Wow. I don't know what to say, but that I am blessed with a wonderful husband and fabulous friends. There are so many adjectives I could use here, but it suffices to say that I feel so loved.
This post might not begin far from the facebook status updates, tweets, and blog posts from many other happy and in-love husbands, wives, friends, children, or parents over the past few days. After all, most of us celebrated love on Monday.
This two-part celebration of love is enough for me to express how blessed I am, what a wonderful husband I have, and how much I love and am loved by him. But I cannot leave it there. I have to tell you about Sunday night.
You see, on Sunday night, we were invited to a birthday celebration for a friend. It was a surprise party, and there were a few glitches with the timing of the event, but we finally arrived, pulled our cameras out and went to join the others in anticipation for the birthday girl to arrive. I came around the corner to join my friends who I knew were waiting in the living room, and SURPRISE!, the birthday party was for me! I was completely blown away. One of my friends, a fabulous artist, painted a "Belle of the Kitchen" sign; everyone prepared a recipe from the blog (recipes posted below); and best of all, I was so honored by all of these sweet friends who took their time to bless me (not to mention messages, texts, and cards from those near and far). Yes, I am honored and blessed, and feel so completely loved, and the older I am, the more I realize and appreciate this.
With all of this love around, I wanted to share with you a recipe that expresses the same. This Strawberry Almond Dream Cream is a sweet treat to share with those whom you love, whether you are celebrating Valentine's day, a Birthday, or just love, in general. It is best served the day it is prepared.
Strawberry Almond Dream Cream
Adapted from The Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook
1 1/4 teaspoon plain gelatin
3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup amaretto
1 cup half & half
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
4 strawberries, sliced
Strawberries and Basil or Mint sprigs, for garnishing
In a small bowl, whisk together the gelatin, milk, and amaretto.
In a small saucepan, combine the half & half and sugar. Heat to about 175 degrees (when you can just see steam rising from the pan, but not to a full simmer). Remove from the heat and whisk into the amaretto mixture until combined. Whisk in the extracts.
Divide the sliced strawberries among four parfait or martini glasses. Pour the warm mixture over the strawberries and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. Garnish with a strawberry and basil sprig just before serving.
This is best served on the day it is prepared, particularly when it is just set and very tender.
Want to know what my friends prepared for my surprise birthday party? Here are the recipes:
Aniversary Shrimp and Grits
Mixed Green Salad with Pecans, Goat Cheese and Fruit
Peanut-Peanut Butter Brownies