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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DIY LAST MINUTE VALENTINES

Old Magazine Clippings For Valentines

and Cookies to GO!

Happy Saint Valentines Day Everyone! Today, we celebrate the universal language of love. An embracing hug, a kind kiss, patience, honor and understanding are all gifts of love that need little explanation. But in keeping with tradition "Valentines" are simple messages scribed  to friends and family to remind them that they are thought about. Single parents often struggle with finances so here are some Valentine ideas that won't hurt your wallet and are fun for all ages! 

 If you have any magazines collecting dust open a page to a colorful layout, flowers, cartoons, pillows and fabrics all make great heart cutouts. I found cutting them in all sizes and grouping them together in a collage worked great.

But you can use one individual heart too! I found some coordinating paper stock to glue them to and that was it! Be sure to add a sweet message on the back!


Adding a treat doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. We used a store bought cookie mix (any flavor) and melted chocolate for spooned hearts! Melting three Hershey bars is more efficient than buying bags of Hershey Kisses!...right?

Melting chocolate can be tricky so here is a discovery I treasure:

   1. Break up the chocolate bar into pieces.

   2. Put them in a microwave safe cup with a dab of shortening, coconut oil or butter.

   3. Microwave for 15 seconds and stop. Microwave another 15 seconds, remove and stir. Let it sit and stir until smooth. When just smooth enough to spoon onto your cookies smudge into a "V" design with the back of a spoon and refrigerate until set. That's all there is to it! Really! Open your heart and share some good energy this Valentines Day. Our world could sure use some!

Please Be well, have fun and forge on!

Penman

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