Valentine’s Day — should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum. The first commercial Valentine’s Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite holidays.
Hearts, roses, and chocolates!
My favorite chocolates … Godiva.
Raspberry or creamy mint …
Years have passed since my first Godiva Valentine… my very first Valentine gift.
It was a surprise from a co-worker.
I will always remember the bright red, heart shaped box filled with THE most delicious candy I had ever tasted.
Since then I have received many Valentine’s from someone very special in my life, my husband.
We will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with dinner and dessert from Sprinkles…my new favorite.
Sprinkles are the most delicious cupcakes… chocolate with with buttercream icing sprinkled with coconut.
You need to experience them and you will fall in love too.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!