MY FUNNY VALENTINE
As many of you know, when your baby girl grows into a 13-year-old, her view of her world life becomes a roller coaster ride. As moms, we’re no longer quite sure about what’s in their heads; we gather our patience and courage, and hope our attempts at communication pay off in the long run.
So I wasn’t all that surprised to hear my daughter announce that I should not give her anything for Valentine’s Day. It’s tradition to give her a little something and her favorite milk chocolate truffles.
Instead, she would rather me help her make the individual Chocolate Raspberry Heart Cakes from my Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers cookbook for her two best friends.
I’m not one to turn down the opportunity to bake with my daughter; after all, she might change her mind again. So we jumped into the project — albeit a couple of weeks early, but we called it practice.
As it happened, they turned out so beautifully that I decided to share them on a recent WBIR segment representing the Old Mill. A group of Cub Scouts watched in the studio, longingly eyeing the chocolate, so they shared one of the cakes when my 3 short minutes were over.
I still wonder how my little chameleon decided to trade in her treasured trinkets for a cooking lesson to surprise her friends. Nuggets like these go a long way to increasing my faith and trust in her teenage process. And working and chatting in the kitchen is something I’ll do more often.
You can link to the TV station’s posting of the video, and see how to make them yourself. CLICK HERE to view the video.
— Debby Maugans blogs, develops recipes, and styles food for the Old Mill. She is the author of Small-Batch Baking and Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers. Born and raised in the South, she lives in Asheville, NC.
VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT FROM THE POTTERY HOUSE CAFE & GRILLE
If you are in the Old Mill area, please plan to enjoy a special Valentine’s Day dinner at the Pottery House Cafe & Grille, where you’ll be able to order Chocolate Respberry Heart Cakes for dessert. Each table will be set with a complimentary hand-thrown, artisan pottery heart bowl from Pigeon River Pottery; each bowl will have 2 chocolate-covered strawberries made in the Old Mill Candy Kitchen. Our pottery bowl with strawberries is our Valentine’s gift to Pottery House Cafe & Grille customers.