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Valentine's Day Kisses

February 9, 2011

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. It's brutally cold out there this week and I'm doing my best to keep things warm and cozy without cranking the heat. It is a luxury, I must say, to feel warm for a stretch of time, and I don't take it for granted. The thermostat is a point of contention for Mr. Sundberg and I, so I keep it moderate, bake more, and light a lot of candles. Except once in a while when he's out of town. Then I crank it and enjoy a good blast of heat.

Don't get me wrong. We don't argue much at all, and when we do, it's arguing, not fighting. It's good to have healthy conflict every now and then, and when it's not a competition it can be almost enjoyable. Almost. Conflict clarifies one's convictions, and when, at day's end, you can lay it all aside and snuggle up to watch a movie or cook a good meal together, things feel complete. You've disagreed, made your points, and acknowledged a difference in opinion. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all agreed on everything? Dull, if you ask me, and lacking aliveness.

Someone once said that compatibility rests in sharing the same fundamental beliefs. I'm not sure what defines "fundamental beliefs", but I'm thinking it has a lot to do with the kind of lives we want to live, common thoughts about a higher power, and general similarities in how each regards the world. Thing like that. If, together, you've got all of that in sync, things like socks on the floor, how the lawn is mowed, what kind of dishes you're going to buy, how to spend vacation time, and the general temperature of the house aren't such large issues.

It's not easy being human. It's even less easy being human with someone else. Takes a lot of patience and discernment and forgiveness and love. Energy. That's why we have things like coffee and chocolate and flowers. To keep it all going, that energy of aliveness, don't you know.

Here's a sweet recipe I'm whipping up for Valentine's Day. Pretty simple, and nothing like chocolate and cherries mingling on the palate.

Valentine's Day Kisses

1 c. butter, softened

1 c. powdered sugar

2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice

1 tsp. almond extract

a few drops of red food coloring

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped

48 Hershey's kisses

Heat oven to 350. Combine butter, powdered sugar, cherry juice, almond extract and food coloring. Blend and add flour, salt and cherries and mix well. Form dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 minutes. Remove. Press a Hershey's Kiss into each cookie. Return to oven for 30-60 seconds. Makes 48.

Enjoy!

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