Chocolate Heart CookieHere at Lazy Acres adult community in Belton, our residents love to bake. And while there’s never a bad time for a delicious baked treat, there may be no better time than February. After all, the days are a little cold and dreary, and that fresh-from-the-oven cookie smell can make even the gloomiest day feel a lot cozier. And then, of course, there’s Valentine’s Day, and what better excuse to make something delicious for your loved ones than that?

Valentine’s Day is obviously pretty heavily associated with chocolate. After all, Americans are estimated to purchase about 58 million pounds of chocolate for Valentine’s Day! But chocolate isn’t the only thing that can make a great Valentine’s Day treat or gift. Fudge, frosted sugar cookies in the shape of hearts, even a cake may be the perfect way to say “Be my Valentine” this year! And for grandkids—or the young at heart—making Peanut Butter and Jam Heart Cookies (à la Martha Stewart) is not only delicious, but fun to do together!

Valentine’s Day may be the big holiday in February, but it’s certainly not the only day of the month that’s associated with delicious food. What you may not have known is that February 12th is Plum Pudding Day, the 15th is National Gum Drop Day, the 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day, while February 20th celebrates Cherry Pie Day and the 26th is National Pistachio Day. (That might be the perfect day to do something a little different and try making a Chocolate-Pistachio Torte or a Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti.)

But really, who needs a holiday to put together a delicious baked treat for yourself, your friends, or your loved ones? Shareable desserts are great for parties and get-togethers, to pass out to your friends and neighbors, or send home with visiting relatives. Bake a batch of cookies, or try your hand at something more creative like Mini Raspberry Apple Pies or Chocolate Peanut Meringue Kisses. Or bring in a taste of spring by making some homemade lemon bars. And of course, pretty much any dessert is shareable, if you think about it. Who doesn’t like a slice of pie or cake, or a big chunk of fudge?

Not sure what to do with all your culinary creations once you’ve baked them? Most folks at the Bible Study or Cards and Tea or Friday Game Night at Lazy Acres adult community in Belton would be glad to share a tray of home-baked goodies over tea or cards or friendly discussion. So don’t let the cold February weather get you down. Warm up the oven, bake on, and share the love this February with all your friends at Lazy Acres!

For more information about the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton, please contact owners Tim and Karen Savage at (816) 331-4886 during regular business hours. If you prefer, you may complete our online contact form at any time.