“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease, where there are tongues, they will be stilled, where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
I have come across this passage many times in the past but I actually read it yesterday for the very first time. It encompasses every value our parents try to instill in us and it’s everything we want our kids to uphold. It cannot get more true than this, however, we cannot be more further from this than we already are.
Should we all live up to these virtues, or at least strive to, we just may be able to step away from our internal egos and find some harmony and peace.
In our home, there are many statements that complete “love is…”
Love is… Sitting with hubby and having an Earl Grey on a rainy day.
Love is … wearing my beloved dad’s sweater and feeling his warmth.
Love is … Lego.
Love is… Books books and more books.
Love is … Watching old movies on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Oh, and love is … Apple pies. If you know us, we love our Apple pies. Nothing elaborate, nothing fancy, just simple apple and pie.
With Valentines Day just around the corner, I ventured to stretch the love a little and make these beautiful apple roses. I made them just cause they are so darn beautiful. I wasn’t too concerned about how they would taste. After all, you can’t go wrong with apples and pastry dough. Mind you, they do taste divine, but I would encourage you to try and make a batch just to experience the process of creating something so simple and the result being so extraordinary.
Kinda like how love is. Simple yet extraordinary!
Happy Valentines Day! ❤️
Recipe for 6 Roses:
1 box frozen puff pastry sheet. Thaw in fridge overnight
2 red apples (Empire, Red Delicious – ones that will not mush quickly)
2-3 tablespoons apricot jam
2 tablespoons plain flour
Preheat oven to 375’F.
Pour water in microwave safe bowl and fill it till half way mark.
Squeeze juice of the half lemon directly into the water, discarding the seeds. Cut the apples in half, keeping the peel on, remove the core and cut the apples in slices that are about paper thin. Cutting them thin are key to the way the roses will turn out.
Drown the apple slices in the bowl of lemon water and microwave for about 3 minutes.
Add 1 tablespoon of water to the apricot jam and microwave for about a minute. Stir into a paste and keep aside.
Unfold the puff pastry over a clean and lightly floured surface.
Use a rolling pin to stretch the dough into a rectangular shape big enough to cut 6 strips about 2 inches thick.
Using a pastry brush, spread the apricot jam to each of the strips.
Line the apple slices along the top of the strips and fold the other empty end of the strip over the apples.
Now gently roll the pastry strip from one end to the other ensuring the apple slices don’t slip out. Press down the end of the strip to hold the rose together.
Once the roses have baked, let them cool and sprinkle with icing sugar.