Totally Tempting Truffles

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Totally Tempting Truffles

Toasted Smores Truffle Pops
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
Raspberry Truffles
Copycat Ferrero Rocher Truffles
Pecan Sandie Truffles
Strawberry Cheesecake Truffles
Cake Batter Truffles
Oreo Buckeye Truffles
Churro Truffles
Samoas Truffles

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Nutella Crescent Rolls – Valentine’s Day or Any Occasion

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Nothing says I Love You quite like delicious and warm baked goods.  Make these for your Valentine, for yourself, for your co-workers, your neighbors — Just MAKE THEM, because they are SO GOOD!  Vary the sprinkles to customize for any and all occasions.

Valentine Nutella Crescent Rolls

INGREDIENTS
Pillsbury crescent rolls – 8 ct. canister
13 oz jar of Nutella
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cold milk or cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Valentine sprinkles

DIRECTIONS
1.   Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set to the side.

2.   Keep refrigerated till ready to use the dough.  Separate the crescent rolls into triangles per the directions on the package.

3.   Generously spread 2 Tablespoons of Nutella onto each triangle and then roll each one up, beginning with the wide end of each triangle.

4.   Place on the parchment lined cookie sheet, at least 2 inches apart from each other.

5.   Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the crescents turn light golden brown in color.  Do NOT over bake.  Cool a minute or two on the tray before icing.

6.   While the crescents are baking, make the icing glaze. Put the powdered sugar in a mixing bowl.  To the powdered sugar, add the milk and vanilla.  Mix until a thick glaze forms.  You may need a tiny bit more milk to get the consistency to drizzle with.

7.   While the crescents are still a bit warm, drizzle the icing glaze generously over each crescent roll and then sprinkle with the Valentine sprinkles.

8.   ENJOY!!  Yield 8 Nutella crescent rolls.  Once cooled, store in covered plastic ware in the fridge up to 2 days.

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Scrumptious Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Strawberry Cheesecake Tart
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Mason Jar Strawberry Cheesecakes
Mini Strawberry Topped Cheesecakes
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake
Berry Cheesecake Bars
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Smoothie
Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

 

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Boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:
2 pints of large ripe strawberries (some for making and some for munching on while you work)
1 cup Ghiradellhi chocolate
1 cup Chardonnay
20 plastic pipette tubes for infusion
Red and pink chocolate candy melts

Directions:
Wash and dry your strawberries.  Pat dry and let them air dry awhile.  Water and chocolate don’t mix.
Place your strawberries on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Take your pipettes and add your wine of choice.  Insert one into each strawberry.
Let sit until all the wine has been absorbed into the strawberry, at least 20 minutes.
Begin to melt your chocolate:
Using a double boiler, fill the bottom pot 2/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil on medium heat.
Place the second pot onto of the first one.  You want the water to touch the bottom of the top pan.
Reduce heat to low.
Add your chocolate to the second boiler.
Stir to melt, making sure to not let it get too hot.  However, you want the chocolate to be good and warm.  Cold chocolate will streak and dry dull.  TO make it be pretty, make sure your chocolate is fully melted for a few minutes.
Dip each strawberry into the chocolate, covering 3/4 of the strawberry.
Place the strawberry back on the baking sheet and to allow to harden.
Begin to melt the the pink and red wafers.
Drizzle the various chocolate colors on your berries for a classy look.  I use a butter knife for the drizzling.
Enjoy!  Store these in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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20 Valentine’s Day Worthy Cookies to LOVE

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The First Year – Valentines Day Slice n Bake Cookies

Cooking Classy – Valentines Linzer Heart Cookies

Life Love and Sugar – Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

Chelsea’s Messy Apron – Heart Shaped Valentines Oreos

The Decorated Cookie – You Complete Me Heart Cookies

The Domestic Rebel – Soft Chewy Red Velvet Cookies

A Farmgirl Dabbles – Raspberry Shortbread Heartswith Raspberry Cream Cheese Marshmallow Dip

Bakingdom – Cinnamon Red Hots Shortbread Cookies

Brown-eyed Baker – Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

Crazy for Crust – Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

Frugal Mom, Eh – Valentines Day Macarons

I Am Baker – Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

The Frugal Girls – Stawberry White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Something Swanky – Soft Batch M&M Pudding Cookies for Valentines Day

Baked by Rachel – Marbled Valentine Sugar Cookies

Camille I Am – Valentines Day Fortune Cookies

One Little Project – Gummy Bear Heart Cookies

Life Love and Sugar – Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

The Decorated Cookie – Warm and Fuzzy Heart Cookie Pops

My Litter – Valentines Day Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

 

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Adorable! 18 DIY Valentine Boxes to Make

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One of my fond memories of being a child at Valentine’s Day was my mom helping to make the best and most beautiful Valentine box to hold all of the treasures from my classmates.  She was so clever!  I always had the most wonderful box to take to school.  I am making my first Valentine Box with my own daughter this year, and looked around for ideas.  I found so many cute ones I decided to share!  Enjoy this list of 18 DIY Valentine Boxes to inspire some creativity for your own!

