Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Chance to Remember to Serve
What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? In elementary school for me it meant packaging up mini envelopes, designed with superwoman or Michael Jordan, and stuffing them with tiny pastel hearts covered in typed red messages. Usually the night before they were due I would spend the evening trying to print my classmates names in the best handwriting possible in order to deliver them in the handmade ‘mailboxes’ we put together in class. By the time I was in middle school (and high school too) I was convinced that Valentine’s Day was all about reaching that spotlight shining moment when I would hear my name over the loudspeaker, called to the front office to pick up delivered roses or a bouquet of balloons. It's twenty plus years later and my Valentine’s view has changed big time. In my almost forty year old opinion waiting in Valentine’s Day lines at restaurants is a ridiculous waste of a date night. And if you really want to end a Valentine’s night questioning your life and every decision you've made – take the kiddos with you. Instead I prefer to enjoy Valentine’s Day and night with my family of five. Smothering them with kisses, good eats and homemade Valentine desserts! ‘Cause after all these years I know they are my Valentine's. No hard candy or bouquet of balloons needed.
1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1/4 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp vinegar 2 tsp red dye 2/3 cup flour 1 8 oz. cream cheese 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 large egg
Melt butter and unsweetened squares. Cream together butter and chocolate mix, sugar. Add eggs. Add vanilla, vinegar and red dye. Use fork or whisk to mix flour and salt then add to wet ingredients. In a separate bowl mix together cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla. Pour batter into greased baking pan or into a pan lined with a piece of parchment paper. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of batter. Then using a knife blend batter with cream cheese mixture to create swirls. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Have a wonderful weekend with the family!!