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Valentine DIY

I co-teach the kindergarten Sunday School class with my boyfriend, Tim.  We usually have a plethora of personalities to keep us busy, but this week a lot of people were sick.   We only had one little girl named Amelia.  She’s as sweet as can be and usually really shy. However, this week we got her to open up more because she was the only one.  Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, we decided to ask her if she liked any boys at school.  After much prying, we discovered the name of her crush.  I’m not allowed to tell you who it is because it’s top secret.  We had fun teasing her about it though.  She always insisted that “He’s not my boyfriend!”  But he totally was.

After that lively discussion, we taught her the parable of the pearl of great price.  Since we had some time left (and only one kid in class), I decided we could make some Valentine cards.  She decided to give it to her brother. Oh well…

I found this idea on Etsy and thought it was the cutest thing ever.  It looked simple enough to make, so I thought I’d give it a try!  If you are making this with older kids, they could probably do fine cutting everything out themselves, but you can make it easier by pre-cutting the pieces.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Colored construction paper
  • Pen
  • Small ribbon

First, cut out all the pieces.  For each card you will need:

  • 6 small hearts (use the first one as a template to cut the others so they’re all the same size)
  • 3-8 clouds
  • 2 baskets

Use the blue construction paper for the card so it looks like the hot air balloons are in the sky.  To make the balloons, put glue on half of two hearts. I didn’t have a glue stick when I was taking these pictures so I used tape.  But the ones we made in class with the glue stick were a lot easier.

Then attach another heart to each of the glued halves.

now you can put glue on the back and stick it to the card.  Do the same thing for the other balloon.

Now you’re ready to glue on the baskets below the hearts and draw the strings! Then sprinkle the clouds around.

Making the little bows was kind of tedious, but it’s too cute to leave out.

Now for the most important part… Open it up, and add your special message!

I really had fun making these.  After we helped our little student with hers, Tim and I both made one.  Then, our friend, Mary came in and made one!  I don’t always take the time to make handmade things, but doing crafts is a great way to bond with people.  Plus, who doesn’t love getting a handmade card?  I give this one 5 stars because it would be a great thing to do with kids of all ages, and it always turns out looking great!

I made them with the two-year-olds I babysit. They were so proud of their cards!

On a side note, I finally got to try out my candy molds!  Back when I posted about my dark chocolate recipe, I mentioned that I didn’t have any good molds, so my sweet Aunt Denise mailed me some! Thank you, Aunt Denise!!!

Here’s how they turned out! I tried some new flavors — some good — some not so good… but they looked amazing! I’m definitely going to make them again!

The peanut butter cups were everybody’s favorite.

I hope you all have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sending love,  Abby

Got Chocolate? DIY Valentine Gifts

plated-fudge-
Fudge doesn’t have to be for Christmas-time only!  At our house “anything chocolate” equates to a ♥ fantastic gift ♥ for my Chief Love any time of the year!

This fudge was gifted to us this Christmas by our friends Peggy and Barnett.  I will be making it this week for my funny Valentine. ♥ (Recipe posted at the bottom of this page.)

wlnt fudge pie sing
And then there is Walnut Fudge Pie.  I use to make this really, really often for our bed and breakfast guests.  My Chief Valentine  ♥ ate leftovers often.  But these days … well, a homemade walnut fudge pie will be a big  Valentine’s Day hit!

Sm Plate peanut clusters
Just in case I haven’t convinced you to make some homemade chocolate goody for your  Valentine ♥ this week, let me introduce you to Crock Pot Peanut Clusters.  

Milk Chocolate Semi-sweet Chocolate Peanut Butter Chips
White Almond Bark And of course PEANUTS!

Peanut clusters platedMy sous-chef dish-washing mom made a big batch of slow cooker peanut clusters today to share with friends this week!   Check out the recipe here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Blessings, Catherine

