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!

Healthy Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles

When I go grocery shopping, I have a lot that weighs on my mind.  I see so many prepackaged, put-together foods and I debate on picking up that boxed up item.  “It will just make my life a little bit easier…The kids love it… it’s simple.”  While I love to simplify my life, this is an area I do not.  So shopping with old training still bouncing around in my mind is my “head trash…” if you will.

What really does it for me is finding my kids loving my home cooked foods far better than eating out or eating processed foods.  Case in point.  Last night I had to pick up dinner after visiting my Mom who was in the hospital for a surgery.  I’m tired, and cooking wasn’t in the cards.  It meant I took shortcuts and picked up a roasted chicken, prepared mashed potatoes and some veggies in a bag to steam up.  I’m thinking that I did good.  Not so.  Everyone ate, because we were all hungry.  But all of us whined about the flavor and texture and the feeling of it being processed.  And believe it or not, that bag of steamed veggies were just not as good as a fresh batch of veggies, handpicked(NOT in a bag.)

So, do I cheat when shopping?  No!  This is when I am diligent and only buy foods that need to be cooked, chopped, baked, etc.  Real food.  Whole food.  From scratch food.  Whatever you call it, that’s how we primarily eat in our home, and it’s a huge benefit.

My kids are spoiled by this.  They want the best in flavor.  So, we make waffles from scratch now.  No more Eggos!  It broke my heart at first, but then I watched them eat a small portion of the waffles I made and found them FULL – for a very long time.  This is why we eat what we eat… and how we mostly eat at home.

Is it work? OH my goodness… yes, but it helps to do a little planning to ease the workload.  It also means getting off my “duff” and being that Mom and wife I strive to be!  The greatest part I see derive from this weekly task is that my kids and husband want to participate.  They are eager to help cook and bake, and I’m grateful for our kitchen to be a huge focal point in our lives, without expanding our waistlines.  🙂

Want the recipe I use?  Check out Lisa’s awesome website for waffles!  You won’t be sorry!