Showing posts with label Valentine's day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valentine's day. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Candy Cane Hearts!

If you have any candy canes left over from Christmas, this is the perfect reason to use some of them. These little Candy Cane Hearts are a fast and simple last minute valentine treat. And they are cute too!

Candy Cane Hearts
Mini Candy Canes 
White Almond Bark
Conversation Hearts
Place your candy canes like in the picture.
Make sure you use parchment paper or wax paper 
on your baking sheet under the candy canes.
Melt your white almond bark according
 to the package directions, then pour the 
almond bark into your heart.
This would be the perfect time to  place your candy
heart in the middle. As you can see, I forgot, and I had to 
add it at the end. You could also add red hots 
or red and pink sprinkles too!  Let set up.
Wrap in plastic, tie with a bow, and you have a quick and cute
valentine's treat!!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Candy Buttons!

Do you remember candy buttons? When I was a little girl, I just loved them! Did you? I made some sweet pink and red ones for Valentine's Day. You can tuck a couple in a little paper pouch for the perfect Valentine's Day treat for your special someone!
 Candy Buttons!
1 1/2 cups Confectioner's Sugar
1 Egg White
Red Food Coloring-liquid
White Paper cut into 2"x5 1/2" strips
Beat sugar and egg white until thick and smooth. 
This should take about 5 minutes.
Divide the icing into 2 bowls.
Drop one drop of red food coloring into a bowl.
Stir until icing is pink.
Drop 3 red drops into the other bowl.
Stir until it is completely red.
Cover up the pink icing so it doesn't dry out.
Use a pastry bag with a #2 tip, and fill the bag with the red color.
Pipe the icing onto the strips of paper in little dots.
Make rows so they look like the original candy buttons.
When the red icing is almost gone,
add the pink to the pastry bag, and continue piping your dots.
The color will flow from red to pink as you pipe.
Let the dots harden over night at room temperature.
A cute, simple, festive Valentine's Treat!



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Monday, February 11, 2013

Chocolate Heart Lollipops!

It's almost Valentine's Day, and I thought I would show you one of the little last minute gifts I made. I think it incorporates all of the Valentine's Day necessities~heart shaped, chocolate, sweet, and cute!

 Chocolate Valentine Lollipops
Good Quality Chocolate
Lollipop Sticks(1 for each sucker)
White Almond Bark
Heart Shaped Lollipop Mold
This is the lollipop mold I used.
I think I bought it at Michael's for about $2.
Melt your chocolate in a double boiler, and then
spoon it into the mold. It is not necessary to spray
your mold before putting the chocolate in.
 They will come out easily. After you have filled the 
heart, give the entire mold a tiny shake. Not a lot. Just
a little, and the chocolate will become smooth.
 Set the mold in the freezer for a few minutes.
 It will become solid  quickly.
Pop the chocolate lollipop out of the mold.
 Melt the almond bark according to directions.
Color a little of the white with pink color, 
and a little of it with red. Place the pink color in a pasty bag, 
and using a #2 tip, place a design on your chocolate lollipop.
Once the pink is dry, place the red in the same bag,
and pipe your design. Let dry.
Your lollipop is done!
There you have it!
Super simple and so sweet!


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Say Good Morning to Red Velvet Pancakes!

Here is one last Valentine's Day post, although this certainly does not have to be eaten only on Valentines Day! These are wonderfully delicious any and every day of the year.
Red Velvet Pancakes
(adapted from about.com)
Pancakes
1 1/2 cups Flour
2 tablespoons Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Milk
1 cup Buttermilk
4 tablespoons Butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon White Vinegar
2 teaspoon Red Liquid Food Coloring
Butter or non stick Cooking Spray

Cream Cheese Glaze
4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Confectioners Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon Milk, if needed
Preheat a griddle to medium high heat. In a bowl whisk together
the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt.
Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then add milk, buttermilk,
butter, vanilla extract, white vinegar, and food coloring,
whisking to combine completely.
Add the dry mix into the wet mix bowl. Stir just until
combined. Don't overmix.
Brush butter or pan spray on your griddle or frying pan.
Spoon batter onto pan. 
Cook until done.
Make the glaze by mixing the ingredients. Only add milk as 
needed. Just mix together with a fork. For best results,
make sure your cream cheese is really soft! That helps
it mix better.
Place pancakes on a plate and drizzle with glaze!