Bugaboo City – Felt Valentines Day Mailbox

Dream a Little Bigger – Painted Valentine Mailbox

Red Ted Art – Valentine Mailbox Made From a Cereal Box

Living Well Mom – “Love Bites” Bug Valentine Mailbox

I Heart Crafty Things – Bee Valentine Mailbox

Just a Girl and Her Blog – Lego Ninja Valentine Mailbox

Artsy Fartsy Mama – Panda Valentine Card Box

Design Dazzle – Unicorn Valentine Card Box

Frog Prince Paperie – Valentine Puppy Love Mailbox

One Creative Mommy – Rocket Booster Valentine Box

The House That Lars Built – Valentines Day Pinata Box

Design Improvised – DIY Pom Pom Heart Valentine Card Holder

DIY Adulation – Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box

Silicon Valley Mamas – DIY Lego Brick Valentine Box

Mouse Ears Mom – Mickey and Minnie Inspired Valentine Boxes

Foster 2 Forever – Darth Vader Valentine Box

Peppermint Plum – Rubiks Cube Valentine Box

Pretty Plain Janes – Kitty Cat Valentine Box

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Valentine’s Day Hershey Kiss Sprinkle Sugar Cookie

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Make it easy from a cake mix box.  These little cookies are cute as can be and filled with a kiss!  Fun for kids to make these, too.  Mine love to roll the balls into the sprinkles, and they love to push the kisses into the hot cookies.  The best part is eating these!  Enjoy.

Valentine’s Day Hershey Kiss Sprinkle Sugar Cookie

Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix 
2 eggs at room temperature 
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
Candy heart cake sprinkles (Shown)
Approximately 24 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Mix the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil using a stand mixer or hand mixer until combined and a soft dough forms.
  • Place your dough mix into the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up the dough.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop out cookie dough and roll into approximately 1 inch sized balls.
  • Roll cookie dough balls into multicolor candy heart sprinkles.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes, till just starting to brown.  Do NOT overbake.
  • Rest on the cookie sheet 2 minutes and push one Hershey candy into the center of each cookie.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and place on a cookie cooling rack to cool completely. 

Yield approximately 24 cookies.

Cool at least 10 minutes before eating as the chocolate will be very hot.  Cool completely before storing in plastic ware up to 10 days.  

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10 Unique (Some sorta naughty) Activities to do with Your Honey on Valentine’s Day

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10 Unique (Some sorta naughty) Activities to do with Your Honey on Valentine’s Day

We all love getting gifts, but in all reality, your time is worth more to the person you love than the cost of even the most valuable gift. When you have been married as long as I have, cute little gifts are great, but not what you need. Let’s face it; we all need to spice things up every now and then! Here are 10 unique (Some sorta naughty ones!) activities to do with your significant other on Valentine’s Day!

#1 Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane

The restaurants are busy, the stores have millions of helpless lovers searching for the best gift, and the whole couple world has cupid on their head. Instead of joining in the chaos, take your spouse down memory lane. Visit an old park, your favorite place, or where you first met. Make it an adventure that no one else will be on.

#2 Go Skinny Dipping

Bring out your wild side. I mean you’re already together, so it’s not like your spouse will see anything forbidden. It might be cold, but the exhilaration of jumping naked into a pool of cold water with your love is sure to heat things up.

#3 Get Matching Tattoos or Piercings

Getting a tattoo or piercing certainly isn’t the norm on Valentine’s Day, but if you are both into getting a new tat or piercing, why not do it together? Pick something you both would like and make the leap.

#4 Go Sing Karaoke

Who knows, you both may be the next American Idol! Couples who sing together are couples who stay together. So, go out to your favorite Karaoke bar for a few drinks, and sing your hearts out. Of course, you could come up with a special song just for your spouse.

#5 Play Truth or Dare

Oh, come on. you know you want to know what the dare is! Just because you are coupled up doesn’t mean you don’t have secrets to tell or things you’ve never done. Have Valentine’s Truth or Dare, and see how fun and steamy your night can get.

#6 Play Your Their Favorite Video Game

Some of us have a significant other who is a hard-core gamer. Usually, it’s just one or the other that enjoy the games, so if you’re the one that isn’t too into it, surprise your SO with a game night complete with drinks, popcorn, and a little friendly competition.

