If you are a Facebook friend, then you already know what I generally think of Valentine’s Day. Quoting my own bad self: “True love is not expressed by means of obligatory gifts on a specific calendar day mandated by the greeting card industry.” I stand by those words, although I may just end up eating them!
What’s even better, we will be able to visit “our goat” (named Justin) at the California location after we move and we are living close enough to do so. I can’t think of any better way to express love than to express it through a compassionate and selfless act. I ♥ that man I am married to!
Duty calls and J is working late tonight, so I have the entire day and most of the night to do whatever I want (which, as it turns out, is nothing). Rather than mope or whine about his job ruining my plans again, I am simply going to enjoy the evening off from cooking (and dishes)!
I started the day with a truly minimal effort breakfast of blood oranges purchased at the Pike Place Market on Seattle’s waterfront. The heart-shaped plate made it seem fancy!
Even the greyt boy was feeling festive this morning; maybe it’s the red Valentine cookies that he has indulged in lately? Actually, I just do this sort of thing to torture J. The man is opposed to people dressing up their dogs for any reason other than purely utilitarian reasons, such as protection from the cold, rain, snow. Obviously, we have dismissed that silly notion.
Anyway, I made the girl some quick (and ridiculously easy) fudge for a special after school treat. I don’t recall where the original recipe came from (other than I once scribbled it out on the back of an old envelope). I have since “veganized” it by using non-dairy chocolate chips and non-dairy cream cheese. Since I was making an effort myself (hey, if the dog can do it . . . ) to be festive, I used small heart cookie cutters to shape the fudge after it had been refrigerated.
After all this talk about how stupid Valentine’s Day is and our agreement that we would celebrate the day with a selfless act and not succumb to the commercialism of it all (blah, blah, blah), there is a knock at the door this morning. For me?!
So, after I finish eating my words for dinner (solo), I think I will sprawl out on the couch in my oldest pair of sweatpants and my favorite ratty t-shirt and watch my all-time favorite chick flick: Bridget Jones Diary. And, of course: eat the leftover fudge. Sounds like an almost-perfect evening to me, even if it is man-less!
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1 8-ounce package Tofutti non-hydrogenated cream cheese
1 16-ounce bag organic powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
Line an 8-inch square Pyrex dish or metal pan with parchment or wax paper (I learned this one the hard way!); set aside.
Place the cream cheese in the food processor and blend until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and the vanilla bean paste; process again until smooth.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler and then pour the melted chocolate into the cream cheese mixture and process again until smooth.
Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and refrigerate until firm. Pull the fudge out of the pan by the wax paper and cut it into small pieces.
Store the leftover fudge (yeah, sure!) in the refrigerator in a sealed container.