Ilivetolearn's Blog

February 14, 2006

St. Valentine and all that

Filed under: food/groceries,Spain — ilivetolearn @ 6:50 pm

Today is San Valentin, el dia de los enamorados. (Day of the enamored.) In the US, we seem to ignore the old-fashioned Saint in the title of the day. I’m surprised the religious right hasn’t decried the culture’s war on Saint Valentine, since the ubiquity of “Happy Holidays” in December is evidence, to them, of a War on Christmas.

Margo’s class had a Valentine card (and candy) exchange, so she gussied up a shoebox with pink wrapping paper, cut-out hearts, and lots of glitter. I volunteered to make cupcakes for the celebration before I realized that buying the muffin pans at the Taste of America would cost a mint, and the papers to line the pans only came in the wrong size (this is the same store which, even though their logo is an apple pie and their pre-Thanksgiving stock included rolling pins and pie weights, did not have one pie pan on its shelves until just before Christmas). And then after I had buttered the tins and made the cupcakes (and I only had 24 so I had to beat Evan away from them), I was using food coloring to tint the frosting pink and some combination of people and activities near the stove knocked over the little bottle of food dye and it looked as if a battle royal had happened right there in the kitchen. Bill was pretty alarmed when I called him in to help mop up before the dye did its dyeing and he saw the dark red liquid pooling everywhere. I was about ready to declare war on Saint Valentine myself. Bah, humbug.

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