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Friday, February 14, 2014

Vintage Valentines & Vittles V

Retro Valentine Card
That year began as most years had done in the past. Well wishes from New Year revelers, the kids returned to school and my husband and I went back to the business of making furniture. Life was good. Business? Not as good as it should have been, but we managed.

February arrived without much fanfare but the anticipation of an intimate Valentine's Day celebration lingered woefully on my mind. Ever since we had gotten married, Valentine's Day signified our "special" day. As you already know, it was the day I had been smart enough to finally say yes. (if you missed the first "installment" of Vintage Valentines & Vittles, you can catch up here:)
Retro Valentine Card
I finally decided on Fondue! A French Almond Custard Fondue right out of Betty Crocker's recipe file.

Custard Fondues | Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library
French Almond Custard Fondue | Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library
He, on the other hand, had plans of his own. A broiled mustard glazed porterhouse steak, that was huge by the way, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and a present.
Valentine's Day Puzzle
Yes, it's a puzzle:) The most romantic puzzle I have ever laid my eyes upon. How? When he found the time to put all those tiny pieces together without me ever knowing, I'll never know. I did ask him, more than once actually, but he would never tell. I know for a fact that he did it all on his own because none of the kids knew about it and, well, you'll see...
Valentine's Day Puzzle
If you have ever done a puzzle, you know the amount of time and patience it takes. And this puzzle is pretty big too. It measures about 3 feet by 2 feet. I don't know how many pieces it is, I should really count one day. Just look at the colors, the words, the details.
Valentine's Day Puzzle
Have you ever wondered whether sometimes people somehow know when they will be leaving us? I never gave much thought to it until after my husband suddenly passed. For years I relived every moment we spent together, every word that we said. Was there a "clue" I missed? Did he know his heart was not strong enough to keep pumping? Was there a message that escaped me? Should I have listened more carefully?
Angel of Charity Poem
The Poem in its entirety...
This is not a sad story dear readers. It is a tale of cherished love. I learned a lot in those glorious years, about me, about him and about us. But most of all, I have come to realize that knights in shining armor do indeed exist and when one of the pieces of the puzzle mysteriously disappears you painfully accept it, or as my husband did in this puzzle, you try your best to complete the task at hand and go on...
Happy Valentine's Day
Louise

Previously on Valentines & Vittles
I II III IV V

44 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day, Louise. May your days be filled with sweet romance and be cherished forever. Btw, the puzzle is beautiful........... It does take a lot of time and effort to complete a puzzle like this. I was crazy for puzzle too when I was young, Thanks for sharing, dear :)

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  2. Louise , Happy Valentine's Day ! I've enjoyed your love story installment and couldn't help but sigh :D Your knight covered in foil armor , swoon lol Love your ( bitter ) sweet Valentine's post , I'm sure your hubby , wherever he may be , will love reading it as well .

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    1. Thank you so much Anne. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It was a challenging series to present but now that it is done, I'm pleased:) It sure was fun sharing the Vintage Valentines! Enjoy your Valentine's Day, Anne...

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  3. This was beautiful Louise. I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day with all of your great memories of your prince charming. <3

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  4. That's a really romantic and pretty puzzle I've ever seen too! Lovely! Happy valentine's day Louise:)








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    1. Thank you, Jeannie. I'm so glad you enjoyed it too:)

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  5. Just lovely!
    Happy Valentine's day dear Louise!!!
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you Gloria! Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  6. It's always a pleasure reading ur post.
    So well written.. Lovely memories.. Happy Valentine's day dear..

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  7. Oh Louise, such a beautiful post! This whole Vintage Valentines & Vittles Series has been wonderful, and I was wondering how you the last post would manage to top the previous ones. But this one is a so touching and lovely. What a great puzzle -- such an inspired and romantic gift. Happy Valentine's Day, and thanks so much for sharing your memories with us -- I'm glad they're so, so wonderful.

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    1. Hi John...I'm delighted you enjoyed this little "love" series of mine. I had my doubts but now that is has been completed, I'm really glad I was able to share. The Vintage Valentines were just too adorable to keep "locked" up in plastic considering the occasion:)

      The puzzle hangs on my wall as a constant reminder. It always makes me smile:) Thank you so much for leaving your kind words today...Wishing you and Mrs. K.R. a memorable Valentine's Day filled with yummy food and cheerful drinks:)

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  8. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!
    Where do you find these lovely photos? I love them! I find this post very romantic.
    I am getting ready for a nice dinner with my family. Lots of foodie treats for Valentine!
    CIAO! XX

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    1. I actually found these Valentine's in a box of cookbooks a long time ago, Alida. I'm so glad you have been enjoying them. Have a wonderful Valentine's dinner with your family and thank you so much for visiting...

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  9. Good Moring Louise ,
    Happy Valentine's Day to you and Marion . I enjoyed your love story and you do have happy memories of your 'Knight in Shining Armor', which was and still is your true love . What wonderful memories you have , the puzzle is amazing and Ohhhh so beautiful , it's a work of art and you can see love in each tiny piece . What an amazing loving husband and father . I have read it twice and my hubby's aunt read it (Mae) she said , you couls feel the love oozing out and your feeling are so strong and thankful your dear husband is remembered with love . He left this old earth , but dear Louise he will always be with you everywhere in your heart .
    Just lovely dear friend , and blessing to you for you had a great love that will be with you always . Thank you so very much for sharing this with everyone :).

