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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Because I Love You, Dang It!

Sorry this took me so long. Lots of pictures to go through. I really need to take a photography class...

This year for Valentine's Day I continued my masochistic tradition of serving a heart-shaped dinner. We've been stuck in a pizza rut for too long so this year I didn't give the family a chance to pick that again. Democracy is over-rated when I'm the one that has to do all the work.

Last year, I used heart-shaped cupcake liners to make individual cakes. They were cute so I put them to work again this year as liners for sloppy joe buns. I call these "sloppy kisses."


And I had to include pears.

These I soaked overnight in pear juice mixed with grenadine and red food coloring. Not only did they have a gorgeous red color but they had a spectacular taste. Probably could have heated them up, added a little chocolate syrup, and had dessert.


While I'm not exactly the salad eating type, we needed vegetables on the table. I briefly considered beets. Very briefly. I stuffed veggies into a heart-shaped bowl and called it good. Instead of Sprite with heart-shaped fruit juice, I made sparkling pink lemonade and used black cherry for the ice cubes. A little too much on the sweet side. When the ice cubes melted, the darker color stayed on the top and looked pretty cool. The jell-o was a big flop this year...I thought I had a good idea but was attempting to multi-task and that's just not smart for airheads.

And now for dessert. My favorite part.


Cupcake, heart strawberries with cream, and heart candies. I couldn't stop myself. The cupcake was really the star of the show. My pictures were horrible so go check out the site where I got the recipe for the magic: Bake it in a Cake. And yes, I made the Laffy Taffy frosting.

But I wasn't finished yet.

You might remember that the Boy is quite the picky eater, even turning up his nose at kid-staples such as mac n' cheese and pizza. Still, he couldn't escape my madness:

Heheheh...I am evil.

9 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Holy crap, you really have gone on out!

Bonnie the Boss said...

I so want to be you in my next life!! Or at least married to you. You rock!

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Kristie said...

It all looks so yummy!! :)I want to come to your house next year for Valentines! Am I invited over? :)

Jillybean said...

Wow!
You are a good mom!
I didn't even make dinner for my kids on Valentines day. (My mom came over at dinner time, bringing 6 large pink frosted, heart shaped cookies. We called it dinner)

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Great job! You're awesome. I ordered a heart shaped pizza from papa johns and figured that was cool. Of course, it was burnt, but there were cupcakes so it was all okay.

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

Oh so many fun ideas I can use for next year! The only fun things I did was pink foods and $1 store table clothes, heart plates, cups etc.

Emma said...

Our Valentine dinner was a flop. The kids enjoyed it but is just wasn't what I envisioned. I love all the heart shapes.

Cheryl said...

AMAZING! You put the rest of us to shame girl! Amazing things to came up with!

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