Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of the holiday I wanted to post these heart-shaped linzer sandwich cookies that I made for the Animal Acres Valentine’s Bake Sale yesterday.  I’ve been wanting to test this recipe out for a while now, and the bake sale gave me the perfect excuse to try them out.

These were really tasty – just the right amount of sweetness from the raspberry jam and powdered sugar.  They also had a light spiciness and great flavor from the almond meal.  I’m going to wait to post the recipe until I can tweak it just a bit though, so stay tuned.  I just want to streamline it so that it reads more clearly for you guys.

Ryan’s parents were in town over the weekend, and since they’re animal lovers and were also loving the amazing weather we had over the weekend, we headed up to Acton to soak up some sunshine and hang out with the farm animals.  We weren’t the only ones enjoying the beautiful day, as you can see in the photo above.

Looks pretty heavenly to me.  Check out the smiles on those faces!  We were also able to pet the cows, turkeys, chickens, goats and burros.  Here’s a shot of Ryan’s dad petting the burros – I think this one is Pinto?

It was a really fun day, and I think that Ryan’s parents enjoyed interacting with all of the animals.  As hard as it can be to hear what some of these animals have been through (which of course reminds you of what animals just like them endure), it’s wonderful to see them happily interacting with visitors and just enjoying life.

While Ryan and I aren’t very into Valentine’s Day (though I do love a good excuse to cook and bake, of course), we were both so grateful to be able to spend the weekend with loved ones.  We don’t get to see our families as often as we’d like to, so any time we get with them is really special to us.  I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and are able to spend some quality time with the people you love!

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6 Responses to “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

  1. Happy Valentines Day! The cookies look delicious!! I posted a meatless Monday recipe today featuring your vegan chili…which we LOVE!! A new staple in our house!! I added links to your fabulous site too!! Thanks so much for all the amazing recipes you share!!

  2. Hi, Jen! You’re more than welcome – so glad you like the chili!

  3. I was there and saw those beautiful cookies! I was going to buy one but I had just crammed my face with a cupcake and almond brittle and I didn’t wait to have a sugar seizure. Were you there earlier in the day? I was there later on.

  4. Holy crap these are gorgeous! If it weren’t almost midnight I would consider making some. Maybe tomorrow?

    I also envy wherever it is you live that is THIS warm today.

  5. These look absolutely stunning! yum! I’m looking forward to when you post the recipe :-)


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