VALENTINE'S DAY HOW-TO: EASY CHOCOLATE RECIPES and SWEET DIY CARDS

Want to do something sweet for your Valentine? I've got a few suggestions and they just could not be easier.

How to make Napoleons with frozen puff pastry

MAKE AN IMPRESSIVE (BUT OH SO EASY) DESSERT: STRAWBERRY NAPOLEONS

If he's taking you out for Valentine's Day, skip the dessert and have it at home with a lovely bottle of bubbly. There is something so special about a homemade dessert- especially when the dessert looks like it took hours to make. Use boxed puff pastry you find in the frozen food section of the store along with some fresh whipped cream and some berries infused in your favorite liqueur. Viola! You've got a pastry shop worthy treat that you can even shape into a heart if your heart desires.  Get the recipe...

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NOTHING SAYS LOVE LIKE HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Homemade treats are always a welcome gift-and chocolate always tops the list. These homemade chocolate truffles are better than most you find at the store and very easy to make. You can customize these chocolate truffles in your Valentine's favorite flavors and pack them in a tin or box lined with pretty cupcake or parchment paper.  Get the recipe....

how to make mini chocolate souffles recipe

BAKE HER (or HIM) A MINI CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ

Soufflés are impressive- mainly because people think they are so difficult. Shhhh- they're not. But your technique and timing are both important. You can make this recipe up to 30 minutes before you pop them into the oven. I love chocolate Soufflés paired with a liqueur-infused cream Angalise (yes, you can cheat and use melted vanilla ice cream instead of making your own Anglaise) Get the recipe....

How to make a heart design in coffee

MAKE YOUR SWEETHEART A VALENTINE'S DAY BREAKFAST (MAYBE SERVED ON A TRAY IN BED WITH A FAVORITE BOOK OR MOVIE?)

This year, Valentine's Day (February 14th)  falls on Saturday. The perfect way to start the day is to make your Valentine breakfast. 

START WITH COFFEE...

Start with milk you froth in the microwave or with a whisk and create a symbol of love right in her coffee cup....  a coffee 'card" if you will. Even if you are not an artist like the baristas at your favorite coffee shop or you don't have a cappuccino machine or milk frother at home (I don't have one) you can still whip up this sweet treat with a Mason jar or a whisk. If your Valentine doesn't drink coffee, our friend Robin suggested to use the heart template to sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on bread for cinnamon toast. Get the how-to...

how to make a dutch baby puffy skillet pancake recipe

MAKE A PUFFY SKILLET PANCAKE

A big, puffed up skillet pancake- also called a Dutch Baby- is always a hit when you bring it to the table. When you go the extra step to decorate it with a powdered sugar heart or chocolate shavings, it is even more impressive!

For the heart decoration, simply cut a heart from some brown craft paper or tin foil. Place it over the pancake and dust over it with powdered sugar or cocoa from a mesh strainer. You've got an instant Valentine! Get the recipe...

Strawberry Nutella Stuffed French Toast recipe

FOR THE KIDS: STRAWBERRY NUTELLA STUFFED FRENCH TOAST

Who are we kidding here? I'd love it if someone made me this decadent stuffed French Toast for Valentine's Day- or any other day, for that matter.

Stuffed with fresh strawberries, marscapone cheese, and Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut spreaed... do you need to know anything else? Get the recipe...

AND WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FORGOT THE CARD...

Make a DIY Valentine. You don't have to be super creative or have perfect penmanship like all the folks on Pinterest.I think it is perfectly okay just to write out your sentiments out like I did with this little flip book. Get the how-to...

Wishing you a sweet Valentine's Day!

FORGOT THE CARD? MAKE A DIY VALENTINE FLIP CARD IN A HURRY

FORGOT THE CARD? MAKE A DIY VALENTINE!

There's no reason to get caught without a card this Valentine's Day. You can easily make your sweetheart a flip card from anything you have around. I actually made this one from stuff I had in my car! (But friends do call my car the 'Swiss army car' because it has every possible thing you might ever need in it.)

how to make a fast DIY Valentine flip card

You can come up with anything you want for the title. I called mine "The 14 Reasons I Love You". This is soooo easy, so sweet, and it will get you a lot of brownie points. A homemade card is so much better than a store-bought card. Use scrap paper, scrapbooking paper, stationery, or card stock you might already have around the house. Even a thick wrapping paper or a brown paper lunch bag can work. Use a hole punch and ribbon, twine, yarn, or even wire to hold it all together.

You can certainly go the extra mile and print these out using some fancy font on your computer. But I happen to think this handwritten version is sweet and sentimental.

SUPPLIES

  • Card Stock, scrapbook paper, or brown paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch or an awl (an ice pick can even work)
  • Ribbon, twine, yarn or any other fastener
  • Marker or pens

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the paper to the size you want. I used some cards I already had that were the size of business cards.
  2. Punch a hole in the top of each card. Make sure they all line up. If you can't punch them all at one time, use the first one as a template for the others. You can punch one in the corner or do 4 punches like I did. One on each end and two in the center to tie a bow.
  3. Write out your sentiments on each card. Make sure not to write too close to the top or you will not be able to see it once you tie the fastener.
  4. Stack the cards and secure with the ribbon.
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