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Although we are down to the wire for Valentine’s preparations, I came across a board on Pinterest that is full of fun and simple ideas! If you’re looking or something you can whip together at the last minute to wow your sweetie, check it out!

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Here are a few fun recipes sure to make your sweetie smile this Valentine’s Day…

heart cake finished

Valentine Heart Cakes

shell with hearts

Meringue Shell with Chocolate Hearts

Right before serving, cut hearts out of firm butter with a cookie cutter and accent your Cupid's Bread. Sure to melt your Valentine's heart!

Cupid’s Bread

(Okay, so this one isn’t sweet, but your honey will still love it!)

Enjoy!

Slushy Fruit Salad

strawberry finished

Stuffed Strawberries

chocolate-cookies

Chocolate Coconut Bars

pavlova finished

Chocolate Pavlova

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Chocolate Icebox Dessert

Chocolate French Toast

Chocolate French Toast

Pour over Vanilla Panna Cotta and enjoy! You can save the coulis, tightly covered in the fridge for about four days. It is also yummy on ice cream, pudding, yogurt, pound cake, a spoon...

Panna Cotta

A peek inside the cake. Just look at all that yummy chocolate and strawberry sweet goodness.

Chocolate Bombe

They really will think you've got magical powers if you make this for them for Valentine's Day.

Red Velvet Cheesecake

She Who is Now Craving Something Sweet

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Here’s a post I did in the past with Valentine Party Ideas… since the ideas are all still current, thought I’d share it again today!

Valentine’s Party Ideas

If you’re thinking about hosting a Valentine’s party, here are some easy tips to make your home look like the love bug has spun a magic little spell.

COLOR  – The three colors that scream Valentine’s Day and red, white and pink. The combination of the three leaves no doubt as to what holiday is being celebrated. You can use ribbons, crepe paper, balloons, streamers, cut-out hearts and fabric to set the scene for your event.

DECOR – There are a lot of easy and fun things you can do to add a pop of Valentine’s cheer to your home decor. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Add a red pillow to your couch or loveseat.
  • Mix reds with neutrals like beige, tan, cream, white or black for the biggest “Wow” factor.
  • Mix plain white serving pieces and dishes with a few red pieces for elegant flair.
  • Fill a white bowl with red candies, put red candles on a white plate or fill a glass container with red jelly beans or red hots for a fun accent.
  • Inexpensive fabric can be trimmed with pinking shears (to avoid fraying) and layered in a buffet setting to create a stunning  backdrop for your food.
  • Make a heart-shaped pillow and place on your bed. (Cut a heart pattern out of paper, trace onto felt, “stitch” with a satin ribbon, stuff and finish with a bow.)
  • Use red, white and pink candles for a festive touch.
  • Scatter fake rose petals around table tops or side pieces for a romantic flair.

INVITATIONS – Use a heart graphic or have your kids cut out and color hearts. You can also send Evites or electronic invitations to keep things simple.

FOOD – Have fun with the food you serve. You can cut bread into heart shapes with a cookie cutter or twist bread sticks into heart shapes. You can cut out meat, cheese, vegetables and fruit with heart-shape cookie cuttes to add fun accents to the meal. Italian is a good choice (think Lady and the Tramp) and something like spaghetti feeds a crowd easily. Add some heart-shaped bread and a salad with little heart-shaped pieces of cheese or cut out beets and you’ve got a fun meal. Finish it off with a decadent dessert or cupcakes frosted in red, white and pink.

She Who Really Likes this Holiday Color Scheme!

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One of the things people have been searching for online this week are graphics for Valentine’s Day.  I know this for a fact, because that is the most searched for thing that is bringing them to this blog. So here are a few graphics you can copy and use to your heart’s content.

And my personal favorite…

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If you’re thinking about hosting a Valentine’s party, here are some easy tips to make your home look like the love bug has spun a magic little spell.

COLOR  – The three colors that scream Valentine’s Day and red, white and pink. The combination of the three leaves no doubt as to what holiday is being celebrated. You can use ribbons, crepe paper, balloons, streamers, cut-out hearts and fabric to set the scene for your event.

