As a couple H and I are not particularly big on Valentine’s day.  When we were dating it was too close to our anniversary at the end of January to want to make too big a fuss (and for a lot of the time we were perpetually broke students), and in the almost eight years we’ve been married we’ve refined it until we have a tradition that’s familiar and comfy, and very us.

It is in short, steak.

We skip the cards and other grand romantic gestures and devote all 0f our funds to a truly stunning piece of red meat. This year’s was a Tomahawk Ribeye – one alone fed our family of four with leftovers for lunch on Saturday, and it was amazing and completely melt in the mouth.

Kitty absolutely loved pottering around town on Friday morning, running between red heart shaped balloons tied optimistically to the lampposts and shop signs in the face of ever increasing gusts of wind sending them ducking and diving and straining at their leashes.  She told everyone we met that it was “Vallatye Day” and met each new shop window with an awestruck gasp of “Oooo Mama! Look! Red Hearts! For Vallatye Day!”.

In the face of that much enthusiasm we couldn’t not do something a little special and so we made a special trip to the sweetie shop on our way home for two crucial ingredients, and then while Elma napped, and Kitty defrosted from the morning’s chill curled up under a quilt sucking her thumb and watching Tinkerbell, I (or rather the food processor) whizzed up a batch of lemon cupcakes.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And once they were cooled we set to work.  I iced, and Kitty had full creative control over 11 of the 12.Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

She sprinkled, added Love Hearts and little red icing sugar hearts, and amazingly didn’t eat any of either along the way – although there may have been a few icing coated fingers getting a quick lick at the end!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And her finished creations are gorgeous; utterly over the top with no rhyme or reason other than the very great pleasure of their decorator, and the prettiest Valentine’s, sorry, Vallatye’s, cupcakes I’ve seen in ages.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family lifeSpace for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And that twelfth cake?

Well we couldn’t leave Elma out of the fun could we?

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

So I iced a little bun, put some sprinkles on the table in front of her, and…

… She tucked right in!  Clever girl, after all, what tastes nicer than fresh lemon sponge newly coated in lemon drizzle icing?

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The remainder I’m happy to say, managed to stay intact until H got home to admire them, not least because I shut them in the studio and Kitty can’t open the door very easily, and they made a lovely pudding to round off our favourite meal.

So it seems that just as our family has expanded, so have our traditions.  Valentine’s steak plus cupcakes it is!

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13 Responses to My funny Valentine

  1. Ahhh… Those cupcakes look yum!! What a simple but lovely tradition. A “Vallatye’s” Day you’ll never forget! :-)

  2. Jenny says:

    Ahhh what a precious moment to cherish and capture. The pictures are adorable of your two little sugar lumps. How sweet. Love a good tradition. And those cupcakes look absolutely delicious. I am a big fan of cupcakes. lol Thanks for sharing. #ordinarymoments

  3. Anna-Marie says:

    Yummy!!! They look delicious x

  4. Mmm…they look lovely. #TheOrdinaryMoments

  5. Carin says:

    They do look scrummy! And baking with the kiddos is so much fun.

  6. Eline says:

    Steak and cupcakes sounds like a fantastic Valentines to me! The cupcakes really are cute, and I love that K decorated them herself.

  7. Ah lovely! We might just have to nick your steak idea :)

  8. I love that she says Vallatye’s, so cute. Love your tradition of steak and those cupcakes look yum!

  9. They look fab Carie, and very Valentines-esq. Your story about the steak made me laugh as that always used to be our special occasion dish as well. The last couple of years we have got out of the habit but I think next date night I need to suggest a good old steak! x

  10. Karen says:

    Aaahhh lovely to get the children involved. They look fab x

  11. chantelle says:

    Big steak lovers in this house too, if anyone ever says I can pick anything I want to eat its Steak! Yours sounds amazing, my mouth is literally watering just thinking about it haha!
    Love the pics of the girls decorating the cake they look like they are having lots of fun :) x

  12. katie says:

    Ah these are so lovely :) looked delicious too! x

  13. Lyn says:

    How utterly perfect :-)