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Valentine’s Day Family Fun

Valentine’s Day ~ The celebration of romance and love!  My dad always said it was another Hallmark holiday…😂!  As a child, it is such a fun day to share Valentine’s cards and specialty candies with your friends.  But it can be so much more than that.  Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I have always loved this holiday and I still do.  For us it evolved into a special time to have some Valentine’s Day family fun!

If your children are of school age, you are probably already working ahead with them to create their decorated box or bag to collect their precious valentines in.  IF, due to Covid this year, you don’t get to do this at school, take the time to still make one for home.  Ask family members to send valentines to fill their goody box!  While in the planning process, why not make a special breakfast to start their day out right?

Valentine’s Day Breakfast ~

Mornings are hectic, I know!  But with just a little planning, it doesn’t take much to make breakfast special for this day!   Over the years, we have added food coloring to different food dishes to match the theme of the holiday…some have been great…and some not so much! For example, I urge you to NOT make green oatmeal on St. Patrick’s Day…I promise…it does not go over well!

Last year, Lauren got pretty creative with her breakfast ideas for the kids.  Suffice it to say that they LOVED it!  It consisted of red, heart shaped pancakes with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

They also had some festive strawberry milk.  She made a batch of strawberry milk ahead of time and poured it into heart-shaped ice cube trays.  When it was time for breakfast, they popped those ice cubes into a plain glass of milk….and voila!

There was a little planning ahead time.  Not too time consuming but oh so fun!  Next, let’s get to work on how we are going to present their Valentine goodies!  Need those fun ice cube trays….Get this 24-cube silicone heart mold by Wilton!  The trays can be used for ice cubes, gelatin, baking and candy molds!

Some other fun food ideas are:

Valentine Fruit Wands by afewshortcuts.com ~ This is an oh so easy yet festive snack recipe the kids will definitely love!

Valentine Grazing Board by ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com ~ Shove the diet aside for one day because you are going to love this Valentine’s Day grazing board!  yum!

Valentine Candy Poster ~

For many years, I would make a valentine candy poster for the kids.  It is such a fun way to give them their Valentine goodies.  It warms my heart that Lauren has continued this tradition.  They are so much fun to make and even more fun to receive.

I think it is easiest if you buy your candy first before making your Valentine poem.  Of course, you will want to try to work in their favorites.  This way you know what candy names you are working with to create the clever wording needed to make your poem work.

Types of Candy with Sample Sayings ~

Please don’t

You are  Extra Sugarfree Bubble Gum Slim Pack - 10 / Boxspecial

I love you to Image result for Reeses pieces

I wouldn’t trade you for Image result for 100 Grand bar

You are the best kid in the See the source image

Sending you hugs & Hershey's Kisses - 1 piece

This Valentine’s Day is going to be a Image result for Whoppersof a day!

To my   Sweetarts - 1.8 Oz Roll

You are A--zing!

You’re no!

You Skor - 1.4 Oz Baran A!

These are just a few examples of how you can create your own personalized Valentine’s poem.  There are so many clever sayings you can create with the names of the candy in it.  In fact, it is not only fun to make one for the kids but have fun and make one for your honey too!

Valentine’s Day Family Fun Continues ~

Now you weren’t planning on just handing these works of art to the kiddos, were you????  Of course not!  They need to work to get their special treats!  After all, you put a lot of time into making that Valentine poster for them.  So how do you suggest we do that?  Glad you asked!  Have you ever played the Yarn Scavenger Hunt game?

Items Needed for the Yarn Scavenger Hunt ~

1 color of yarn for each person playing

A room that has items to crawl under and over

Not too bad, right?  You will start off by choosing one color for each child and tying one end of each ball of yarn to something in the room.  This will be the starting point.  You can start everyone off at the same point or in different areas.  Weave the yarn over couches, under chairs, around tables.  Safety is key, but you want them crawling over and under as much as possible….even over each other at times when their yarns cross each other.

