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I'm Leah--wife, mother, editor, writer, photographer, and rickrack apologist. There's craftiness in my DNA, but between the kids and my work and the house and the television and my blogs (http://www.agirlandaboy and, among others), I have to keep my projects quick and easy if I hope to finish them before my boys (born December 2008 and July 2012) graduate from college. You're a working mom and you're busy too, but if you still want to get your craft on, join me here for some fun projects!

16 Sweet and Savory Valentine’s Day Treats

Categories: Valentines Day, food

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Is special Valentine’s Day food on your agenda this February? I’ll give it to you straight: All you really need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter and/or some red food coloring, amirite? Below is a collection of sixteen ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with food, spanning to gamut from easy cut-and-serve options to…well, nothing here is really elaborate, but one of the recipes does involve a blowtorch, so take that as you will.


Let’s start with the sweet stuff:

How cool are these Sweetheart Valentine Pops from Sprinkle Some Sunshine?

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Cupid’s Arrows (with gumdrop hearts and pretzels) from Organize and Decorate Everything.

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Learn how to make heart-shaped cupcakes at Spoonful.

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Adapt my recipe for Sugar Stars to make Sugar Hearts for your sweetheart’s morning cuppa. (Photo by Brooke Allison for Erica O’Brien, who also has a recipe for sugar hearts, although hers involves ingredients that don’t work for my family (allergies + who has meringue powder just laying around?).

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Here’s what I’m considering making for the preschool teachers this year: Strawberry Heart Mini-Cheesecake Bites from the Happier Homemaker:

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Last year I made the preschool teachers Oreo fudge cookies with pink fondant hearts on top. Yesterday Last Tuesday has a white and red version.

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If it’s still cold where you live, I’m sorry and please have a cup of Strawberry White Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream Hearts from Bakingdom.

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Get out your blowtorch! It’s time for some Cupid’s Creme Brulee from Hostess with the Mostess.

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Feeling fruity? Use a vegetable cutter to make these apple heart cut-outs (unattributed image from Pinterest), or…

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…these Heart Kebabs from Parents (photo by Anna Williams):

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Too many sweets? Here are some savory options:

Heart-shaped pretzels from me!

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Valentine Wiener and Cheese Hearts from Jo and Sue.

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Check out this ingenious tutorial for making a heart-shaped hard-boiled egg from Anna the Red.

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Mmmm. Roasted heart potatoes from Haniela’s.

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Heart-shaped carrots in chicken noodle soup from Sophistimom. (I’ve made heart-shaped carrots before, but her method is way easier.)

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Valentine’s Day Egg in the Basket (egg in toast) from Reclaiming Provincial.

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Tell me: What looks good to you?

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