Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Friends!

We’re a little early but it’s been quite a week here at Idiot’s Kitchen.

If you follow IK on Facebook then you already know that the website was hacked big time a week or so ago. We’re back up and running but trying to get bigger & better security measures in place to prevent this from happening in the future. Fingers crossed!

Heaps of thanks to my tech guru, Thaine for saving my butt and getting Idiot’s Kitchen back from the abyss. Never underestimate the power of a good tech guy! He has pretty much earned cookies for life.

Meanwhile, I’ve been in the opera pit playing my usual winter gig at the Sarasota Opera. Lots of great music (Verdi!) and wonderful friends but oooh, way too much driving.

It’s been a stressful week…

Then I saw this video and knew exactly what to post for Valentine’s Day! (besides Henry)

A little back story:  One of my best friends, who you’ve heard me mention for his tromboning & gardening skills, is my pal Larry from Minneapolis. We’ve been friends for at least 20 years and in addition to his many fine qualities, he is willing to put up with my nonsense by hosting me several weeks each orchestra season when I head north for concerts.

I know his family (they’ve kindly included me in family dinners and birthday parties) and, as you will soon see, they are all wonderful, kind, talented people. Probably the family member I know the least well, however, gave me the biggest shock and delight this week by creating this video.

Larry’s brother-in-law, Harry wrote the music you will hear and created this video, Our Love. Surprise #1 – I had no idea Harry composed music! It stars his daughter and her boyfriend and also Larry’s sweet, sweet parents. The voice you hear bringing to this amzing song and video to life is Larry’s nephew, David Geist.

This family has talent (and love) in spades.

Grab a tissue. Here we go!

Isn’t that the sweetest thing ever? Let’s watch it again! (Also makes me miss Minneapolis…even in the winter.)

I was going to include some Valentine’s Day cooking suggestions here and I’ve just erased them to let this lovely video, song, and sentiment stand on their own.

Recipes tomorrow. Love today.

Henry, Lulu, and I send Our Love to you too!

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