Did you have a good weekend? I did. I’m one of those crazy people who actually enjoys Valentine’s Day. Weird, right? It’s because of my mom. Growing up, my mom made sure that we knew that she loved us on Valentine’s Day. Every February 14th …
Today is the day—St. Valentine’s Day, that is! Whether you love it, despise it, are indifferent to it—it is here and we might as well live it. Many people think of Valentine’s Day in the romantic sense. I think that’s why so many people are bitter …
In a little more than a week, it’s St. Valentine’s Day. 😉
Okay, so I’m sorry for the reminder. I think this holiday is a little overrated. But here are some not terrible ideas to celebrate this holiday with a little more style
See pictures of these ideas below. <3
—Katie, Editor-in-Chief Stance: Studies on the Family
by Caroline Bliss Larsen Valentine’s Day is a great time to teach your children that real, healthy relationships don’t require a box of chocolates. Grocery stores and shopping malls alike are great at enticing people to load up on chocolate, candy, and gifts for that special …
by Danielle Cronquist
For this lovely week of love, I thought it would be best to share a special Valentine’s Day treat. Even though these raspberry-filled chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting take a little extra time to make, they are divine.
I started by baking the cupcakes far enough ahead of time that they would cool before I filled them. You can find many different options for chocolate cupcakes online, but I am a firm believer that box cake mix tastes great. I chose to use a devil’s food cake.
I found the recipe for the filling at http://thekitchenprescription.com. It fills 12 cupcakes.
2 cups unsweetened frozen or fresh raspberries (I used frozen)
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Add all the ingredients to a bowl. If you use frozen raspberries, let the mixture thaw at room temperature. If you make this ahead, refrigerate it until needed.
Raspberry Buttercream Frosting
This was my favorite part of the whole cupcake! I found this recipe at http://www.myrecipes.com.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups powdered sugar
Beat the first four ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar.
Putting Together the Cupcakes
To remove the centers of the cupcakes I used a cupcake plunger, but if you don’t have one of these handy tools, a large water bottle cap works too. Scoop out a space on the top of each cupcake for the filling (don’t throw the extra cake away or eat it yet). Pour in your raspberry filling using a spoon. Place a piece of the removed cupcake back on top so that you can frost the cupcakes. For my cupcakes, I put the frosting in a plastic bag, cut off a corner, and used the bag as a piping bag to get a swirly design with my frosting. I wanted my cupcakes to look extra special for Valentine’s Day, so I drizzled some of the filling on top, crumbled some of the leftover cupcake over it, and topped it with a raspberry.
And now, you eat.
by Brittney Thompson In elementary school I loved Valentine’s Day. I can still remember the excitement of decorating my little brown paper lunch bag and taping it to the end of my desk. Then, all the kids would go around with their little manufactured Winnie …
by Kaylyn Johnston Family. Defined by the dictionary as, “a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not.” This definition, however, does little to reflect just what family really means to an individual. Aren’t families …