Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’

Perfect for Valentine’s Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.  Love Is is an Book of the Month.

32 page hardcover book recommended for ages 2-5

My review: LOVE it! A beautiful story about a girl caring for a duckling over the course of a year. A smile worthy read for both grown up and little listener. This story includes strong character traits. Super sweet narrative with equally adorable illustrations. This will be a keepsake book for us

Good for Easter or baby shower gift. Good book just because. 

This book was provided by Diane Adams (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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I use my frozen blackberries and a frozen puff pastry for this quick dessert. Mellow pears also get worked in. This is a lite bite that’s perfect to share with a special Valentine! 


1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

2 tablespoons flour and some for the parchment paper

about 1 cup frozen blackberries

1/4 cup sugar and some more for sprinkling

2 teaspoons lemon juice

dash salt

2 small pears (Bartlett or Anjou) peeled and thinly sliced

1 egg white


Place puff pastry on a lightly floured parchment-lined baking sheet and gently stretch it just a little bit. It should be a 9 inch square. With a knife, score pastry 3/4 inch from edges to create a border. Freeze while preparing the topping.  Stir together blackberries, sugar, lemon juice, flour, and salt. Lightly mash some of the berries to release juices. Gently stir in pears. Spread evenly within the border of the pastry. Brush the border with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes until juices are bubbling and crust is golden brown. (Tent crust with foil halfway to prevent over browning- because that happens)

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This yummy recipe serves 2 

Share some with your Valentine!

Ingredients for Puffed Apple Pancake:

4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 medium apple, sliced. (I like granny smith)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup flour

dash salt

Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 400. Butter a 10-inch oven-proof braiser.

In another fry pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the apple, cinnamon, and sugar. Saute, stirring occassionally, until the apple begins to soften and brown, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

In a bowl, with a whisk or fork, beat the eggs.

Add the milk and whisk until blended. Sift the flour and salt into the egg mixture and whisk until just blended. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave; add the melted butter to the flour-egg mixture and whisk until smooth.

Pour the batter into the buttered oven-proof pan and arrange the apple slices evenly on top. Bake until the pancake is browned and puffed up, about 25 minutes. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve immediately. LOVE!

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