I had a little mishap this week...
It was a dark, moonless night. Scott and I were driving tandem on a wooded country road, me following right behind him. Suddenly, in the narrow path of my headlights, I spotted something small, moving in the road ahead of me. It happened so fast, but I can still picture the furry little black and white striped animal scampering across road.
Much to my chagrin, it was too late to stop. At the last second, as I was almost right on top of him, I saw his little head turn my way. I keep having replays of that in my mind, the little furry face, the bright headlights, the impending doom, and I can't help wonder what the poor little fellow was thinking in his last moment here on Earth.
I heard an awful "thunk" and it was over. Feeling horrible, I slowed way down, trying to think if there was anything I could do. Suddenly my phone rang. It was Scott, "Where are you and what are you doing?".
"I ran over a skunk!"
"Oh no!" he said. "Are you okay?"
"Yes, but I feel terrible".
"Well, there's nothing you can do now. I was really worried about you. All of a sudden you disappeared. Catch up with me, we're almost home."
I didn't smell the odor right away, but the minute I got out of the car, I knew the little guy had gone out fighting. Wow, talk about noxious! It seemed that the whole neighborhood was filled with the horrible stench. What I didn't realize - was that it wasn't about to go away. In fact, the next morning it was worse, if that was even possible.
It's been a few days now and, despite two car washes and lots of fresh air, we still feel like we have a "stink cloud" surrounding, following and hovering over us, each time we drive that car. It's embarrassing to pull up somewhere and the putrid aroma of parfum de mouffette pulls right up with us. Scott keeps reminding me, "You run over a skunk and he'll never let you forget it".
Whoa, have I ever figured that one out!
Know what else I've figured out? Something much more pleasant and something, unlike the skunk scent, I'd love to share with you.
How to make family, friends, even strangers smile on Valentine's Day. I've got a lineup I call, Sweets for the Sweet - Valentine Gifts from the Kitchen that will be sure to please everyone on your list.
Are you ready?
I Want to Marry You Cookies - Imagine being able to say that your significant other proposed to you on Valentine’s Day! These cookies supposedly have the magical power to elicit such ardent requests. I can’t promise this is true, but I can promise that they’re magically delicious!
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes w/ Fresh Strawberry Icing - These vanilla bean-studded cupcakes are as easy as any cake mix, but infinitely better. The icing is a burst of wonderful strawberry flavor, with both strawberry jam and fresh strawberries inside. So pretty too!
Chocolate Obsession Cake - I was teaching a cooking class one year right around Valentine’s Day. I wanted a fabulous, yet simple dessert with a lot of WOW factor. I dressed up an old standby that I’d been making for a zillion years with a brand new presentation and gave it a fancy-dancy name. It’s so delicious that no one believes it's the easiest cake ever! (….and you won’t believe its real name.)
Winter White Red Velvet Fudge - to me, nothing says romantic more than red velvet. This is a fun, sure to please confection that everyone who's tried it has gone crazy over!
French Meringues with Strawberry Ganache Filling. - these are a light, melt-in-your-mouth sweet treat. The chocolate ganache filling, with a touch of strawberry jam, takes them over the top in deliciousness.
Raspberry Melt-Aways - melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies with a fabulous, fresh raspberry icing!
Warm Mixed Berry Compote - one last fun idea. How about a delicious, heart-healthy Valentine's Day breakfast? This delicious topping would be a delightful way to start the day. Pick your prettiest glasses and layer creamy Greek yogurt with this warm, sweet compote. You'll be sure to see smiling faces all around the table as they gobble up this beautiful breakfast! Oh, and it could do double-duty by spooning the delicious sauce over vanilla ice cream for dessert!
There's only a week before that all-important V-Day. I bet you've got all kinds of family, friends, teachers, neighbors, etc. on your list to say "I love you", "I care", "Thanks", "Thinking of you" etc. I can't think of a better way to convey these thoughts than with love from the kitchen!
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