A Touch of Valentines Day

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A Touch of Valentines Day!

When I was teaching elementary school, I was amazed at how important Valentine’s Day was to the kids.  Regardless of the fact that I required the kids to bring a Valentine for every student in the class, there was still… always… that nervousness by the kids that they might not get Valentines!  As I thought about that over the years, I realized that this  holiday – that celebrates love and caring is a symbol of having someone care about you.  So, even the smallest gesture can mean a lot. 

That’s why I sought out some simple easy ways to bring a little Valentine spirit into your home this year for the family. 

M&M Treats

I’m a sucker for the seasonal M&M candies.  They always come up with delightful colors that perfectly represent the holiday.  A bowl of holiday M&Ms is sometimes all I need to feel like a holiday is near.  This year, the pink and red and white combo of Valentine M&Ms just forced me to figure out a couple of ways to use them, so I found this great recipe for Blondies (brownies without cocoa).  The pale color lets the candies stand out.  Here’s the recipe.

Adapted from All-Recipes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup to 1 1/3 cup  seasonal M&M's

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
Melt 1/3 cup butter. Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix
well. Cool slightly. Add egg (beaten) and vanilla and blend well. Add
flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well. Mix in 2/3 cup M&M's.
Spread in 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sprinkle 1/3 to 2/3 cup M&M's on top.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Store in airtight container at room

You can also use cookie dough to make little cookie cups that hold a perfect palm-ful of the candies!

Simple Ideas that Say I Love You.

Here are the other ways that I found to make Valentines Day just a little special.

Make cupcakes with the cut-out frosting heart.
Create delicious cookie, whipped cream and strawberry sandwiches.
Use cookie cutters to make lunch sandwiches scream “I Love You!.
Cut out a sandwich love letter and seal it with a fruit roll heart.
Use Milk to draw a heart on your bread before toasting it. 

Hopefully, these ideas just get the juices flowing – and bring just a little more love to your home on Valentine’s Day!

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