July 29, 2014

Valentines Day dinner

photoshop-heart-brushes-21Valentine’s Day is just a week away and now is the perfect time to get your kids in the kitchen with some quick and easy recipes and promises of taste tests.  Instead of sending the same paper Valentine’s Day cards with the same old hard to chew Sweetheart candy, try spending a little time with your kids in the kitchen and create some one of a kind Valentines you and your kids will remember for many years to come.

Variation on the Traditional Valentines

You can choose to make things as easy as you want this year.  If you’re pressed for time, just pick up some pre-made and pressed in sheets of sugar cookie dough, heart cookie cutters, icing, red food coloring and gather the kids in the kitchen for some quality time.  Teachers and classmates alike will be much happier to receive cookies rather than the same old paper Valentines they get every year.  You can even put some white icing in a Ziplock bag and cut the very tip off and write your own “Sweetheart” messages.  These will taste better and be better for your teeth than the Sweetheart candies you buy at the store.
If you have a little more time and want to make it even more special, you can make your own sugar cookies from scratch.  My grandmother passed this recipe down to us and I use it whenever we want to make sugar cookies. To me, these are the best.  I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does.

World’s Best Sugar Cookies
Created By Noredda L.

2 Sticks of Margarine
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Oil
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
4 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Soda
1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Cream margarine, sugars, and oil.  Add dry ingredients.  Mix well.  Drop by teaspoons full of ungreased cookie sheets.  Sprinkle with sugar and flatten with bottow of glass.  Bake at 350 until edges are brown.

Valentine’s Dinner

Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so this is a great opportunity to gather the family together and create a fabulous Valentines Dinner.  Give everyone a job, split the work, and enjoy each other; the day is meant to be spent with your loved ones. Before Valentine’s Day sit down as a family, give everyone a  job in the preparation of the meal, and let everyone choose their favorite food to add to the dinner. Be sure and  go to the grocery early in the week so you can enjoy Valentine’s Day together without the rush of a grocery stop.  When it comes time to make dinner together, put some nice Valentine’s Day themed music on, light some candles, and spend some quality time with your family.  Make sure to give everyone a job, even the smallest person can help. A young child can tear the lettuce for a salad, stir the soup or cake batter, just about any job you feel comfortable with giving them. The important thing is to get everyone involved and to enjoy each other.  After dinner, try making heart-shaped red velvet cake with pink icing or have some more World’s Best Sugar Cookies!

Whatever you do enjoy each other and enjoy your day.

How are you going to celebrate??

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