Amy Rees Anderson

Love Isn’t Love Til You Give It Away

Do you remember how fun Valentine’s Day was when you were a kid? You would spend hours making your cute little cardboard mailbox out of the empty Quaker Oats container or an old shoe box. You would cover it with colored construction paper and then put cute heart stickers on it, and don’t forget the little flag you would attach to the side with one of those metal tacks that let it go up and down when mail was put in your box. Then you would take it to school and put it on the side of your desk and wait with anticipation to see all the valentine cards and candy that was put in by your classmates.

The best thing about Valentine’s Day back then was it wasn’t just about a romantic Valentine – it was about your friends telling you they cared about you. I think we shouldn’t lose sight of that tradition as we become adults. I think we should always make Valentine’s Day about more than just romantic expressions of love. I look at Valentine’s Day as a perfect time to say “I care and I love you” to all of the people in your life. It’s the perfect day to express appreciation for how much they mean to you. I will personally start the holiday off by expressing my love and appreciation to all of you. I think you are amazing and I am happy you are a part of my life 🙂 !

I wanted to share this poem as it’s the perfect reminder for Valentine’s:

A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.

–Oscar Hammerstein

So, Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Single Awareness Day, and Happy President’s Day to all this weekend! How I love the beginning of a long holiday weekend!  Isn’t it exciting! An extra-long weekend to put work aside and focus on your friends and loved ones. It just makes me happy! I hope it makes all of you happy too and I hope you have an amazing weekend.  Now go GIVE THAT LOVE AWAY!

And as my gift to you I am giving away one of my favorite Valentine dessert recipes that is super easy, amazingly good, and heart healthy too!  It’s from the American Heart Association’s Cookbook:

Berry Orange Sauce over Angel Food Cake

This easy sauce is a to-die-for topping over angel food cake

  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 3 ½ cups sliced strawberries (or whole raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Cooking Instructions

In a small saucepan, heat the orange juice over medium heat. Stir in 1 ¾ cups strawberries. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the sugar. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the berries soften. Remove from heat. Stir in the remaining berries. Serve hot or refrigerate until ready to serve.

With love,

Amy

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