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    1. Good Evening, Nee,
      Thank you so much for your sweet words. I "feel" my husband with me many times during the course of the days that pass. I think of him as my guardian angel. Yes, he is always with me:) Wishing you and your husband a memorable Valentine's Day, Nee...Cherish every moment...

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  10. Well, I can't write much because now I have something in my eye (tears welling up)....seriously, that was a heartfelt, beautiful message. I get you. Doug and I will celebrate 30 years this June and I cherish every single day. I can tell, your man was your heart and soul. You have lovely memories of him, Louise. Hugs to you, my friend and happy Valentines day.

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  11. Hi Louise! I found your site through John at Kitchen Riffs. And I love it! I am a fan of all things vintage! And your vintage Valentine post is so lovely. I am dying to try your French Almond Custard fondue. Such a refreshing change from chocolate (wow..did I really just say that?!). But an almond custard sounds delightful for dipping, too! Hope you have a lovely Valentine's day! : )

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    1. Welcome Anne! Doesn't John's blog make you crave deliciousness? And those drinks, oh my!

      Don't be fooled, Anne, I did a Hershey post just the other day. Valentine's Day is synonymous with chocolate in my book. However, my husband was not a huge fan of chocolate (can you imagine, lol) but he really liked this custard on Valentine's Days. I'd love to know what you think! Thank you so much for visiting, drop by any time:)

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  12. But for the grace of God, there go I. A bittersweet story, dear Louise. Your puzzles are beautiful. Happy Valentine's Day.

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  13. It's hard to deal with loss-- all the harder when one loses something few others will be lucky enough to attain. I'm glad you have sweet memories.

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  14. Feliz Dìa San Valentìn Louise mucha alegrìa muy lindo su post, tambièn estoy feliz de encontrar su persona,cariños y abrazos.

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    1. Feliz "el día del amor" para ti querida Rosita. Estoy tan contenta te gusto este post :) Muchas gracias por su visita :)

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  15. That French almond custard fondue sounds divine! I need to remember to live every moment to the fullest...we never know how much time we are blessed to have with our loved ones. Thanks for sharing your story. xo

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    1. We often did Fondue for special occasions, Liz. My husband was actually the one who made me do my first fondue, Liz...

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  16. Thank you for sharing your love story with us. Knights do exist, and I'm glad to have mine right here, in this moment... watching Dukes of Hazzard...

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    1. First "seeing" the girls and now knowing this, thank you Channon. You've made my night!

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  17. Dearest Louise..
    I had wanted to comment a few times during the day, and each time I would read your story over and I just couldn't say anything to you. I really enjoyed looking into the mirror of your life. Your story is just so beautiful and as you said not really sad, but as you think back on this Valentine's Day. Your husband and your family you do have so much love to be cherished, as well as those lovely memories. My father is a puzzle person and I know how much patience it takes, as well as time. The Angel of Charity poem is so perfect and beautiful. I love Fondue and enjoyed seeing your vintage Valentine's as well as the puzzle is simply georgous. Totally Victorian, which is what I love. Thank you for sharing your soul with us...Hope that your day/night was a loveing time with your family and Marion.
    Blessings for a good weekend...Dottie :)

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    1. Marion and I stuffed our faces with Triple Chocolate Espresso Brownies, dottie and they were dee...li...cious! I, of course, added some Kahlua which made them all the more decadent, lol...I even skipped dinner!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. I am normally a pretty shy person so it kinda surprised me that I chose to do such a series this year. I guess I was feeling a bit melancholy...Thanks for visiting...

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  18. The end of the series creates a wonderful realization of the ephemeral but happy sense of your life. Thank you for a beautiful story.

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    1. Thank you Mae. I tried to carry out the theme until the end:)

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  19. I love all the postcards in that amazing puzzle!!

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    1. I had a feeling you might Brenda. So glad you dropped by...

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  20. Louise, Thank you so much for sharing your story of love, devotion, humor and perseverance! I am so glad you had those wonderful years together. I can see why your love was so special.
    Bob and I will be celebrating our 56th wedding anniversary this June. I am not sure what I would do or if I could function without him. You have shown us how to treasure those memories.
    Thanks,
    Ginger

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  21. A college friend's husband just recently and unexpected passed and I have been thinking a lot about her and about loss in general (not the most festive thoughts for V-Day, I know). I will share this poem with her. Thank you for the words today.

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  22. i daresay they don't make puzzles like that anymore! lovely post, perfect for valentine's day!

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  23. Dear Louise, This is indeed not a sad post that tells of the blessing you lived. Though a piece of your heart was taked to heaven The Dear Lord gave you love to fill the space and memories that very few have known. Blessings my dear. Catherine xo

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  24. I am in love with all your Valentine recipes, they are quite incredibly delicious :D
    And so vintage means so cool!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  25. So interesting. Lovely recipes and pictures.

    I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  26. Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day, Louise!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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