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Some people get depressed by Valentines Day, but not me. Maybe because it didn’t mean romance as much as it meant romantic for me; we can be romantic just because we want to anytime we like. I like romantic styles and thought making homemade valentines with paper doilies and pretty flower stickers was so much fun as a kid. I liked cupcakes that my mom made with strawberry cream cheese icing and red cinnamon hearts, and later I baked my own. And whether I bought it for myself, or someone bought it for me I adored boxes of chocolates on Valentines Day. It is the chocolate that counts, and stores go all out to provide so many choices. If I waited until just after Valentines Day: Bonanza!

I always thought conversation hearts were cheery, even long after I stopped eating them (just extra sugar without much flavor if you ask me). However, they still say sweet innocent romance and friendship to me. Zazzle sells stamps that would be perfect for sending off Valentines. And I thought I’d pick some random things to say “Happy Valentines Day” which is coming up sooner than you know it.

Bake any flavor cupcake you like from your favorite recipe or cake mix. Use the following recipe for cream cheese icing and add strawberry jam for a pretty pink color.

Cheesecake Icing:
* 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Add the strawberry jam at this point.

Always refrigerate cream cheese icing šŸ™‚
Decorate with hearts: cinnamon or candy hearts