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Hi Everyone!
Happy Valentine’s Day!! Girl Friday here. So I’m writing today’s entry about the history of Valentine’s Day (or as I use to call it “Singles’ Awareness Day”). I’m lucky enough to have an awesome guy to share it with this year. I’m also going to have a dessert recipe for two that y’all might like to try tonight. 🙂

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So there are three potential candidates for St. Valentine all of which were martyred. The first lived during Roman times when the Emperor outlawed marriage because he thought single men made better soldiers than those with families. Valentine defied him and still married couples in secret. He was caught and sentenced to death for his crime.

The second Valentine also lived in Roman times. He was believed to help Christians escape persecution and prison (where they were beaten and tortured).

And the third Valentine was said to be imprisoned and fell in love with the jailor’s daughter. Before he died he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”. By the Middle Ages St. Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France. (courtesy of http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day)

Well, I was gonna do a little more history than that but instead I found an interesting article on 10 out of the ordinary Valentine’s Day customs. If you do want to learn more on how our modern V’s Day came to be click on the link above. I’m not gonna list every custom because they all require an explanation. Instead I’m gonna put my favorites on here and post the link for those that would like to read more. 🙂

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So one of the customs that was practiced on Valentine’s Day was the ballot box. It ran from Roman times until the 18th century. Young women would place their names into a box and single men would randomly choose a name. Those men then paid particular attention to the women throughout the year. In the 18th century they would wear the girl’s name upon their bosom or sleeve. They also arranged balls and gave them treats.  Val

One that I had heard of previously was the leap year tradition. In the 19th century the US and Britain allowed proper ladies to propose marriage once every four years on “Leap day”. If he could trace her Valentine through the post office and she could prove her “worth” he could accept her letter as a proposal of marriage. And the last custom was for children in 18th and 19th century Britain to go house to house singing for treats like pennies, fruits, or cakes. If you’d like to read more click here. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Ten-Out-of-the-Ordinary-Valentines-Day-Customs.html?c=y&page=1

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So this year I get to spend Valentine’s Day weekend with my wonderful bf, B. Now B is a wine drinker (he’s trying to find one that I can stomach LOL) so I decided to get him his favorite wine as part of his gift. However, none of my local liquor stores carry it so I found one he hopefully will like. I also got him a tie for work and some pj pants. It’s not the most romantic of gifts but I’m hoping he likes it. I also plan on trying to make the following recipe for us over the weekend. What kind of plans do you have? Whether you’re single or attached I’d love to know so leave me a comment below. And now for the Girl Friday recipe…. Chocolate Raspberry Cake Hearts.

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Chocolate Raspberry Cake Hearts

Pg 44-46   makes 2 cakes

Small Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers

By : Debby Maugnas

Thomas Dunne Books. St. Martin’s Press, New York.

Ă“2001

  • Unsalted butter for greasing
  • ÂĽ c. + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs, at room temp
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 tsp very hot tap water
  • 2 ½ tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp seedless raspberry preserves
  • 4 tsp Chambord, or other raspberry liqueur, divided
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, divided
  • Âľ c. heavy cream, divided
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and pre-heat the oven to 400° F. Lightly butter and flour an 8 inch square cake pan. Line bottom with parchment paper; butter and flour paper and set aside.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa, and salt into a small bowl. Placed the eggs, sugar, and water in a small, deep mixing bowl; beat with mixer until the mixture is thick and a heavy ribbon falls when beaters are lifted, about 4 minutes. Sift and fold in the remaining dry ingredients. Fold in the melted butter. Do not over mix or the batter will deflate. Turn batter into pan.
  3. Bake the cake until toothpick comes out clean, 11-12 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from the pan and let cool completely.
  4. Turn the cake out onto a cutting board lined with wax or parchment paper. Using a 3 ½ inch, heart-shaped cutter, cut out four cakes. Discard the scraps or reserve for nibbling. Stir together the preserves and 2 tablespoons of the liqueur; gently brush the tops and sides of the cakes with the mixture.
  5. Place 2 oz of the chopped chocolate in a small, microwave safe bowl; microwave on medium power until the chocolate is soft, about 1 ½ minutes. Stir until smooth. While the chocolate is warm, beat ½ cup of the whipping cream in a small, deep mixing bowl until stiff peaks form; quickly beat in the chocolate. Immediately drop the mousse over the two heart cakes and spread within ½ inch of the edges. Place the remaining two heart cakes , preserves side down, on top of mousse layers and press down gently to adhere. Smooth the sides of the cakes and refrigerate 30 minutes while preparing the glaze.
  6. Bring the remaining ÂĽ cup cream and corn syrup to a boil in a small saucepan or microwave safe bowl. Remove from heat and add the remaining chocolate and 2 teaspoons liqueur; whisk until the chocolate mixture is smooth. Cool until the glaze is thickened but still pourable; about 15 minutes. Pour the glaze over the cakes spreading the glaze to cover them. Chill until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful day! I wish that everyone can spend the day with loved ones and that you understand how wonderful you are.

Love to all. Girl Friday ❤

Seawitch here. If you missed any of this weeks posts go on back and take a peek at The Scottish Seduction Tour, a review of Falling For Sarah and our Author Spotlight from yesterday Cate Beauman and leave a comment, those giveaways are open until I draw a name Friday.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I love all my friends, followers and author friends here and my Gel Friday! Enjoy the day of love !

Z Seawitch

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