As a teenager I really hated Valentine's Day. It was always a painful event, watching the popular kids receiving bundles of cards, armfuls of teddy bears and bouquets of red roses and gradually feeling worse and worse as the day drew on and not getting anything myself. Luckily those memories are all in the past and as I got older and wiser I have realised that Valentine's Day is what you make of it and I have since grown to really love the 14th of February.
Having a doting husband and a sweet little son does of course make the day that much better and they did really spoil me this year :) To show them some love too, I baked a luscious pear, almond and dark chocolate tart to share as an after dinner treat last night.
Every bite of soft baked pear, fluffy almond filling and dark chocolate pastry was like falling in love again and I am very happy that there is still a slice left over for me to enjoy as a naughty little pleasure this afternoon.
As always the shops have been filled to the brim with all things Valentine's the past couple of weeks, and this was also the case in my local hobby store. I didn't even try to resist temptation and I left the store with several sweet purchases.
Once home and sitting comfortably in my favourite spot, a plump little heart just flew off my crochet hook, as did several others and they were followed by a few of Lucy's Teeny Tiny Hearts.
Seeing as I was already going way overboard with the cute and sickly sweet, I hung all of my little hearts on some pretty ribbon with tiny little wooden pegs.
The end result is really rather pleasing and makes my simple (and messy) wooden shelves look so much more loved!
As you may very well have guessed, I am not quite finished with my Valentine's inspired baking and will soon be making use of this adorable mould to make mouth wateringly yummy champagne truffles for us grown-ups to enjoy tonight.
But first I have to go and do a bit of domestic and motherly duties, but it will still be lovely using my new tea towels :)