First just let me say, Happy Valentine’s Day! I am not a big gift giver on Valentine’s Day. In that I mean that I don’t spend a lot of money on material items, for this day of love. I don’t think it’s wrong by any means, but the hubs and I just don’t do it. I for one love and need to be adored.
Early on in our marriage, my husband and I were in counseling (yes, it happens) and the counselor did some sort of personality assessment with us. It was one of those color tests that tell you what color personality you have. I came out with a hefty combination of red, yellow and quite a bit of white. I guess you could call me well rounded. 😉 Hubs on the other hand came out very blue. Along with knowing these colors were some listed attributes to help us understand one another better, and what each of us need. To be honest, this assessment was more telling than I would have guessed. Not only about my partner, but myself. I’d say it came back pretty accurate.
Anyhow, one thing that my husband and I learned about me is that I need to be adored. Now just to figure out how to accomplish that. This is something I remind my husband of every now and again. With that being said, it isn’t the material things that help me feel adored. It’s the little things. For example, I think my favorite Christmas gift from hubby was a Pitch Perfect album that he burned for me. It was so random and unexpected, which made me love it even more. He knew I loved the movie and all of the music. So thoughtful, which doesn’t come easy for a lot of men.
For Valentine’s Day, I try to make it about the little things. I surprise the kids by turning their meals into lovey dovey things. Sometime I’ll have to tell you about what I like to do with the kids’ morning toast, when we have it. I can’t take credit for this morning’s breakfast – my mom took care of things. I provided the sausage, but my mom got up and fixed the kids heart shaped red velvet pancakes. Topped with whipped cream of course! Now these pancakes didn’t turn out as red as you can have them. Just use more dye for more color. Mom was more concerned about the taste than the color, so there ya go. Of course, you don’t need to wait for next Valentine’s Day to try these. Make ’em anytime!
Recipe adapted from That’s So Yummy!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 Tbs granulated sugar
- 2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 tsp red food coloring
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, sour cream, food coloring and vanilla.
- Add wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
- Add chocolate chips and fold in batter.
- Pour approximately ⅓ cup batter onto griddle set at medium-high heat. Lightly brown pancakes, about 3 minutes each side.
- Serve with maple syrup and whipped cream.
If you like pancakes, try my German Pancakes with Brown Sugar and Pecans or Baked Pancakes.