DECOR – There are a lot of easy and fun things you can do to add a pop of Valentine’s cheer to your home decor. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Add a red pillow to your couch or loveseat.
  • Mix reds with neutrals like beige, tan, cream, white or black for the biggest “Wow” factor.
  • Mix plain white serving pieces and dishes with a few red pieces for elegant flair.
  • Fill a white bowl with red candies, put red candles on a white plate or fill a glass container with red jelly beans or red hots for a fun accent.
  • Inexpensive fabric can be trimmed with pinking shears (to avoid fraying) and layered in a buffet setting to create a stunning  backdrop for your food.
  • Make a heart-shaped pillow and place on your bed. (Cut a heart pattern out of paper, trace onto felt, “stitch” with a satin ribbon, stuff and finish with a bow.)
  • Use red, white and pink candles for a festive touch.
  • Scatter fake rose petals around table tops or side pieces for a romantic flair.

INVITATIONS – Use a heart graphic or have your kids cut out and color hearts. You can also send Evites or electronic invitations to keep things simple.

FOOD – Have fun with the food you serve. You can cut bread into heart shapes with a cookie cutter or twist bread sticks into heart shapes. You can cut out meat, cheese, vegetables and fruit with heart-shape cookie cuttes to add fun accents to the meal. Italian is a good choice (think Lady and the Tramp) and something like spaghetti feeds a crowd easily. Add some heart-shaped bread and a salad with little heart-shaped pieces of cheese or cut out beets and you’ve got a fun meal. Finish it off with a decadent dessert or cupcakes frosted in red, white and pink.

She Who Really Likes this Holiday Color Scheme!

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Just for fun, all this week I’ll post Valentine’s themed tips, recipes, ideas and ramblings.

Aren’t you excited, now?

I can hear the giddy clapping of your hands as you anticipate all the fun to come this week!

So today, I’m pilfering some fun ideas from other websites and sharing them here.

Red hot-filled vase with red tulips. Love this idea from Martha Stewart.

 

Sweet Treats from The House of Smiths. So fun!

 

Simple and sweet idea from Designs that Inspire to Create Your Perfect Home.

 

Heart Lollipop from Add a Pinch. How cute is this?

 

And Vintage Valentines from Amazon. These cute little cards are really speaking to me.

So there you have it… some fun Valentine ideas to get you started thinking about how you can make the holiday next week extra special.

She Who Needs to Get Busy on Some Ideas!

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If you’ve followed along with my blog this week, you have a fun appetizer with the fruit slush recipe from Tuesday, Cupid’s Bread from Wednesday and an easy recipe for Manicotti yesterday.

Today’s post is the final touch to your amazingly easy Valentine’s Dinner that is sure to knock the socks off your sweetie-pie.

Chocolate Mousse (from a mix, of course) fills these beautiful and simple meringue shells. Garnish with raspberries and chocolate hearts and you can’t go wrong!

Ingredients for Meringue Shells

Beat egg whites, add in vanilla and cream of tartar. Gradually beat in sugar and continue to beat until stiff and glossy.

Oh... shiny and so lovely!

You can drop dough by spoonfuls on baking sheet or pipe with pastry bag. I like the piped version better.

Piping a shell...

Make sure you make the sides higher than the middle. You are essentially creating a meringue nest.

Bake shells until lightly browned and set, then turn off oven and let them rest for one hour before removing to cool.

While shells are cooling, make chocolate hearts. Melt about two tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave (nuke in 10-15 second intervals so you don't overcook). Spoon melted chips into a Ziploc bag, cut a hold in one corner and pipe heart shapes onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

 

Pop in the freezer until set and ready to use.

 

When you are ready to serve, fill shells with Chocolate Mousse.

Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a rapsberry.

Garnish with chocolate hearts (you can add a swirl of chocolate or raspberry syrup to the plate as well if you like.) Then watch your Valentine melt in a puddle at your feet!

 

Meringue Shells

3 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 cup sugar

Chocolate Mousse Mix

Raspberries

Whipping Cream

Chocolate Hearts (see directions above)

Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add vanilla and cream of tartar; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy.

Drop eight mounds onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Shape into 3-in. cups with the back of a spoon. (Or pipe through a pastry bag.) Bake at 225° for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until set and dry. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1 hour.

Cool on wire racks.  Fill shells with chocolate mousse (follow directions on package), top with whipped cream and a raspberry and garnish with chocolate hearts.

Happy Valentine’s Entertaining!

From She Who Loves These Shells

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