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A Blog for My Valentine


You know, I always say that family is the greatest gift of all, and my family is the gift that keeps on giving as it gets a little bit bigger each year. But I didn’t know that my family wasn’t yet complete until I met the man that is now my husband of nearly 16 years and his two children, Michelle and Anthony.

I am so blessed to have a husband as handsome, funny, and supportive as Michael Groover. In honor of Valentine’s Day and my special Valentine, I thought I’d share this video we recorded a few years ago where we tell the story of how I met that loveable husband of mine—though I can say he didn’t seem that loveable on our very first meeting! I may have ran away that time, but when the good Lord (and my dogs) threw us together a second time, we realized we both checked all the boxes for one another.

I hope you plan on spending Valentine’s Day showing those people you love how much you care. Of course, a Valentine doesn’t have to be a romantic love—it can also be a grandchild, a friend, a sister, or anyone that you think could stand to hear that you’ll always be there for them.

And if you’d be so kind, I’d love to hear how you met your Valentine in the comments below.

Happy Valentine’s Day!



Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.