Valentines 2016

This Valentine’s day was one that I really looked forward to. This year fell on a Sunday which means that we started the day out with church! So we got up and headed to church, once there ( in service) Daniel fell asleep because he had stayed up really late 2 of the 3 nights before and then pulled an all nighter on Saturday so he wouldn’t (hopefully) have to spend all of Sunday doing homework. Also during service, the organ stopped working mid song and the speaker right above the choir would not stop making this annoying high pitched noise which made singing even harder. Once choir was over there was a free lunch/ bible study planned for the young adults at the church and we gladly attended! 🙂 The topic was on the Prosper Theory in which God is like Santa and only exists to grant all of your greatest wishes. We all basically said that we disagreed with this theory but that God can grant your prayers and wishes but only in His timing and not every prayer or wish. After the fellowship time and debating was concluded we were off to opera practice. Daniel went on in and sang with the choir and I sat out in the hallway and listened to the beautiful music and even sang along after sitting there for a bit. The language was Latin and the style was classical which we sing in church all the time so it was easy for me to pick up on. While sitting in the hallway I decided that I want to take voice lessons again! I have missed the learning and community that came with it and want to get back to that again. Once opera practice was over we came home!!! Yay! So we had plans to watch our new movies (which we gifted each other for Valentine’s) but that plan fell through. What new movies you may ask….???? StarWars 1-6!!! Well, that didn’t happen. 😦 Daniel had to spend almost all of Valentine’s Day doing homework also. Both of us can’t wait till he is done with school!!!

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Oreo Truffles Valentine’s Hearts

Ingredients
  • 24 Oreo cookies-crushed into fine crumbs
  • 5 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 12-14 oz. high quality white chocolate (you can use white chocolate candy coating or vanilla almond bark)
  • Heart shaped sprinkles-optional
Instructions
  1. Line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Crush whole Oreos with the filling in a really fine crumbs and combine it with softened cream cheese.
  3. You can do this by hands, press it with a back of the spoon, or use a mixer with paddle attachment(the mixture is really thick and I prefer to knead it by hand).
  4. When it’s all evenly combined transfer the mixture onto baking paper and spread it in an even layer about ½ inch thick (or more, depending how large is your cookie cuter).
  5. Place the tray in the freezer for 45 mins (or more) until it’s harden enough for cutting.
  6. Cut out the truffles with heart shaped cookie cuter and place them back in the freezer for 20-30 mins(truffles must be frozen before dipping into chocolate).
  7. Line another tray with baking paper and set aside.
  8. Take a few hearts from the freezer ( so the rest won’t soften while you are working) and dip one frozen hearts at the time into melted chocolate with a fork. Tap off the excess chocolate and transfer the hearts onto baking paper and top with sprinkles (if you don’t want to dip them twice in the chocolate). If you want to cover the truffles with second layer of chocolate( like I did), then after first dipping into chocolate, place chocolate covered hearts in the freezer to harden the chocolate faster and repeat the dipping process, and then top with sprinkles.
  9. Work in small batches because the heart must be frozen when place them into melted chocolate.
  10. Store in an airtight container in the fridge(or freezer for longer storage).
  11. This recipe makes 16-20 small (about1.5 inch) hearts.

 

http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/oreo-truffles-valentines-hearts/

Love Sign

I also made a fun LOVE sign from a canvas that I had stashed in my craft room closet.  I am SOOOO happy with how it turned out!  If you have a Cricut or any other die cut machine you can make this pretty easy.  I just cut the letters and heart shape out of some vinyl, stuck them onto the canvas and painted over the top of it.  When you pull the vinyl off you are left with the white lettering underneath

valentine sign love vinyl(the letters are different colors because that was all the vinyl I had)

love sign vinyl removalAfter I had removed the vinyl then I used the flowers from a silk hydrangea and hot glued them inside the shape of the heart.  It turned out super cute and was really easy!

valentine hydrangealove sign 1love signThe letters didn’t come out perfectly but I actually like that.  Makes it look a little more crafty 😉  Isn’t this so cute!????

http://www.aqualanedesign.com/

 

Cherry Pie Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Ingredients
  1. 3 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  2. 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  3. 1 1/2 tsp Sugar
  4. 1 1/2 Cups (3 sticks) Unsalted Butter
  5. 1/2-3/4 Cup Ice Cold Water
Instructions
  1. Place flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a Food Processor. Process unitl combined. Add butter, and process until mixture resembles course meal. (About 10-15 seconds) with the machine running add the ice water in a slow steady stream through the tube just until the dough starts to hold together. Do not process for longer than 30 seconds. Test dough by pinching a small amount, if it is still crumbly add a little bit more water. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 2 equal parts. Try not to overwork the dough. Place each piece tightly in plastic wrap and flatten into a disc. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before using.

 

http://www.thediaryofdaveswife.com/2015/01/27/cherry-pie-perfect-for-valentines-day/

The Cutest Valentine Boxes that Kids will Love

Valentine’s Day is approaching us quickly and that means your kids will have to decorate a Valentine box for their classroom! Here are my favorite ideas to make that girls (and boys!) will love to bring to school. Click on the links below to get more photos and directions on how to make them. Check out Valentine Box Ideas for BOYS too!

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http://www.craftymorning.com/cutest-valentine-boxes-kids-will-love/

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I pray that you all had a good Valentine’s day and that even if you don’t have a boy/girl friend or husband/wife that you were still able to find a moment to enjoy God’s love! I have been thinking a lot over the past couple of weeks about that Daniel and I were gonna do for “Lovebird’s Day” and we decided to do NOTHING! Ya, that is what we did, we did nothing. We sat at home and went grocery shopping after I got home from work, of course. 🙂 We have decided that this year we aren’t going to hand out gifts for every holiday and occasion and this also included between us. Instead Daniel and I went to the Opera the night before and saw “Carmen” for the first time ever! It was wonderful, like most operas we have seen, oddly enough, it is a French opera set in Spain. I didn’t even realize that they were speaking French because I would notice words like bonjour and know it meant hello and au revoir and know that meant bye. Needless to say, I was translating French in my head to Spanish then to English so I was doing way too much work in other words. It wasn’t until today that I realized just what I had done because Daniel and I were talking about it. I felt stupid and some how smart at the same time…

Before deciding on attending the opera, we had thought about buy each other a “little something” but we like each other too much for a little something to be satisfactory to the gift giver that we automatically decide to “upgrade” which gets us in to trouble later on down the road, you know money and all that. 😛 When we were thinking about getting gifts though, one of the first things that popped into my mind was a little bit of candy, but my parents handled that for us. Thanks Mom and Dad! So then I thought… a teddy bear, but then I saw this video and it changed everything…

What is your take on the  video? Will it forever change how you look at teddy bears? Will it forever change how you give gifts and what they are? Good questions to think about! 🙂 Always remember, Bears have feelings too!