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9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

February 14, 2017

9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

A bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates might be the most traditional, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day gift-giving, there is so much more out there to show your affection for the ones you love. Whether you’re looking for a special surprise for your spouse, child or friend (and don’t forget to treat yourself, too!), these options are as sweet as can be.

The hand-made details—a dark denim rosette, metallic heart cut-out and hand lettering—of this wood-grained Love Frame ($11.99) make it an extra-special perch for a favorite photo.

 

 

How cute is this Together Makes Life Beautiful pillow ($9.99)? One side features a heartfelt message, while the other is covered edge to edge with x’s and o’s.

 

With its heathered gray tones, comfy knit fabric and sweet screenprint, this Inspired Hearts Hacci Raglan Hoodie ($19.99) should be required attire for a cozy movie Valentine’s Day date at home.

 

Whether or not it’s sandals season where you live, you can’t help but go googly-eyed after one look at these Emoji Heart Eyes Flip Flops ($3.99).

 

Any modern romantics in the house? If you prefer crisp and clean-cut designs to pink, red and frills, pick up this Derek Heart High Neck Screen Tank ($4.99) with a simple black-and-white motif that nods to Valentine’s Day without seeming overly sappy.

 

With it’s powder pink hue and sugar-sweet message, this Heart String Art ($9.99) is just the right fit for the littlest valentine in your life. Bonus points for adding these utterly adorable Rainbow Heart Sunglasses ($3.99)

 

Wear your heart on your sleeve with this Crystal Bangle with Heart ($7.99). Between the rose gold-tone metal and the twinkly crystal heart and band, it’s right-on for Valentine’s Day.

 

Lapel pins are making a comeback, big-time! Your BFF would really dig the Orion 3 Piece Bff Heart and Donut Pins ($3), which would look super-cute pinned on a jean jacket or backpack.

 

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Homemade Raspberry Valentine Pop Tarts

February 10, 2017

Homemade Raspberry Valentine Pop Tarts

As a kid of the 80’s, Valentine’s Day meant making valentines boxes out of whatever you could find at home-most of us getting really creative with a cereal or shoe box, construction paper, tin foil, or any other materials we could find around the house.  It meant buying “valograms” for 25 cents through student council to send to your friends.  It meant exchanging valentine cards and all the excitement in seeing what candy you would get.  It meant a school party, where the afternoon was spent eating unhealthy food and playing games.  It was a day full of sugar and sweetness in so many ways!

These days, my favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is just showing the love to those in our lives! Whether homemade valentines sent in the mail, or fun messages wrote to classmates, just personalizing and actually putting love into whatever you give means a lot to some of us.  My favorite is baking fun and yummy treats to give to neighbors, friends, and even mail to our loved ones miles away!!! It’s just a good feeling to know you are thought of!  So this Valentine’s day, give your hand a try at these Raspberry Valentines Heart Shaped Pop Tarts.  Anyone receiving these is sure to feel the love this Valentine’s Day.

 

Raspberry Valentine Pop Tarts

Pastry Dough:

2 C flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 C butter room temp

2 egg yolks

¼ C milk

 

Filling:

Raspberry jam

 

Egg Wash:

1 egg white

1 Tbsp water

(use fork to beat together) and set aside

 

Icing:

1 C Powder Sugar

1 Tbsp Cream

½ tsp almond flavoring

1 Tbs raspberry jam

(can add some red food coloring if you want icing darker)

 

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl.   Cut in 1C unsalted butter with pastry blender.  In separate bowl combine 2 egg yolks and 1/4 C milk. Using pastry blender mix with dry ingredients. Refrigerate dough overnight.

Roll dough (on floured surface) 1/8 inch thick (do not roll thicker, they rise).  Cut out heart shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheets. (I use airbake sheets).  Makes about 15 hearts(top and bottoms) of medium sized cookie cutter.  I divided dough in half so I knew how many bottoms I had.

 

Use a small melon baller to place two small drops of raspberry jam as shown.  Use finger to run egg wash around edges of hearts, place another heart on top and gently press around edges being careful not to squeeze jam out.  Then take small chopstick end and press around edges to seal.  Lightly brush with egg white wash and then bake at 350 degrees for 15-18mins, move to cooling rack.  Once completely cooled drizzle with frosting mixture. Let dry before placing in wax paper bags or storage.

