Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Valentine’s Day’ Category

DSC01183 DSC01178

DSC01208 DSC01209

Over the years, I’ve collected various heart ornaments and plates.  I use the heart ornaments at Christmas and then save them for Valentine’s Day.

DSC01181

DSC01206

DSC01202

DSC01210

Read Full Post »

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Read Full Post »

Here are a few last minute valentine crafts to add some Valentine cheer for your special day.

These handmade valentines are originally from a Paper Crafts magazine.  Scrapbook Girl made these adorable hearts with scrapbook papers, buttons and beads.  Step by step instructions are available  here.

These fans made of scrapbooking paper look great hanging in windows or from chandeliers … or tucked between decorative items on a fireplace mantel or bookshelf.  Pictures are from EAB Designs.

This adorable heart wreath by Craftberry Bush makes for a cute display with the simple candles and jars of sand.

And this beautiful newspaper heart wreath, also by Craftberry Bush.

These adorable valentine vases and votive holders from Rhonna Designs are made from mason jars, decorative papers, lace and ribbons.

These cute bon-bon filled hearts are easy to make.  Instructions by Martha Stewart can be found here.

Happy decorating!

Read Full Post »

If you’ve visited here before, you may know that I love using apothecary jars in my home.  It’s a great way to add seasonal or holiday touches.  Or, to simply display collections of small items that you love.

This post is devoted to Valentine themed apothecary jars.  There are all kinds of fillers you can use for Valentine’s Day …

  • Candy – one of my favorites for Valentines!  Any thing that’s a shade of red, pink and/or white will do.  Or turquoise or lavender …

Conversation Hearts, Gumballs, Candy-coated Pretzels…


Cotton Candy, Marshmellows, M&Ms, Salt Water Taffy, Chocolate Kisses, Jelly Beans, Cinnamon Hearts … 

Hot Tamales, Licorice, Good & Plenty, Red Licorice, Butter Mints, Dutch Mints …  You get the idea!

  • Old Valentine Cards or Vintage Postcards – start saving your valentine cards each year and soon you’ll have enough for a display.

Years ago, I bought several vintage Valentine postcards at an antique flee market.  One is postmarked from 1908.  I always find a place to display them for Valentine’s Day.

  • Sugar Cookies or other Valentine Treats

  • Red and white ribbons
  • Rose Petals — fresh (although you’ll need to replenish every few days) or artificial flower petals
  • Christmas Ornaments — in red, silver or heart-shapes

I don’t pack away my red mercury ornaments after Christmas.  I use them for Valentine’s Day — along with my red and silver heart ornaments.

Sources:  Style Me Pretty, OurNiftyNotebook.blogspot.com,  HouseofSmiths.blogspot.com, Anders Ruff Custom Designs, andBeeinourBonnet.com.

Read Full Post »

I made sugar cookies for our Valentine Card-Making party.  I used my mom’s recipe, which is my all-time favorite sugar cookie recipe.  I haven’t posted it on my blog before, because the dough is a little tricky to work with, as it’s a bit sticky.  But after trying four different sugar cookie recipes, my family and I think this makes the best tasting sugar cookies.

Usually I have my great helper and baker, Natalie, to help make sugar cookies for our card-making party.  But, she spent the night at a friends’ house so I had to frost them all myself!   (If you’re like me, you probably enjoy decorating the first 8 cookies or so … then you’re ready for them all to be frosted!)

I made hearts, lips and cupcakes … perfect for a party of 12-13 year olds and their moms, right?

Back to the recipe.  The dough needs to be refrigerated before rolling and cutting the cookies.  And, the dough tends to be sticky, so you have to use a well-flowered board.  You end up working in a bit of extra flour into the dough as you’re getting it ready to roll out.  But again, the cookies taste oh so good!

I think sugar cookies taste best when frosted with butter cream frosting  (instead of royal icing or fondant).   You don’t get the smooth surface, but the cookies taste so much better.  I use the Butter Cream Frosting recipe on the back of the Powdered Sugar box.  Sometimes I use royal icing to outline the cookies and add decorative lines and squiggles.  I just ran out of time to pipe/outline the cookies this time.

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups Flour

1  cup Sugar

1  tsp. Baking Soda

2 tsp.  Cream of Tartar

1  cup Salted Butter, softened

2 Eggs, slightly beaten

3 Tbs. Milk

1  tsp. Vanilla

Directions:

1.  Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda and cream of tartar.  (If I don’t feel like getting out the sifter, I just whisk the dry ingredients in a large bowl).

2.  Add the butter and cut it in as you would for a pie crust (using a pastry blender).

3.  Add the eggs, milk and vanilla to the flour mixture.  Mix with a wooden spoon.  Dough will be sticky.

4.  Wrap dough in wax paper and refrigerate for at least 1  1/2 hours.

5.  Flour pastry board and rolling pin.  Roll out dough, sprinkling with flour as you go.  Roll dough out to desired thickness.  Cut into shapes, dipping cookie cutters in flour before cutting.

6.  Bake cookies at 400 for 8 to 10 minutes (depending on dough thickness and your oven temp).

I use Silpat Baking liners, which makes it easy to remove sugar cookies from cookie sheet.

Butter Cream Frosting

1 lb. Powdered Sugar

1/2 cup Salted Butter, softened

1/4 cup Milk

1 tsp. Vanilla

In a medium to large-sized bowl, add powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla.  Use a hand mixer to beat the frosting until completely mixed.  Separate portions of the frosting and add food coloring for desired colors.

Read Full Post »

Read Full Post »

Are you looking for cute Valentine’s Day treats to make for your kids, friends or neighbors?  Check out these adorable treats …

Fill a cute basket, tin pail, or other container with Valentine’s candy.  (Target is always a great source for cute holiday containers.)  M&Ms always make a great filler — and you can get them in red, pink and white!  Decorate the container with your scrap booking supplies and embellishments.    -Making Memories

Or, fill a glass jar with your favorite candy.  Decorate the jar with ribbon, and create a cute wrapper and label using scrapbooking paper, punches and stamps.  So cute!     –My Chic ‘n Scratch blog


Cupcakes are always a hit!  You can start simple … decorating with red hots or red M&Ms … making Xs and Os.

Or get fancy with Red Velvet Cupcakes decorated with chocolate valentine cookies.    -With Style & Grace

Presentation is the key!  Don’t you just love these pedestals of cupcakes?   –I Am Baker (on the left) and Sweetopia (on the right)

If you are really brave, you can follow Amanda’s instructions to make this adorable Heart Cake. This is something I probably wouldn’t attempt.  I leave baking to my step daughter and sister.

But, I do LOVE all of the beautifully decorated baked goods that are featured on the I am Baker website.     –I am Baker


Decorate homemade cookies (sugar, chocolate, gingerbread) with royal icing and fun Valentine’s decorations.  My friend Jennifer at CookieInspirations showed us how to make these cookies at her Valentine Cookie class last week.


Or, you can go the somewhat healthy route, and dip strawberries in dark chocolate and roll in chopped pistachios.   –Martha Stewart

Have a great Valentine’s Weekend!

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »