Valentines Day Sweets & Crafts

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Hi Friends

Valentines Day is right around the corner, if you know me, you know I'm always looking for any excuse to give gifts, bake sweets and get elbow deep in some fun DIY crafts. 

I know everyone doesn't have a Valentines, but that doesn't mean you can't get in on the fun. 

Create fun, crafty, handmade Valentines day treats for coworkers, friends, family, and yourself.  


Lets get to it!

Fruit Roll Up Fortune Cookies
How cute are these fruit Roll Up Fortune Cookies
Not only are they adorable, thanks to www.sheknows.com they are easy to make.
Supplies Needed
- One Box Fruit Roll Ups
- Permanent Marker
- Parchment Paper *do not use plan white paper
- One 2inch round cookie cutter
  1. Write message on parchment paper with Permanent marker
  2. Unroll Fruit Roll Up and cut into 4 even squares
  3. Stack the 4 squares on top of each other and cut with cookie cutter
  4. Place message in center of stacked circles and fold in half like a taco
  5. Grab corners and crease in the middle, pinching to form the fortune cookie shape. Pinch the shape together in the middle until it sticks and stays folded
  6. Pass them out as your Valentines
For picture step by step directions click here

Glow Stick Valentines
Who has the time and money to spend creating Valentines. These Glow Stick Valentines fit the bill, they are cheap and quick to replicate. 
Supplies Needed
- 20 Glow Stick 
- Hole punchers
- Free Downloadable Printable click here
*you can find glow sticks at your local 99cent store  
  1. Print and cut free Printable
  2. Write to and from on back 
  3. Punch holes at top and bottom of card
  4. Pop a glow stick in each one

For picture step by step directions click here

Crayon Heart Valentines

Supplies Needed
- 20-30 colorful crayons
- Silicone heart shaped cookie pan
- Colorful paper
- Permanent Marker
- Scissors
- Double sided tape
  1. Unwrap all Crayons and cut them into 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces
  2. Place different color crayons in silicone cookie pan
  3. Bake Crayons at 230 degrees for 15 minutes
  4. Pop out heart shapes crayons and set aside
  5. Cut out hearts, circles, or squares
  6. Write to and from or a cute like "happy valentines day for 'crayon' out loud"
  7. Stick one crayon on cards with double sided tape
Red Velvet Popcorn


My boyfriend's Mother loves popcorn, when I found this recipe I instantly though about her. I know she will enjoy this homemade treat. Its also a great treat to bring into the office to share with your coworkers. How doesn't like popcorn???

Ingredients
- 8 cups popped popcorn
- 3 cups Red Velvet Cake crumbs (about 1/4 of 9x13inch cake)
- 20oz white chocolate or while melted candy 
* air pop about 1/2 pop corn kernels, or use 2 bags microwave popcorn lightly salted/buttered or natural
* bake boxed red velvet cake, you only need 1/4 of it, when cake is cooled crumble up 3 cups of it, you do not have to be exact
Directions
  1.  Put popped popcorn into large bowl
  2.  Melt white chocolate according to package directions
  3.  Pour melted chocolate over popcorn and stir to coat   completely 
  4.  Pour popcorn onto waxed paper lined counter and sprinkle with red velvet crumbs
  5. Let it dry completely before eating
  6. ENJOY!!
* Store Popcorn in air tight container for up to 2 days 

Recipe found at www.thenovicechefblog.com

Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
Here are two things I love cheesecake and brownies what more is there to say??? 

Ingredients

- Red Velvet layer
  - 3-1/4 cups flour
  - 2-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  - 3 tbs cocoa powder
  - 1 tsp salt
  - 1/2 tsp baking powder
  - 3 large eggs
  - 1 cup veggie oil
  - 4 tbs milk (divided)
  - 1 tbs vanilla extract
  - 1 tbs red food coloring
  - 2 tsp white vinegar
- Cheesecake layer
  - 2-8oz packages cream cheese softened 
  - 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  - 2 large eggs
  - 2 tsp vanilla

Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease 13x8 jelly roll pan with butter or baking spray
  2. In large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, coca powder, salt, baking powder and set aside
  3. In medium bowl whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons milk, vanilla, red food coloring, and white vinegar
  4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients until completely combined **batter will be super thick and moist, almost a moldable texture, that's what you want
  5. Remove 3/4 cup of batter and place it in a medium bowl 
  6. Whisk in remaining 2tbs milk (into 3/4 cups batter you just removed
  7. Set aside 3/4 cup batter and pour remaining batter into prepared jelly roll pan using a spatula, smooth out the batter to reach all edges
  8. Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes
  9. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined and there is no lumps
  10. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of Red Velvet layer and smooth mixture until it reaches all the edges
  11. Drop spoonfuls of remaining Red Velvet batter, that you mixed with milk, onto the top of the cheesecake layer
  12. Drag knife through red velvet and cheesecake layers to create swirls
  13. Bake for 30 minutes rotating 1/2 way through or just until center is set and it no longer jiggles
  14. Let cool on wire rack completely before cutting 
  15. Use medium sized heart shaped cookie cutter to hearts
  16. ENJOY!!
Recipe found at www.novicechefblog.com 


That's all today folks
I hope you enjoy today's postings as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it. 
Blessings Friends
Mary 


References
www.thenovicechefblog.com
www.buzzfeed.com
www.sheknows.com
www.deliacreates.com











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