February 15, 2011

Happy St. Valentine's Day, and a recipe for chocolate whipped cream

Valentine's Day 2011 was marked with lots o' crafts, lots o' toddlers, and lots o' love.

Saturday night Andy and I dined at our favorite restaurant in DC. We don't go often, but it is the place we gravitate to when we've got something special to celebrate. The Tuscan Italian menu is amazing, and the prosciutto casalingo coi panserotti (prosciutto and Florentine bread fritters) alone, are well worth the trip--not to mention the tagliatelle fresche con funghi e piselli. We almost died and went to heaven during our three hour meal. And we hit a new parent milestone by staying out past midnight, something we haven't done since Roscoe was born. I even managed to squeeze my finger into my wedding bands for the occasion.

Sunday morning we exchanged cards and gifts with Roscoe, then prepared all the fixin's for ice cream sundaes--the main event for that afternoon's annual Bradley Babies Valentine's Day party. We made hot fudge, vanilla whipped cream, chocolate whipped cream, and strawberry sauce. If you've never made chocolate whipped cream, you must. Here's the recipe:

1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons sugar (use granulated if you want to eat it right away, use powdered if you plan to store it for a while)
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Mix at medium speed until the cream begins to thicken, then whip it on medium/high speed until the cream reaches the desired consistency. (makes 2 cups)

After all that, it was still only 8:00 in the morning and we were feeling creative so Roscoe painted frames for his Grandma and Tippy.

After nap we were off to celebrate St. Valentine with our favorite toddler valentines. One of the moms brought a craft--more picture frames(!!)--and I was thrilled to finally be the recipient of one of Roscoe's works of art.

After the kids exchanged their valentines, we attempted to catch a group shot and they were downright uncooperative! The outtakes are hilarious, but this is the best shot I captured.

Check out last year's Valentine's Day event, when the kids were just nine months old.


  1. I love his little shirt & I think that homemade craft gifts are the best things ever too!!

  2. OMG! I'm in love with his valentines tie T-shirt! Looks like you guys had so much fun celebrating Valentines day. And I am SO VERY impressed that you stayed out until after midnight! Did you feel like you got hit by a truck the next day?! I've only done that a handful of times since LJ was born, usually for weddings and whatnot, but it always takes me a couple of day to recover after (and no, I wasn't drinking, lol!).

  3. Love the post! That Italian restaurant menu made my mouth water. Crazy to look back and the see the difference a year makes with our tykes :) They were just as uncooperative during the photo shoot! I am REALLY looking forward to next year's valentine's party... their little personalities will be more "mature."


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