Thursday, January 23, 2014

Romancing the Family -- Family Valentine's Ideas

My uncle chose my wedding date.

If I were from the Indian sub-continent where my uncle might not only choose an auspicious date for my wedding, but also choose my husband, you might not be too surprised at that statement. But I'm a born and bred American of Irish-German descent with some of my ancestors having arrived in this country five generations ago.

So why did I let my uncle choose my wedding date?

Well, "let" being the key word, I sort of found the event out of my hands. We had picked the 28th of August as our wedding date because we needed to find a date that would work for my father-in-law who was a Missions professor at Emmaus Bible College at the time. (Back in the dark ages, many schools and colleges started after Labor Day.)

We let all my relatives know the date ("save the date" cards not yet being part of wedding protocol and expense) and my uncle called my mom to say that in the South their schools would have already started and they wouldn't be able to come. 

"When would it work for you?" my mom asked.

"If it were two weeks earlier we would be able to come," my uncle said.

So my mom called the church in California (where my parents lived and I did most of my growing up) to see if it was available that date. It was, and she changed the date to August 14 and then proceeded to call me at college in Colorado to let me know my new wedding date.

So my uncle chose my wedding date.

But, hey, I couldn't complain about getting to get married two weeks earlier, a guarantee that my cousin could be my candlelighter, and, I discovered later, my "half anniversary" fell on Valentine's Day!

You know I would have celebrated my "half anniversary" anyway, but this gave me double the reasons. 

But Valentines has always been big in our house, and not just between my husband and I. We celebrated with our kids, our single friends, and our widowed or divorced friends, because everyone needs to know they are loved and remembered.

Over the next few weeks (while I'm in California taking care of my mom after a hip replacement) I'm going to reprise some of my previous Valentine's posts, but in the mean time, I thought I'd share my Heart Shaped Pancake Trick with you and my easy gluten free pancake recipe.

Rather than try to draw a heart, I pour the batter from a ladle in a sort of "check mark" and it comes out like a heart. At times, I've also added red food dye to make them pink. Another way is to make round pancakes and use a large heart cookie cutter to cut perfect hearts. Some people use metal outline cookie cutters and pour the batter into them, but I've never had any luck with that--the batter always leaks out. So I'll stick with my check marks.

Easy Gluten Free Pancakes for printable recipe click here
(because I am currently on an anti-candida diet)

1 1/2 cups Gluten Free flour mix
4 eggs
2 Tbsp. honey or powdered stevia (if you use dry, add more almond milk)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil

Mix all ingredients with blender or hand held mixer. (If using a hand held mixer, soften or melt the coconut oil first.)

Heat greased skillet over medium low heat until water drops sizzle when scattered on it. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto skillet. When the edges start to dry, turn pancake. Check for desired doneness. (A medium-low heat works best to cook the pancake through without overcooking the "skin".) 

I made extras and used them all week as my bread with almond butter and fruit spread. I don't know if you could get these to cooperate into heart shapes, though!

May you have a loving Valentine's season, feeling love from those whom you love! Come back next week for more Valentine's celebration ideas!

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  1. That is one long bridal gown train! :O)

    I try to do Valentine's Day up a bit for the hubby and the kids, but I always get a little wistful at that time of year. (My father passed on February 15th, the year I graduated high school.)

    1. LuAnn, I'm so sorry about your Dad's passing. I have a friend whose husband found out he had cancer on Christmas Eve and passed away on Valentine's Day. That does make the holidays tough. Glad you do celebrate love with those you have with you.

      BTW, you do realize the whole thing isn't the train of my gown, I'm standing on a rollout carpet that I walked up!

  2. What a sweet story! Family is worth a few adjustments along the way.

  3. The pancakes sound delicious. And such a beautiful wedding picture. We had our date changed, too, because we found out if we were married a week earlier my husband had an extra day for our honeymoon. And you know how important that was!

  4. What fun and sweet family memories! And LOVED the recipes. I'm sending a link to your blog to a loved one who is also gluten-free. Have a blessed week.



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