I started Valentine’s Day off the only way I know how… by promptly waking up, laying on my couch and stuffing my face with a Cookie Butter Blondie. Off to a swell start I would say!
I came home last night and to my surprise, there was a card in my mail box! Could it be a card from my POS ex-boyfriend finally telling me he is sorry for being a terrible human being and a check for the $300 he still owes me? Nah… life never works out that way.
The only cards I ever receive are literally all at Christmas. I usually get 3-10 cards each Christmas from friends or family wishing me a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” from their perfect little family to mine. Me? Well, I don’t have a perfect little family. I don’t have a husband that loves me no matter how terrible I am to him and a bunch of filthy kids that look like said husband, but would be cuter if they looked like me… I am just saying what you are all thinking. New plan for next Christmas, I am gonna start sending out cards of me and my cat and see how they like it.
I could tell by the writing on the card it was from my parents. My mother has the most beautiful handwriting, always has. I remember as a kid purposefully asking her to write things for me because it was so elegant. People do not write like she does anymore. Literally, they don’t teach cursive in schools anymore, hell I bet kids don’t even know what a pencil is.
I opened up my card and laughed harder than I have in weeks. Inside was the cutest card with a cat on the front giving me the biggest stank eye and striking a yoga pose.
Oh, if you have not figured it out, I am a crazy cat lady.
It immediately warmed my heart and I knew the message inside because 5 years ago my parents sent me this very same card for the very same reason; something to brighten up my day when I was feeling down!
“I Meditate, I do Yoga, I Chant… and I Still Want to Smack Someone!”
This card has lived on my fridge for the last five years and whenever I have had a bad day, I repeat the message inside over and over to myself to find some kind of zen. I think I might need to actually frame these now…
This, is the closest thing I am getting to a Valentine this year. I can always count on my Dad and I suppose knowing that he is my rock is all I really need. I am not going to do the whole GIRL POWER thing where all the girls I know get together and pretend like they are not sad depressed ladies and try to convince the world that things are SUPER COOL and that they LOVE being single.
You know it, I know it, lets embrace it and accept it.
Yeah, I am single with no lovers insight. I have been single for a while now and I do wish I had someone to share my life with. What I am okay with is not having someone to share today with, because I think everyday should be Valentine’s day. Society and greeting cards should not have to tell you when to confess your love for someone… you should be able to do that on your own, on a random Wednesday, in July!
So in honor of my new optimistic outlook on this stupid silly holiday I whipped up some Sugar Cookie Conversation Heart Cookies and went out of my way to buy each of my co-workers a little something something to brighten up their day.
Also, although I will not see him, I had to make my dad some granola since he is my valentine!
I started making my own Granola over 10 years ago once I realized how easy it was and how much better it tasted than store-bought. Traditionally I like to keep my granola plain, no nuts, no dried fruits. Today though, I am going to live dangerously and do something different.
The shredded coconut and pepita seeds are small enough that they provide a little bit of texture to the granola and a whole heck of a lot of flavor. I added some of it to my morning yogurt and it paired really well with the grapefruit and mangos in my yogurt.
Coconut Pepita Seed Granola
3 TB Brown Butter, Melted
3 TB Coconut Oil, Melted
1 Cup Quick Cooking Oats
1 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 TB Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Wheat Germ
1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
1/2 Cup Pepita Seeds
1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
1/4 Cup Buckwheat Honey (or orange blossom)
1/4 Cup Real Maple Syrup
- In a small sauce pan melt and brown the butter. Once melted, add the coconut oil until melted.
- In a large mixing bowl mix together the oats, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, wheat germ, flax-seed, pepitas and coconut.
- Add the maple syrup, honey, brown butter and coconut oil to the dry ingredients and mix until all the dry ingredients absorb the liquids.
- Pour granola onto a parchment lined sheet pan and spread it out evenly using an off-set spatula.
- Bake the granola at 325 for 20 minutes. Rotate the sheet pan and using a spatula, mix the granola around so the bottom does not burn. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Note: If you let the granola cool completely before touching it, it will break up nicely into little chunks.
Whatever you are doing today and whether you are alone or lucky to be in love, I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day!