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A Sweet Heart


happy day y’all

Today is a great day to spread some love to your family, your friends, your special person and most importantly (and most often overlooked) yourself.

How are you celebrating? Who are you celebrating with? How much chocolate have you had before breakfast?

my answers

  • work then a manicure…pink!
  • skype date with DJ later
  • none yet…but the day is still young

I am thankful for the many sources …


of love and support…


in my life…


and I today I plan to let them all know just how much they mean to me.

Valentines day came a few nights early in the J household since Danny was on the road for work Monday morning.  We both enjoy cooking and preparing a special meal is a great way to spend some quality time together.

In my opinion, no meal valentine’s is complete with out some sweets for your sweetheart or a sweet heart for your sweetheart.





french almond cake from the newlyweds cookbook


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, ground in food processor plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • a cake pan, greased with the bottom lined with parchment


  • Put butter, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl and add ground almonds, flour, milk then beat with electric mixer or whisk. it should be very light and fluffy and it took quite a bit of mixing with my whisk attachment on the kitchenaid to get that way. spoon into pan.
  • Sprinkle remaining slivered almonds on top and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Serve with whip cream and berries


The cake was super decadent and eggy and reminded me of an almond french toast. I would be interested to see how it would turn out substituting some of the eggs for whites. Maybe next year…