Valentine Treats

Since Sarah is hosting Pinning it Down today, I thought I’d share a couple of treats I made for the family for Valentine’s Day. Obviously, it’s too late to re-create these for this year, perhaps you can pin them for next year or adapt them to another celebration you have coming up.

But before I show my projects, I want to wish Sarah from Amongst Lovely Things a very happy and safe delivery of her blessed baby girl. She is officially ‘overdue’ and is anxious for her darling daughter to make her appearance. May God bless you both with a healthy delivery!

The projects…

First, I made a basket of gifts for the family based on this idea from sixsistersstuff.com. The original idea had a separate gift for each of the 14 days leading up to Valentine’s Day. However, a couple of the suggestions weren’t possible for us to do due to allergies {and I couldn’t come up with anything better} so I decided to use what we could do and place it all together in one basket.

The original pin had someĀ  free printables, but I was also low on color ink so I had to improvise. I got out my cricut and cut these heart-shaped locks out of pink paper. Then I hand-wrote the the loving puns. The kids loved reading the puns and laughing at them. Then they all enjoyed digging into the feast. Here are a couple of close-ups of the puns we used…

 

 

Everyone seemed happy with their treats and they were a lot of fun to make!

This post is linked to Pinning It Down – did you try something off your pinterest boards this week? Join the party and let us know what you did!

This post is also linked to Titus 2sday and Women Living Well.

Pinning It Down {5} – Breakfast Casserole

I missed last week’s Pinning It Down *sigh* – chaotic week! But this week I get to combine Pinning it Down with a quick breakfast solution. This recipe arrived in my inbox one morning and it looked simple and delicious, so I pinned it. It was for a one-minute egg casserole. While I am learning to be a better homemaker, I am still NOT a morning person. So this sounded like a great solution – it was quick and contained three food groups! So we tried it one morning; and it made a return appearance the next morning! Diva really liked it a lot; LegoFan was a little on the fence, but even he opted for it over his usual favorite the next morning. So I think we have a winner.

I apologize that this is not a really pretty photo – it’s not a really pretty meal. I mean it IS a casserole. But it’s not important how pretty it is, as long as the kids will eat it!

It is SO simple to make. All you do is break up some bread, add some milk and shredded cheese, then one egg. Mix it all up and microwave it for one minute. Done! Please click through to the original website for the exact recipe. Try it, you’ll like it…

I also tried another item I pinned to my Helpful Tidbits board. Amy Bayliss had done a post on Cajun cooking and this tip was found there. She said that if you put your onions in the freezer for about 20 minutes before you need to cut them, you don’t cry!!! This was something I had to try. So last night, I was making burritos and was adding sliced onions and peppers. I remembered that tip and decided to try it. Ya know what?! IT WORKS!!! Not one. single. tear. Ya’ll (said in my best southern accent as a tribute to Amy) are just going to simply have to give it a try.

Looking forward to seeing what other pinned down this week (and last week ’cause I’m just a wee bit late…). Feel free to follow me on Pinterest.

This post is linked to Pinning It Down, Titus 2sday, and Raising Homemakers.

Chocolate Waffles – Pinning It Down {3}

This week I was looking forward to pinning a few things down. This link-up party has really made me think about doing these things on pinterest NOW instead of some arbitrary day in the future. The only problem? We can’t seem to kick this cold – it’s been passed around from Diva to LegoFan to me, and back to LegoFan. And the only person who can’t seem to get rid of it completely is me. So glad my family shares with me!

So, instead of pinning down a couple of things during the week, I found myself looking for a recipe for Sunday night’s dinner. I had promised Diva that we could have waffles a few days earlier, as we enjoy breakfast for dinner! But the problem was that I had lost my favorite waffle recipe when I lost everything on my hard drive this summer. It was from Crystal Paine’s (Money Saving Mom) Make Ahead Batters {Crystal, if you read this, how do I get another copy of your wonderful book?} Boy, do I miss that recipe… It was quick, simple, and delicious. Can anyone help a Mama out?

Anyway, I found this recipe for Chocolate Waffles and decided to give them a try. After all, I also needed some serious comfort food after the Ravens lost that game. What heartbreak! I mean really, that WAS a catch in the end zone. They should have gone for the tie field goal the first time. Then, they should have made that last field goal. I mean, who misses a 32-yard field goal, especially when the Super Bowl is on the line?! But I digress…

So, as I was saying I made Chocolate Waffles from here. They were relatively easy to make, but did require three separate bowls to make the batter. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when you’re physically not feeling up to par and your team’s no longer going to the Super Bowl, well, three to clean is just too much. But, they were delicious.

Here they are right after they came out of the waffle iron:

And here they are after we added the necessary topping:

I was told by both children that this was a “keeper!” So I guess we will be making them again. I’m looking forward to seeing what everybody else Pinned Down this week!

This post is linked to Pinning It Down.