before –
Oh! The perfect heart!
Kiki sliced some strawberries –
I stacked mine up with butter, berries and xylitol –
Kiki added a touch of sour cream –