How To Catch A Valentine Kit

Categories:Trivia
rachael@doukasmedia.com

February has long been associated with romance. It’s a month thought to mark the beginning of the mating season for birds. To celebrate our love of love, Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14th. Of course we show our love all year-round, but it’s fun to have one day dedicated to all things heart-shaped.
Valentine’s Day is a holiday where sweet reigns supreme. Shops and homes are filled with heart-shaped candies, pink and red decorations, desserts for two, and thoughtful Valentine’s Day cards.

Today, we wanted to share some ideas on how to make this Valentine’s Day the best yet. We have a classic Valentines recipe for you to try, as well as some vintage Valentines cards to give to your loved ones this holiday.

Sweet Valentines Treat

What’s a better combination than romance and dessert? This Valentine’s Day, why not bake your loved one a classic 1950’s style Catch-a-Valentine Cake? Incredible simple to make, yet beautifully decorated, this cake is a festive take on a classic marble cake.

With this delicious cake, you’ll be able to woo your loved one with just one bite!

Recipe:

½ cup dexo
2 ½ cups sifted cake flour
3 ½ tsps. Baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup milk
3 egg whites, unbeaten

Method:

Measure dexo into a bowl. Sift dry ingredients together: add. Add flavorings to milk. Add ¾ cup liquid. Beat 1 min. (Count at least 150 strokes per min.) Add remaining milk and the egg whites. Beat 2 min. Pour ½ the batter into small bowl. Stir in a few drops of red vegetable coloring. Alternate spoonfuls of each batter into 2 greases and floured deep 8-in. pans. Bake in moderate oven, 350°F for 30 min. Frost with cream butter frosting, colored pink if desired. Decorate with candy hearts or strawberries.

Valentines Cards

From the earliest tokens of affection – perhaps a feather, flower, or gemstone – we have chosen to honor our loved ones with a cherished emblem. Selected with love and respect, these objects have evolved over the centuries.

According to the Victorian Treasury, the paper Valentine, commemorating February 14th—the date of the martyrdom of the patron of lovers, Saint Valentine, in 276 A.D.—
was catapulted into its great popularity by the combination of two factors: the availability of paper and a universal postal system. Until that time, a “Valentine” referred to the chosen “person” and the gift was frequently jewelry, lingerie, or gloves.
In 1849, the first American Valentine was published. It was a collage lined with lace made by Esther Howland, “Mother of the American Valentine”, of Worcester, Massachusetts. Years later, we still love giving and receiving Valentines.
Valentines cards are one of the best parts of the holiday. They can be comical or sentimental, layered with colored paper, delicate, lacey, or collaged. Their whimsy and symbol for affection have carried on throughout history.
As kids, we loved decorating cards to give to our classmates and family. We also enjoyed receiving them, especially when they came with lollipops, chocolate, and candy hearts!
Here are some of our favorite 1950s Valentines that you can give to your loved ones:

For your favorite mermaid.
For the writer in your life.
For the best gardener around.
For the one who turns your world upside down.
For the space cadet.
For the technologically advanced.
For the one who loves a good mystery.

And finally, a sheet of printable cards you can give to your loved ones!

Happy Valentine’s Day!