Valentine Heart Pancakes – Using DIY Tinfoil Shapes (A Tutorial!)

I wanted to make something sweet for my family this Valentine’s Day – and I wanted that sweet thing to be chocolate chip pancakes before school.  But not just ANY chocolate chip pancakes: I wanted to make them in the shape of hearts.

Just one problem…. I don’t have any heart-shaped pancake molds or even metal cookie cutters to use.   I did have some plastic heart cookie cutters though, and I figured I could somehow MacGyver heart molds out of tin foil.   I set out to experiment and did a trial run with my all-too-willing preschooler.  Here’s how to make them!

Tutorial: Heart Pancake Molds from Tinfoil


1) Start with a plastic heart-shaped cookie cutter – even if you just have one, you can make several molds.  Do these a few days ahead, and you’ll be ready to cook up some love come Valentine’s morning!

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Cute Valentine’s Day Ideas: DIY Candy Bowl

Valentine's Day Candy Bowl

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If you are hosting a Valentine’s Day party or just want to get into the spirit, you are going to want to round up cute Valentine’s Day ideas! And while you might think that equals spending big bucks, you might be surprised! The truth is you that you will find many cute Valentine’s Day ideas can be whipped up for just a few dollars or less.

In fact, take a peek at this adorable Valentine’s Day candy bowl! Looks are quite deceiving with this project! With just a few easy supplies, you can create one yourself in no time. Here is how!

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Valentine’s Day Dinner: Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

 

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If you happen to be staying in on Valentine’s Day and are looking for an easy Valentine’s Day dinner, Crock Pot Lasagna is a fabulous option!  Several years ago, I found this recipe for Crock Pot Lasagna and fell in love.  I use a bottled spaghetti sauce but add additional spices to give it a homemade taste.  If you keep browned ground beef in the freezer (read more here), it will cut your preparation time dramatically.  After the recipe, scroll down as I have also included a couple of pics to answer any questions you might have.

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Easy Valentine Recipes | Chocolate Pretzel Hearts

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If you’re wanting some easy Valentine Recipes to make with the kids – here’s a super simple crowd pleaser!

These Chocolate Heart Pretzels only take minutes to make and are easy enough to let the kids help. Plus – you can send them to school for their class Valentine Party!

Keep reading for directions to make this and other easy Valentine recipes:

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5 Ingredients to Perfect Pretzels: DIY Valentine’s Day Pretzels

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My family loves soft pretzels. So after looking for an easy to follow recipe online we decided to give it a shot. In keeping with this months blog theme of Valentine’s Day, we decided to make heart shaped pretzels. It is the perfect Valentine’s Day food and if you are looking for a yummy Valentine”s Day recipe, this is it! I was even able to sneak in a math lesson for my daughter on measurements, which is a mini review of this weeks math focus! It is a beautiful moment when you can enjoy some fun family baking together and make an educational lesson out of it! Five ingredients are all you need!

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Valentine Cupcakes with X’s and O’s (Save those Red M&M’s and Sixlets!)

photo credit:  Martha Stewart

Valentines Cupcakes with X’s and O’s

It may be a little early to start thinking of Valentine’s Day, but I wanted to give you a heads up before you eat all the red Christmas Candy you’ve been buying!

Here’s a super cute – AND EASY – idea I saw for Valentine Cupcakes over at Martha Stewart!  I bet lots of us have been finding clearance deals on Christmas colored M&M’s or Sixlets – all you need to do is save the red ones in a little Ziploc baggie for Valentines Day!

To this end, I am FORCING my children to eat all the green Sixlets from some clearance candy we got at the Dollar General this week.  They are very broken up about it :)

 What else would you use Christmas Candy for?  Leave your ideas in the comments and we’ll possibly feature it in a future post!

Valentine Cupcake Recipe:Handheld Eats that are Tasty Treats!

Valentine's Cupcakes

If you are looking to whip up sweet Valentine’s recipes, you don’t need to worry about spending a lot of money or time in the kitchen. With about 45 minutes and a few simple ingredients, you can whip up this sweet and colorful Valentine Cupcake recipe. These cupcakes are perfect for gifting, school bake sales, or just to make and enjoy with your family!

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Valentine Day Dessert Recipes: Peanut Butter Valentine Heart Cookies

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I absolutely love Valentine dessert recipes.  Just make a couple adjustments to your regular favorite recipes and viola’ before you know it you’ve got a super cute Valentine themed dessert.  In this case, I took my mom’s special recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies and added a chocolate heart.  They turned out super good and were so easy to make!!  If a way to a man’s heart is through is stomach, then this recipe is the way to my man’s heart for sure!  He loves Hershey’s chocolate and peanut butter, put the two together and I’ve got one happy man!!

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