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Some Love.

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on February 14, 2011

Valentine’s day. It’s always been a fun day. Elementary school was by far the best. It was a weeklong event. Making mailboxes, creating valentines and labouring over what words would be sent to each person. We would celebrate with the class as we handed out our valentines and enjoyed the heart shaped treats. Butterflies filled my stomach as I read through the loot. Would the boy I liked like me back? Would it be painfully evident in the way he wrote his name? Not quite, but I know I was oblivious to if anyone liked me, and I’m sure the boys were the same.

These days, it seems this day is either a huge thing, a defiant choice, or a mess of joy, confusion, beauty and friendship. For me? It’s a day to remember those I love in my life. I know it’s a greeting card holiday and all that, but I see nothing wrong with having a little extra chocolate and enjoying the company of those you love.

No recipe here today – I’ve been back at school. They’ve been short weeks, but between that and gettingĀ The Kitchen Generation going, I haven’t had much energy to bake new things. There’s no shortage of sweet treats around the web, so I’m just going to share a few things that make my body happy. Some things I love. After all, Valentine’s day is about those that you love, including yourself.

I love beautiful dates, in the sunshine. Naturally sweet, and wonderful.

I love standing under the trees on a frigid day, admiring the sunlight in the shelter. I love the way these trees hold up the snow.

I love the fact that with these vitamins and medications in me, my body works better. One of them even tastes like chocolate, which is always a great bonus!

I love cracking the eggs, a move that comes second nature.

I love that when there are eggs, it typically means I’m baking.

I love each moment in the kitchen.

I love the comfort of a familiar recipe. This was my lemon cake. Simple, lovely.

I love celebrating with friends.

I love having the energy.

I love sharing laughs and memories.

I love lighting candles for no particular reason and watching the flame glimmer in the light.

I love arriving home to fresh-baked banana bread.

I love you, Mom. And I love that you quickly click away from any recipe that’s missing the whole grains.

I love that my brother will eat half the loaf between his practices as he grows.

I love that it nourrishes all of our bodies, and our tastebuds too.

I love chocolate, and that it’s almost always gone and savoured before a photo can be made.

I love writing in this space.

I love the warm fuzzies I get from reading your comments, emails and everything else, even when I’m terribly behind on all of it.

I love my friends, who have been here through thick and thin. You guys rock, exponentially.

I love my crazy brother. I love my encouraging Dad. I love my incredible-yet-hard-to-choose-just-one-adjective Mom.

I love that you come here to visit, bake and everything else.

I love taking photos, soaking up new music, getting flour all over the kitchen.

I love that there is no way to capture all of this goodness in a few short sentences, and there never will be.

Those are just a few of the many things that are lighting up my heart this Valentine’s Day. I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful day and have an even better year, filled with love. I would adore hearing what things are filling your life with love at this moment.


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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

mpv61 February 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I’m so glad you’re back at school. My Valentine’s Day wish for you is that you’ll continue to have the energy to do all you wish to do.

Jean Layton February 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Awesome, just awesome that you can be so grateful for all you have.
Thanks so much for reminding me of the simple joys. And so glad you have returned to school even if it is short days.

Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) February 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I love that you have the energy, persistence, and good-heartedness to smile, even when you haven’t been feeling well. It makes me so happy to see you smiling, even if it’s just through the words on this screen. We’ll have to Skype one of these days so that I can see your face again :-) Love to your mom, too! xo M

Mairi @ Toast February 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm

A lovely & original posting for Valentine’s.

Heather @Gluten-Free Cat February 15, 2011 at 7:45 am

Thanks so much for sharing such a precious Valentines post. I’m an elementary school teacher, so I haven’t missed making a Valentine box and cards since I was 4 years old! It’s my favorite part about this holiday. (Ok, that and chocolate.)

rd February 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I’d love to have that banana bread recipe

Olga @ MangoTomato February 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

what a sweet post!!! it’s nice to have people and things to love.

as far as dates go, have you tried them stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon and put under a broiler? AMAZING.

Lauren | Celiac Teen February 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm

rd, Mom has been trying out a few recipes, and I hope to play around with them soon. This one isn’t perfect, but when I have a great one I’ll share it here :).

Olga, that sounds wonderful! I’ll have to try it soon.

Iris February 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

What a wonderful post, Lauren. I often skip these types of posts…you know, the ones without recipes…but sometimes I stop to read, and this was definitely worth it. You reminded me of all the wonderful things in my life. It kind of made me want to write my own list of things I love…not necessarily on my blog, but just a little list in my journal as a reminder for hard days.

Ashley February 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Thanks for this wonderful list filled with such lovely things. You reminded me of the importance to take a moment to think about all there is to love in this life. You are wise beyond your years.

The Teenie Foodie February 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

Gorgeous post, this is really inspiring and a LOVE-ly post for valentines day. The little moments are the most important in life.
I love waking up at 6:00am to a quiet house and eating a warm breakfast in the silence of my kitchen :-)
Can’t wait for more recipes!

Teenie Foodie

A Canadian Foodie February 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

I was so excited today to see your site linked on Michael Ruhlman’s site. Did you know that you were there?
What an extraordinary compliment to you!
Bravo for the Canadian Blog Award winnings, too!

lauren @ spiced plate February 21, 2011 at 7:22 am

I’m so glad I found your site — as a fellow Lauren blogging gluten free, it’s so nice to come to a blog where I can eat all the food that’s shown. Congrats on the Kitchen Generation, by the way — what a lovely project!

Kiara February 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I love watching as my childhood friend starts her climb to stardom in the food world.

I love the fact that she’s too modest to call it “stardom”.

I love reading her Tweets–while I’m busy updating a meagre handful of people on my bizarre paranormal theories and unexpectedly obscene google search results, she’s busy sharing her warm, peaceful and compassionate nature with hundreds of others, via snippets from her everyday life that are simple, poetic and profound all at once.

Cheers, Lauren McMillan. Though we may not see as much of each other any more, I still want you to know that you’re a breath of fresh air in this artificial world.

Delishhh February 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

What a great post. I need to do some of these without recipes. But i never know what to write about :)

Kristen March 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm

This is a favorite of mine too, Lauren. So much to be thankful for and to love. You have a lot of talent, girl… keep up the great work!

Julie March 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

What a brilliantly written post! as always, though! xo

Julie March 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

PS YOU are filling my heart with love at this moment!

Claire May 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

What a great post!! You are a great writer! I totally felt the joy in each sentence. I experience joy in similar places too! :)

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