A Valentine Treat Recap

In our home, we love celebrating Valentine’s Day!  But not for the reasons that you think; if you missed yesterday’s posting, stop by and check it out.  In our home, the kids and I make the sweets instead of buying them – that is – unless I’m having a lazy type of holiday.  I had fun researching what types of projects I had worked on in the years past, and it made me appreciate why I keep my blog running, even if I don’t find enough time these days to do so.  This year, I believe I’m going to make scones and somehow dress them up to make it fitting for the day, but that remains to be seen on “how.”  Why scones?  Why not?  Actually, I made a batch for a group of people and the reviews came back that they were heavenly.  Some people even said they were the best scones they had ever had, so that must be saying something!  Truth be told, my family was so jealous when I walked out the door with this beautiful batch of scones, and didn’t even get one bite.  So I owe it to them to make a batch.

Enough rambling – break out the recap!!  Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!!

Goat Cheese TrufflesGoat Cheese Truffles – what better way to say, “hey honey, I love you, and I know you love goat cheese! And chocolate!”  True story, I made these for a dinner party, and found my husband eating the leftovers (straight from the bowl, not even rolled up!) and thought, hmmm, there must be something to these little devilishly amazing bites!  These chocolates keep you coming back for more.  Great for a “la-tee-da” type of person, or someone you just want to impress. 🙂  You’re welcome.


Red Velvet MadeleinesRed Velvet Madeleines – Need a Valentine Day breakfast that will impress?  Try these little delights!  Perfect compliment with a nice cup of tea, or hot chocolate.  You and your sweet other will enjoy this as a nice change of pace.  Also great for a dessert at the end of the day, especially after a heavy dinner.  Want to jazz it up?  Serve it with vanilla ice cream.



Chocolate Strawberry ShortcakeChocolate heart shortcakeChocolate Waffles with Strawberries – Seriously, words cannot describe how amazing this breakfast can be.  Or dinner, should you decide to mix it up.  I have two pictures here because I made it the shortcut method with pre-made chocolate waffles, while my lovely blogging friend in Oklahoma showed an even better way to make them if you have the time and equipment.  Here is her link to make her fancy waffles.



Chocolate Covered Strawberries – a classic, and yet people still buy these rather than try to make them.  Friends, they are not difficult.  Plus your loved one will love you for trying to make them instead of buying them.  Trust me.  If you don’t believe me, look at who is making them in my pictures of that particular blog post.  My kids, when they were tiny!  Don’t like strawberries, roll some raspberries instead, they are a true delight as well.


Finished CakeHidden Hearts Cake – Remember when hiding pictures in a cake was all the rage?  Is it still a thing? I’m not sure, but it’s still fun to create, especially for your kids.  Enjoy the tale of my crazy adventure with making this cake. You will definitely get a laugh.




DIY Valentine Bracelet – This is a fun little project that you can create with the kids.  I definitely recommend following the instructions to make it work.  Seems simple enough, but can be a bit tricky if not careful.  Enjoy!




Valentine Cake Pops – I have found myself rolling into a Starbucks buying my kids these sweet bites, and each time I think, “ridiculous what I am paying for these when I know how much it costs to make them!! TONS of them.”  Are they difficult to make? Not if you follow the rules.  And your freezer is your friend when it comes to setting up the cake with the frosting.  I recommend making a red velvet cake with a dark chocolate outer coating – the best!

That’s it for now!  You can search my site for more delights, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am not a fan of “diets” but I do understand the concept of Paleo, and have decided to try a few recipes lately.  I have been eating real foods (most of the time), but the other concepts out there are also pretty close when it comes to ingredients used.  Paleo, while a strong favorite for many people, is not on my top list, only due to the cholesterol count that runs high (genetically) in my family.  Red meats and eggs are not my friend (even though they taste fabulous!)  So it doesn’t work for me, but if it works for you, by all means, go for it!

In the meantime, I did try a beautiful recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  I love how this recipe does not have eggs, milk or sugar in it.  It uses almond meal, honey and coconut oil as the foundation.  Perfect!  The only ingredient I had to pick up at the store was the almond meal!  One fast stop at Trader Joe’s, and I’m armed and dangerous… 🙂  If you don’t have a TJ’s near you or the local store doesn’t carry almond meal, you can create it quite easily on your own.  Just Google it!  Me?  I hit the lazy button and bought it.

This batch only makes 8 cookies.  What?  8?   I know!!  Trust me, we’re only eating to satisfy our craving of sweets, so how many do we honestly need?  Gosh… that’s like someone telling me to only eat one potato chip.  Sure…  Well, my husband would say double the batch, and I might have to agree.  This recipe is too good!

Recipe (with only one tiny modification) by Oatmeal With a Fork.

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • scant ¼ t. sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • shake of all-spice
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 4 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the almond meal, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and all-spice together.  Add the oil, honey, and vanilla and mix everything together.  Add in 1 Tbsp water (or a little less if batter seems moist enough.)  Mix, and then add chocolate chips.  Bake for 10 minutes until golden edges appear.  Let set for 5 minutes (do not remove until the cookies sets.)  Enjoy!