Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Carrots, Valentine

     I babysat for my grandchildren last night so that their parents could go out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. I decided to make a special dinner for the kids. The individual heart-shaped meatloaves were easy, but I resorted to my old nemesis, Pinterest, for ideas for the vegetable. I found a tutorial for heart shaped carrot slices. It looked easy enough, even for a Pinterest challenged individual such as myself to carry off. I suppose if the carrots I bought at the grocery store had been large and perfectly straight like the ones I saw in the tutorial, it would have been.

     My carrots were the quirky sort of characters that everyone enjoys in books, but nobody wants to live with.

     In the end, I hand-sculpted each individual slice of carrot into the shape of a heart. I did it even though I knew the effort-to-appreciation-ratio was going to be highly disproportionate. We’re talking kids and vegetables. I was determined not to let my lack of culinary prowess get the best of me this time, but mostly I did it for love. I love my grandchildren and I love to tickle their fancy. Even if you don’t like cooked carrots, a pile of orange hearts in the vegetable spot on your dinner plate has to be a bit of a giggle.


  1. What a dedicated Granny you are - the end result, which must have taken you an age, is magnificent. Hope they were duly appreciated.

  2. Really?
    Carrots are notoriously hard to cut already. I admire the sentiment nevertheless.

  3. Yes, I'd only hand -cut so many carrots if I was serving them to loved ones. What a wonderful grandma you are ! And what a good idea, heart shaped meat loafs AND carrots !

  4. You have the patience of a saint but I'm sure this was another step in planting seeds of vegetable love in your grandchildren. Heart-shaped meatloaves! I'll make a note of that!

    Oh, and thank you so much for your squirrel slippers for the mourning dove comment! R.H. and I both loved it!

  5. what a memory you created.' I did it even though I knew the effort-to-appreciation-ratio was going to be highly disproportionate.'... that's what love does and it is never wasted:)!!