Hello, I love you….

12 Feb

It is that time of the year where corny rules and cheesy is the flavour of the day. Valentine’s Day is a week away and my inbox is spammed with emails from chocolates and flower companies with shopping suggestions. As years have rolled on, Valentine’s day for me isn’t about fluttering heart beats and romantic cards anymore. As a matter of fact, the only times I have been aware of this love-day was when my husband surprised me with gifts. Even he knows that this day doesn’t stir me though I appreciate all his efforts. But this year, it was different. This new person in my life just blew my mind away with the most wonderful gift. I know now that you can never be too old for mush.


Do you see that little red heart in the center of the red velvet I and U?

My baby made it for me. She drew a heart which she claimed was only as big as her own heart that beats “thud thud , thud thud”. She coloured it with her red colour pencil and used her child-friendly scissors to cut the heart out. She came up to me while I was busy with something in the kitchen and called out, “Hello, I love you..”

I turned around to see her holding out this little red paper heart out to me.

“Happy Valentines Mamma. Keep this in your purse. I made it for you. Don’t ever lose it.”

I took it from her tiny fingers that were dented from the intense pressure of colouring the paper heart.

RVB3I stood in the kitchen holding the paper heart long after the little artist was gone. I placed it delicately in the palms of my hands wondering how much I loved this little person. To have her reciprocate in this fashion was the ultimate joy I have ever experienced. My child is growing up and she is exploring different emotions. I sense a change in her and in the way she reacts to the world around her, including me. Her reciprocation blew my mind away. For that moment, I felt she loved me more than I thought I loved her. I slid her precious heart in my purse and as I looked up I saw her observing me. She smiled because she was happy I was following her instructions.


When I got back to my chores, I noticed her rummaging through my purse to make sure her heart was in the right place and safe. Satisfied, she went back to doing her own thing. That is when I thought of making these lovely red velvet chocolate brownies to show my 4 year old how much I appreciate her gift of love. I used a red velvet recipe to capture the colour of her red paper heart that went “thud,thud thud thud”.


The recipe makes a very small batch – just enough to please a 4 -year-old girl. 16 pieces in all but full of chocolate and red velvet goodness. I refered to Averie Cook’s recipe to make these decadent plum coloured beauties.

The recipe is below in the recipe card (click on it to see the enlarged version). I urge that you make this small batch of beautiful red velvet brownies and see how happy it makes your loved ones.

RVB5It is remarkable how love takes different forms as we grow older. Its meaning and its essence changes over time and becomes mellow and enduring. My daughter’s eyes lit up the moment she saw this chocolate covered squares and I realized I hit a home run.

Hope everybody has a beautiful Valentines.Celebrate love, celebrate closeness and feel lucky.

19 Responses to “Hello, I love you….”

  1. palkachopra February 12, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    Love it…

  2. Sandhya February 12, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Aww.. Blessed Anita :)

  3. Ankur February 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Loved every word of it…. Happy valentines Anu… :)

    • Anita Menon February 12, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      thank you ankur! Wishing you a Happy Valentines too

  4. Chai a Cup of Life February 13, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Beautiful Anita, your daughter is so sweet. Happy valentines day :-)

    • Anita Menon February 13, 2014 at 9:10 am #

      Thanks so much Amelia! Happy Valentines to you too!

  5. Elena February 13, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Beautiful post! Your daughter is soooo cute :)

  6. Poonam February 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ani that was so so touching… I almost had a lump in my throat…I jst can imagine as to how overwhelmed you must have been by this beautiful gesture of your little angel…. And what a wonderful post.. You know i would actually call it a Vivid post, as every single word of it helped me weaving every single frame of a doting mother and a lovely daughter… Loved it… Happy valentine’s day dear…

  7. Deena Kakaya February 14, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    I would profess my love after a nibble or two of those Anita x

    • Anita Menon February 14, 2014 at 7:10 am #

      It is a really wonderful recipe… :-)

  8. Poornima February 14, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Lovely post, such small sweet gestures especially from our little ones make everything worthwhile. Happy V Day to you!

    • Anita Menon February 14, 2014 at 7:10 am #

      Thank you Poornima! thanks for commenting

  9. indrani February 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    How yummy it looks!\
    Nice presentation!

  10. Moya @Food and Tools February 18, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    How cute your little girls sounds and I am sure that heart will remain in your purse for a very long time. Enjoy your little one, the years soon fly by… mine are now working. The red velvet brownies look so yummy. :)

    • Anita Menon February 18, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

      I am trying to treasure every moment with her. It is scary as well as exciting to think that one day she will be all grown up. Thanks so much. the brownies were much enjoyed

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