valentine's day treats

It took us two days work, but we turned this basket of raw materials...


into this fun bowl of Valentine's Day goodies (well more than one bowl of course)! What's in there you ask? Well...


I started with fudge. Remember those pink marshmallows I picked out of the colored marshmallow mix (full disclosure: we already had to count out 100 marshmallows for the 100 day of school snack mix Jack is making today with his classmates, so it wasn't that big of deal)? Well, I took them and used them to make this amazing fudge recipe I found in Real Simple (I seriously wish I was kidding but all I ate Sunday was fudge & Diet Coke...to quote a favorite book around here "that night I had a stomachache!").


I had wanted to put a conversation heart on top of each square too, but by the time they were cooled enought to cut, they were also too hard to stick a heart into. I still put one on top for the photo (and included loose ones in the basket). They are Sweet-tart hearts...not as gross as the originals, but still not good by any means...but they do have fun text on them (my favorite being Tweet Me)!


Next EJ helped me make these extremely complicated place and bake heart cookies...


And then Jack & I did sparkly heart marshmallows...a whole bunch of them!


I saw the "instructions" here, but I seriously can't believe I even had to read instructions to figure this one out (sadly, I did). I can tell you in 4 short sentences. Take marshmallows (we used pink/strawberry ones) and poke them with lollipop sticks.


Dip the marshmallow in water and then spoon colored sugar over the marshmallow (as demo'ed here by my lovely assistant Jack). Tap off excess. Let dry.


Where our trouble did come in was coming up with acceptable places to stand them up to dry...we started with the perler bead bin.


Then Matt came up with this amazing system of cooling racks set up as grids between board book stacks. Worked like a charm!


We dipped a lot of oreos in chocolate...


And decorated some with hearts (I actually saw this heart idea on a blog somewhere too, but now don't remember which one...sorry for no credit where it is due)


Finally we made Valentine M&M cookies. It's a new recipe I tried out and I may be in love! So yummy! (and yes, all these excess treats are ending up in my belly. I've been packing up extras in Ziploc bags and handing them out to friends as much as I can!)


And of course, nothing ever leaves my house without a craft in it. Jack included perler bead heart magnets for his Grandma's but I forgot to take a photo of those. EJ included some original art from school and I included these felt heart magnets. Simple to make (if you can blanket stitch, you've got it made) and quick...I'm actually trying to think of other quick and easy shapes to make these in for gifts or for me!


I packaged everything in freezer paper wraps, wax paper envelopes, and Ziploc bags (depending what the goodie needed to stay fresh) and sealed them with twine and yarn and stickers. Put the treats in these Target bowls I had to buy 2 months ago (I knew I could find a use for them) and sent them off! Hope everyone likes the goodies as much as I do! :-)
the salivator said...

Mmmmmmm.....And I get to reap the rewards. I apologize in advance if these don't last very long.

Karri said...

Ok - those are sooooo cute!!!! I have more sticks and marshmallows, so I need to make some of those for/with the kids. They will love them!!! (love the pearler bead drying rack. lol).

Thanks for the idea to turn pearler bead creations into magnets. Never occurred to me to do that with the, oh, 50+ creations that the kids have made thus far. Gifts! Wonderful!

Nellie Leis said...

{coming out of blog-stalker-hiding to say...} YOU ARE AN AMAZING MOM HEATHER! :) You blow my mind! I am in awe.

heather said...

Thank you Nellie! You don't know how much I needed that comment today!!!

Jackie G said...

Very cute, yummy and crafty as always!! Big hit over here for sure!! and I have to agree with Nellie...you are definitely an amazing Mom (wife, person and friend too :)

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

these are over the top incredible!! you ARE an amazing mom!! and friend!! ;)

and i'm hoping a certain godmom is entitled to some of these goodies? ;)

heather said...

Go check your mail for a white usps box Auntie Tracie! :-) Should have come tuesday...

Anonymous said...

I must admit...those treats are awesome. Tried to wait until the actual Valentines Day but once you sample each one..you are doomed. I didn't get a felt heart...but the beaded one Jack made was awesome. And you'll have to thank EJ again for the lovely artwork that is on the fridge. Glad I have such a talented daughter.

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