Cinnamon Valentine’s Day Bark

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yesterday evening my girlfriend Tammie and I spent time in the kitchen making a few last minute treats to share for Valentine’s Day.

 {Treasure time with your girlfriends y’all, even if it is nothing more than baking!}

Not only were our treats super easy to make, but we really had a wonderful time catching up with each other as our schedules have been rather full lately.

We whipped up two recipes I have shared earlier on the blog: Cupid’s Crunch and Valentine’s themed Rice Krispies Treats, then proceeded to make Valentine’s Day Bark.

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One thing I love about recipes like this is they are super versatile and ingredients are always easy to find!  Tammie and I each made our bark a little differently as she isn’t a fan of cinnamon, and it worked out wonderfully!

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1 pkg pink colored candy melts (from Michaels or Hobby Lobby)

1 pkg white candy melts

Sprinkles

M&M’s

Red Hots

Melt the pink candy melts and spread evenly on a piece of parchment paper. Allow to set firm (about an hour). Melt the white candy melts and spread evenly over the top of the pink. Top with M&Ms, red hots and sprinkles. Allow to set an hour before breaking a part.

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Tammie used almonds to replace the red hots which added a little salty flavor to the sweetness of the bark.

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Either way it just delicious!

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With all of our sweet treats ready, our kiddos will enjoy a little extra something this Valentine’s Day totally made with love.

If you want to ship goodies these three recipes I shared over the last few days work perfectly because they don’t crumble as easy.

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I’m a firm  believer that it’s the little thing we do for those we love that make Valentine’s Day special, and not the greeting card company! Make today special and enjoy it with those around you!  A small act of kindness from love in your heart can go a long way to making someone’s dreary day brighter!

 

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Valentine’s Day Rice Krispies Treats

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and children across the country will be filling boxes with sweet cards, some carefully picked out for their best friend or that sweet little girl or boy they might be crushing on.

{Don’t you remember treasure the innocence of those days?}

It’s also a day the classroom becomes a party zone with sugary snacks galore.  If you are fortunate enough to be in a school system that allows homemade snacks, have I got a treat for you!

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{This is also a treat your husband, teenagers, & college kids will love, too!}

In fact, this little treat is so simple, I’m not even going to do a printable recipe because it’s a waste of printer paper.

Rice Krispies Treats for Valentines Day

All you need is one recipe of Rice Krispies treats, 2 colors of melty candy, Valentine’s Day sprinkles and a 2-inch heart shaped cookie cutter (preferably metal).

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**If you can’t find large pre-made Krispies Treats (they are a wonderful seasonal item at Cracker Barrel), use the three ingredient recipe on back of the Rice Krispy’s box (that’s the original and can’t be beat).  It takes 10 minutes to make; a couple of hours to set so they can be made a day or two ahead of time.  You want the treats to be about an inch thick, no more.  You can find the colored melty candy at Hobby Lobby or Michaels; or color your own using white melts  from your local grocery store.

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Once you have your items together, cut out the Rice Krispies treats using the heart-shaped cutter; place on a cookie cooling rack.  This is the hardest part of making these treats, because they are rather sticky.

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Melt your candy, and then decorate the Krispies Treats.  I tried two methods: first I dipped one side in the melted candy, and secondly I used bottles (candy bottles can be found at any craft store) and drizzled the candy over the top, or filled in a solid heart shape.  Honestly I liked the bottles better.  If you don’t have these, you can use a plastic bag and cut a little of the corner off.

No matter how you cover the treat in melted candy, add sprinkles and let sit until hardened.

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That’s it.

So very simple and in fact, your children would love to help you makes these, I am sure.

Audley had fun helping me.

(wink-wink)

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These treats are also really, really delicious!

Just ask the grown-ups at the Super Bowl party we attended where I served these; they ate as many as the kids!

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Serve these up all pretty or put into individual treat bags and let everyone think you spent forever in the kitchen working on them!

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What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day treats?

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Cupid’s Crunch

For many, the highlight of those cold winter months is the excitement of Valentine’s Day in February.  While some see this as a greeting card holiday, I love the fun, creativity, excitement, and romance associated with this little holiday.  Valentine’s Day is always about the little things you can do to make those around you feel cherished and adored, and it doesn’t take a lot of money to make it happen.

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For my Madeline it’s all about finding that sweet card to reach her special friend who happens to live in Cuba.  For Bradley it seems to be finding that perfect Georgia Bulldogs shirt for his girl.  For Audley, who already treats me with flowers and the like quite often, it’s about getting off from work early so we can enjoy a quite supper together.  And for me, Valentines day is treating my nieces and nephews with sweet notes containing a treat their parents can thank me for later (Sonic gift cards for ice cream, anyone?), surprise sweets for my own kiddos, and preparing a special meal for my love that we may turn into a carpet picnic or enjoy at an elegantly set table.

