Forget flowers and chocolates — a gift that comes from the heart is best. Serenade your sweetie with a mixtape crafted from crooners and rockers alike. This mix has a bit of everything for everyone and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face 🙂

  1. of Montreal – Your Magic Is Working
  2. Billie Holiday – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  3. Weezer – Falling For You
  4. Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You
  5. Alex Turner – Hiding Tonight
  6. The Yardbirds – For Your Love
  7. My Bloody Valentine – Paint a Rainbow
  8. Fats Waller – When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful
  9. Molly Nilsson – I Hope You Die
  10. Summer Camp – I Only Have Eyes For You
  11. of Montreal – Gallery Piece
  12. The Cure – Lovesong
  13. Otis Redding – These Arms of Mine
  14. Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life
  15. Connie Stevens – Sixteen Reasons
  16. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  17. Miho Hatori – In Your Arms
  18. Beach House – Somewhere Tonight
  19. Al Bowlly – Guilty
  20. Cigarettes After Sex – Nothings Gonna Hurt You Baby

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hopefully everyone had a fun day whether coupled up or single — I always liked Valentine’s Day because it encourages people to express love (something everyone should do everyday, but this is a good place to start) and it’s probably the best aesthetic holiday… ever? I spent most of my day baking (these amazing linzer cookies above!) and wrapping gifts, but I had time to make a few homemade Valentine’s cards for some neighbors, relatives, and friends.

Ok… maybe they’re more like anti-Valentines, but you get the picture. We’ve all got a good sense of humor around here 🙂 I use very simple, accessible supplies when crafting cards such as these. All you need is:

  • Card stock
  • Scissors and x-acto knife
  • Patterned paper
  • Mini doilies
  • Glue stick
  • Stamps & Ink Pad, if desired
  • Magazines (I love & always use vintage magazines — I tend to find them in antique stores or library magazine exchange racks)

 

Now for the cookies…. these Raspberry Linzer cookies are some of my favorite cookies of all time. I usually reserve them only for Christmas, but since Valentine’s Day calls for some special treats I dug out some heart-shaped cookie cutters and went to town. These are gooey in the center, tart and sweet, and so so pretty dusted with powdered sugar & glistening with jam! While they’re pretty easy to make, I don’t know why I don’t do it more often.

  • 3 sticks of butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam or good raspberry preserves

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer and add the vanilla
  3. Sift together flour and salt in a large bowl and add it to the butter/sugar mixture, mixing until a dough forms
  4. Dump the dough out onto a floured board and shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes
  5. Roll the dough out and begin cutting rounds or hearts (whichever shape you desire). For the bottoms, just press your cookie cutter into the dough as usual. For the tops, you may need to double up on cutters — using a smaller one in the center in order to form a hole for the jam.
  6. Place all of your cookies on a baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes
  7. Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the edges turn golden
  8. Allow cookies to cool
  9. Spread your jam or preserves on the flat side of each bottom half
  10. Sift confectioner’s sugar over each top half, then press your cookies together to form a little jam-cookie sandwich

Voilà! A simple but delightful treat. You may use any kind of jam or preserves you prefer, but I always stick with raspberry because I think it really complements the simple, buttery flavor of the cookie dough. Enjoy!