I have always loved Valentines Day…since time immemorial. It is one of my favorite holidays. For one reason, I love food and some of my favorite treats happen to involve chocolate. But that isn’t really the main reason. The reason why I love Valentine’s Day is because my birthday is the day after, and I have always loved having a birthday. Even now that I am turning 32 and aging ever so gracefully, I welcome turning another year older, because I truly would hate the alternative.
Many people despise Valentines Day and refuse to celebrate it. I understand the desire to shun commercialism and the mainstream push to buy, buy, buy! Not to mention, it has a bit of a one-sided expectation for men to deliver. However, I believe in my heart (no pun intended) that Valentines Day is a day to celebrate the love in your life and a day to spread your love to others. That doesn’t have to be about giving flowers, chocolates/candy, and cards. It can be about giving a warm meal to someone who lives alone or is homeless. It might be about giving your kids some extra hugs and kisses. It might be turning your electronics off for the day and truly spending all your time AND attention with the people in your life that mean the most. Like everything in life, it can be what you make of it. I choose to spread my love…. and shoot people in the butt with little tiny arrows!
This Valentine’s Day I am making it a special day for my children as well, in the hopes of fostering a life long love of this beautiful holiday for them as well. We are starting our day with chocolate crepes filled with fresh strawberries and mascarpone filling. For our morning snack they will recieve hand made Valentines and we will be having a tea party with these White Cherry Chip Scones and a delicious tangy lemon curd, the recipe of which I am sharing today. We will complete our evening with homemade pizzas in the shape of hearts, of course, followed by chocolate dipped strawberries. YUM!
I have a nice day planned for my birthday on the 15th as well, mostly just spending my time with my family and some good friends. More on that later.
I am super excited about giving my kids a fun tea party experience, with real tea cups and all the fixins! Do you ever have tea parties with your friends or the children in your life? If so, this is a wonderful Lemon Curd that tastes divine. I seriously can eat it by the spoon full. I also have a lemon custard filling recipe using honey, which I love even more!! I will post that one sometime soon, so keep checking back.
½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbls. organic lemon zest
1 cup organic sugar
½ cup butter
3 eggs, beaten
Combine sugar, lemon juice and zest in sauce pan and gently bring to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Stir in butter until melted, mix until uniform.
Temper beaten eggs by slowly pouring half of hot lemon mixture into eggs while simultaneously whisking eggs vigorously. Whisk tempered eggs back into saucepan with remaining lemon mixture and gently heat about 10-15 minutes until thickened. Stir constantly being careful not to let it boil.
Cool for several hours. This can be made in advance and served up to three days later. My opinion is that freshest is always best-est!
Serve with warm scones and hot tea! Enjoy 🙂 I hope you try it and I would love to hear what you think!