Happy Valentine's Day 
from The Freshman Cook!

Share the Day with Someone You Love!


My Heart Chip belongs with Pico!

There are few things I enjoy more than tortilla chips with Pico de Gallo. It's always the perfect appetizer, welcome at any party or get together. When you think about it, it's kind of a chameleon. It fits in everywhere.
Well, this Pico de Gallo will fit perfectly into your Valentine's Day plans. After all, it's red and white, and the chips are heart shaped!!
Pico de Gallo  and Heart Chips
Flour Tortilla Chips
2 Roma Tomatoes
1/2  Onion
Fresh Cilantro
1 Garlic Clove
1 Jalapeno (late for the pic)
Chop your Roma tomatoes into small bite sized pieces.
 
Mince your garlic.
Chop your onion into small bite sized pieces.
Chop the cilantro and the jalapeno.
Remove the jalapeno seeds, and mince the pepper.
Be careful not to touch your eyes after touching the pepper.
They will sting. Also be sure to not inhale the fumes when you are
seeding the pepper. They can make you cough.
Add everything to a bowl .
Cover and refrigerate. 
(The peppers are in there, they just were put in later)
Take the flour tortilla, and a heart shaped cookie cutter,
and cut out heart shaped chips. Place them on a baking sheet,
 spray the chips with pan spray, and then...
sprinkle with garlic powder. No salt here!
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool or eat warm.
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Homemade Chocolate Kiss!

I love chocolate kisses. I love to eat them right out of the bag, or sneak one off the top of a Peanut Butter Blossom. I love that they come in flavors and colors to match all the holidays. This Valentine's Day is a special one to me. My husband and I got engaged 30 years ago this Valentine's Day! So I make him this chocolate kiss with a special message that I hope he likes. This is easy to do, and I love the personalization. These would be great for a wedding, a wedding or baby shower, or a birthday. By designing the message you can express how you really feel!

Homemade Chocolate Kiss
12 ounces Milk Chocolate 
Vegetable Oil
Pan Spray
Medium Size Funnel
Aluminum Foil
Message Printed on White Paper

Melt the chocolate over low heat,
Add vegetable oil as needed to make the chocolate smooth.
This is the funnel I used. This is the middle one in a set of three.
I covered the bottom with foil and taped it on.
I sprayed the inside with pan spray.
 Then I set it in a glass measuring cup. The measuring cup
is a stable holder for the funnel.
Pour the melted chocolate into the funnel.
Set it in the freezer until it has set, then
flip over and release it from the funnel.
Cut the top down. The marks on the chocolate are from 
the foil being wrapped and unwrapped. It doesn't usually 
look like this. It is usually very pretty and smooth.
Wrap the chocolate with foil, twisting the foil.
Print a saying  with  the computer. When you print it,
leave some space to the right, so you can tuck the 
blank space into the kiss wrapping.
Attach your message and watch the lucky recipient smile!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Disappearing Valentine Danish!

These little danish are so cute! I filled Pillsbury Crescents with chocolate and cherries, and caramel bits, rolled 'em up, baked 'em up, and drizzled some glaze on them. I call them Disappearing Danish because they disappeared from the plate way too quickly!
Disappearing Valentine Danish
Cherry Filling
Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Caramel Bits
Crescents
Glaze for Danish
1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
1-2 teaspoons Water
I made Cherry Danish,
Chocolate Caramel Danish,
and Chocolate Cherry Danish.
Roll up the crescent dough.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. These take longer then the
plain crescents because they are stuffed
with all the ingredients.
While they are cooking, make your glaze. Add water
until you get the correct consistency.
Drizzle with the glaze.
Happy Valentine's Day!