Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

Will You Be My Breakfast Valentine?

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As I’m sure you’ve noticed, my Valentine’s Day motto is fast & easy. This breakfast came to me while I was digging around in my cookie cutter collection, looking for something totally unrelated to anything heart-shaped. I had just made eggs-in-a-hole for the kids for breakfast {a regular favourite around these parts – who doesn’t like fried eggs and bread?}, and it occurred to me that it could be fun to make the hole a heart instead of the usual circle. Voila: a cute breakfast, perfect for Valentine’s Day morning. Eliza loved it as soon as she saw it. “Mommy, look! It’s a heart in a hole!” I swear, the quickest way to get a kid to eat something is to make it a fun shape. This was no exception.

If you don’t have a perfectly-sized heart-shaped cookie cutter, don’t fret. I actually didn’t have one either. But I sketched a heart on a piece of parchment paper, cut it out, and used that as a template to cut the heart out of the bread. A bit more work, but it saved me the frustration of trying to find just the right sized cookie cutter. The ketchup hearts are two dots from the bottle, turned into hearts with a toothpick.

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Heart In A Hole

Bread
Butter
Eggs
Salt & Pepper

Preheat a pan to medium-low heat. {Tip: Watch your heat here, too hot and you can burn the bread!}

Butter your bread on both sides. Cut out the hole in the middle and set the cut-out aside.

Drop the buttered bread into the hot pan, and immediately crack an egg in the middle. Season with a little salt & pepper. Toss the bread cut-out in alongside the eggy bread.

When the bread is starting to get crispy and the egg starts to cook, carefully flip the whole thing, and flip your cut-out too. Cook until the bread is crispy on the other side, and the yolk is cooked the way you like it. Serve with the toast cut-out for dipping!

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Last Minute Valentine Treat

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I’m a procrastinator. And as I mentioned in my previous post, Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that just sneaks up on me. I’m never ready for it, so everything I do is pretty much whipped together once I realize that February 14th is less than a week away. Some year I will be more organized, but 2013 is not going to be that year, at least not for Valentine’s Day. {On the other hand, I have already started gathering ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!} Thankfully, my kids are easily impressed, so making them feel special doesn’t require a whole pile of planning on my part.

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I first made this candy popcorn a couple years ago, when Eliza was in preschool and we were able to send treats for her classmates. This was yet another project that came at the last minute {the night before, if I recall correctly!}, so I promise you that you can make it in minutes, and everyone will be impressed. You can fancy it up easily, too – nuts, sprinkles, M&Ms, cinnamon hearts would all go very nicely into the recipe. I did not have any of those lovely additions on hand yesterday when I found the requisite colours of candy melts in my pantry, otherwise I would have added them. In fact, I thought I had red, pink & white heart sprinkles, but apparently my 5 year old has been requesting them on her ice cream as of late, and the bottle was all but empty. So much for that idea. Maybe next year, if I remember in time to buy them!

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Super Easy Candy-Coated Popcorn

Popped popcorn
Candy melts (~1oz per heaping cup of popped popcorn)
Salt

Place your popcorn in a large bowl. In a double boiler or a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water, melt candy melts. {Tip: if you are doing white, pink and red, start with the white, then pink, then red last and you won’t have to wash your double boiler between batches!}

Drizzle candy melts over popcorn, and gently stir with a spatula to coat. Sprinkle a little salt as you stir if you like your popcorn salty & sweet.

Spread popcorn on a parchment-covered baking pan, and let sit for an hour or so, until candy coating has set. Break apart gently with your hands, since the pieces will have stuck together.

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Sweet Homemade Valentines

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Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on me every year. I somehow manage to block out the displays of pink and red everywhere I go, I pay no mind to the hearts and roses that are on every retail display for miles around. And every single year, a few days before the big V-Day, I suddenly realize that it’s just around the corner. This year it was even further off my radar – I spent the better part of the last half of January as well as the first few days of February in the Alberta Childrens’ Hospital with my little girl, and it didn’t even occur to me that she’d need to bring valentines to school for her classmates until I met with her teacher on Wednesday to discuss her return to the classroom.

Eliza, being the sweet girl she is, insisted on making her valentines this year. Cue panic – my great idea had been to buy something and have her write her name on them, but she would have none of it. I searched for simple ideas that we could make without much fuss, that didn’t involve some kind of treat as we aren’t allowed to send food products to school because of allergy concerns. I came up with a shortlist of a few designs, and she picked the final one. She picked these sweet valentines from The Late Afternoon, so I used them as my inspiration for the cards she and I made today.

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I love them. They were simple to make with the help of a 5 year old, and went together quickly – the perfect last-minute valentines. I adapted the original design to do away with the brad and the sliding layer, opting for a double-sided card instead. For the cardmakers amongst my readers, the recipe and specifics are below.

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Paper: Recollections red cardstock, Staples white cardstock, K & Company Valentine Die-Cut Cardmaking Pad
Ink: Stampin’ Up Real Red
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Pictograms
Other: Silhouette Digital Cutter (for the 3.3″ & 3″ circles), EKSuccess 3″ scallop circle punch, Stampin’ Up Heart to Heart punch, Cotton Candy Stickles

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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