Be someone’s Valentine

In the opening of the movie, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, the main character gives the opinion that Valentines Day is a “holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.”

For a long time, I agreed with this sentiment and refused to celebrate.  “I don’t need a declared day to show my love”, I protested.  “I won’t give in to another commercially fabricated holiday”, I cried.

Through the years I softened my view on this a bit.  Valentines Day isn’t just a day for romantic love.  It’s a time when people wonder about the hearts of others and themselves.  If you’ve ever been to a children’s class Valentine party, you’ve no doubt observed how each card exchanged is carefully read and cherished.  People are nicer to each other in general.

A little sweetness is never a bad thing, people, so get on out there and FEEL THE LOVE.

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lemon coconut macaroons

1-14 ounce package flaked coconut, preferable unsweetened

4 large egg whites

1/2 cup slivered almonds

3/4 cup unrefined sugar

1 tsp lemon zest

1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine everything except the egg whites.  Add the egg whites to this mixture, combining well.

Form balls from approximately 2 tsp of dough and drop onto prepared cookie sheet.  You can use a cookie scoop, but I use my hands to shape the balls (this can get a little sticky).  You don’t have to space them much on the cookie sheet, as they will not spread.

Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until cookies are set and starting to brown a little on the tops.  Remove from oven and cool completely.

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Side note:  At Christmas time, I make a variation of these cookies called inside-out Almond Joy cookies.  Simply omit the almonds from the mix.  unwrap a bag of Hershey almond kisses and mold the coconut dough around each kiss, forming a ball. Make sure the dough is firmly snug around the kiss.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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