Andes Mint Chocolate Cake

I must admit that Valentines Day sneaked up on me this year.  It wasn’t until last night that I realized how close we actually are to the big event and what little work I had done so far to prepare.  Heck, in this house the school party preparation alone is a multi-hour endeavor.

As a result, my Sunday evening was officially sucked into the Valentine vortex of cards, cookies and candy.  Cards for the boys classes, candy for the school time masses, cookies for the parties and a holiday dinner menu to plan and prepare for said mom and dad.  All that being uttered, I couldn’t let the holiday madness escape my grasp without leaving at least one sweet treat in it’s wake.  It is, after all, a day to celebrate love.  Love of family, love of friends and most notably, love of dessert.

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Hearty Lentils and Beans

First off, I want to give a heart felt thank you for all the incredible comments and emails that people sent with regards to Alex.  The fact that you took the time to share your experiences, support and love really touched my heart.  I was especially stirred by the tribute that my friend Julie from Willow Bird Baking did over at her site.  If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and check it out, you should definitely do so.  Her class of 7th graders is one amazing clan of kids.  I had a hard time seeing clearly through all my blubbering and tears, but I know it involved teenage boys dressed in pink and a rainbow tribute from the entire class to Alex.  THIS is why the internet is so incredibly amazing.  People you’ve never even met can lift your spirit and make a difference in your life with the single touch of a button.  Thank you so very much.

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