Look what came in the mail from Arlene of Nanaland blog.
A lovely Valentine card and a pair of pretty fingerless gloves.
Aren't they just the perfect Valentine color!!
Thank you, Arlene!
Y'all be sure to stop in at her blog today.
February of 2010!
There was more to the package, but I forgot to include it in the photo, like the dark chocolate Dove bar which I ate before I had a chance to remember that I could take just a bite and save the rest for later. Who comes up with those dumb theories anyway. Deb makes her own beautiful cards and of course she knows how much I love dogs and the James Herriot stories.Thank you, my friend!
And now on to a couple family Valentines
You might notice that there are two types of Valentine cookies in the collage above: Pink and not so pink. The pink ones were baked in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.
The second type is the
forgotten in the oven another 4 or-5 minutes after the timer went off slightly darker variety. They needed just ONE MORE MINUTE. But who sets the timer for one additional minute?! It looks like I should have. I'm going to blame it on my cute and distracting helper/decorator, because I walked away and totally forgot about them. Anyway, they were not burned, miraculously (because I bake them on heavy jellyroll pans), but they weren't quite as pretty. On the other hand, they had a much better crispy crunch, so they are my favorite. Crunch is a very important factor in my world. Next time I will probably bake them in a 350 oven for 12+ minutes to get a crunchier cookie without that less-than-desirable color which makes everyone reach for the pinker ones instead. And if they, for some reason, need an additional minute, I will be sure to set the timer.
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