the Grinch that stole Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2013
Grandmother's sugar cookies


I’m just not sure about Valentine’s Day.

I really like the concept of celebrating love. I don’t believe there’s anything more important. I’m big on love. Really big. I subscribe to the belief that it’s the reason for our existence – no matter how difficult it might be to find, to understand, and hold onto.

But Valentine’s Day seems more about over-processed confectionery,  lousy chocolate, cheesy cards, tacky lingerie, and roses imported from half-way around the world. A long way from love.

I think commercialization might just be the Grinch that stole Valentine’s Day.

So instead of all the hype – I’m reading poetry and making sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. This is the recipe (below) that I’ve been using since my daughters, now grown-up and moved out (I carry your hearts with me) were toddlers. We made these cookies for every special occasion – even the no-name special occasions – like when we needed a batch of summer butterflies or mid-winter dinosaurs – and we have the best collection of dinosaur cookie cutters going.

This week I’m thinking about some of the people I’ve loved, who for whatever reason, aren’t here with me. I’m carrying them in my heart. Thank you Edward Estlin Cummings…

I carry your heart with me ~ e.e. cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)…………

Best Ever Sugar Cookies 

recipe from Grandma Mechefske

2/3 cup butter or margarine

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 tbsp milk

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

dash salt

Beat together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla, egg, and milk and continue beating for one minute. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Chill if you have time and inclination. Otherwise turn onto a lightly floured surface and roll out (not too thin). Cut into shapes and bake at 350 °F for about ten minutes or until just starting to brown. Cool and ice with your favourite icing. (The icing in the hearts above is just icing sugar and a little cream.)

Makes a couple of dozen.

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  • Reply An Embarrassment of Freedom February 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I’m going to try these..but oddly enough…I’m going to try and find bat cutters for shape as my son’s cast is doing the play Bat Boy ( a musical) in London Ont next week and these would be fun for the cast and crew… I put in some heart shapes too! ( My son loves sugar cookies,has fond memories of our neighbour making them for him)
    thanks for the recipie!

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      So welcome. Your son’s play sounds like fun – I hope it goes really well and I’m sure the cast and crew will appreciate your home-made goodies. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!

  • Reply fleurdeselsf February 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Beautiful post!

  • Reply christinajane February 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Love should be celebrated everyday. Certainly not just on the pink and fluffy, heart-shaped junk food day that North America calls the day of love.

  • Reply petit4chocolatier February 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Beautiful! Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

  • Reply Elly February 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day mum! Love this post – very true (and it applies to more than just Valentine’s day).
    Thank you for the cookies – SO YUMMY!!!!
    Love you

  • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Sweetpea!!! love love love you.

  • Reply jam-jams – good for the soul « a taste of wintergreen February 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    […] So there’s absolutely no excuse for what I am about to post.  Except that, I had left over sugar cookie dough and leftover icing from my Valentine’s Day post – “the Grinch that stole Valentine’s Day.” […]

  • Reply Maria Dernikos February 19, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I loved your cookies and your grandmothers name and the poem – it made me go and look E E Cummings up.

    • Reply A Taste of Wintergreen February 19, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thank you – how sweet. I’m so glad you looked up EE Cummings – he wrote some beautiful poetry but “I Carry Your Heart” is a favourite of mine.

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