Welcome and Happy February! I hope this means we are truly closer to spring! A girl can only take so many days of snow and below-zero temps, you know! This has been one of our snowiest and coldest winters in quite some time, so I think I’m even more ready for spring than usual. But as excited as I am for spring, February is a very important month that we don’t want to skip at our house. We have two birthdays to celebrate and, of course, there’s Valentine’s Day.
I know Valentine’s is a secular holiday and I can’t even say that I know much, or anything, about its history or formulation. I just know I grew up passing out the cutesy little cards to classmates, making boxes to receive my own share, and I can always get behind a day on the calendar that promotes consumption of chocolate! But with all the fun aside, I also think February is a great time to intentionally focus on our marriage and reconnect with our spouse.
Food For Thought The long winter really takes its toll on my mood and mental health. Let me just put it this way: I’m not always the easiest wife to live with in January! This year has been no exception. But I don’t want to be this way, really I don’t. So like in many other areas of my life where I know I need to improve, I start by turning to scripture.
I just completed a 14-day Bible study that focused on scriptures and prayers for our marriage. It was good to spend time every day thinking of ways I can improve our Christian marriage, and more specifically, how I can be a better wife. Like many other directions we receive in the Bible, some of the verses are a little hard to swallow sometimes. But improvements we make in our health, whether spiritual, physical, or in relationships, are not always comfortable. Like the day I read about looking not to my own needs, but to the needs of others (Philippians 2:4). Ouch! #personalverses right there!
Fourteen works out to be such a nice number when it comes to love, and stuff, because, of course, Valentine’s Day is on February 14. Having said that, I hope you will follow faith-family-food on Facebook because starting today, I’m going to be sharing 14 Days of Scripture for your Marriage. I’m giving a little sampling here today on the blog, but it is really something I’m using on Facebook to encourage and inspire others in a different way. I really hope you will join me!
I’m going to share day 1 with you here.
Today’s Prayer Heavenly Father, I ask You to help me have a more submissive heart to my husband’s leadership in our home. I ask that I remember my role as a Christian wife, understanding and believing that our roles in our home make us stronger. I lift my husband up to you today, that you may bless him as the leader in our home, that he will lead us in faith, love, obedience, and wisdom. I submit our marriage to you, O Lord, knowing you will bless us when we follow your commands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today’s Recipe Of course…a Valentine treat is in order for today!
I bought this cute scalloped-edge silicone heart mold a couple years ago. Last year, I used it to make my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Hearts.
Today, we’re making Chocolate Chunk Brownies in the silicone mold. They’re super cute for Valentine’s Day, with a simple chocolate drizzle and a scattering of Valentine sprinkles across the top. My recipe makes nine heart-shaped brownies using this size mold, but I’ve seen silicone heart molds come in a variety of sizes. No mold? No problem, you can make these brownies in an 8 or 9-inch square pan, cut into squares and finish with the drizzle and sprinkles.
Chocolate Chunk Valentine Brownies
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup AP flour
- 1 cup chocolate chunks
- 1/2 cup prepared chocolate frosting
- Valentine sprinkles
In large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Stir sugar into melted butter and microwave again for 30 seconds. Stir to be sure all sugar has been incorporated into butter. Mixture will be slightly foamy.
Stir in cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and vanilla.
In small bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Stir into cooled cocoa mixture.
Add flour and stir just until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chunks.
Turn oven to 350 degrees. Spray mold or pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Fill each mold with brownie batter, about 2/3 full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Place mold on cooling rack and allow brownies to cool about 20 minutes before removing from pan. If you try to remove them too soon they will crumble. If they are cool, they should pop right out of the molds. Place individual brownies on wire rack to finish cooling before decorating.
For chocolate drizzle, place prepared frosting in microwave-safe bowl and heat for 15-20 seconds.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and place the wire cooling rack with hearts on top. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate back and forth over the brownie hearts. While chocolate is still wet, add Valentine sprinkles, as desired. Chocolate will set in 10-15 minutes.