Will You Be My Valentine (Again)?

Monday, February 11, 2013


No, I did not fall off the face of the earth.   Although, there were times in the past month that  I felt like jumping off.  Ever since the Holidays, Chez SCGG has been a hotbed of disease and dysfunction, governed by Murphy’s Law.  We didn’t even have our Christmas tree down when the first of us fell.  Fever, chills and unspeakable gastrointestinal maladies gripped Mr. SGCC like a pit bull with a meaty bone.  Poor Mini-SGCC  was the next to succumb to that ghastly flu.  No sooner did she begin to bounce back when Mr. SGCC  went down again.  And then, it was my turn. 

Added to the mix was the discovery of some major household repairs that needed to be made. Oy!  Things were pretty stressful around here, to say the least!  So stressful in fact, that I resumed an old habit of grinding my teeth in my sleep – which caused me to crack a tooth and require dental surgery. The fun never ends here, folks.  Even the dog got sick! 


Needless to say, cooking, baking and blogging were not high on my list of priorities.  Even if they had been, I was too darn sick and exhausted to do much about it.  My spirit was willing, but my body  wanted no part of it.  Oh, and did I mention that I was limited to soft, mushy foods for two weeks because of the whole broken tooth thing?  Yeah.  That too.

The funny thing about inactivity is that it breeds more inactivity.  The less you do, the less you feel like doing.    As things piled up around me, I became overwhelmed.    So, I hid.  I hid from the dried, shedding branches of  the once majestic Noble fir in the living room.  I hid from the makeshift gift wrapping station that needed to be turned back into my “photography studio”.  I hid from the pile of gifts that needed to be sorted through and put away.  And, I hid from you too, dear readers.   I wanted to bake, shoot, write and post.  I really, really did.  But, I just couldn’t drag myself out of my lethargic flu and stress induced haze long enough to do it.   I contemplated giving up.  Sigh…


Then, I thought about the five years we’ve shared:  the highs and lows; the laughs and tears; the triumphs and the disasters.  I considered all of the blood, sweat and love that went into crafting over 500 posts here on SGCC!    And then, I realized how much richer my life was because of it – because of you.   So I put on my big girl panties, got my house back in order and found my way into the kitchen.  I can’t promise perfection, but I swear on all that is buttercream, I’m trying, people.  I’m trying.

So, with Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, I ask you this:   Will you be my Valentine (again)?


In case the answer is yes, I have lots of decadent chocolate goodies to tempt you with while I’m busy working on some new recipes.    After all, nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day better than chocolate.   Well…  except maybe a flawless, 5-carat, Princess cut diamond solitaire set in platinum.  Diamonds are forever, you know.  But, chocolate tastes a whole lot better. Smile


Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Roasted Strawberry-Balsamic Swiss Buttercream and Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze


Chocolate Pavlova Torte with Raspberry Dream Cream


Speculoos Cookie Butter Cups


White and Dark Chocolate Pots de Crème


45 Stories High Java Fudge Ice Cream Pie


Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


Passion Fruit Soufflé with bittersweet Chocolate Sauce


Homemade Chocolate Truffles


One Bowl Brownies


Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream


Homemade 100 Grand Bars

 Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

16 responses to Will You Be My Valentine (Again)?

  1. On February 11, 2013 at 2:31pm, Abbe@This is How I Cook said...

    Been there. Still there. I always think of the words Winston Churchill said. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” I’m still going but it is not easy. I keep telling myself this too shall pass. In the meantime at least I have food and your great sweets to keep me somewhat focused! Thanks!

  2. On February 11, 2013 at 2:36pm, kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts said...

    I’m glad to see that you’ve emerged and are getting back to your normal routines.
    I look forward to seeing even more goodies than you shared today.

  3. On February 11, 2013 at 3:13pm, Sherri said...

    Glad to see you back!!! I’m sorry everyone’s been so sick…. Thanks for the yummy pictures!!!

  4. On February 11, 2013 at 3:37pm, Rosa said...

    I’m so sorry to hear about your tooth and dog…

    This is a wonderful list of Valentine’s Day treats.



  5. On February 11, 2013 at 3:51pm, Angela said...

    Now I know why i get so excited everytime I see you in my email list. Your recipes and photographs are incredible….so sorry you have had so many problems and illness at your home. Hopefully, this means that you got all the bad karma out of the way early on in the new year. Soon….

  6. On February 11, 2013 at 4:02pm, cherie said...

    Oh honey what a new year from purgatory that was! Glad you’re coming out from under it – I can full well imagine how overwhelming it all must have been!

    Glad you’re on the mend – you’ve now used up your sick quota for 2013 – awesome – only place to go is UP!

  7. On February 11, 2013 at 5:28pm, Susan said...

    Thank you guys! It’s good to be back. :)

  8. On February 11, 2013 at 5:32pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    I could never dessert you! (Not after seeing those desserts). I am your loyal worshipper for life!

    • On February 11, 2013 at 7:49pm, Susan said...

      Aww, shucks, Rachel! Thanks! 😀

  9. On February 11, 2013 at 7:58pm, nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

    hope to see you start posting here again once you are up to it. glad you are sticking around! love your posts

  10. On February 11, 2013 at 9:36pm, Phyllis Kirign said...

    Welcome back. Glad you’re feeling better. I pretty much went through the same thing. Haven’t posted since the beginning of the year. Hoping to get back in business but I’m obviously out of practice. I just learned a lesson: Never pour cheesecake batter into a paper cup.

  11. On February 11, 2013 at 11:11pm, Jayne said...

    Aww.. I was wondering. Hope you get much much better. There is always a silver lining around a cloud. Take good care, people of SGCC land.

  12. On February 12, 2013 at 12:15am, Vicki Bensinger said...

    Oh goodness, we should have been talking on the phone. I was literally sick from December 22nd until January 26th. I first got food poisoning, then just when I was getting better I caught a horrible cold. That went away but my stomach still wasn’t back to normal from the food poisoning when my husband came down with the flu and we had to cancel a trip, then I got the flu. I have to tell you, i’m still not 100% and so tired of it. I’ve barely posted on my blog either and the thought of food sometimes makes me sick to my stomach.

    Hopefully this is no indication of what the rest of 2013 will be like. I hope you’re back to yourself real soon and I hope I am as well.

    Beautiful desserts. Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  13. On February 12, 2013 at 9:42am, LizA said...

    Oh yes, this has been the season for illness, hasn’t it?
    Welcome back. Those pictures and links are totally swoon-worthy any day 😀

  14. On February 13, 2013 at 1:42am, Elizabeth - SugarHero! said...

    Oh my gosh, that sounds deadly! My friends who’ve gotten the flu this year have wished for sweet death instead…it is no joke. So glad that you seem to be on the upswing. Also glad that you posted that passion fruit souffle picture, it’s got my name all over it!

  15. On February 13, 2013 at 10:21am, Lucy said...

    Welcome back! I’m very tempted by all those chocolate goodies, the pavlova in particular looks delicious – love the bright pink raspberry cream.

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