They will collect the yarn as they go in an effort to get to the end and ultimately to their Valentine candy!  For such a simple game, you will enjoy watching the children laugh hysterically as they race to get to the end.

Of course, once they get to the end of their yarn, they will be gifted with their candy poem poster.

You can also have fun decorating cookies in fun Valentine’s Day shapes.  Although the cookie and icing recipe I shared in an earlier post was for Christmas, you can still refer back to it for the recipes.  Click here to find the cookie recipe and icing for your Valentine’s Day cookies!  Making cookies is always a fun festive idea!

Whatever you choose to do to make this day special….be sure to have a full day of Valentine’s Day Family Fun!!!!

Love ~ Shelly

 

 

 

 

 

Mouthwatering Apple Strudel Recipe

Imagine for a minute… you are curled up by a cozy fireplace in a warm, fuzzy blanket.  The room is aglow with colorful lights emitted from the Christmas tree.  Suddenly the scents of apple and cinnamon begin to fill the room.  What is that amazing smell?  Then a perfect little pastry is handed to you, and not only is the smell out of this world but it is almost too pretty to eat.  You soon decide that you would forget about how pretty it is and bite into the mouthwatering Apple Strudel recipe that was just shared with you.

Heavenly, delightful, appetizing, delectable and irresistible.  They must have slaved all day long over this dessert that is tantalizing your taste buds.  Nah!  While it looks and tastes amazing….it’s a pretty simple recipe.

Mouthwatering Apple Strudel Recipe ~

Use this link for a printable version of the Mouthwatering Apple Strudel Recipe

Step by Step Instructions ~

Step 1 ~

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Either line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.

*TIP* – You will definitely want to use a baking sheet with raised sides…otherwise, you will be very unhappy when you have to clean your oven (*voice of experience speaking to you here 🙄)

Step 2 ~

Spread Wewalka puff pastry sheet evenly out on baking sheet and set aside.

*TIP* – I have used the frozen Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets in the past, which are wonderful.  However, I just discovered these refrigerated Wewalka puff pastry sheets and they are so much easier since you do not have to spend time thawing them out!

Step 3 ~

Peel, core and thinly slice apples.  I use my apple peeler, corer, slicer from Pampered Chef.  I have had this tool for years and I absolutely LOVE it! LOVE LOVE LOVE this Pampered Chef Apple Peeler Corer Slicer!!!

There are different versions of the apple peeler, corer, slicer out there and I have read many reviews.  Some have the suction cup base, which seems nice if you don’t have a countertop with a ledge to attach the clamp version.  However, you need to pay attention to the reviews of the ones that don’t hold the suction very well.  Speaking from experience, I am a BIG fan of the Pampered Chef version.  I just attach it directly to my counter top and have those babies peeled in a matter of minutes!

Step 4 ~

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, lemon juice, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour.   Once the apples are evenly coated, spread the mixture lengthwise down the puff pastry sheet.

*TIP* – I would use a slotted spoon and not get all of the juice that you see in the above picture.  The apples will create more natural juice as they are cooking, which will still leave you with a very juicy apple strudel.  We made a second one with less of the juice and it turned out perfectly!

Step 5 ~

Next, cut one inch sections along both sides of the pastry sheet.  We found that 11 strips made a good number of sections for braiding the dough.  Start taking every other section and pull up and over the apple mixture in a braided fashion.

Step 6 ~

Whisk the egg in a small bowl until frothy.  With a pastry brush, cover the top of the mouthwatering apple strudel with the egg wash.  Then sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Step 7 ~

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Seriously!!!  Isn’t your mouth watering right  now?  You guys, this is truly such an easy recipe that there is NO reason for not making this mouth watering Apple Strudel Recipe for your family!  Of course, it was even better when we had it last week because Karleigh and I got some good mother-daughter baking time together.  Priceless!  Add it to your list of recipes for December.  This would be a great dessert or perfect with that Christmas morning coffee!!!

 

 

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