Beth Siegalkoff

For Chocolate Mint lovers, this is truly a great day. Whether it’s candies, ice cream or desserts, make sure to get your fill of Chocolate Mint today. That’s correct, today we celebrate anything and everything that is chocolate mint flavored.

The most common chocolate mint treats are ice cream, candies and desserts. And do not forget those tasty Thin Mints from the Girl Scouts. And those cookie sales have already started. Soon you will be able to buy them directly when the Scouts start selling door to door or in front of a retail establishment.

And did you see the heart shaped Junior Mints especially made for Valentine’s Day? Yummy! But I can’t seem to eat only one. I just keep popping them into my mouth and before I know it, the box is empty.

Of course, not everyone likes chocolate mint, but those who do really love it. It is the best way that I have found to avert halitosis. And you get to enjoy a tasty dessert as a bonus.

It was my turn to plan Valentine’s Day and, believe me, I am not very creative at it, but I gave it my best shot.

However, you know what really fries my pie? Special day menus. I understand offering a limited amount of popular entrees from the regular menu; it saves time and keeps a busy day simple. But when restaurant staff comes up with brand new entrees, and nothing from their regular menu, it is irritating. I mean, seriously, I am not a fan. I want to go to a restaurant because I have eaten there before and enjoyed the food, not something new, created special for the special day.

Many of the restaurants I called had a Valentine’s menu with entrees I have never seen on their menus before. I’m thinking, this is not the time to experiment, people!

So, I decided to go with what I know and made reservations for four at the Burke Family Restaurant located in the Ione Hotel. We had our 50th anniversary party there with our family and it was excellent. And, although the restaurant was serving a special Valentine’s menu, the four entrees they served were the same entrees on their regular menu. Same delicious food, service was impeccable, and the company was delightful – a wonderful memory.

Maybe I am pretty good at planning after all. And, yes, I even gave Don a box of candy – sweets for my “sweet”.

Congratulations to the Liberty Ranch cheerleaders on their national championship. They worked hard and it paid off. You make the town of Galt proud.

It was nice to have a three-day weekend, thanks to Presidents Day. I spread out the weekend work into three days, so it wasn’t too hectic. The weather was amazing and the spring flowers are in full bloom. At our home pink, purple, red hyacinths, daffodils, tulips and cyclamen dot the gardens of succulents. I haven’t fully removed the burlap off the frost sensitive succulents yet. It is still a little frosty in the mornings. And I do have lights mixed in with the geraniums, so they haven’t melted into a frosty slime. However, we do need the rain and, hopefully, we will get some soon.

Dates to remember:

Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Ash Wednesday

Saturday, Feb. 29 – Leap Year Day

Tuesday, March 3 – Herald 4-H meeting at  Arcohe School

Wednesday, March 4 – Herald Community Club meeting at Hendrickson Training Center

Sunday, March 8 – Daylight Saving time begins: ugh!

Thursday and Friday March 12-13 – Both high schools are closed for third quarter break

Tuesday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day – Time to get your green on

Friday, March 20 – First day of spring

Until next time – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.