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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Celebrating 18 Years of Valentine Love

In honor of Valentines Day I thought it would be fun to get a little personal and share 18 stories about me & my Valentine  as we celebrate our 18th Valentine’s Day together.

After all, Valentines Day is all about love and let me tell you, I love this man of mine!

1.  Audley & I had a really fast & entertaining courtship…. we “met” in November … well, we were reacquainted in November of 1994 after knowing each other in high school.  I had died my hair jet black …. talk about attention getting!
I didn’t like him back in high school; thought he was a real redneck!
Anyhow, I was dating someone else in late 1994.  I had plans to spend time with the guy I was dating for New Year’s Eve that year and Audley wished me a really “crappy” time.
Yes, I had a really bad time.
One week later Audley hit on me with a “come-on” line at church that I still laugh over today.
“All of those people I sit with over there are married.  I think it’s contagious, can I sit with you?” 
That was January 1995.
2.  January 18 was our first date.  We went to Shoney’s after Bible study and spent three hours talking over hot fudge cake and ice tea.
{I paid.}

3.  Audley proposed to me the first time, three weeks later on February 10, 1995 at a Reba McIntyre concert in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

{I said “maybe”}

4.  The first meal I ever cooked for Audley was a fancy taco salad.  I had every ingredient possible layered into that salad and served it with chili-cheese Fritos which were his favorite.  The salsa and Spanish rice that accompanied it was homemade.
4.  Audley proposed the second time on March 30, 1995 in his parent’s living room with a gorgeous diamond in hand.
{I said “yes”}

5.  We were married on August 5, 1995….. less than seven months after our first date and despite the fact his mother didn’t want us to get married.

{I like to remind her just how long we’ve been married as each year passes.}

 

6.  Audley was nearly late to our own wedding!  He had used his tie and cummerbund to tie up the antenna on the TV at the church to watch NASCAR’s Brickyard 400.  The song he was supposed to walk out to was half over before he was dressed and out the door!
7.  We did miss check-in at our hotel on our honeymoon.  Audley and I sat in the truck listening to the last 20 laps of the race … He was pulling for Jeff Gordon and I was pulling for Mark Martin.
Dale Earnhardt won.
Oh well.
8.  Audley loves to tell corny jokes at the craziest of times …. like laying in bed on our wedding night:
“These two Pollocks walked into a bar….
 
You would have thought the second one would have ducked.”

That’s my husband.

He still does things like this today, except sometimes his jokes come in picture messages from across the room via iPhone.

Or he dazzles me with his sense of fashion….

 

9.  The night I went into labor with MacKenzie Grace (1 year and 40 weeks after our wedding day….), we went bowling and about five minutes after we got home, Audley (who was an EMT & Firefighter at the time) was paged out on a call for a car accident.

That’s my man in the yellow turn-out gear.

He left that call as they were paged to a house fire, and by 11:00 PM, I was in full labor at home by myself!

I had to call 911 to get them to find my husband and have a police officer bring him home!

10.  For almost the entire 23 hours I was in labor with MacKenzie Grace, Audley and our two best friends sat in the delivery room with me quoting and re-enacting scenes from
“Gone with the Wind” 
“But Miss Scarlett!  I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies!”

“Forrest Gump”
“Now Forrest, you lean up against me and I’ll lean up against you and we won’t have to sleep with our heads in the mud.”

and the always colorful “Slingblade”
“Reckon you make me some biscuits.”

“I like them french fried potators.”

“Got any biscuits and mustard?”

11.  Audley delivered partially delivered Madeline because the doctor didn’t believe I was “ready” because she had just checked me 15 minutes earlier.

After the nurse told the doctor to put down her **** cup of coffee and get in there Audley put on gloves …. the doctor walked in as he was suctioning our precious baby and Audley told her that if she didn’t do her job she wasn’t getting paid!

We NEVER got a bill for Madeline’s birth.

14.  I found out that I was expecting Bradley on our fifth anniversary.

We were VERY surprised.

13.  When I gave birth to Bradley (13 months after Madeline was born), Audley “made” me a crown to wear out of a rubber glove.  He was proud of his son!

And very creative.

14.  Audley and I have dated for 18 years now.  While the kids were young we went out at least once a month and now that they are older we go out EVERY week.

We have been known to get in the car and drive two hours one way to go eat for a date.

Our favorite dates have been trips to NASCAR races.

We also love to attend hockey games, minor league baseball games, go bowling, catch a movie, play miniature golf, check out unique or highly recommended restaurants or have a simple carpet picnic in our living room floor.

15.  Since we married in 1995 we have moved 13 times and lived in 6 states….. Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and South Carolina!

16.  We LOVE to travel.

In our 18 years together (without our children) we have been to Hawaii, Jamaica, multiple vineyards, the Army/Navy game in Philadelphia, the Sugar Bowl to watch Georgia play, St. Louis, Lexington, Louisville, Charleston, New Orleans, the Biltmore House, Honeymoon Beach Florida, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, shopping in Chicago, camping, races in Atlanta and Bristol with Charlotte on the schedule for May.

Army/Navy Game 2009

 

Sugar Bowl 2006
Rock Climbing on a camping trip in Illinois

He has also attended multiple blogger events with me from a Framing Workshop in Atlanta hosted by Larson-Juhl & Eddie Ross to antique shopping trips.

17.  Audley and I love musicals.
We have seen Jekyll & Hyde, Beauty and the Beast, Titanic, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, The Music Man, Little House on the Prairie (with Melissa Gilbert), & Dreamgirls.

Tomorrow night we’ll add Billy Elliot to the list.

He won’t know that until our date (to a hockey game) tonight.

18.  Audley is my biggest cheerleader.

I could not ask for a more supportive husband.  As a stay-at-home-mom he leaves me feeling secure and confident, proud to have a wife that can be home for the children and him.

He supports my crazy whims of redecorating and kitchen experiments, encourages me to get out of the box I often put myself in, and obviously brags on me continuously since every time I meet co-workers of his they always say “I feel like I already know you!”

We garden together all spring and summer, and when I have a large cake to bake for someone ….
Audley rolls the fondant!

He has been the best support on my health & fitness journey …. take this post on his Facebook wall just this week….

 

“Hey everyone!  You know Jennifer is getting healthy and her confidence is increasing.  She is getting confident…… here is a picture of her getting “Naked” at the grocery store.”
 

 

 

Just three days ago …. wearing my first non-plus-sized dress in about 9 years!

I have absolutely loved these 18 years with Audley and I look forward to the many years that lie ahead for us!

Linking up with Decor to Adore for her perfectly fun Valentine Party today!