Tag: Valentines

Tasty Tuesday: Sharing Some Valentine Love

Peanut Butter Heart Cookies via Jennifer Maune

Jennifer Maune: Peanut Butter Heart Cookies

I had so much fun making these cookies with my five-year-old. She’s at such a fun age. We’re just getting to the point where we can have full conversations and she’s wanting to help with everything, and wanting to go with me everywhere. She’s my little bestie. She always likes to help in the kitchen but this was the first experience where I told her the order of ingredients and she wanted to put them all in herself. We had so much fun baking together. She kept stealing bites of brown sugar, and of course, couldn’t resist the cookie dough once it was all mixed. I love experiencing these moments with her…this is everything I imagined motherhood would be. She pretty much made this batch of cookies herself (with my assistance of course) and she even rolled them into little balls in preparation for baking. They turned out so yummy and I’m excited to share this recipe for our Peanut Butter Heart Cookies. READ MORE


Tunnel of Fudge Cake via Anita Stafford

Anita Stafford: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

According to recent statistics, the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2016 will spend almost $150 to show their affection. Of course, some will spend considerably more if they opt for the whole sweetheart package. According to the New York Post, the five items most purchased for a significant other are: a box of chocolates, diamond earrings, a dozen roses, dinner for two, and a bottle of champagne. Those five items can add up to over $500, all in the name of love.

I’m sure your sweetheart is worth the cost, nevertheless, not everyone wants to spend such an exorbitant amount of money. Perhaps a home baked cake would be sufficient to communicate your fondness for that special someone. READ MORE



Lacie Ring: Cupid Munch

This recipe is so easy and quick to throw together. I promise you that it takes me longer to snap the pictures than it does to make up Cupid Munch. READ MORE

Cut Out Sugar Cookies via adventurespfmel.com

Mel Lockcuff: Crisp Cut Out Sugar Cookies

What makes this recipe special is that my mom taught me how to make it, just like a lot of recipes I love to make. She is the best at making these yummy Christmas cookies, and she taught me everything I know about baking them.

To make these cookies special, all the Christmas cookie cutters come out, along with my old friend, the rolling pin. We roll and re-roll the dough, cutting out snowmen, Christmas trees, bells, and stars.

After the cookies have baked and cooled, it’s time to decorate, and the kids have so much fun with this. Jaden’s cookies are usually decorated to the hilt; they make my teeth hurt just looking at them. We keep the decorating simple, using butter knives to spread the icing on… Then sprinkle a few of our favorite sprinkles to add a little crunch.

These sugar cookies usually end up on a plate with a glass of milk come Christmas Eve. And they always disappear; so apparently, Santa likes them too. READ MORE


Red Velvet Cake Batter Cookies via Ricci Alexis


Ricci Alexis: Red Velvet Cake Batter Cookies

Well the other day I was at Target and they had all of their Valentine’s baking stuff on display and I decided to grab a red velvet cake mix fully intending on making some cupcakes to take to work for my birthday. I got home and realized I forgot the icing so I had to kill that idea, just my luck, but then I remembered all of those recipes I had seen for cake batter cookies and the idea was born! READ MORE


Valentine Trash via Amanda Farris


Amanda Farris: Valentine Trash

We’ve had a fun week of celebrating and gearing up for Valentine’s Day. As a homeschooling mom, planning crafts and activities around the holiday’s is part of the fun!

This past week we’ve had a tea party, math activity, made Valentine slime, fun snacks, and a craft.

We actually have tea parties often. The kids love it and it breaks up routine. Not to mention, I love watching their little personalities act so “proper” at our sophisticated backyard tea parties with animal crackers and sliced cheese.

For our Valentine’s tea party, part of the fun was making the snack for the party. We spend LOTS of time around our kitchen island making huge messes. It’s exactly what I had envisioned when we built our house. READ MORE



Cassie Celestain: Healthy Organic Granola Valentine’s Treat

BINGO! There it was! The kind of Valentine treat I was looking for for Ryan! An Apple Cinnamon Granola with Hazelnuts and Cranberries recipe. Ryan eats granola daily, yet he really does enjoy having variety, so why not try a new yummy granola recipe! READ MORE

Ceri Wilkin A Matter of the Heart for Valentines {Foodie Friday}

By Ceri Wilkin of Recipe Doodle

From our first Valentines together, my husband and I have always cooked at home, a matter of the heart rather than the menu.

Initially it was simple, luscious pasta dishes, both of us inhabiting the kitchen, easily and joyfully cooking together. Then, as we moved out of our cocoon for two, and included friends in our celebration, the dinners became more complicated, transforming into elaborate, four course meals but still maintaining the fun and intensity from those evenings early in our relationship.

This year, I wanted to move outside of my comfort zone, to surprise and delight my wonderful husband and our friends. In relationships, food, and in life, I believe it is important to try new things. These recipes are an interesting, unexpected, surprising, but delicious and delightful mix of sweet and savory.

Ceri pork tenderloin with white chocolate sauce


Coffee Encrusted Pork Tenderloin with White Chocolate Sauce
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  1. 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  2. 3 teaspoons flour
  3. 3/4 cup broth
  4. 2 ounces white chocolate
  5. 1 pork tenderloin, sliced into 3/4 inch pieces
  6. 6 tablespoons finely ground coffee, for dredging
  7. salt and pepper
To make the White Chocolate Sauce
  1. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the butter has melted add the flour and mix well.
  2. Gradually add the broth, stirring constantly. Let the sauce cook on low heat for approximately 10 minutes, stir regularly. Add salt to taste.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the white chocolate, stir until melted.
For the Pork Tenderloin
  1. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet, over medium heat
  2. Season the slices of pork tenderloin with salt and pepper, then dip them into the ground coffee, coating both sides.
  3. Cook the pork until done, about 5 minutes on each side.
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Ceri White pepper ice cream


White Pepper Ice Cream
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  1. 1 3/4 cups milk
  2. 1 1/4 cups cream
  3. 2/3 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon whole white peppercorns, lightly crushed
  5. 6 egg yolks
  1. Over high heat, bring milk, cream, half the sugar plus peppercorns to a boil in a 2 quart saucepan. Reduce heat to medium, cool, whisking constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, cover and let mixture steep until infused with nots of peppery spice, about 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, into a bowl, discard peppercorns. Wipe saucepan clean and return mixture to pan; bring to a gently simmer over medium heat.
  4. Whisk remaining sugar with egg yolks in a bowl until thick and smooth. While whisking constantly, slowly pour half of the hot milk mixture into the yolk mixture to temper the yolks and keep them from curdling. Stir tempered yolk mixture into remaining milk mixture in saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens to a custard-like consistency and coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer custard to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly against the surface of the custard to keep a skin from forming.
  6. Chill custard completely.
  7. Pour chilled custard into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturers instructions until custard is churned and thick.
  8. Transfer ice cream to an airtight storage container, freeze until completely set, at least 4 hours.
Adapted from Saveur
Adapted from Saveur
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 me by noel



 I am a wife, mother and recipe follower. For years I have tackled one new recipe a day – some are fabulous, some are not. In a past life I was an Occupational Therapist, rugby and netball player, belly dancer, lesson taker of golf, tennis and wine appreciation. My husband owns pizzerias, my father was a butcher, my mother a caterer, my older brother makes the absolute best birthday cakes and desserts you will ever taste, my younger brother owns restaurants in New Zealand and my kids love to eat. I am thrilled to share my cooking adventures and the recipes I have tried with you.