I’ll admit it: I’m a hopeless romantic.  I love long dresses, and walks on the beach, and holding hands, and candlelight and… flowers.  I’ll happily buy them for myself to put around the house, but being given flowers–one of those timeless gestures of romance–just melts my heart.  Which is why I was touched to receive these yesterday from my “gentleman caller”.  Aren’t they pretty?

Pink Tulips

I like putting flowers into simple containers because it gives them a rustic feel, and also ensures that nothing distracts from their beauty.  Of course, I say that now, but it might just be because I don’t really have any vases sitting around the house.  But it’s a good excuse for keeping empty, clean jars around to use for such situations.  (Or for drinking glasses, if you’re feeling especially kitschy).

“Homemade” Truffles

Gourmandise Truffles

Last Friday, I went to a cooking class at Gourmandise Desserts with my boyfriend and a friend from work.  It was a lot of fun.  If anyone is interested in cooking French desserts, you might want to give their class schedule a look!

During the course of the three-hour class, we learned how to make truffles, toffee, and marshmallows.  Not bad, right?  Everyone was sent home with boxes of treats, a book of recipes, and some priceless knowledge.  (For example: makes sure that if you decide to mix your toffee with a spatula, that the spatula is heatproof.  Whoops!)

The picture of the final result really doesn’t do the truffles justice.  They look pretty nice in person!  Still, it gives you an idea of what they’re like… right?