It is the week of L-O-V-E! And you know what? I couldn't care less about Valentine's Day, honestly.
I know, I am such a February Grinch.
But you know all those years that you didn't have somebody to celebrate with except your girlfriends, going out together pretending that you would rather be with them than with some hot dude, all knowing you were lying to each other, but for the sake of the holiday, that lie must go on? Yeah, that was me. Forever. And so at some point between passing out little grocery-store cards in elementary school and getting dressed up to
Of course, now I have my Valentine, and a forever one at that. It does make the day seem a little more appealing... except all those people all trying to make dinner reservations for the same night, and all those expectations of roses and candy and cards and... AH! It makes my head hurt. Besides, Valentine's Day is celebrated on a completely different day in Brazil, so my husband would never even remember anyway.
But you know what we do remember, every single year? President's Day.
Think about it: no crowds and you (or at least WE) get the whole day off, and it is close enough to V-day that you don't feel totally like a love-grinch. And so, we celebrate President's Day. I know, how romantic. ;)
In the spirit of President's Day - slash - Valentine's Day (for the rest of you), I give you kinda-red velvet cupcakes with no artificial coloring. Ta-da!
For Sundays with Joy this week we were supposed to make her red velvet marble cake. That sounded good and all, but I really wanted cupcakes, and not marbly ones. And all that food coloring really just turned me off. So I set out to see what I could do instead. Google kindly informed me that beets were my go-to pigment changer and I just so happened to have some in the fridge, straight from the farmer's market. Even though I didn't follow Joy's recipe, she did inspire me to create one that is amazing. Very little sugar, no added colors, and a most-excellent taste. PERFECT. And just in time to celebrate President's Day... or Valentine's Day, if you are into that sort of thing. :)
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