Six Sweet Things

This Valentine’s Day, don’t stress out about the perfect way to say
“I love you” or even “I like you.” Try these ideas instead.

Sweet Sayings

This no-calorie box of sweetness will fill your valentine with happiness many times over! Get an old or new box of candy (remove or eat the candy!). If the candy pieces come in individual paper wrappers, all the better. Cut pink and white construction paper into ½-by-5½-inch strips. Write a message to your valentine on each strip of paper. It can be words of encouragement: You can do anything you put your mind to. Or inspirational: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein. Or special treats: You get 30 minutes of extra TV. Wrap each strip tightly around a pencil and then place the coiled strip into the paper wrapper or space previously held by candy.
Allow to uncoil slightly. Decorate the top with cutout hearts or glue on conversation hearts.


Lollipop Flowers

You’ll need:
Red and green construction paper or card stock
Scissors
Lollipops
Glue sticks

From red construction paper, cut out a heart that’s just larger than the lollipop candy and glue it to the wrapper. For the leaves, fold green paper in half and cut out a leaf shape, leaving the two sides attached at the seam. Unfold the double leaf shape, coat the entire surface with glue and fold it back over the lollipop stem, pressing to secure. Write the recipient’s name on the flower’s leaf.
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Bite-Size Hugs and Kisses Cookies

Store-bought sugar cookie mix
Frosting
Pink food coloring
Red food coloring
Square fondant cutter
(about ½ inch)
Circle fondant cutter
(about ½ inch)
2 disposable frosting bags
2 couplers
2 rubber bands
2 size “3” tips

Step One: Make Cookies
Prepare dough and refrigerate according to recipe. Roll out and cut out squares and circles with the fondant cutters and bake according to the recipe. Let cool completely. Note: When using store-bought cookie mix to make decorated cut-out cookies, be sure to follow the recipe on the box for “rolled” cookies – not “drop” cookies.
Step Two: Decorate
Tint some of the frosting red and some pink. Prepare two frosting bags with the couplers and size “3” tips. Fill one with red and one with pink; tie closed with rubber bands. Pipe “X” on the squares and “O” on the circles. Let dry overnight if packaging.
Step Three: Package Cookies
Package in any cute container you like!
*Recipe from Meaghan Mountford, author of ‘The Decorated Cookie’ blog and the new book, Sugarlicious: 50 Cute and Clever Treats for Every Occasion

Easy-Peasy Heart Garland

For about $2 at stores such as Walmart, you can buy a package of six “glittery hearts” in different sizes. (Or make them yourself using heavy paper and glitter.) Materials: Glitter hearts (six to a package – buy two or more packages, depending on the desired length of garland); pretty ribbon such as a red or pink plaid pattern (two or more yards, depending on length). Make two slits on either side of each heart – and on the upper part of each side. String ribbon through the hearts, so the ribbon is behind each heart, then goes over each heart at the side to reach the next heart.
Ta-da! That’s all! Hang your garland(s) and enjoy! Optional: Before making slits, cut/trim your hearts if you want to create less standard shapes (such as if you want to add skinny hearts).
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Ways to Say “I Love You”

Stumped on how to tell someone, “I love you”? Say it in a foreign language! Here are 10 to get you started. You can have fun around the dinner table with this.
Dutch: Ik hou van jou.
French: Je t’aime.
German: Ich liebe dich.
Greek: S’ayapo.
Italian: Ti amo.
Latin: Ego te amo.
Serbian: Volim te.
Swahili: Mimi nakupenda.
Yiddish: Ikh hob dikh lib.
Zulu: Ngi ya thandela wena.

Glazed Brownie Hearts

You only need a simple brownie mix, frosting and a strong heart-shaped cookie cutter to make these chocolatey Valentine’s treats.
1 box (1 lb. 2.4 oz.) Betty Crocker Original Supreme Premium brownie mix; water, vegetable oil and egg (called for on brownie mix box)
1 cup Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting (from 16-oz. container)
Betty Crocker Decorating Decors multicolored candy sprinkles or colored sugar
Pink and red candy sprinkles (or other decorative elements as desired)

Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for dark or nonstick pan). Line bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan with foil. Grease bottom only of foil with shortening or cooking spray. Make and bake brownie mix as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Using foil to lift, remove brownie from pan; remove foil. With deep 2 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut 10 brownies. Place brownie hearts on a cooling rack or waxed paper. In microwavable bowl, heat frosting, uncovered on high 10-20 seconds. Stir; frosting will be thick and spoonable. (Don’t boil.)  Carefully spoon melted frosting over brownies to glaze. Let excess drip down sides. Before frosting sets, add sprinkles, etc. Want pink? In a microwavable bowl, mix 3 tablespoons Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting and enough red food color to make pink frosting instead of chocolate. Microwave on high 10 seconds. Drizzle over chocolate brownie hearts, then decorate.
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