#7 Be Goof Balls

They say laughter is the best medicine and that goes for having a healthy relationship as well. When you are constantly being a grown up, sometimes it’s just fun to let go and be goofballs. Here are a few ways to laugh it up:

  • Go shopping and have a cart race for everything on your list. Winner gets something from the loser.
  • Make blanket forts and tell stories.
  • See a comedy show or better yet, try an open mike night yourself!
  • Go to an arcade and play all the fun games.

#8 Become Tourists in Your Own City

Go around your city, taking pictures and acting like tourists. Pretend to be different people. Ask other people to take pictures of you, and ask them what the best places in town to do are. You may be surprised how much you can learn from other people about the city you live in.

#9 Make Memories in Your Car

Remember the days when you would go park in an exclusive part of town just to make-out? Reminisce on those adrenaline times of yore, and make some memories in your car. Figure out where “make-out hill” is in your town (probably good to know when your kids are older, too).  Bonus if you clean out all kid detritus first.  Nothing sexy about stale Cheerios stuck in your hair.

#10 Play Strip Bedroom Blackjack

This is a fun Strip Bedroom Blackjack game you can find online to spice up your life. The seductive deck lets you play games like poker, blackjack, go fish, or rummy in new and erotic ways. Just make sure if you have kids there is a babysitter!

What other unique Valentine’s Day activities have you done with your spouse? Share some fun ideas in the comments below!

 

 

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20 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts

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I heart every one of these amazing DIY Easy to make Valentine’s Day Crafts!  Great for fun activities with kids of all ages.  There is something for everyone to enjoy.  Check them out.

1. Foam Valentine’s Day Hearts
2. Pencil Arrows
3. Salt Dough Heart Footprint
4. Fruit Loops Craft
5. Valentine’s Sun Catchers
6. Easy PlayDoh Craft
7. Duck Tape Frame
8. Cotton Ball Stamped Heart Card
9. Sign Language Valentine’s Day Card
10. Votive Jars
11. Heart-shaped Crayons
12. Toilet Roll Love Bugs
13. Gift Wrap Valentine’s Flowers
14. Potpourri Heart
15. Valentine’s Day Trees
16. Glitter Rock Valentines
17. Heart-Shaped Animals
18. I Love You to Pieces Card
19. Thumbprint Heart Jars
20. Yarn Wrapped Hearts

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DIY Valentine Cherry Scented No Cook Pink Playdoh

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SUPPLIES NEEDED

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
Pink food color, optional
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cherry flavoring
3/4 cup cold water
Glitter, to decorate
Valentine cookie cutters: Wilton 3 Piece Hearts Cutter SetWilton Comfort Grip Heart CutterWilton 2 Piece Cushioned Grip Lips with “XO” Cookie Cutter Set, Multicolor 

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DIRECTIONS
1.   In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

2.  Add the pink food color, vegetable oil, cherry flavoring and cold water and mix until well incorporated. The cherry flavoring is red and gives the playdoh a nice light pink color. If you prefer the playdoh a darker pink (like we did!), use a touch or two of food color.

3.  Remove the playdoh from the mixing bowl and place on a flat, lightly floured working surface. Knead the playdoh for about 5-6 minutes until a soft and elastic dough forms and the color (if using dye), is evenly distributed. You will LOVE the cherry scent!!

4.  You can use cookie cutters to make Valentine shapes such as hearts and big lips, etc.  Sprinkle glitter onto your shapes to make them sparkle and shine even more! Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

*Store in ziplock bags for up to 3 months.

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Printable just for you! 14 Days of Valentine’s Calendars for Him and Her

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Why limit your affections for your Valentine to just one day?  Make the lead up to Valentine’s Day special for your significant other with these great ideas on these FREE printable 14 Days of Valentine’s Advent Calendars.  One for HIM and one for HER.  Printable and just for you!, these are set up for 8.5×11 landscape printing.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

