Romance isn’t a science – it’s a heart

We decided to call a mulligan on Valentine’s Day this year, with great success.

The day before, we had an epic snow storm, with two giant waves that had dear husband outside snowblowing three times to try to keep up.  We probably got around 20 inches of snow.  The impact of that is dear husband typically picks up my Valentine gift on his way home the day before, so this left him with no chance to pick it up (unless he was forward thinking enough to pick it up two days before in anticipation of snow, but…….).

Valentine’s Day morning started at 3am with Mini-ion #2 crying.  A lot.  I gave her some space to settle down and go back to sleep.  When that was obviously not happening, I went into to her room, laid down on the floor to reassure her I was there.  Typically she’ll be able to go back to sleep, but even that didn’t get her back to sleep.  After an hour of stirring and random cries, she had enough and cried like her heart was breaking.  Which compelled me to bring her to our room to settle down and hopefully go back to sleep.  And she did around 5.

Mini-ion #1 came barreling into our room around 6:00.  Luckily dear husband exchanged his spot with Mini-ion #1 to go snow blow and go to work.  By 7:00am, everyone was up and tired.  Dear husband and I agreed that this may not be the day we hoped, let’s try again on Saturday morning.  Which worked beautifully.

Valentine's DoughnutsIn reading about Valentine’s Day recently, I read someone’s comment who said that they made Valentine’s Day about family love, because someday their children wouldn’t be there with them to celebrate it, and they could celebrate it as a couple by themselves.  But for the meantime, celebrate the love you have at home, and I think we really embraced that.  Starting with homemade heart doughnuts with pink frosting.

The inspiration for this recipe comes from the blog, A Little Bit Funky.  The first time I tried making these doughnuts, dear husband was ridiculously impressed at how well I nailed it the first time.  It was so easy.

Homemade doughnuts

-Canned refrigerator biscuits (with around 8 in a pack, not 5).

-Vegetable oil, enough to fill your frying pan a 1/2 inch or so (you can re-use the vegetable oil for future doughnut fryings, like 2 or 3 times)

-1/3 cup butter

-2 cups powdered sugar

-1.5 teaspoons vanilla

-4 Tablespoons hot water

-5 drops food coloring (in this case, we used red for Valentine’s day)


1. Heat up vegetable oil over medium until if you throw a drop of water at it, it sizzles.

2. While oil is heating, cut out center of biscuit (we used a small heart shaped one, but generally we’ll use circle) and set aside.

3. Fill frying pan of oil with uncooked biscuits.  When one side is golden brown, flip it over to the other side.

4. When opposite side is golden brown, remove and place on paper towel lined plate.

5. After you’ve completed the doughnuts, fry the holes the same way.

6. While waiting for doughnuts to cool, melt the butter.  Add the sugar, water, vanilla and food coloring and whisk until smooth.

7. Once doughnuts are cool enough to touch, pick it up and dip one side in the frosting, getting it thoroughly coated.

8. Try not to eat them all at once.

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