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

 

 

Coal Krispie Treats

Being bad never tasted so good!

Coal Krispie Treats

It is somewhat of a Christmas tradition that good little boys and girls get gifts, and the not so good ones get lumps of coal.  Well, this is a new twist on that dreaded lump of coal.  It easy to make, cheap, and can be given as a gift to just about anyone!  Plus everyone will ask where you got it and imagine their reaction when you get to tell them that you made them yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows or 30 large marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Oreo cookies (leave the filling in the cookies)
  • 4 – 10 drops black gel food coloring (enough to turn the marshmallows black. The amount will depend based on the brand you use).

Directions:

1. In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, heat your marshmallows and butter for 60-90 seconds. Until the butter and marshmallow are melted.

2. Stir your marshmallows and mix in your food coloring until you achieve the desired color.

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3. Now mix in your rice cereal and the crushed Oreo cookies. Use a heavy metal spoon as it is quite hard to stir all of the

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4. Let sit for about 5 minutes until your marshmallows cool down
5. Use a tablespoon to scoop out your treats onto a piece of parchment paper.

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6. Let cool for 20 – 30 minutes.
7. Pack your treats a little more tightly by using your hands.

The final product will be harder, denser, and drier than your traditional Rice Krispies treats, but the Oreos will make it more flavorful.

Rules & Consequences Chart For Kids

This chart comes in handy when you have kids around the house.

Hang it up and it tells exactly what kind of consequence there is going to be for breaking a rule.

This one is set up for my son, but you could alter it to make it fit your kids.

When you first print it out, sit down with your kid(s) and go over each rule and it’s consequence for breaking them.  Fully explain your expectations and ask if your kid has questions.  After they are all explained and no more questions are in the air, have your child(ren) sign and date the form at the bottom.  Remind them, if they need reminding, that their signature doesn’t mean they “agree” with the rules and consequences.  That’s not for them to decide.  Signing is a guarantee from them that they understand all the rules and their consequences.  This is to ensure later when they get in trouble that they can’t come back and say “but I didn’t understand that rule”.

 

I usually let each chart hang up for 1 year before I alter it to fit any new rules and or consequences that need to be changed.  Then I re-print then go over it again and have him sign it again.  I also recommend putting the form in a plastic sleeve and hang it up somewhere handy.  When the child get’s in trouble all you have to say is “Go grab the rules chart please.”.

DIY Floating Witch Hat Luminaries

You’re going to need:

Click Here for the shopping list of cheap materials!

 

 

Let’s Building It!

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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.

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