First, two Valentine’s stories. My grandparents were married on Valentines Day. She was divorced (quite a scandal in 1937.) He got left at the alter and was miserable. The two of them had been friends for a while.
He said to my grandmother, “I want to get married and have children. You are lonely after your divorce. If you marry me and have my children, I will take care of you for the rest of your life. We are friends, we will learn to love each other.” They were married on Valentine’s Day, and my dad was born 8 months and 29 days later. They were married 62 years when my grandpa passed away. She passed a few years later, having missed him terribly every day.
My other grandparents had a story too. He was in his 30′s or early 40′s and had met my great-grandfather somehow. He was invited to dinner, where he met my g-grandfathers rather wild 23 year old daughter. They became friends.
My grandma contacted my grandpa one day and said, “I’m pregnant, he won’t marry me, and I don’t know how to tell my parents.” My grandpa, always a gentleman, thought about it for a few seconds and said, “I’ll marry you. It will be ok.” They married on Feb 13. Why not the 14th? City Hall was available on the 13th.
A few months later she lost the baby. They decided to stay married anyhow. When Pearl Harbor happened, my grandpa joined the Navy and left for the Pacific. She was surprised to learn she was pregnant. My uncle is a Pearl Harbor baby. My mother is a welcome home from the war baby. They were married until my grandma passed at the age of 54 from pancreatic cancer. He never dated or remarried. He said that she was his wife forever.
Somewhere there is a movie of them arriving at out house in the early 70′s. They stand at the bottom of the stairs smiling and wave to the camera. Then my grandpa grabs her butt with one hand and her boob with the other, still smiling for the camera. You can see her blush and giggle. It’s my favorite memory of them.
I always think of them on this day. These people who married, not for love or romance, but for practicality. Love and romance followed, and they were truly devoted to each other. I miss them.
I had today off. I confess to a three hour nap and no exercise. I was really tired, and I still have a cough. I’m honestly afraid of getting sick again, therefore I’m afraid of overdoing it. I’ll get past this.
It was also cold today, I had to turn my heater on. Ok, Florida cold. At 9am it was 59 degrees in my house. No wonder I was cold all morning! I bumped the heat to 63. It didn’t get above 60 outside, and well, I don’t do well below 65 LOL. People outside FL are allowed to laugh and call me names.
Breakfast was bad. Really bad! I ate a condiment for breakfast!!! I thought I would have a couple olives. Sounded really good. One small can later, I was also eating a sleeve of saltines. You’ve got to be kidding me??? What in the world was i thinking? I wasn’t. Total mindless eating. The good news is there are no more crackers in the house, and it wasn’t something like a chocolate cake, or a bag of kettle chips. But still, shame on me.
Skip to dinner, because really, who can eat lunch after all those olives and crackers? I went all gourmet on myself. I never make pretty food, I never take the time. I decided that I am my Valentine this year, and I deserved a nice meal. The cats got a new bag if food, and I had a veggie burger and chips to make.
I broke out the TopChips Kit that I got months ago after hearing someone talk about it. I bought it, then my microwave died, yada yada, today I remembered it.
I sliced up half a small Yukon Gold potato (my favorite) with the slicer that came with it. Perfect slices at 1/32″ thin! I laid them out on the tray and sprinkled with Penzey’s Mural of Flavor spice blend and Florida Seasoned Pepper Blend. I microwaved for three minutes.
Since my microwave is lower wattage, they were kind of wimpy. I decided they needed more time. I let them cool for a few minutes then gave them three more minutes. Them I walked away.
I moved on to my veggie burger fantasy, which I’ve had since Tuesday night. I heated a non stick pan and heated the burger on both sides. Then I toasted the bun, cut side down, in the pan, then the burger again.
I then began construction:
- Bottom bun: dressing (lemon, tahini and garlic) and baby kale.
- Next I added a little dressing on one side of the burger so it would stick to the kale.
- Then I put a little more on top of the burger to stick to half of a Roma tomato.
- Next I added 1/4 of a sliced avocado
- Top bun: a little more dressing to stick to the avocado. Placed it on top. It was HUGE! It was so good I completely forgot I made potato chips! That of course meant Potato Chips for dessert.
I got them out of the microwave and they were perfectly crispy and so good. I’m glad I did the spices before cooking, the wetness of the potato slices made them stick well. I texted the pics to a friend who asked where I got it. Said it looked like it came from a restaurant. Best compliment ever! Of course I had to send my recipes, and tomorrow she’s off to Bed Bath and Beyond for a TopChip Kit. She said she will tell her hubby it’s what he’s giving her for Valentine’s Day.
I enjoyed the chips so much, I sliced the rest of the potato and made another batch with Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming spice blend. OMG, so good. I will take those to lunch tomorrow. I am being strong, I want to eat them NOW!!!
I also had two clementines for dessert.
I really enjoyed my special meal, my time with me and the cats, and texting with friends who were also flying solo this Hallmark Holiday
I hope everyone had a wonderful day!