The Way of Love

 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.       1 Corinthians 13

The Best Fudge
 
Fudge recipes are a dime a dozen, but this recipe is worth a million bucks and beats them all!
Author:
Recipe type: Candy
Ingredients
  • 1 small can evaporated milk (5 oz.)
  • 3 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1½ sticks real unsalted butter
  • 1 small jar marshmallow cream (7 oz.)
  • 12 oz. bag of mixed semi-sweet chocolate and peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts*
Instructions
  1. Lightly butter a 9" x 9" baking pan.
  2. In a heavy pan, cook milk, sugar, and butter until a drop in cold water forms a soft ball, (approximately 5 minutes), stirring continually.
  3. Remove from heat and add morsels stirring until melted.
  4. Add the marshmallow cream and continue to stir until all is combined.
  5. Mix in chopped walnuts* Optional.
  6. Pour into prepared baking pan and let cool.
  7. Cut into squares after it is firm and cool.
Notes
Recipe can easily be doubled.
Recipe provided by my friend Peggy Payne.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy V Day BalloonIt is Valentine’s Day and I didn’t buy one single piece of chocolate for my love. I don’t plan on baking anything today in celebration. Before you get the wrong idea, my love is still my love, and I am still his Valentine. However, we just spent 3 weeks traveling, eating out most of the time, and the scales sitting in the corner of the bathroom screamed at me today … NO MORE! 🙂  HowevV Day Lee in the kitchener, my Chief Valentine didn’t see the scales as shown by the delightful dinner he and my step-son Rob, prepared for mother and I.  Rib-eye steaks on-the-grill, roasted sweet potatoes, garden-fresh green beans, and the best garlic bread ever.  When I asked how he made such delicious garlic bread, he grinned and said “it’s a secret!”  Hmmmm, guess I am going to have to work on getting that recipe 🙂

V Day Red Velvet CakeWhile the Chief and his son confessed they didn’t actually make this Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese frosting, they did congratulate each other for knowing this is the dessert of choice for Valentine’s Day!  When looking back through the recipes shared on my blog I realize I have never posted my Aunt Mattie’s Red Velvet Cake recipe, which is my go-to recipe.  I will put it on my to-do list!

I hope you have had a blessed day and above all know the Valentine blessing that comes from our Heavenly Father.

Valentine John 3-16

~Blessings, Catherine

Weekend Roundup And A Little Bit More!

Walking Through the Bible in One Year —
Bringing the Story to Life
This weeks reading plan per day:
Monday (Gen. 25-26) Tuesday (Gen. 27-29)
Wednesday (Gen. 30-31) Thursday (Gen. 32-34)
Friday (Gen. 35-37) Saturday (Gen. 38-40)
Sunday (Gen. 41-42)

What a ride this week! Baking, birthdays, baking, eating, and I am even right where I should be with my walking through the Bible in one year!  This week I heard from a friend who has decided to read the Bible this year and is reading along.  She thanked me for the scripture posting, I thank the Lord we live in a country where we can share our religion and faith is such a public way.  Life is good 🙂  Before I roundup the week in pictures from my recipes this week I thought I would share from a couple favorite food blogs.  With Valentine’s Day coming up fast and furious, I shared a recipe for Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.  However, the Brown Eyed Baker cranked it up a notch with Red Velvet Cheesecake, which I absolutely adore!  This picture is beautiful as well!
The Cheesecake Factory makes the best I have ever eaten.  But then again, I haven’t ever made this recipe.  I didn’t have to look to far to find these Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. 
And just in case peanut butter and chocolate are what haunt you in the darkness of night … or Valentine’s Day, I stumbled upon a blog called Parsley, Sage, Desserts, and Line Drives.  My curiosity in the name caught me but this picture has stopped me in my tracks.  Click on the blog name or the picture to take a look at some of this baker bloggers other extreme baking treats!  I am in awe.I hope you have enjoyed these beautiful photos and a little walk through sugar-land just in time for Valentine’s Day in case you are feeling adventurous this weekend!

And if you missed these deliciously easy Crunchy Pecan Coffee Cake Muffins last Monday you can find the recipe when you click on the picture.  These will delight your family and be a great addition to Sunday brunch!
Even though we don’t usually eat white bread, this bread was a winner this week hot out of the oven, as sandwich bread, toasted in the morning, as a gift to a friend and the final pieces were the crowning touch to my culinary assistant’s 81st birthday!  It is back to whole wheat bread for us, but the diversion was lovely!

This week I learned  that when bread reaches 200 degrees F. right smack in the middle — it’s done!  That little nugget of information is worth the white bread calories right there!

I am finishing this week with a how-to in making chocolate dipped strawberries.  This morning I received an email from a friend who said she has tried dipping strawberries before without much success.  This is an easy and delicious way to enjoy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.  Just remember … don’t over-heat the chocolate in the microwave as it will burn quickly.  Many blessings for a weekend as sweet as this chocolate and as juicy as these berries!  Bon Appetit’

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