It’s all about the little things.

Speaking of sweet treats, my entire family is totally addicted to a particular snack mix that I make for a variety of holidays, but thought it would be fun to share in a Valentine’s theme.  That’s why I love making this mix as you can tailor it to fit whatever holiday you want from Christmas to Independence Day!

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Cupid’s Crunch is also great in that you can make it fit your needs.  We have no allergies, so I love to make it a little sweet and salty using popcorn, pretzels, nuts, Kool-Aid mix (with the sugar already added) and candy.

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You can use candy melts from any craft store and save yourself time coloring the candy, but I love the taste of Ghirardelli’s brand of white melting wafers.

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In a VERY large bowl mix together one entire bag of melted white candy wafers with your popcorn and pretzels.  Once you have stirred it together, spread out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle your Kool-Aid on top of the sticky mix.

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Next, add a few more pretzels, any candy, nuts or sprinkles you might want to combine.  This is where those colored candy melts come in handy if you desire; otherwise tint one bag of white candy two shades of pink.

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You can use a plastic bag with a corner cut off for this step, but I add the melted candy to squeeze bottle and drizzle all over the snack mix just to make sure everything is all stuck together.

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Let the mix stand about 20 minutes, then break it a part and put into seasonal baggies or a pretty bowl and share with your favorite Valentine!

Click here for the full printable recipe for Cupid’s Crunch .

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FYI, if you pay a surprise visit to college and take an entire recipe to your daughters dorm room, both she and her roommate will polish off EVERY SINGLE BITE  in one evening.

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Check back, I have a couple of more Valentine’s treats to share between now and next Wednesday as well as a fun give-away!

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Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Each year January comes and goes without a lot of writing from me on the blog.  Some see this a bad thing, but honestly, it’s one of the best practices I’ve established for myself, especially this year.

January is an interesting month.  While it is filled with the newness of a new year, it’s also filled with exhaustion of the old.  Holidays are over, guests have come and gone, the house must be put back to normal, winter sports are in full swing, and planners are just being filled with the excitement that is to come.

As I write this evening I’m sitting in my office; a new space to me that I’m super excited to enjoy.

But today, I’m not sharing my office space (I’ll share it soon); instead I’m kicking off February with this yummy Buffalo Wing recipe and with homemade Blue Cheese dressing.

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While Audley and I firmly believe football is played on Saturday and cars race on Sunday, this weekend is the Super Bowl.  Like so many others we’ll be getting together with friends to watch commercials the game, and this is the dish I’m contributing to the evening festivities!

There are a several reasons this is a fabulous snack to share.  One, it feeds as many as you want; just double, triple or quadruple the recipe.  Two, if you follow a clean eating plan or are Paleo or Keto, the wings totally fit the lifestyle (the dressing… yeah, it’s just not that healthy. HA!).

And three, it’s really easy.

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For our family of three I do three pounds of wing pieces.  You know Bradley is a wrestler so he eats me out of house and home which means I overcook all the time.  If you are serving as an appetizer this will serve up to six.

Take the wing pieces, season lightly with salt and pepper, then place in a single layer on an oven pan.  An oversize cast iron skillet is perfect for this, but you can line a baking sheet with foil as well.

Bake at 400°.

Ingredients for the sauce are so simple: hot sauce (I am addicted to Texas Pete), butter, lemon juice, and garlic powder.  While your wings cook mix together in a pan heat until the butter is melted and the sauce is all liquid.

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You can make the blue cheese ahead of time (best so the flavors can mesh), or while your wing pieces are cooking.  I did say the dressing isn’t so healthy, but you can pronounce all of the ingredients which does make it better than purchasing it from the grocery store.  I use all organic products (which I will post in the printable recipe), but you don’t have to.  Ingredients include buttermilk, sour cream, mayo, blue cheese crumbles, garlic salt, red wine vinegar, worcestershire sauce, pepper and chives.

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It will take 45-50 minutes for all of the wings to cook completely; remove from the oven and drizzle the wing sauce over the top.  Return to oven for five minutes to set the sauce, turning the wings after a couple of minutes.

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Serve them up on a platter arranged nicely or just dump them in a bowl.

They are going to be devoured either way, I promise!

Click here for the full printable recipe of Buffalo Wings and here for the Blue Cheese Dip.

Y’all enjoy the game this weekend!

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