So I woke up in the morning ready to treat my family to a Valentine's day celebration. I made gluten free cinnamon biscuits (recipe below), made some of these super cute Sweetheart Angels for each of the kids, picked out a new Usborne book for each of them (Baby Monster for Logan, Touchy Feeley Fairies for Kylee, Knights & Castles for Caleb, & Chess for Aidan), and laid out a little card for Tim too. I even snatched up all of the Grandma-Valentine's from the mail over the past few days and had those laid out as our centerpiece with the flowers Tim got for me last week.
And then I went to take pictures so I could show you.
Only my camera battery was dead, of course.
So I just get to tell you about it instead. We had a laid back day after our breakfast celebration, with some light school work and then I had some me-time in the afternoon. We enjoyed the book, Heartprints and talked about leaving heart-prints with each other this week. Tim's ultra-perfect gift to me was to kick me out of the house kid-free for a few hours in the afternoon. I tried on pants (for fun- strange I know), browsed Barnes & Noble, and then sat at Starbucks and had a latte and some shortbread all by myself. I also have a gift card to a local yarn store waiting for a later time, but I didn't get there today.
We finished up our day with a super supper of heart shaped GF pizzas, made from Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix. We had one normal tomato sauce/cheese pizza and one spinach/white sauce (recipe below) for the grown ups. I think next year I am going to need 3 pizzas to feed this crowd.
Truly, nothing makes me happier.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Biscuits
3 Cups of Gluten Free Baking Mix (I use Pamela's but it has milk & nuts, any GF baking mix will work)
3/4 Cup of Canola Oil
1 Cup of milk/nondairy milk of choice (I used half/half because I had it)
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
Mix all the ingredients together and drop by the spoonful onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350* for 15 minutes or until done. Makes 12 medium-large biscuits.
Simple White Sauce
Milk (rich), half & half (richer), or cream (richest)
Grated parmesan cheese
Ground black pepper
Heat milk and seasonings to taste in a pot over medium heat (stirring not to scald) and add cheese before serving to thicken. Great on pizza or pasta! Adjust the amount of milk to adjust the amount of sauce.
For more Valentine's Day ideas (after the fact), see our menu from last year here. It cracks me up that I had no pictures last year either because I was missing my camera cord!