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Cherry Bars plated

If your sweetheart is a cherry fan (or dessert lover in general) these bars are easy to make and taste so good, especially warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Make your sweetie smile and make up a batch for Valentine’s Day.

Cast of cherry bar characters

Cast of cherry bar characters

Cream butter and sugar then add eggs, extracts and mix. Blend in dry ingredients.

Cream butter and sugar then add eggs, extracts and mix. Blend in dry ingredients.

Grease pan and spoon half the dough into the bottom.

Grease pan and spoon half the dough into the bottom.

Spoon in cherries.

Spoon in cherries.

Spread them out to every corner.

Spread them out to every corner.

Top with remaining dough by dropping on top. Don't try to spread. You want blobs and globs.

Top with remaining dough by dropping on top. Don’t try to spread. You want blobs and globs.

While the bars are baking, mix your glaze. Add milk, almond and vanilla extract to powdered sugar.

While the bars are baking, mix your glaze. Add milk, almond and vanilla extract to powdered sugar.

cherry bars glaze

Then when the bars and done and still hot, pour glaze over the top.

Then when the bars and done and still hot, pour glaze over the top.

And try not to eat the whole pan before you can share with the one who makes your heart pitter-patter.

And try not to eat the whole pan before you can share with the one who makes your heart pitter-patter.

Cherry Bars

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. almond extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. slat

1 (21-oz.) can cherry pie filling

Glaze

1 cup powered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

2 tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan. (You can double the recipe and bake in a large 15 x 10 baking pan).

Cream butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs and mix. Add extracts and blend then stir in dry ingredients.

Spoon half the dough into the baking pan, pressing down lightly. It will be sticky.

Pour pie filling over the dough and spread out.

Drop remaining dough by the spoonful on top of filling.

Bake for 40 minutes, until top is golden brown. Drizzle with the glaze and serve warm. A scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it even better.

To make the glaze – combine sugar with extracts and milk. It should be very thin and pourable and smell deliciously of almond.

She Who Made Her Sweetheart Happy with These Bars

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raspberry muffins group platedNothin’ says “Be my Valentine” like a little lovin’ from the oven.

These raspberry muffins are easy to make and you can prepare them the night before (and days before and freeze) then warm up Valentine’s morning for breakfast. They are moist and sweet and guaranteed to be a hit with your sweetie (unless of course they don’t like raspberries, then you are on your own.)

Ingredients for Raspberry Muffins

Ingredients for Raspberry Muffins

Combine dry ingredients then stir in melted butter.

Combine dry ingredients then stir in melted butter.

Mix egg, milk and vanilla together then add to batter.

Mix egg, milk and vanilla together then add to batter.

Blend until mixed, but don't over stir. The batter will still be lumpy.

Blend until mixed, but don’t over stir. The batter will still be lumpy.

Gently stir in raspberries.

Gently stir in raspberries.

When they are well blended, spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.

When they are well blended, spoon into paper-lined muffin cups.

A heaping spoon should do it. I am not, however, the queen of uniformity.

A heaping spoon should do it. I am not, however, the queen of uniformity.

You need a box of sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar).

You need a box of sugar in the raw (turbinado sugar).

And sprinkle a little on top of each muffin before putting into your 400 degree preheated oven.

And sprinkle a little on top of each muffin before putting into your 400 degree preheated oven.

Serve warm with butter melting into every little crevice.

Bake about 12-15 minutes until tops are lightly browned. Serve warm with butter melting into every little crevice.

Bake about 12-15 minutes, until tops are lightly browned, then remove from oven.

Yum!

Raspberry Muffins

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups raspberries

Sugar in the Raw (Turbinado Sugar)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.

Melt butter then stir into dry ingredients.

Mix egg, vanilla and milk together. Pour into batter, stirring until blended, but you want to leave a few lumps in the batter.

Gently fold in raspberries.

Spoon into a muffin-pan lined with paper baking cups. Sprinkle tops with a little turbindo sugar (optional) for a sweet little crunch on top when they are baked.

Bake about 12-15 minutes until tops are lightly browned.

Remove and serve with butter (or plain).

She Who Loves Raspberry Treats

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If you’re looking for a fun little way to say I love you, how about making a Heart Message Board you can leave love notes on all week.

heart board finished 1

Using contact paper and dry erase markers, you can change the message every day.

heart board ingredientsI found this roll of marvelous contact paper at the dollar store. Sometimes the things I find there are quite surprising. You’ll need contact paper, a piece of cardboard, ribbon, trim, glue, scissors and a nail.

heart board cut to sizeMeasure a piece of contact paper to completely cover the cardboard. Leave the side edges long.

heart board taper edge

Cover the front of the cardboard and fold edges around to back. Trim the side pieces at an angle so when you fold them in, they taper out from the center¬† (like an envelope) and won’t show. I like layering the edges in the center because it keeps the paper from coming loose from the cardboard.

heart board coveredIt should look like this when you finish. Nice and smooth with no wrinkles.

heart board glue trimNext, glue your trim on in a heart-shape. I placed mine then glued a little section at a time. You can use plain white glue, craft glue or hot glue, your choice. I used white glue and held it in place with push pins until it dried.

heart board nailUse a nail to poke two holes, one in each top corner, for the ribbon.

Heart board ribbon cornerAdd the ribbon and knot each end in the back. Trim off excess.

heart board sharpieIf you want, you can write something like “Love You Because” in permanent marker and draw a line then fill in the blank every day, or leave the whole thing blank and write a message every day. Just remember to use dry erase markers for what you want to be able to change daily.

You could also use this as a big Valentine card and could write the message in permanent ink.

heart board finishedYou can hang it up for your true love to see each morning or give it to them as a gift.

She Who Loves Heartsy-Crafts

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mason jars

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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