How to Serve Your Family on Valentine’s Day with Cherry Crunch Dessert
Cherry Crunch Dessert … Fill wine or water goblets with dessert, top with ice cream or whipped cream. Serve for Valentine’s Day!
Each day is a precious gift. How ridiculous to grasp for future gifts when today’s is set before you! Receive today’s gift gratefully, unwrapping it tenderly, and delving into its depths. – Sarah Young
I love this quote from Sarah Young, which tells me that today is precious. A gift. With something special inside. For everyone!
Which makes me think of the gifts that I’ve been given, with the people in my life of family and friends.
Years ago, my husband and I read the book, The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. Have you read this book? Gary writes how most everyone has a primary way to love – to show love or a way they prefer to be shown love.
The ideas are brilliant, and can really help you understand people, family members, your spouse … but what I loved most was figuring out my kids’ love languages.
-Words of affirmation
-Acts of service
Life becomes easier to figure out when you understand yourself, your spouse, your kids. A lot of this goes hand-in-hand with our personalities, too.
One of my love languages is acts of service, because I love cooking for people. But honestly, I can see where over time, I appreciate all 5 of the languages.
My friend Kristen (her blog is Dine and Dish) reminded me this week, as I was coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas, of her lovely way of serving her family on Valentine’s Day:
I love Kristen’s heart and love for her family!
For many years this is what my husband and I would do, too. We’d make the Valentine’s Day meal fun, exciting, using our good linens and dishes and goblets.
Those kind of entertaining moments–even with just our kiddos–I really do miss. :)
So keeping our precious gifts of family in mind, today I’d like to share a recipe–a family recipe from my oldest sis, Di–a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.
It’s sweet, red, and your family will love you.
It’s an easy one, where you can always keep the ingredients on hand, and it’s good enough for company!
What do you think about for Valentine’s Day serving each “guest” (your kids) this dessert in a wine or water goblet?
Here’s a tip: To toast the nuts, lay them on a paper towel; cook in the microwave for 1 minute. Rearrange the nuts and cook 1 more minute. Cool and chop!
Do you have plans to cook at home for Valentine’s Day this year?
Cherry Crunch Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Fill wine or water goblets with dessert, top with ice cream or whipped cream. Serve for a special occasion. (You can make without nuts if you need to.)
- 2 cans (21 oz.) cherry pie filling (we use lite.)
- 1 box white cake mix, dry
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
- Whipped cream or ice cream (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan.
- Spread the cherry filling in the pan.
- Mix together the cake mix, softened butter, and toasted chopped nuts. Sprinkle over the cherries.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until brown on top.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.