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The day for red and pink ... it’s Valentine’s Day!: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 2/13/18

Do you have your red and pink on today? I hope so, because it is time to be decked out in those colors and share hearts and chocolates.

Valentine’s Day is a time to give everyone a …

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The day for red and pink ... it’s Valentine’s Day!: LaVonne Ackerman

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Do you have your red and pink on today? I hope so, because it is time to be decked out in those colors and share hearts and chocolates.

Valentine’s Day is a time to give everyone a valentine. Think outside of the box ... how about placing one in your mailbox for your mail carrier?

Did you ever give a Valentine to your bus driver, favorite bank teller, grocery clerk, neighbor, pastor, dog walker or co-worker?

Spread the joy! You can tape a piece of candy to the envelope, have fun and add bright spots to some people in your life.

Also, homemade cards are the best!

Have a beautiful week!

Birthdays

Happy birthday blessings are sent to Rebecca Fulton of Lower Swatara. She is turning 22 on Thursday, Feb. 15. I gave your mom a box of Valentine’s chocolates while she was in the hospital with you. The best day to buy them is your birthday! Have fun, Rebecca.

Here is a shout-out to Don Bowers of Lower Swatara. Hoping your Feb. 15 birthday is full of sunshine and your fun family! Hope your Thursday cake day is one thrill after another, Don!

Avery Williams of Lower Swatara hits No. 17 on Thursday, Feb. 15. Have a ball all week long celebrating your happy day, Avery!

Corey Risko of Middletown marks his 23rd cake-and-ice cream day on Friday, Feb. 16. Enjoy your balloon-flying weekend, Corey!

Happy 14th birthday to Grant Garner of Lower Swatara on Feb. 16. I hope 14 really cool things happen for you on Friday, Grant.

Khyra Little of Lower Swatara will have 14 brightly burning candles atop her frosty-filled cake on Friday, Feb. 16. Enjoy your birthday weekend, Khyra!

Happy quarter-of-a-century birthday to Robby Ryan on Saturday, Feb. 17. Congrats on turning 25. May all your dreams come true this year!

Adriana Black of Lower Swatara observes her confetti-popping day on Saturday, Feb. 17. I hope this is your best birthday weekend yet, Adriana!

Happy birthday greetings are sent to Perry Sisti of Lower Swatara on Feb. 19. Do you have the day off today? Whatever you do Monday, I hope it is marvelous!

Sending warm happy birthday message to Ginny Wynkoop of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, Feb. 20. May the week bring you gladness and joy, Ginny!

Anniversary

Happy 27th anniversary to Walter and Jane Balmer of Londonderry. Their special day is Thursday, Feb. 15. May your day be full of sunshine!

Dinner is served

All are invited to a roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown.

The menu: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, peas, beverage and dessert. Takeouts are available.

For more information, call 717-944-6181.

Don’t miss this tasty dinner!

Crazy Chocolate Cake

Recipe from the Wedding Book Collection

3 c. flour

2 c. sugar

5 Tbsp. cocoa

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

3/4 c. oil

2 Tbsp. vinegar

2 c. water

Combine all ingredients. Pour into greased 13-by-9-inch pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Cool and top with Whipped Cream Icing.

Recipe for whipped cream icing:

1/2 pint whipping cream

1 small box of instant pudding, any flavor

1 8 oz. container of Cool Whip

Combine cream and pudding in mixing bowl. Beat slowly until mixed well, then add Cool Whip. Beat again, but don't overbeat. Put on cooled  cake!

Quote of the Week

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” — Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist.

Question of the Week

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

“With a card and a small gift. Sometimes we go out to dinner, but not on that day. It's hard to get in at some of the better places.” — Louisa Morgan, Londonderry.

“I give everybody a treat bag filled with lollipops, Tootsie Rolls, Skittles,Peppermint Patties and pencils. And cool erasers.” — Miranda Burdsal, 8, Lower Paxton.

“I sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to my mom, then I sing Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. I decorate Target bags and give gifts to people.” — Anna Benkovic, 8, Lower Paxton.

“Doing nothing special, just eating candy!” — Gyles Adderly, 14, Middletown.

“I give cards to my classmates, and I attach lollipops to them.” — Malik Drake, 7, Middletown.

“Roses for my wife, and her favorite BBQ chips, but now she is on Whole 30 and I can't give her chips!” — Dave Morsberger, East Hanover.

Proverb for the Week

Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (24:14).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.