Friday, February 15, 2013

Red Velvet and simple "I Love You" ideas

One thing I've learned over the years is that I don't need complicated or grand gestures to feel loved.  I turned a long week around, simplified it and the love felt all the same.  My husband has been home late every night and while he isn't the most romantic guy (Unless camo somehow translates to romance?) he usually stops and gets me flowers.  I was out anyways yesterday morning so I decided to handle that one for him so he didn't have to waste his evening in long lines after another long day.  It was a win-win for both of us.

I got my work done early and headed into the kitchen to fix some treats for my Valentine's.  My daughter and her friends were coming home after school to eat and hang out.

Two of my daughter's guy friends were arguing as they mowed down hamburgers and cupcakes as to who loved me more.  I'm pretty sure it was the food gone straight to the brain talking, but either way they certainly made my Valentine's Day.   I'm convinced these kids have no food available to them at home.  A few weeks ago, one of my daughter's friends knocked on the door after school and asked if I had any cake.  I wish I was making that up.

My girlfriend makes the best chocolate dipped pretzels and I thought I'd Valentine up her specialty.

I melted about 2 ounces of white chocolate, dark chocolate, and pink candy melts each in small heat-proof bowls. Use the microwave at half power or defrost and stir every 30 seconds or so until the chocolate is melted.  Dip the pretzels and place them on a piece of parchment or wax paper to set up.  The fridge will speed up the process.

Since I was simply having fun with "I love you", I broke up a few of the pretzels to create these fun ones to eat.

I had a little leftover chocolate so I placed the chocolate in disposable piping bags, cut a small tip off the end and piped cupcake toppers onto parchment paper and put them in the fridge.

I baked up a couple dozen Red Velvet Cupcakes and put my toppers on them.  Patty - just posted a Red Velvet Cupcake with the cutest toppers, will have to try those soon.

I hope that all my loves knew that I love them!

I was staring at the calendar this morning and wondering where my week went yet again.  It was just Monday, wasn't it?  I must confess to my mind being elsewhere these days.  I have so many other things that are distracting me and keeping me going in multiple directions.  Some of my best days are when I can cast aside some of those distractions and just play around a bit.  What are some of your best days?




  1. What beautiful Valentine's treats! No wonder your daughter's friends want to hang out at your house! :)

  2. Your Valentine's treats are too cute! Have a great weekend, Gina! :)

  3. That is so sweet Gina! Cannot wait for the tot to bring home his friends to bake for! Right now, since there are just the three of us, I have been banned from baking because we just end up eating everything ourselves. Glad to hear you had a special V-day! Oh and I totally take over the hubs duty to get me gifts and get my own too :) Works out much better this way!

  4. Gina,
    Your Valentine treats are too cute, but I guess that the guys ate them anyway, lol. They know where to get all of the good stuff. Sounds like you had a lot of fun with all of your "Valentines".

    Have a great weekend. I can't wait to see what you'll be creating next.

  5. I want to hang out in your house too, but then you wouldn't be able to get rid of me LOL! I love your sweet "I love you" treats!

  6. Gina, it's so nice to be back and catching up with comments to all my friends. Your Valentine's look pretty special to me...roses are gorgeous~I also received roses (red) from my family; as every year...such a wonderful return, I always make a special Valentine's dessert (not this year).

    Your little pretzel treats are so adorable and addictive...your pretty red velvet cupcakes are so special for the occasion...and I love, love your cute and funny story, as I always do! xo

  7. Gina, I am very sure that your loved ones know and feel about your love!
    The rose shot looks wonderful.

  8. You know that now we're all going to be knocking at your door and asking if you have any cake? ;-) Love the pretzels - great idea.

  9. Spread and feel the love my friend, what a beautiful dedication to valentines day!

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. If I lived just a wee bit closer, I'm afraid I would be like one of those cat like kids -- begging for your good food! I don't blame them, though!

  11. I love your pretzel dipped in chocolate, especially the colors...yes, I am with you...simple is better.
    I did visit Patty's and loved her red velvet cake :)
    Have a wonderful week Gina!

  12. I'd be your frequent visitor if I lived closer to you because I know your house always have something sweet and delicious unlike my house! The prezel dipped in chocolate... yum! It looks like Pocky that I grew up eating. While talking the whole batch would disappear in my tummy. :)

  13. That settles it, if you all are stopping by I will just have to bake extra!!! Like I really need an excuse.

  14. Hi Gina! I think we need a red velvet baking party-great minds think alike!!! Happy late Valentine's Day xxooxx !!!
    Lovely flowers and crafty baking projects to celebrate one of our favorite holidays-thanks for the mention;-) I'm already planning my next cupcake project-I'm so easy-happiness=cupcakes=holiday celebrations ;-)