Valentine’s Day is in my top three favorite holiday list. It’s not so much the romantic nature of the holiday that I love, although that is a nice bonus. Instead, I love that we can celebrate a day just as a family, and just for the simple idea of celebrating that we love each other. We don’t go all out. We don’t buy big presents or trips or anything fancy, but we celebrate a day all about our love with good food and fun traditions. You can read about another of our favorite traditions here. We are big on them, to say the least!
One fun thing that we do on Valentine’s Day, (who knows how this even started?) is have a picnic on the living room floor with our dinner. The boys get such a kick out of spreading a blanket out, breaking out the candles, the fancy glasses, and sitting down for a simple meal on the floor. Most years we do breakfast (strawberry pancakes last year – Pinterest fail) or the kids make their own mini pizzas. It must be the unexpected nature that makes the dinner such a big deal, but I can tell you that the excitement starts long before the big day and is remembered all year.
I love Valentine’s Day also because it means that Spring is around the corner. This is a big one for me because New York winters are notoriously long and bitter cold. I tend to get cabin fever (a.k.a. obsessively search for houses in the South from December until April), so Valentine’s Day is the light at the end of the tunnel for me in a sense.
Since the first year that Tom and I got married, about eight years ago, the ladies in my family have a tea party in February. I usually host this, although I missed it last year because I was 104 weeks pregnant and not fit to be around humans. This year, unfortunately, I had to postpone our tea party again because the winter germs have a stronghold on us and we didn’t want to share the germy love.
Despite the disappointment of not having our ladies’ tea party, we soldiered on and had our own sickly tea fest with just us. I made strawberry scones with the boys, and we sat down to our cute tea cups and dishes and made a memory despite these wintery setbacks. The boys were astounded that they got to drink “grownup tea” (peppermint tea with honey) in the pretty tea cups, and they ate their weight in scones and jam.
Here’s the recipe for the lightest and most delicious strawberry scones, not to mention they are EASY PEASY. Let me know what you think when you try them! I’d love to hear about your family traditions, too!
All my love,
Strawberry Scones adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, April 2011
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into chunks
- 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ cup half and half or milk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer) stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or the mixer, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gently toss strawberries in with a spatula.
- In another bowl stir together eggs and half and half. Add egg mixture to mixer or bowl and stir until just combined and moistened.
- Turn dough out onto generously floured surface. It will be sticky, so add flour. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing it 5-7 times, turning dough a quarter turn after each fold. Transfer to a lightly floured parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat or lightly roll dough into a ¾ inch thick circle. Cut circle into wedges and pull apart slightly.
- Brush wedges with a little half and half and sprinkle sugar on top. Bake about 16 minutes or until golden. Makes 12 scones. Serve with butter and jam and clotted cream. Refrigerate any leftover scones. Enjoy!