Edible Valentines: Package and Present

Written and created by my sister, Maria.

If I had the gift of a beautiful voice, I would deliver musical telegrams to my friends. Well, maybe. I wish I had the gift of music to be able to play an instrument for my kids, but I don’t have that either. Sometimes I wish I had the gift of touch to give stellar massages to my husband. Negative. I peeter out for lack of hand muscles and attetion span.

However….

I can make treats and sweets and wrap them up pretty. MyValentine gifts to my husband, my kids, and my friends are usually edible. So, here are a few simple heart themed delights, that are spruced up and ready to be delivered to a doorstep, desk, or date.


FOR FRIENDS, SISTERS, TEACHERS, AND 

CO-WORKERS:

OREO CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Ingredients:
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
36 oreo cookies, finely crushed (approx. 3 cups)
16 oz. Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, melted
Red sprinkles (I found candy confetti lips and hearts.)

Directions:
Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate, top with candy confetti, and place in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. 
They are divine!
(Adapted from this recipe.)


Package: Cellophane treat bags, Raffia(Red or Chocolate), Heart Punch, Tag Punch, Stamps and Cardstock: Stampin Up


FOR PLAY DATES AND CLASSMATES:
“A Little Yummy For Your Tummy” Treat Bags

I hosted a Valentine Playdate (which was really an excuse to bake and do valentine crafts and pretend my kids wanted to do them). These are simple sugar cookies with pink icing and sprinkles. (Must give credit to my daughter, Christiana, for the decorating.) Add a simple tag and ribbon with the phrase: “A little yummy for your tummy.”

What you need: Decorated sugar cookies, cellophane treat bags, cardstock, ribbon, and stamps (via Stampin Up or Etsy)

FOR YOUR LOVE:
Make: Make a batch of the last recipe I shared, Go Go Granola and get ready to gift. Maybe unconventional and unromantic, but every guy loves homemade treats….so I take that back, it is romantic…
Package: Cellophane gift bags, Raffia 
gift box (Re-used Christmas gift from Anna ;)

I think I love Valentine’s becuase it’s a great excuse to package and bake and add some color and life into the dead of winter. Gifting, giving and sharing always makes my heart a little happier.

Happy hearts ♥ Maria

My Food Philosophy: Because the effort to make good food is a gift to those around me, it’s happy memories, togetherness, the living part of life.



Mama Style Link Up!…

{This mama solution to no-chip manis ;) }
{Favorite piece of jewelry. Each one represents someone in my family. Custom made by The Silver Acorn.}
{Jacket: similar, Tunic Top: Old Navy, Denim: Gap, Boots: similar here or here, Watch: Aldo (similar), Charm Bracelet: The Silver Acorn}
 During the week, my mama style is a tee and jeans. On the weekends, it’s still jeans. I just dress it up with a few layers:) Tunic tops are my saving grace during pregnancy! The fit through the trimesters, are forgiving, and are fun to work with!
THREE FAVORITE MAMA MUST HAVES FOR EVERY WARDROBE: 
1.) Comfy soft tees that you can dress up or dress down. I live in these. 
2.) Lightweight scarves. These are so easy to dress up a tee or complete a look without having to think. I have used these more times than I can count.
3.) Soft leather flats. Stylish kick with a comfortable feel (noticing a theme??). The perfect answer for all day wear with no pain at the end of the crazy days:)

This week is a fun twist to the usual lookbook posts:) I am linking up with 7 other stylish mamas who will each be sharing their personal style and their three mama must haves to work into a wardrobe! Love each of these gals and their style is phenom! Hope it inspires you to get creative with your own closet and hope you will play along.  We each will be picking 3 of our favorite looks to feature here on IHOD next week among those of you who link up! Here are the deets:



HOW IT WORKS:
  1. First, head to each of the hostess’ sites beginning Monday, January 28th, check out their mama style posts, and follow their blogs!  
  2. You will then link up on any ONE of the hostess’ sites.  Our link up will be interlinked which means that your post will be displayed on all of our sites.
  3. Grab a button, share your own mama style outfits and tell us how your style has changed since becoming a mama.
  4. The link up will run through Friday, February 1st.
  5. At the end of the link-up, we will each be choosing our 3 favorite mama styles to be posted on each our sites.
Remember:  you must follow all 8 hostesses in order to participate!!

This is a fun way to get some style inspiration, make new friends, and increase your readers:)
So grab a button, and go for it!
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Round the Web: Red + Pink Links

Sometimes my favorite way to unwind from a day is to work with color and theme boards. 
Besides, I’m a visual person and love having images to go with a link round up;) Here are some favorites across the www this week:)
(Main image source.)
01. Valentine Sorbet Sandwiches via Martha Stewart
02. Animal Balloons via Cox and cox
03. Chocolate Avocado Mousse recipe via Savor Home
04. Mix well from Madewell
05. Ombre Vase via Design Love Fest

Things to Note >>>

> You may have noticed the new pin it hover button over images:) I am now offering this service if you would like your own installed on your blog! Custom pin it button and installation – $25. I am booked for this weekend, but will have some more openings next if you would like to reserve one of the openings, email me.

> You can now also see a list of other design services I offer on the right hand sidebar. Email me with any questions or for quotes! Availability varies per week:)