5 Yummy Valentines Treats

Here is a list of DIY Valentines themed treats I’ve found around the internet that I like.  Click the source link below the picture to be taken to the recipe.  Enjoy!

 

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Chocolate Cherry Bark

Source:  Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

 

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2 Ingredient Strawberry Fudge

Source:  Cookies and Cups

 

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Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich

Source: Parents

 

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Fudge Brownie Hearts with Fresh Raspberry Buttercream

Source:  A Farm Girls Dabbles

 

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Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Source:  The Novice Chef

 

 

DIY Solar North Pole Light

 

Depending on the area you live in, these materials should be able to be bought at the Dollar Store and/or Dollar Tree.

materials

  • Solar Path Light $2.50
  • Foam Circle $1
  • Fake Snow $1
  • Popsicle Sticks, on hand or $1
  • Chain Necklace, on hand or $1
  • Paper Shapes, on hand or $1
  • Paint, on hand or $1
  • Glue, on hand (use hot glue gun if you have)

 

DIY Floating Witch Hat Luminaries

You’re going to need:

Click Here for the shopping list of cheap materials!

 

 

Let’s Building It!

Hats

Step 1:  Attach your Command Hooks in the places you’d like to hang your hats. (Let set for 10-15 minutes.)

Step 2:  String about 2-3 feet of fishing line onto the needle. Feed the needle through the point of the Witch hat on the outside of the hat. Bring the fishing line through to the interior of the hat. DO NOT pull all the fishing line through the hat, leave it on the outside of the hat.

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Step 3:  Remove the needle and tie the fishing line around a safety pin.

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Step 4:  Use the safety pin to attach a light stick, it can be LED or the temporary kind you can find at Halloween in stores.  Just make sure it’s lightweight.

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Step 5:  Now just tie a loop in the end of the fishing line on top of the hat and hang it on the command hook.

Step 5

Air Freshener Hack

Do you want the Air Freshener smell but don’t want to have to spray it every 10 minutes?

Try this hack!

Tape a dryer sheet to your air conditioner vent.  Change it out when it looses its smell.

I prefer Gain Dryer Sheets Huge Box (#240) because I love how they smell and they tend to last a good while.

You can also put them in heat and a/c registers where the air blows out.  (Note:  Do NOT put them in the intake vents.  The last thing you want is a dryer sheet accidentally coming loose and clogging up your heating system.)

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Or use them in your car vents instead of those expensive clip-ons!

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Maybe even put a few on the back of your fan!

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Long John Silvers Fish -recipe

The worst thing about eating out is the cost it can rack up quite quickly.

What if I told you that you could make those same meals at home?!?!

When you make this recipe at home, you can use any fish that you like. Long John Silver’s uses Wild-caught Alaskan Cod.

For frying, I used vegetable oil. I used my T-fal FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate EZ Clean Easy to clean 3.5-Liter Fry Basket Stainless Steel Immersion Deep Fryer. I like it because it regulates the heat very well, and it has a filter so you can reuse the oil.

I do have some tips on technique.   Make sure your fish pieces are no more than 3 ounces, when the fish is heavier it will immediately sink in the oil, and the batter may wrap itself around the heating elements of your fryer.  If you are simply using a pot to heat your oil in, this may not be an issue.  I like to raise and lower the battered fish pieces a few times when I lower them into the oil, this way the batter can cook just a little, and the expansion of the batter is less troublesome.  It isn’t difficult to do at all, but this batter does expand while cooking, it is one of the characteristics that makes this batter so unique.






 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cod sliced into 3 ounce pieces (you can use other types of fish)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces club soda
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

If you are not using a fryer, heat up 8 cups of vegetable oil in a heavy pot until the temperature reaches 350 degrees. Make the batter by combining flour, corn starch, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, onion salt, paprika, ground black pepper. Stir to combine all dry ingredients. Add club soda to dry ingredients. The batter will foam, continue to stir.

Drop pieces of fish into the batter. Coat fish with batter, drop into hot oil. Fry fish for 2 to 3 minutes or until the batter is golden and the fish pieces begin to float to the top of the oil. Drain fish on a wire rack.




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Cereal Boxes Modified!

Don’t let those old cereal boxes go to waste!  Make a storage organizer out of them!  Keep some for yourself or give away as gifts.  These will be a hit!

Step 1:  Glue cereal boxes together

Step 2:  Wrap tape around boxes.

Step 3:  Wrap boxes with decorative wrapping paper.

 

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Save Money With This Dryer TIP

Most people rely on their washer and dryer to clean clothes.  Most of those same people have no idea they could save money when it comes to their dryer!  Let me tell you how.

Take the lent trap out of your dryer and scrape or vacuum all the lent out of it.  Now take it over to the sink and run some water over the top of it.  If the water pools up on top of the screen, not only are you throwing money out the door (or dryer vent in this case) but your reducing the “life” of your dryer itself.dryer2

If water can’t get through the screen part of the lent trap then neither can air; which doesn’t happen to be optional when it comes to drying clothes.

Now that we’ve identified the problem, how do we fix it?   It’s a lot easier than you think.  All you need is some dish soap and either a scrub brush or tooth brush.soap-and-brush

Rub some dish soap on your hands then spread it around the screen.  Then use the brush to clean the screen.  After you’re done, rinse well with water.

You will now notice the water no longer pools on top of the screen.  It goes through the screen like it should.

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Give your lent trap time to dry completely before sticking it back into the dryer for use.

I do this every 1-2 months.

 

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Nutella and Marshmallow Turnovers

You can bake them on a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. I used a baking sheet and silicone set from Artisan Metal Works. They have a great set including a cookie sheet and silicone mat that fits the baking sheet perfectly. The turnovers came off very well with no sign of sticking. You can check out the silicone sheets at Amazon here – Artisan Metal Works Half Size Baking Sheet, Cover, and Non-Stick Mat

 



Nutella and Marshmallow Turnovers
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  40 mins
Total time:  55 mins
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Thaw the puff pastry and if it does not come pre-rolled, roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Cut it into eight 5×5 inch squares.
  3. Spread 2 tbsp of Nutella in the middle portion of each pastry square. Drop about 12 mini marshmallows on top of the Nutella.
  4. Whisk together the egg white and the water.
  5. Brush some of the egg wash around the border of the square. Fold over the turnover and gently press down along the side with your fingers to make sure there is an even seal. Use a fork to crimp all the edges so the filling will not leak out.
  6. Brush some egg wash on top of each turnover. Sprinkle some sugar on top.
  7. Place the turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch space between them.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is lightly browned around the edges.