Pamela Lutrell looks at HEB Valentine's treaets

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!!  Recipe Time!   I actually think this week Is more difficult than Christmas because of the amount of sweet temptations all around us.   I decided for today’s office party rather than grab a box of bakery cupcakes, donuts or heart- shaped cookies, that I would make Strawberry-Walnut bread which is delicious…especially when served with Strawberry Cream Cheese.

Pamela Lutrell's Strawberry Walnut Bread

STRAWBERRY-WALNUT BREAD

 

1 cup butter

1 ½ cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ tsp lemon extract

4 eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 cup strawberry jam

½ cup dairy sour cream

1 cup broken walnuts  (I like to roast these to enrich the flavor)

Pamela Lutrell shows roasted walnuts

In a small bowl: Mix the jam and sour cream until well blended.  In another small bowl: Sift or stir together flour, salt, cream of tartar, and soda.

Pamela Lutrell with strawberry jam mixture

In the large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and lemon extract well.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fluffy.  Then alternate the flour mixture and jam mixture until all is beaten well together.

Pamela Lutrell bakes strawberry bread

Stir in the nuts.  Divide into two large loaf pans or five mini-loaf pans that have been prepared with flour and butter or the baking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes.

Pamela Lutrell gets bread ready for oven

It is so good and always hard not to eat until I get it to where it is going!  In honor of cooking for Valentine’s Day, I have prepared a cooking slideshow just for you!  Enjoy the week and the day…just plan to hit the treadmill hard next week!

Pamela Lutrell basics one of her favorites

This is a favorite…I have been making it for years and I am sure I have featured this before.  With the red strawberries, it is a great Valentine’s brunch, treat, or breakfast delish-ish-ness that will make you a superstar.

Valentine’s Day Evening

Pamela Lutrell on Valentine's Day Plans

Does anyone have big, romantic plans for tonight?  We do not like to pay the higher prices or fight the crowds at the restaurants this evening, so we have planned a quiet evening at home with a bottle of wine.  A friend gave us a bottle of a 2016 California wine called Joel Gott.  It is a Cabernet Sauvignon…so after four years, it should be time to open it up!I . I will pick up the makings of a charcuterie tray and we will  enjoy this with a movie.  I would much rather be home than fighting a crowd.

Pamela Lutrell on Valentine's Day wine

Now that I am in a cooking mood…I have done a cooking/household slideshow for you today with a few spring, Easter decorations.  What do you like to cook for Valentine’s Day…do you have a favorite or does your significant other have a favorite!!  Please share, and as always…..

KEEP SMILING! 

Remember…tomorrow is Would You Wear It…see you then! 

By Pamela Lutrell

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