sweet treats for my valentine

day just for girls – then a sweet recipe to share

It is a girl’s Valentine adventure along the river town — inspiration, laughs and the making of memories! Two stops are tops on our list!  

Mi with filled with inspiring ideas for vintage finds at Rose Mille

Mi filled with inspiring ideas for vintage finds at Rose Mille (modeling fabulous vintage millinery feathers!)


 Mi, owner and designer extraordinaire at Rose Mille, is eager to show off her newly-designed haute couture handbags. With camera in tow, we set up to photo the fabulous bags, but the camera battery is dead! So, more about these amazing handbags another time.

After finding a few not-to-be missed vintage treasures, the girls are off to a romantic gardener’s dream–Camrose Hill! Cindie, gifted designer and owner, is inspiring with her beautiful bouquets that always have an added element of surprise and careful attention to detail.

Victorian Rose Basket for a Valentine

Victorian Rose Basket for a Valentine

Of course, the girls can’t leave without some Valentine’s to share with those they love. One last Valentine just as they say their “good-byes”…Mary offers the girls freshly-baked Valentine sugar cookies for along the road. Who can resist on a girls only adventure?

memories of cut-out Valentine sugar cookies

The sprinkled sugar cookies bring back memories of a tucked away Valentine card I received from my grandparents long ago. Then, I read Karen’s comment on the Valentine’s Wishes post about the card her husband received from his mom. I just had to look for that card from Grandpa and Grandma Marsden. The card is inscribed with a Valentine cookie recipe that I want to share with you–just in case you need to do a last minute Valentine for someone! I am up before Bob, the rooster, looking for the card.

Viola! …I stop in my tracks …and have a growing realization that the card looks quite vintage–something from the era of some things we were looking at on the girl’s Valentine adventure! Oh, my! The little package of red sugar sprinkles is still intact and attached to the inside of the card. The instructions on the package reads, “Make a sweet sugar design on each one.”

Sweet Granddaughter Valentine (c. 1965)

Sweet Granddaughter Valentine (c. 1965)

“real good” Valentine cookies

1/2 cup butter (unsalted)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 farm fresh egg, beaten well

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon of Madagascar vanilla

Cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Add alternately with milk and vanilla. Chill in refrigerator for one hour.

Drop from teaspoon onto lightly- greased cookie sheet or Silpat. Flatten each cookie with bottom of glass covered with damp cloth. (Using a glass with a impressed design on the bottom makes a very pretty cookie.) Decorate with red or pink sugar sprinkles to make a sweet sugar design. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 2 dozen.

I hope that you make a “sweet sugar design”

on the life of someone you meet today.

Happy Valentine’s!

A Valentine Wish for You (c.1893)

A Valentine Wish for You (c.1893)



Filed under Cooking, Family, Uncategorized, Vintage

7 responses to “sweet treats for my valentine

  1. Mom!
    I love your blog! These posts are great!!! I can’t wait to see how this project evolvs.

    Maybe I will make some of those cookies today! Vintage Valantines cookies maybe?

  2. Steven

    The vintage cards and photos you are sharing are very beautiful. Thanks for finding them.

  3. rebekahp

    It sounds like you had such a fun day! I wish I could have gone. Rose Mille and Camrose Hill are such inspiring, fun places! You are lucky to be so close by.

    What great pictures and story. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Edie

    Stillwater wil never be the same! 🙂 I got home with all my treasures and got busy putting the pheasant in the entryroom for Don to see and he thought it was GREAT!!! I have my pink rose in my bathroom – it looks perfect. The ironing board found a home in the gbabies play room. It was fun to have fun new/old stuff… The Easter card has found its place on the mantel in the aluminum basket you gave me 🙂

    I had yesterday off an worked at the Coffee Shop Saturday and Monday.

    I forgot to mention a place you may want to check out…. St.Croix Dry Goods — just up the street in Hudson from Knoke’s Chocolates! They have fabric and antiques… Always fun ribbon.. The owners name is Edie – how weird is that?!?! I bought a beautiful soft pink vase with an oak lef on it I have it in my bathroom with the flowers you had gotten from Camrose Hill 2 weeks ago and does it look great… I had thought about it for Jennifer but decided until the Twinkies get older I best keep it…..

    I’m back a work with the sun shining in and I’m getting my energy charged back up!

    We will have to plan a time for more pictures before 4/19….

    Have a great day!

  5. Dorie D

    I am enjoying exploring your blog. Where was the photo taken of the bridge over the river? I love bridges.

    • debbykay

      Hi Dore,
      Thank you for stopping by for a morning chat! Bridges are a wonderful metaphor aren’t they? They take us over streams and rivers that can be rough to cross…they help us on our journey! I hope that you have joy in your journey today. Love and hugs.

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