Simple Ways to Show Your Love
February 08, 2013
How about a Valentine's Day for two (or the whole family) that
doesn't call for reservations, uber planning or monthly payments?
We love to keep it simple.
FOR YOUR FAMILY: Breakfast in bed is always nice
and who doesn't love heart-shaped pancakes? Or how about a bowl of
heart-shaped comfort food for lunch or dinner? Bear with us for a
minute because this sounds fussy, but it's really not. What you're
going for here is an assembly-line-style way to create heart-shaped
carrots for your favorite chicken soup recipe. Start with a carrot,
peeled and trimmed at both ends. Then with a paring knife, cut a
triangular notch at the top of the carrot, the full length of the
carrot. Hollow out that long trench to create the top of the heart.
Then grab your vegetable peeler and shave away the bottom sides
with long sweeping peels to create the 'V' point at the bottom. Now
every slice is a ready-made heart. And it doesn't have to be
perfect. Follow your favorite chicken soup recipe, and add your
carrots for a bowl that's truly heartwarming. We've tried this on
kids and they love it! Serve with a side of rustic bread, crackers
or chips. (Hint: you could also do this with strawberries, kiwi and
bananas for a heart-shaped fruit salad.)
FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL: A love/like note in long hand
or maybe en masse, with construction paper hearts in fun colors.
Dedicate each heart to something you love/like about your
sweetheart then tuck them into a decorated envelope or mason jar or
tape them to a bedroom door or bathroom mirror.
FOR THE SWEET TOOTH: (which is, um, just about
anyone, right?): Valentine Pretzel Hugs. You can try any pretzel
shape as long as it holds a Hershey® Hug. Preheat your oven to 200
degrees. Layer a cookie sheet with parchment paper, a layer of
pretzels and top each with a Hug. Bake for a few minutes (4-5)
until they're soft and shiny, but still in their original shape.
Gently add Valentine-colored M&M's® or candy message hearts to
spread the warm chocolate. Pop in the fridge for a few minutes to
FOR FRIENDS: Create some pretty in pink bookmarks
that don't cost a pretty penny. Collect a few color swatch strips
from your local hardware store in a range of pinks and reds. Use a
round or heart-shaped hole punch to punch a hole in the top and
string and knot with a pretty ribbon (you could even add a few
beads before you knot the ribbon or twine). Write the date and a
Valentine's message on the back. For a special friend, place the
marker in a favorite book.
FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL: A hug and a kiss. Like you
mean it. Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but we're more
partial to special moments together. Especially on Valentine's Day.
Share the love and enjoy.
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