Valentine's Day is coming up. There are some fun things that you can make from your kitchen that are also inexpensive to let those you care about know that you are thinking of them. It really isn't about how much you spend, but doing something to let someone know that they are special. You might even want to make a couple of these ideas!
Try heart-shaped rolls or bread. This is very inexpensive and isn't too hard. Buy frozen dough if you don't want to make your own dough or don't have the time. You can shape a portion or dough into a heart or make a braid first and then shape it into a heart. Brighten up their lunch by making a sandwich from a heart shaped roll for your special valentine.
Serve red fruit or vegetables. Some examples you can use are strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, beets, tomatoes, red pepper, or red leaf lettuce.
Make a huge cookie out of cookie dough. If you choose sugar cookie dough, frost it after it is cooked and write a message. Another choice could be a large snicker doodle cookie and color the sugar red or pink. Making a chocolate chip cookie would also taste great, but instead of mixing the chocolate chips in the dough, use them to write a message to someone you love.
They'll love heart-shaped tortillas or quesadillas. Make your own tortillas or use some from the store. All you need to do is make a pattern out of paper and then cut the dough or tortilla around the pattern.
Who doesn't love dip and chips? Make a heart with hummus, guacamole, or a cheese ball. Put chips, tortilla chips, or crackers around it continuing in the heart shape. You can also do this with veggies and dip.
Cook a double chicken breast. It is basically shaped like a heart. You can fill it with stuffing or ham and cheese and coat it with breadcrumbs on the outside. Parmesan chicken would also look nice in red spaghetti sauce.
Make a pizza just the way your sweetheart likes it. Use pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, green peppers, or one of their favorite toppings to write a message before cooking. You can also make the pizza in the shape of a heart.
Make heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast and put whipped cream and strawberries on top. Make a fried egg and cut it into the shape of a heart. Make an arrow out of bacon and put it through your pancake or egg. Add hash browns and you have a wonderful breakfast to start the day.
Make big Rice Krispies® kisses. Make the regular recipe for Rice Krispies® treats and then shape them into big kisses (like Hershey's® kisses) by using a greased funnel.
Make a fruit tart with strawberries or raspberries on top.
Try mint brownies. Make a batch of brownies and let them cool. Make some frosting flavored with mint and color it pink or red. Put chocolate frosting on top. Very rich and very yummy!
Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with red jam or jelly or a grilled cheese sandwich. Cut into the shape of a heart. Try doing the same for a hamburger or cheeseburger.
Make thumbprint cookies with strawberry or raspberry jam inside.
Use the Jell-O® recipe for jigglers and cut into shapes after they are set. Use red or pink Jell-O®.
Make a pound cake and cut into a heart. Serve with whipped cream, strawberry sauce and strawberries or raspberry sauce and raspberries. Make a regular cake and frost it and write a message on top with candy or frosting. Use sprinkles made just for Valentine's day to add color.
Make a strawberry or rhubarb pie.
Whatever you choose to make, find a way to add some red or pink to it or find a way to shape it like a heart or to write a message on it to say "I Love You" or "Be Mine" to your special Valentine.
There are so many ways to show someone you care. Making something from your kitchen also shows that you care enough to take the time to do something for someone. With these simple ideas for fun Valentine's Day foods, you can warm any heart on Valentine's Day!
Marianne Giullian is a stay-at-home mom. She has five kids, and they live on one income. She enjoys reading, cooking, and writing. For other articles and ideas on frugal living, go to her website at Spendwise.org.
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