 

Family Food

Hot Fudge Lava Cakes

February 10, 2017
Hot Fudge Lava Ckes

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I like to stay home and cook for my wife. It’s easier than fighting through the crowds and is a nice gesture for some brownie points. Usually after I plan the meal I want something simple to make for dessert. Hot fudge lava cakes are always a hit and we have made it a tradition in our house.

Ingredients

These hot fudge lava cakes are made with ingredients you probably already have in the pantry and only take about ten minutes to get in the oven. Easy peasy.  Brownie points, here I come.

ingredients for lava cakes

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a microwave safe dish.

butter and chocolate

Mix It

Mix together the melted butter and melted chocolate to create a chocolate-y goodness base. Then add in your powdered sugar and eggs.

lava cake mix

Mix everything till it is combined.

mix it lava cakes

Pour It

Pour the batter in to well greased individual sized cups. I use some ramekins that we already had on hand. They work great to make any individual sized treat.

lava cakes in dish

Bake It

Bake up these puppies and be ready for the chocolate-y goodness. The best part about these is that they don’t have to come out of the dish perfect. If they crack a little is just lets you show off your culinary skills and how good you are at making chocolate lava flow from a perfect little cake.

chocolate lava cakes

See, it doesn’t have to be perfect like your spouse. Just put a plate with chocolate on it and she will be just fine.

Chocolate lava

Finishing Touches

You could really add anything to these perfect little lava cakes to garnish them. Raspberries, a sprig of mint, ice cream, caramel or melted peanut butter. I mean it’s chocolate so ya, add anything. Today I’m adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a chocolate drizzle. I call this valentine fancy.

hot lava cakes

Grab a spoon and dig in.

Lava Cakes

Now you have a sweet treat sure to wow your significant other this Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients

4 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate
½ cup butter
1 c of powdered sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
6 tbsp flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
Butter custard cups or souffle dishes
Microwave the chocolate and butter for one minute on high or until butter is melted.
Stir with a wire whisk until chocolate is completely melted.
Stir in sugar until it is well blended.
Whisk in eggs and egg yolks.
Stir in flour.
Divide the batter between prepared custard cups.
Bake 12-14 minutes or until sides are firm, but centers are soft.
Let stand one minute.
Carefully run a knife around the cakes to loosen.
Plate and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

 

Written by guest Blogger, Ryan (Husband Extraordinare)

Décor Party & Event Ideas

DIY Valentine Heart Decor

February 7, 2017
Valentine DIY

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we have a quick and easy DIY Valentine heart decor project that will have your home swooning in no time.

Gather Supplies

The supplies are simple. Glue gun, heart punch, scrap paper, sticks and any embellishments you want to use make this super easy creation.  If you don’t have a heart paper punch just cut out one heart and use that as your pattern to trace around for the rest of the hearts.

supplies needed

Punch or cut out as many hearts are you want to put on your tree.  Just keep trusting us on the sticks, it turns out super cute.

punch out paper hearts

Arrange

Arrange the sticks in some sort of container. You could use a vase, bucket, or a glass pitcher. Use the glue gun to carefully glue the hearts onto the sticks. We would suggest you arrange the sticks how you want them in the container and then glue the hearts on based on how the the sticks lay naturally. You can glue as many hearts or as little hearts as you want, it’s YOUR creation! You could also do different size hearts or write cute sayings on each heart.

heart sticks

Embellish

Use embellishments to add your own personal style.  You could add glitter or buttons to the hearts.  You know, crafty things like that.  We added a little black and white bakers twine to give the red mason jar a little extra something.

valentine heart

Admire

Step back and admire your new DIY Valentine heart decor You can place this anywhere that needs a little pop of color for the holiday. An end table, shelving or a buffet would all be really cute with this lovely DIY piece.

diy valentine decor

This simple DIY decoration adds that perfect touch for the holiday. Style it with some other products from Gordmans like we did here.

Share with us your creations on Instagram and use the tag #gordmans so we can see the endless possibilities!