Sunday, February 14, 2010

The UnValentine Party

Last night a group of friends came over for an artist play date that of course also had a menu of yummy food and drink, because we need to feed our tummies as well as our souls.

The majority of us belong to the broken hearts club right now, but our newbie Sara who I met through my online class and happens to live about a mile away from me, is our beacon of hope, being that she is the only one of us in a loving relationship right now.

 For our project of the evening, we made healing hearts a la Alisa Burke.

I happened to have some red painted fabric that I had screen printed an anatomical heart onto a year ago, that seemed perfect to make my heart from. I wrote words of loss and grief on the front that I machine and hand stitched then on the back I wrote words of healing and renewal.

Nina made a couple fabric hearts too.

We decided on a Cuban theme for our menu this time, Trish made fantastic empanadas.

I made Cuban style black beans


and pork marinated overnight in fruit juices, garlic and olive oil and simmered all day in a slow cooker.




Sara made cream filled chocolate cookies, that were like the worlds best Oreos on steroids and a tray of red velvet cupcakes. She definitely has an open invitation to join us anytime!


We had lots of sharing, ranting and laughing. It was good for the soul, I am blessed to have such wonderful supportive friends in my life; at home, abroad and online, I honor you all for lifting me up, making me laugh and being there.

Happy Valentines Day!


  1. Love groovy get togethers like these!!! you keep on keeping on and as the queen of soul sings...the sun will surely shine in your back door some day!

  2. Oh what wonderful FUN!! I wish I lived near you!!!


  3. sounds wonderful! happy valentine's day to you too judy!

  4. There is nothing better than a community of friends to mend your heart and lift your soul. Wishing you sunny days.

  5. Ooh, that looks like it was something you really NEEDED! I'm so glad you have a network of folks to help...take care!

  6. What a grand way to spend Valentine's Day! All of the ingredients for a happy day and a healing day! Thanks for sharing.

  7. how great! great friends, great food and a great art project!

  8. I wish I lived near you too. What fun. Good, for all of you.

  9. Congrats on your win! May you have many more wins in your future.


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