PRINT HERE ► Valentine’s Calendar for Him

PRINT HERE ► Valentine’s Calendar for Her 

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20 Awesome and Creative DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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True love is not measured in dollars, but in things like time and care and thought.  I treasure each homemade gift I have ever been given.  To know that someone cared enough about be to create something with their own hands means the world to me.  Make something memorable, with your own hands, and gift it with LOVE.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. DIY : Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet from camillestyles.com
  2. Glitter Heart Key Chain DIY from flaxandtwine.com
  3. Cute As A Button Valentine from sugarandcloth.com
  4. Handmade Valentine’s Gifts: DIY Wire-wrapped Heart Necklace from happyhourprojects.com
  5. DIY Tin Can Valentine’s Votive from camillestyles.com
  6. DIY Wooden Polaroid Gift Set from sugarandcloth.com
  7. Valentine Tea DIY Gift Sets from bakelovegive.com
  8. DIY Candle Carved With Initials from helloglow.co
  9. Gold Polka Dot DIY Vase from linesacross.com
  10. Mini Mason Jar Valentines from artfuldays.io
  11. Jewelry Box Of Chocolates from wellmadeheart.com
  12. Free Printable “LOBSTERS FOREVER” from patchworkcactus.typepad.com
  13. Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift For Him from blitsy.com
  14. Pomegranate Sugar Scrub from thecasualcraftlete.com
  15. DIY Paper Sack Vase & Realistic Faux Flowers from craftberrybush.com
  16. How To Make A Sentimental Carved Heart Wood Slice from averageinspired.com
  17. DIY Kraft Paper Bouquet from thebeautydojo.com
  18. Valentine’s Day Craft! Dollar Store Gold Dipped Heart Dish Tutorial from domesticbliss2.com
  19. Free Printable Wine or Champagne Valentines from allforthememories.com
  20. Valentine Rose Lollipops from creativemeinspiredyou.com
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DIY Valentine’s Day Craft and Decor Projects

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Vicky Barone – DIY Mini Heart Mobile

DIY Candy – Clay Conversation Heart Hair Bows

The Decorated Cookie – Conversation Heart Jewelry

A Bird and a Bean – Valentines Day Candy Wreath

Happiness Is Homemade – Valentines Day Love Hoop Art

Creative Green Living – Glitter Mason Jar Mug

Trish Sutton – Wine Cork Heart

Vicky Barone – DIY Valentines Day Garland

Ribbons and Glue – Paper Ribbon Topiary

Live Craft Love – DIY Valentine Chalkboard with Heart Clothespins

DIY Candy – Conversation Hearts Magnets

Mason Jar Crafts Love – Valentine Glitter Votives

Shaken Together Life – Valentine Yarn Wrapped Trees

Make It Love It – Crepe Paper Rose Heart Decor

Lil Luna – Love You Always Valentines Sign

Sisters Suitcase Blog – LOVE Yarn Letters

Snap Creativity- Conversation Heart Chalkboard

I Heart Naptime – DIY Lipstick Heart Valentines Wall Art

Brite and Bubbly – DIY Valentines Day Emoji Pinata

Studio DIY – DIY Conversation Heart Leggings

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15 Cute as Can Be Homemade Valentine’s

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15 Cute as Can Be Homemade Valentine’s

1. High Five Valentine

2. Color My World

3. Valentine Gardening Card

4. Color My World Teacher

5. I spy Valentine

6. Free Valentine Snack Tags

7. Valentine Tic-Tac-Treats

8. Dump Truck Coloring Valentines

9. Easy DIY Valentine Cards

10. Race Car Valentines

11. Lego Valentines

12. Star Wars Valentines

13. DIY Playing Card Valentines

14. Valentine Poppers

15. Folded Hearts Valentines

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Minecraft Valentine’s Day Cards – FREE from Couponista Queen

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Hazelnut Nutella Macaroon Cookie Recipe

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Enjoy a tasty twist on this classic French cookie!  Hazelnut Nutella Macaroons

 
Ingredients:
2/3 cup hazelnut meal*
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
½ teaspoon salt
2 egg whites, room temperature
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
 
*Hazelnut meal is sometimes called hazelnut flour. You can use almond meal in it’s place, or grind toasted hazelnuts to make your own.
 
Filling:
1/2 cup Nutella
1 cup powdered sugar, optional
 
Directions:
Separate your eggs and allow them to come to room temperature while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
 
Mix hazelnut meal, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, espresso powder, and salt until combined.
Sift into a medium bowl.
 
When the egg whites are room temperature, add the cream of tartar. Beat on medium speed until frothy. Gradually add sugar, beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.
 
Add half of the dry ingredients and fold with a rubber scraper, then repeat with the other half of the dry ingredients, being careful not to over-fold and deflate the whites.
 
Place the batter in a large piping bag fitted with a large round tip (Wilton #806 is a good size), and pipe circles onto lined baking sheets. Tap each baking sheet against the counter once to remove any air bubbles. Let sit 15-30 minutes.
 
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Bake the macaroons for 15-16 minutes, rotating the pans from front to back and top to bottom halfway through baking time. The macaroons are done when they just begin to separate from the parchment. Cool completely on a wire rack.
 
You can use straight Nutella for the filling, or mix the Nutella with powdered sugar for a thicker paste. Use an offset spatula or an icing bag to top one macaroon, and then find a similarly sized macaroon to complete the sandwich. Repeat with all.
 
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