I have such fond memories of Valentine’s Day from my childhood- making the shoebox mailbox to receive cards at school, matching my hot pink stirrup pants to a heart print t-shirt tied at the waist, and who could forget conversation heart mass consumption!
Every year, my mom usually makes Valentine’s Day cookies and sends them…sadly she is in Mexico this year on vacation, so I decided to whip up my own version of a treat with my kids. My son and I also put together a pennant banner for the mantle- simple, easy and timeless. Check out these two activities and let me know what you are doing to celebrate Heart Day!
Watercolor LOVE Pennant Banner
Rope or Ribbon
Cookie Cutters (letters spelling LOVE or similar)
Watercolors and paint brush
To make this pennant, cut out 5 (or as many as you want!) triangles out of heavy card stock. Punch holes in the corners of the short side of the triangles. Take your cookie cutters and paint inside them with watercolor paint (I had to hold the cookie cutter for my 3.5 year old, and he was able to “stay within the lines”). Give your child the length of rope or ribbon once the paint dries and have them thread the pennants on the rope. DONE! So cute!
(We actually used the pennant kit from Koala Crate- see my review of this Kid’s Subscription Box on The Little Style File here!)
Raspberry Butter Cream Filled Chocolate Hearts
I used to love Twinkies, Little Debbie Snacks, and anything else whipped-cream filled when I was little. Since I now know how insanely bad many of these processed snacks are for kids, I was thrilled to discover Simple Mills Baking Mixes. Their mixes have four times the amount of protein and almost half as much sugar as traditional baked goods, and are all natural AND gluten free.
And the taste? Well, my kids gobbled both the chocolate and banana muffins as soon as they came out of the oven. This product truly goes to show that real food tastes better.
The secret? They are made from almond flour, which makes for moist and rich baked goods. Also, they use coconut nectar instead of refined sugar; it has a much lower glycemic index than table sugar. Why is this important to me? I am hypoglycemic, and if I don’t monitor my sugar intake I am a total mess…plus the fact that a ton of traditional sugar + an active 3 year old doesn’t equal a lot of fun for mom. They are one of the Best Selling Muffin Mixes on Amazon.com for a reason!
Here is the recipe I created, I hope you love it as much as I did! I served it at my recent #BubblesNBites event, which you will see photos of VERY soon.
2 Simple Mills Chocolate Muffin Mixes
Eggs, Oil and Water according to mix instructions
1 cup softened unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
4 oz. raspberries
Splash heavy cream, if desired
Heart shaped cookie cutter
Yield: 8-9 heart “sandwiches”
Mix the two chocolate muffin mixes according to the directions and pour into a greased high-sided cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean (a bit longer than you would for mini muffins, but not as long as regular sized muffins). Let cool.
While the muffins are cooling, puree the raspberries in a food processor. Mix softened butter and raspberry puree together until mixed. Add powdered sugar a cup at a time; after mixed, add a splash of heavy cream if the frosting seems too thick.
Using the cookie cutter, cut hearts out of the mix. I found it easier to remove the excess mix from around the hearts, then using a small spatula, lifting the hearts from the pan. Using a piping bag, fill will the raspberry butter cream and pipe into a heart. Add another heart on top and repeat.
What traditions do you have for Valentine’s Day?? Please share, I love to see them!