One of my favorite things about Valentine's day is making the day special by sneaking in little notes in lunch boxes, leaving messages around the house, and making Valentine's-themed food for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few ways that you can make the day a little extra special:
* Make heart-shaped ice cubes. Many places sell ice cube trays that can be used (IKEA was my favorite and affordable). If you really want to make it creative you can use a red or pink juice such as cranberry juice or pink lemonade.
* Use a cookie cutter to cut a heart-shaped sandwich. This is great for school lunches. Even a bunch of little hearts are really fun, too!
* The Dollar Tree often sells small, shaped Reynolds foil bowls that come in a variety of shapes including...you guessed it...a heart! Mini pot-pies, dessert pies, or even casseroles, pasta dishes, and less traditional meals are great in these individual serving-sized containers.
* Heart shaped pancakes make a really fun breakfast!
* An easy to make treat is heart shaped rice crispy treats. Use strawberry flavored marshmallows or food coloring for a pink tint to your treat. You can also add some extra sweets to your sweets by adding the cinnamon candies, sweethearts, M & M's, or other candies.
* Check out our blog on the Sweet Heart Pops from January's edition of Family Fun magazine.