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we {heart} cookies

valentine cookies DSC_6197 DSC_6198 DSC_6214 DSC_6215 DSC_6216 DSC_6234Valentine love from my house to yours!

Patty Davis’ Sugar Cookies (our favorite recipe)

1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
3 Tbsp. cold water
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 c. flour

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, water, and vanilla and mix well.  In a separate bowl, sift the salt, baking soda, and flour together, then add to the butter mixture.  Roll dough into a disc between sheets of parchment paper and place in a large ziplock bag.  Chill in fridge for a few hours at least.  Roll out thin and cut shapes.  Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack and spread with frosting.


2 1/4 c. powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. water
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
2 tsp. butter
food coloring (optional)

Mix all together, adding powdered sugar gradually.



happy hearts day






Aren’t the little holidays the best? No stress, just pure fun. Nina made this sweet little purple heart for me and Clayton, and it will be staying on the fridge where I can see it for the next few months at least.

What do you think of these “retro” (if 1990 qualifies as such?) Valentines I found at a boutique? I laughed so hard about the recycling one especially, I couldn’t pass them up. I saved the Superman one for Clayton, because you know, he really is neat.

My mom and my sister Hailey’s mother-in-law (BFFs) doorbell ditched us, which is the classic way to deliver Valentines in my opinion. The kids’ faces lit up when they saw the pile of treats on the doorstep, then the older kids ran to see if they could find out who left it. So hilarious to find Grandma and Gladys hiding around the corner of the house, giggling away!

These crayon hearts are practically members of the family. They’ve spent Valentine’s Day with us for at least a decade.

Happiness and love to you today!

a little love & chocolate fondue

Olivia cutting out little cookie dough hearts.

That’s Nina, even though the apron says, “Hannah.”

Some Valentines we made with lollipops.

Nina’s special Valentine she made for her teacher, Mrs. Jackson.

A little project I started last year, and finally finished this year. Tiny felt hearts with button flowers and embroidered stems. I stitched on a loop of ribbon for hanging on dresser drawers or doorknobs, just to spread a little love.

How was your Valentine’s Day? Ours was simple and fun. Nina and Olivia helped me make our traditional heart-shaped sugar cookies a few days early, and we packed them for our weekend with friends at the cabin. At the cabin we decorated them with pink frosting, candy hearts and red hots {my favorite on sugar cookies!}. Over the weekend we also had our usual Valentine’s breakfast of heart-shaped waffles with strawberries and cream.
The Valentines we made were super easy, super cute, and super inexpensive. I saw some other cute ideas here and here, but we’ll just save those for another year.
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate fondue, would it? Some ideas for dipping are strawberries, bananas, oranges, kiwi, pieces of good french bread, pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers, Oreos, coconut macaroons, and cinnamon hearts. Here’s my favorite {and easy!} recipe.
Chocolate Fondue
1 cup half and half {or cream}
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a small pot, warm the half and half over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Add the chocolate chips and whisk until the chocolate is smooth and fully incorporated. Mmmm….start dipping!

crayon hearts

When Ben and Hannah were teeny tiny, we made some of these. We hang them up in the kitchen window every February…but this year they were looking pretty shabby! So Nina and I made some new ones. I couldn’t find a pencil sharpener in the house wide enough for a crayon, so we used the vegetable peeler.
I love the cute shadows these make in the afternoon!
Just make sure to put your craft paper (I used a lunch sack) on both the top and bottom of the wax paper before you iron!

Oh and hey, does anyone want to come clean my filthy windows? Please??